There’s a metric tonne of stuff you can include in a Spanish piece, be it writing, speaking or goodness knows what else. Here I cover a couple interesting tenses – the subjunctive tenses – and how you use them in your Spanish.
This one catches everybody out, partly for the reason they sound almost exactly the same when you say them, but are spelt differently and have specific meanings. The best thing to do here is to learn when to use which tout/s/e/es. Even if you only learn one or two, at least you’ve bettered your chance of guessing the right one!
Here’s a quick guide covering each of the tout/tous/toute/toutes.
If you already have the title sussed, move right on – however, if you still think I’m talking about veg, keep on reading and I’ll explain everything… All 7 words! Hopefully the first three are familiar to you: “Français” is “French” in English, and “Le vocabulaire” is “(The) vocabulary”. It’s the next couple of words that may trip some people up. “Sur” can mean a few things in French, but in this context it means “on” – in the sense of it’s ‘about’ something. This works for other things as well: “Mon contrôle sur la météo” – “My assessment on the weather”. Finally we have the phrase “mode de vie”. If you remember any of the work you have done on clothing, you should remember that mode means “fashion”: “Fashion of Life” – doesn’t quite work, does it? However, in English we have another word similar to fashion… Style! “Style of life”: is this sounding more familiar? What if we swapped it around and got rid of the ‘of’… “Lifestyle”.
So there you have it. You’ve already learnt some more vocabulary:
Le mode de vie
Lifestyle (or more directly: way of life)
Yes, it’s languages. Yes, it’s a speaking. And yes, if you didn’t guess, it’s a discussion. You know, the type of speaking exam where you don’t memorise any paragraphs and simply have to answer questions? It may sound terrifying. But don’t worry – I’m gonna give you some handy tips on how to get through it. To find out, read on…
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Yikes. You thought that trigonometry was bad, and then this article came along and just told you that things only get harder from this point onwards. And they do. But not unmanageably so. This article is best visited after you’ve seen the bog-standard Trigonometry article – but if you’re ready to take the plunge, let’s get ready to move into the 3rd dimension…
Ah, the dreaded 5 syllable word (syllable counts aren’t guaranteed to be entirely accurate). Trigonometry a key subject in most maths exams, so we’re going to give it a quick looking over – before continuing, make sure you have a reasonable understanding of Pythagoras’ Theorem…
Percentage increase, decrease, whatever. You name it, it’s gonna be in the Unit 3 exam. And what’s this, you cry? Reverse percentages? What on earth are they? It’s a good thing you asked, it’s another part of this topic – which I will cover here. Time to take the plunge…
We’re going to look at probabilities, and while not the most complicated of topics, it may be one that needs a bit of refreshing! So, where to start? Well… There’s 1 30% chance I’ll talk about dice, a 1 in 3 chance of me mentioning decimals, and a 0.4 chance of me starting on fractions. Which would you prefer?
This particular topic can be a little hard to get your head around, but hopefully you’ll find it simple after you’ve practised it a few times. In a basic terms, the empirical formula is the simplest way of writing a compound out. Oh, it doesn’t make sense yet? Don’t worry. It will. Probably.