This week we are learning about the letter "J" and we're learning about "Jugar deportes" (To play sports). We're also learning how to expression likes and dislikes with "Me gusta" and "No me gusta." The names for sports are super easy in Spanish as most of them are cognates. The pronunciation of the letter "J" in Spanish is "hey" with a guttural "h" sound. We are also learning about the Mexican state of Jalisco and the Colombian rock singer, Juanes. A fun way to practice sports in Spanish is to watch a Spanish broadcast of a soccer game, a football game, or a baseball game. Since many sports words are cognates, it is often pretty easy to understand what is going on. It is also fun to listen to a Hispanic person's enthusiasm for sports! This week, because the vocabulary is so easy, we are using some extra time to get caught up on any interactive notebook projects we haven't quite finished yet. Also ask about Jalisco and Juanes. What foods do they eat in Jalisco? What instrument does Juanes play?
On the website, students can watch the letter "J" video and play the "Deportes" game. For the next several weeks, we will be taking a break from our regularly scheduled alphabet vocabulary to focus on a few different cultural celebrations from around the Hispanic world. Be sure to keep practicing Spanish at home as it will be over a month before we get back to our normal routine.