3: ¿Qué tal? - How are you?


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Pack 1 | Pack 2
Spanish Starter Pack
1 Greetings
2 Goodbye
3 ¿Qué tal?
4 What's your name?
5 Colours
6 Numbers 1-12
7 Ages
8 Months
9 Numbers 13 - 31
10 Birthdays
11 Days of the week
12 Today's date
13 Pets
14 Brothers & sisters
15 Consolidation /
16 En la clase

What you will learn in section 3:

The headteacher greets children as they come into school - Meeting in the market: two grown-up friends

Starting a phone conversation

In this section you see Spanish people greeting each other around the town. You hear them ask "How are you?" and how they reply.

Don't forget to try saying that things are "not so good" - you may need to one day!

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Make a puppet

  If you make a puppet, you will always have someone to talk with in Spanish!

Here's how to make a puppet that can only speak and understand Spanish, and who you can talk to about what happens in Spain.

You can make a simple finger puppet with paper or felt; glove puppets can be made starting with a large old sock, a glove, or an old cuddly toy with the stuffing removed.

Does YOUR Toucan speak Spanish?

Spanish-speaking Toucan
Toucan comes rrom Latin America...

The Toucan is an appropriate bird to visit your classroom from the tropical forests of Latin America - where s/he probably spoke Spanish(!).

If you want to buy a ready-made puppet, Early Start can supply beautiful Toucans, complete with opening beak (big enough to swallow fruit whole), and built-in squawk.

There's also a range of inexpensive finger puppets and really good hand puppets with expressive working mouths - see Puppets page for more....

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Primary schools in Spain

In section 7, you will learn about what age children change schools. In Pack 2, we will be looking again at schools in Spain, and learning some language to talk about what we do in school.

Schools in Calahorra

In Pack 1, we look at two primary schools (with links to thir web sites):
el Colegio Público Aurelio Prudencio, and
el Colegio Público Quintiliano;

Both are named after distinguished citizens of Calahorra in the times of the Roman Empire.

Meanwhile, it is a good idea to share your first impressions of what you have seen so far. One thing to think about: if you showed Spanish children a film about YOUR SCHOOL, should they think that ALL schools in your country are like that?

class in Calahorra school
A class in Colegio Quintiliano

This link may also be helpful. It has set of activities, suitable for beginners, all about Spanish school students and their daily life.


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What are the flags at the school entrance?

  Flag of Spain  Flag of La Rioja
(1) Flags flying at the Calahorra school entrance: - (2) Spanish national flag (3) Regional flag of La Rioja

Does your school fly a flag?

One class talked about whether their school should fly their national flag at the entrance. They researched whether their local councils had official badges or flags. They decided to design their own, and discussed what would represent aspects of their community that they thought typical or important.

Here is some information about the Spanish school's flags:-

The national flag of Spain has been YELLOW with RED stripes since this was used by the Spanish navy in the 18th century:

The badge is Spain's coat of arms (see below); this design is based on ancient elements, and dates from when Spain adopted a new democratic constitution after the death of the dictator, General Franco, in 1975.

La Rioja was given a regional government in reforms of the 1980s, so the official flag of La Rioja is also quite recent. It has 4 stripes, symbolising:

- red - the region's famous wine
- white - light
- yellow: its fertile farmland
- green: its vegetable gardens

The badge on the national flag is Spain's coat of arms, with:

6 separate coats of arms of the six kingdoms that were united to make the Kingdom of Spain in the 15th century;

on top, the royal CROWN;

the 'PILLARS OF HERCULES' either side, represnting the Straits of Gibraltar in Greek mythology - Spain's gateway to the world outside the Mediterranean.

The badge on the regional flag is La Rioja's's coat of arms, with:

on the LEFT, the cross of St. James ('Santiago') and two seashell pilgrims badges (find out about pilgrims in Pack 2, Ch1);

on top, the royal CROWN;

on the RIGHT, a CASTLE (representing the castle on the badges of every town in La Rioja except Valahorra), a BRIDGE and A RIVER (the River Ebro which flows through La Rioja and past Calahorra).

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BBC Primary Spanish

  As you go along, you will find interesting information and some simple revision/ reinforcement activities on BBC-i's Primary Spanish web site. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryspanish/start_here/hello/

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