Studying for A2 spanish

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Kitty Inglés
24 de mayo de 2018
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Well, I have my oral exam tomorrow for the DELE A2 Español and I'm nervous! It's been a while since my last exams ( French in 1995). I feel ok about my speaking ability although I am aware that I have got into the habit of using a limited vocabulary to communicate my message. This is something I learnt while in China. I remember my joy when I learnt the words 'thing' 'this' and 'that' in Chinese - no need to learn the proper names of things. I had my finger and 'this thing, that thing.' Enough for shopping!

My biggest challenge, however, in my preparation of this exam has been writing and my heart goes out to all of you preparing for a language exam. I feel the pain!

Why is writing such a challenge? I believe it's because I don´t write much in my own language. I mean, I write text messages, emails, shopping lists...but not for any other reason. I write in shortened forms and informally. So, now in this exam I have to do something inauthentic, staged, and forced. This mindset is stopping me from enjoying the process - hence I'm writing a blog in English and not practising writing a story in Spanish!

As an English speaker, obviously remembering the verb endings is difficult. At the moment I'm suing this strategy: indefinido mainly has an 'i' the ending (except el/ella/ud which has ó, and tú form of verbs ending in -ar) and imperfecto has 'a' in the ending. It helps me even if it's not exact! Everyone finds their own trick.

The other challenge again is vocabulary. I wonder if this limited function is a function of having lived and worked with non-native speakers for the past 28 years.

Question: have you noticed your vocabulary is limited? Has your native language become more economic?
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Hi! My name's Kitty Leah. I am an experienced and qualified EFL teacher, with over 25 years of experience. I have the RSA Diploma in TEFLA and have taught in the UK, France, China and now Spain. Whatever your goal, my approach to your learning is student centred and I follow your requests. My lessons usually start with conversation, then we'll go through any work done at home, followed by working on the objective ( speaking, vocabulary, grammar etc) for the lesson. At the end, I'll give you feedback on recurrent mistakes although I also do this during the lesson if communication is not effective. I tend to be lighthearted and encouraging in class. I prefer it if you prepare something for the class as I believe the class must be supported by independent study.
$25.00
USD/h
Flag Inglés
Reino Unido
10
Francés
B2
,
Español
A2
,
Chino mandarín
A1
Hi! My name's Kitty Leah. I am an experienced and qualified EFL teacher, with over 25 years of experience. I have the RSA Diploma in TEFLA and have taught in the UK, France, China and now Spain. Whatever your goal, my approach to your learning is student centred and I follow your requests. My lessons usually start with conversation, then we'll go through any work done at home, followed by working on the objective ( speaking, vocabulary, grammar etc) for the lesson. At the end, I'll give you feedback on recurrent mistakes although I also do this during the lesson if communication is not effective. I tend to be lighthearted and encouraging in class. I prefer it if you prepare something for the class as I believe the class must be supported by independent study.

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