‘Resaca’ is an important word for students of Spanish in Buenos Aires: meaning hangover. Since this is a city that never sleeps, and parties go on until all hours, it is likely that, at some point, the word resaca is going to pop up! And it has today, as David has come to the class with, what we would call in Spanglish, ‘a stinking resaca’ after his father arrived yesterday. David’s father has arrived in Buenos Aires with the intended objective of winning his mother back- but this seems a bit unlikely if he is going to get drunk and hang around with David!
Today’s class seemed to contain an awful lot of English, I guess David was not in the mood for Spanish, but why should we all suffer because of his excess!?
The main portion of today’s Bueno, entonces… class was about learning to invite people out, so there was a small section dedicated to reviewing freetime activities and a section dedicated to how to make invitations. This would have been useful to me a few weeks ago, when I said to someone ‘quieres bebida con mi?’ which roughly translated to a neanderthal ‘want drink with me?’; about as sexy as a few grunts really! If only I knew then how to say in a ladylike manner ‘te gustaria una vino con migo?’ perhaps the answer might have been ‘si’!
The Prof. has finally popped up again, he has been getting scarcer, I suppose because we no longer need him so much, but he is useful to explain concepts clearly. Today’s concept was TENER QUE, meaning ‘to have to/ must’, and a VERY useful example was ‘tengo que comprar ese vestido’ (I must buy that dress.)
‘Substantivos’, sounds like the name of a really cheesy pop group, but in fact is the name of the process that turns a verb into a noun, and in Spanish this is easily done when following this easy recipe: simply take a regular verb, any verb will do, add ‘miento’, put it in a hot oven and moments later out will come a noun. An example being the transformation of the verb ‘casar’ (marry) into ‘casamiento’ (marriage); if only the actual event was that simple!
Well, now is my time for ‘freetime’ so chau chau, i’m off to earn myself a resaca too!