All posts by Fabián Garrido Martínez

00_Study-Plan-Spanish-Finnish

STUDY PLAN SPANISH-FINNISH

Plan of topics to be covered in this course.

Based on the fix number of 10 sessions to have meetings, I intend to cover the following subjects in Spanish during the course. I would also like to receive the same knowledge of Finnish. 

My suggested topics are:

Greetings and introductions

The alphabet

Personal information: name, address, telephone number, email address, age, marital status

Countries and nationalities

Parts of the body

Days of the week

Months of the year

Seasons of the year

Plenty of verbs in basic form

Most common Professions

Numbers 0-100

The family

Describing people

Colours

Formal and informal ways of addressing people

Real life situations, i.e. restaurants, airports, hotels and shopping malls

Present, Past and Future tense

Lots of speaking

Lots of listening

Lots of pronunciation

Saludos y nos vemos pronto!

Fabián Garrido
+358 40 878 0888
fabian.garrido.fgm@gmail.com

 

13_Spanish-Finnish: Lesson 10

Hola and Moro,

Todo lo que empieza tiene que acabar.
Este último blog lo escribo en Español.

Quiero dar las gracias a cada uno de los miembros del equipo por participar en esta aventura educativa. No sólo aprendimos Español y Finlandés. Aprendimos más de nosotros mismos y de nuestros amigos. Me quedo con el corazón muy contento por esta experiencia.

Gracias amigos y hasta la próxima

Saludos y nos vemos pronto!

Fabián Garrido
+358 40 878 0888
fabian.garrido.fgm@gmail.com

 

12_Spanish-Finnish: Lesson 9

Hola and Moro,

Due to many personal circumstances in our team, we were forced to have a long brake in our Spanish-Finnish learning curve. 

”Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.”

As you may imagine, this lesson was all about creating phrases and elaborated sentences in past and in future, without forgetting the important of the present. I have to say that we all struggled a lot at this in the beginning of the class, but the more examples were coming from team members the better it was understood. We made rounds of everyone participating with their own sentence in the three mentioned tenses. Around the fifth round everyone was again on fire. I really felt so proud of each of the team members for their effort done in making the exercise challenging without compromising having fun while learning. 

Saludos y nos vemos pronto!

Fabián Garrido
+358 40 878 0888
fabian.garrido.fgm@gmail.com

11_Spanish-Finnish: Lesson 8

Hola and Moro,

Virtual education continued. It was harder to keep up the attention of everyone in the beginning, because we started very early. In order to keep everyone focused, we agree to start by telling about our day. It was proven that when we are put under the ligth spot our senses react and makes us more focused. In a way we had review the vocabulary many times, but still it was challenging to find the right phrases and right words to talk.

Despite this imminente issue, we all managed to say something in both Spanish and Finnish. Maybe not the best grammar, but as I like to say since last year, done, better than perfect. In order to encourage more focus on Spanish, I gave some additional voluntary homework. I liked when I asked who would like to have some extra homework for your free time. Everybody said yes. 

So a news article was given as homework for everyone. Task was to find as many verbs as possible in any given form or tense.

I simply loved and admire the attitude of our group!

Saludos y nos vemos pronto!

Fabián Garrido
+358 40 878 0888
fabian.garrido.fgm@gmail.com

10_Spanish-Finnish: Lesson 7

Hola and Moro,

Everything was going smoothly and great when suddenly the COVID pandemis started to hit our learning environment at Tampere University of Applied Sciences. All our classes were suddenly moved from presencial to virtual. Each One Teach One course was not the exception. 

We had two choices, just give up the meetings or continue in a virtual way. Because we are tough people, we decided as a team to continue the journey in a virtual way. In our WhatsApp group we decided together to use Google Hangouts / Meet to hold our virtual continuation of the Spanish-Finnish language journey that we started. 

As we had covered a lot of vocabulary and grammar in thew previous sessions, we decided to continue our learning path by ensuring that what we have learnt before is actually in our brains for easy and fast retrieval. We use the method of repetition by all team members  in order to ensure that noone was left behind in both languages, Spanish and Finnish.

Saludos y nos vemos pronto!

Fabián Garrido
+358 40 878 0888
fabian.garrido.fgm@gmail.com

09_Spanish-Finnish: Lesson 6

Hola and Moro,

Here we were again at what I called: MexiCasa (Mexican Home)

This time we explore different sides of the Mexican culture of eating. We also have good wines that compete internationally and a very good selection of delicious cheeses. Learning languages while having fun with friends is definitely my favorite way of learning and teaching.

We had the chance to listen again to different songs in Spanish and even my son Diego was rehearsing some children’s songs with us and for us.

I love the culture of food that my country Mexico has to offer and I am very happy that the friends that attended our session had the chance to also learn some Spanish and also our Mexican culture. 

Once again our evening of learning Spanish, Finnish and culture in both ways was a very long one.

Looking forward to meeting again when health conditions allow us.

Saludos y nos vemos pronto!
Fabián Garrido
+358 40 878 0888
fabian.garrido.fgm@gmail.com

08_Spanish-Finnish: Lesson 5

Hola and Moro,

Our fifth session lasted many hours.

I decided to host a Mexican dinner at our home. It was a perfect set up to go through all the vocabulary in Spanish & Finnish related to home furniture and living spaces. We went through vocabulary in both languages like bedroom, living room, toilet, kitchen, balcony, sofa, table, chair, lamps, etc. 

On the top of that we had a beautiful and vast selection of food ingredients that were also learnt in both languages. While cooking we were practicing all the verbs included in the process of cooking and even random words like smoke, burn (not that we burned our food), overcooked, raw and so on.

To this gathering we also invited additional native Spanish and Finnish speakers out of our core team. They were very surprised by how much we have learnt in both languages in such a short period of time.

All in all the event was full of laughs, hugs, kisses, good food, music and a truly extraordinary group of friends and on top of the cake, well actually on top of the taco, my son Diego Rafael was also present helping with the vocabulary in Spanish and Finnish while taking active part in the cooking and of course in the eating.

Saludos y nos vemos pronto!

Fabián Garrido
+358 40 878 0888
fabian.garrido.fgm@gmail.com

07_Spanish-Finnish: Lesson 4

Hola and Moro,

Which is the best way to end the week?
Exactly! By learning more Spanish and with music, not bad treat!

Our fourth lesson was held at Tampere University of Applied Sciences premises.

One of the favourite ways that my son Diego Rafael has liked in the past 11 years is with music. I have a very big selection of songs that have good, valuable and interesting lyrics grammatically speaking.

Today I have decided to try this method with our group and it was a total success. We tried songs of different music fields and different tastes. We first translated the songs and then selected specific words in order to go deeper in the grammar of the sentences and adding relevant vocabulary on the fly.

It was also a nice preparation for planning some of our next meetings, one latin evening out dancing and one cooking event. Vocabulary was related to these two type of activities.

I can safely say that we were feeling the vibes of music in Spanish while going deep in many aspects of Latin and Mexican culture.

Saludos y nos vemos pronto!

Fabián Garrido
+358 40 878 0888
fabian.garrido.fgm@gmail.com

06_Spanish-Finnish: Lesson 3

Hola and Moro,

For our third lesson we agreed to meet at ABC restaurant near TAMK. To this lesson I invited my best and brightest Spanish student, my own son, Diego Rafael. Diego is only 11 years and despite the fact that he has lived all his life here in Finland, his Spanish level is remarkably good. At home we used to speak only Spanish between both of us, but now due to his school, we have been studying English together. Diego has also wanted to speak and practice his English with me. Diego is native Finnish speaker, so I can proudly say that he speaks 3 languages at his young age, Finnish, Spanish and English. I feel relief for his professional future. With these strong set of language skills, the opportunities for him are so wide.

Having Diego with us gave us the opportunity of reviewing what we have learnt in the previous lessons in a real fun way, the way kids learn languages. Diego was very eager to share his Spanish skills as he is not shy at all. It was very easy to ask him to act the verbs in Spanish. As soon as I said a verb in Spanish, he was immediately making the action of the verb. Diego was so creative, jumping all around the restaurant describing every action. After few attempts of trying the Spanish students to guess the verb, if it was not clear, then he immediately said the verb in Finnish and in English.

Diego literally led the class, based on I had taught him in 11 years.

I could not feel prouder of my work done with my son Diego regarding Spanish skills, and also a very proud father.

I love you Diego.
Te Amo Papi 

Saludos y nos vemos pronto!

Fabián Garrido
+358 40 878 0888
fabian.garrido.fgm@gmail.com

 

05_Spanish-Finnish: Lesson 2

Hola and Moro,

HUOMIO HUOMIO
Buenos días,
Last Thursday we agreed that our study lessons Spanish-Finnish will be held on Mondays 09:00-11:00.

Second Spanish-Finnish lesson was held on Mon 03 Feb 2020 9:00 at PD room of ExpertEase. We used the time in both hours to refresh what we learnt in our first lesson. Eventhough there were not many days since our first lesson (only 5 days), we all noticed that it was long enough brake to forget what we all thought was learnt. It went same in both directions Spanish and Finnish. In oder words we needed to start from scratch again, but second time was easier definitely.

In this second lesson we agreed to have homework in order to keep the learning ongoing in between lessons. This was definitely a good approach.

The idea of the homework was that we all use this question when we want to learn something new in Spanish. The homework was sent in WhatsApp right after the lesson and it looked like this:

”TAREA=HOMEWORK=Kotitehtävät

Little 2 minutes Spanish task for all:
Choose 5 words in Finnish or English that you want to know in Spanish and make the questions here in WhatsApp as we practiced last Thursday.

Examples:
1. ¿Cómo se dice “a flower” en Español?
2. ¿Cómo se dice “a clock” en Español?
3. ¿Cómo se dice “headphones” en Español?
4. ¿Cómo se dice “balcony” en Español?
5. ¿Cómo se dice “a painting” en Español?

Gracias 🙏
-Fabián

Saludos y nos vemos pronto!
Fabián Garrido
+358 40 878 0888
fabian.garrido.fgm@gmail.com