This week we are learning about the letter "RR" and we're continuing to learn about "El Restaurante" (Restaurant- Learning about food). The letter "RR" is pronounced "Eh-rray" (with a rolled or trilled "R"). It is the most difficult letter to pronounce in the Spanish alphabet. It takes a lot of practice to get this one right, so don't worry if it doesn't happen on the first try. It is a little like learning how to whistle. Once you know how to do it, it comes fairly naturally, but it takes a while to figure where to put your tongue and how to blow air across it in just the right way. The way we learn to trill the "R" is to put the tip of our tongue behind our front teeth on the bumpy ridge of gums. Gently allow the tongue to rest up there and blow enough air to cause the tip of the tongue to vibrate against the top of the mouth. This should produce a "purring" type of sound. After that, we can add sound with the vocal chords and we get a trilled "R"! It is definitely complicated. We are also learning about Tierra del Fuego, Argentina and America Ferrera. We are still practicing food words and ordering in a restaurant. The students have created their own menus and this week we are role-playing a restaurant scenario. Some of the students will be restaurant patrons, some will be waiters, and some will be chefs. Then we will rotate around and try it again! If you haven't made it to a Latin American restaurant yet, check one out! There are some wonderful Mexican restaurants in Providence. It's also super fun to be able to chat with the servers in Spanish. They love it! Also ask about Tierra del Fuego, Argentina and America Ferrera. Is it hot or cold in Tierra del Fuego? What TV show is America Ferrera on?
On the website, students can watch the letter "RR" video and continue to play the "Restaurante" game. It would also be great to go back and review the colors and numbers.
Coming up next week... "La Selva Tropical" (Tropical Rainforest).