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Korean Shopping and out to Eat

We are Americans who live in Korea.  Living in Korea, is not hard for Americans.  In this blog, I plan to write and put pictures so that Americans or others who are interested in Korea can see how we live.  We have been here for 12 years, so we have learned a lot that will help people who are interested in coming here.  We will take the readers with us as we move about in Korea and teach them how to do it if they want to do it.  Today, we went grocery shopping and out to eat, so I will tell you about our trip out.

To begin with, we live on the 9th floor of a very tall apartment building.  When we lived in Romania, we lived on the 9th floor for a while, and we thought we were very high up, and the building was 10 floors high, but the 9th floor is nothing here in Korea.  The first year we came here, we lived on the 24th floor of an apartment building in a small town, and we were not at the top.  Koreans build the tallest buildings in the world.  When they need a tall building in a place like Dubai, they bring Korean builders in because they know how to build tall buildings safely.  They have such tall buildings because the peninsula is small.  Everything is crowded in Korea, and the land space is limited.  All the apartment buildings have elevators, and it is common as in our building to have two elevators. One elevator only goes to the even numbered floors, and the other elevator only goes to the odd numbered floors.  As we get on the elevator on our floor, we notice a suit case sitting by the elevator we don’t use.  Someone has stored it there because no one will come out that door, and it isn’t in the way.  In America, we would never just leave a suitcase in the hallway like that, but it is okay in Korea.  No one will take it. If someone took it, they would consider it stealing. Children in America have a saying about things just left around, “Finders keepers, losers weepers,” but that is not a saying here. You just don’t mess with or touch anything that isn’t yours even if the owner is not there.

After we go down our elevator, you can see the signs by the elevators telling you which elevator to take from the bottom floor. You can also see advertisements written in Korean on those signs. Those are advertisements put there by real estate people who handle the apartments. You can see it below the signs telling which elevator to ride as well as under the mirror, two different real estate agents. You also see a sign that says CCTV. That means that you are on closed circuit TV. You are being watched.  These TVs are everywhere in Korea.  About 80% of your life in Korea is on film.  As we walk out, there is an office with windows. The man inside is a guard.  He stays there watching everyone coming and going. He knows what is going on. If you have trouble, you ask him for help. If you park your car wrong, he will call you up and tell you he doesn’t like how you parked your car, and you must come and park it again.  He also helps you with another problem in the parking lot I will discuss in the next paragraph.

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If the parking lot is full when you come, but you must park, you may park your car in front of other people’s cars.  If you do this, a couple of things are required.  First, all cars in Korea must have the driver’s telephone number displayed on the dashboard for people to see. If your car is causing trouble where it is, they will call you to move your car.  You just have to be patient.  If you are in bed, you jump up, throw your clothes on, and run out and move your car. Whatever you are doing, you must move because if you don’t, they become irate and mean with you if you don’t move right away.  You have the right to expect them to move right away if they are in front of your car too. You just have to learn to have patience and do it their way.  If you park it the way it is in my picture, then, you must leave your car in neutral and leave the parking brake off. In the picture, you can see a broken brick.  In this particular apartment building, the parking lot slopes, so they will put these broken bricks under their tires to keep the cars from rolling.  If you come out and someone has parked in front of you like that, all you do is move the brick and push the car out of the way.  If it is too hard to push, this is when you can go back and ask the guard to help you push the car.

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Now that we are outside, I decided to take a picture for you to show you just how big our apartment building is.  I kept backing off and backing off in the parking lot to get a good shot of it from the bottom to the top, but I just didn’t have the space to back up and get the top and bottom at the same time. This tells you these buildings are huge.  They don’t have earthquakes like in Japan. Japan doesn’t have much land space, but they can’t build buildings like this because of their earth quakes. Here in Korea, the biggest natural problem they have is the typhoon, and it is good to be in one of these buildings during a typhoon.  The wind can’t touch these buildings because they are made of concrete, and they are huge.  If it floods, and you live up on the second or higher floor, you are in business. No water will get in your house.  However, we had to learn something about living on the first floor the hard way because in the last apartment we lived in, we wanted the bottom floor.  The bottom floor is cheaper, and not many people want to live there.  When it floods, the water comes in.  When the snow begins melting, the water comes in.  When it is hot and rainy outside, the apartment on the bottom floor may start getting black mold on the walls.  The drainage system is not good in these apartments, and if you are on the bottom floor, you may have water standing in your bathroom floor. It is normal to spray the bathroom floors in Korea to clean them because they are completely tiled with a drain in the middle of the floor. In fact, if there is no bathtub, often, there is just a shower nozzle coming out of the sink for your to shower with, and you flood your bathroom when you shower.  Water in Korean bathroom floors is normal.  However, when we lived in Romania, living on the bottom floor of the apartment building was good because it meant that you would never have water problems, but here in Korea, living on the bottom floor says you will have too much water that will give you problems.

If you look at the outside of the building, you will see that every apartment has an enclosed balcony.  The balcony is not heated like the rest of the house, but it will be enclosed, and Koreans use these either to grow plants, to hang clothes to dry, or for storage.  In many apartments, they put the washing machine on the balcony.  If you also look on the outside of the building, you will see metal units attached to the outside of the balconies.  Those are air conditioners.  They don’t have central air in Korea, but they do have wall air conditioners, and in some cases, free standing air conditioners that stand in the corner of a room. They call these “air con.”  If you use the whole word, they will have no idea what you are talking about.  Many Koreans have air conditioning, but not everyone uses it because the air conditioners are electric.  If your electric bill gets too high, the electric company doubles it to discourage you from using so much electricity, so many people who have air conditioners will hardly use them even though it can get very steamy here in summer.

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As we get in our car to go, you will see that I have an SM3.  An SM3 is a Renault built by Samsung. In the beginning, I didn’t drive a car.  Many Koreans and foreigners use public transportation which is really good here. Public transportation is cheap and efficient in Korea.  In America, only the poorest people ride a bus to work, but it is not that way here. Often, even people who have cars opt out to use public transportation on a daily basis and save their cars just for family outings and things like that because the public transportation here is really good.  There are buses, subways, and taxis.  They are all cheap, and I will do another blog teaching you how to use them.  I used them in the beginning, and they are healthy.  Everyone usually loses weight when they first come to Korea because they are used to going everywhere in a car, but when you are walking to the bus stop or the subway station, you lose weight.  At one point, an American called me and sold me his second hand car. I was thinking like an American back then. The car was cheap, it ran, and it would make our lives more convenient, so I bought it.

It was better to have a car, but I ran into some problems. First, Korea is complicated to get around in with a car.  When we were going with the subways and buses, it was easy to know where to go, but I was always lost with my car. I was always calling my friends, telling them where I was and asking how to get home or to where I was going.  I had to learn that everyone who drives in Korea needs a GPS, a navigation system or they will get lost.  I bought a GPS from the same guy who sold me the car that was in English. That was a mistake.  The way the Koreans spell things in English makes no sense to Americans in the beginning until we get used to it, and I was always confused about where I was with that GPS.  Finally, the transmission went out on that old car, and a Korean friend of mine decided she was going to take over and teach me how it should be done in Korea.  Koreans don’t buy second hand cars. They buy new ones. They also buy the newest technology.  Everything must be up to date in Korea. I told her I wanted something cheap, and she told me she could get me a good new car that was cheap on gas with cheap car payments. I told her I also wanted a small car because there are many very crowded roads in Korea, and a smaller car would be easier to get around in. She wouldn’t even consider showing me a car as small as I wanted because she said they were dangerous.  She took me to a new car show room and insisted I had to buy one of those cars, and she wasn’t going to help me find anything else.  She actually guided me in a good way,  I now have a car that is cheap on gas, has cheap car payments, has a good GPS, and has a backup camera.  A backup camera is a must in Korea. The parking spots are smaller in Korea than in America, and having a backup camera helps you park.  Trying to go into a parking space frontwards at times is just impossible, but you can back up into it with a back up camera easily.  With the new car, I had a special service that I could call whenever I had car trouble. I will explain the car services in another blog, but she guided me right.  Now, we head out shopping in our SM3.

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The place we are going is EMart, the Korean WalMart.  It is like a super WalMart with everything available in one store. There are other stores like it in Korea, but usually EMart is the cheapest.  At times, we go to Home Plus or Lotte Mart. They are comparable to EMart, but not quite as cheap, but you can find things there that are not at EMart.  Home Plus has a lot of imports from England because it is actually owned by a British company.  WalMart was in Korea the first year we came, but EMart bought them out.  Like our apartment building, EMart is several stories high.  Instead of a big parking lot, there is a parking garage.  These stores and parking garages are not just in Seoul, but in every small town too.  We end up on the fourth floor of the parking garage because everything before that is crowded. Today is actually Saturday, so the store is more crowded. If we come through the week, there are less cars and less people because everyone is as work through the week, but today, everyone is out.

Like in our apartment building, we must start at the elevators.  I took a picture of something for you to see that is on every elevator in Korea.  They are warning signs not to touch the door of the elevator or lean on the door because you could fall and get hurt.  As we get in the elevator, you will here either nerocabnida or olacabnida in a sweet Korean lady’s voice.  “nerocabnida” means “going down,” and “olacabnida” means “going up.”  We actually begin by going down to the third floor.  There is usually a food court on the third floor of this particular EMart, but they have blocked most of it off.  This is something normal in Korea. Usually, in this food court, you get the choice of Burger King, Baskin Robbins, and any number of traditional Korean restaurants, but they have blocked the Korean restaurants off. I took a picture of the sign explaining it will be open again in June.  We are often disappointed when they do this. They just randomly close off a place you have been going for a long time and enjoying.  The business isn’t bad, but they like to upgrade everything in Korea.  As with my car, they like everything new.  Over at the mall, there was a wonderful restaurant called “Burger Hunter” where they had big luscious burgers and homemade potato chips, and we often when there with our Korean friends, but one day, they blocked it off. We had no idea what would be there or why they would block off such a popular restaurant. When they were done, they replaced it with a corn dog restaurant and a Mexican restaurant.  We go to those restaurants occasionally, but we miss our hamburger restaurant.  As for this food court, they still have Baskin Robbins because Baskin Robbins is very, very popular everywhere, all over Korea. It is is every little town, and sometimes on every street corner.  Koreans love ice cream. We also find Burger King.  Burger King and McDonalds both are popular in Korea.

We decided to eat at Burger King.  When you order at Burger King or McDonalds, you have a choice of how to order now.  You can either talk to the person at the cash register who speaks just enough English to take your order if you can’t speak Korean (However, we have been here for 12 years, so we speak to them in Korean), or you can use one of the new machines. I took a picture of the ordering machines for you, but I haven’t messed with them and never use them to order although many people do.  After you have ordered, they give you a piece of paper with a number, and they have a board where you wait for your number to come up, and then your order is ready.

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After you eat, you are expected to recycle.  There is a trash can, but there are also places to dump your ice, put your cups, and put your lids and straws.  Recycling in a really big thing in Korea. This culture thinks that if you are a good person, you will recycle.  My son in law recycles in front of our apartment building once a week. I did it in the beginning when we first came because they encouraged me to do it, bu my son in law has taken over, and I let him. In one of my blogs, I will show you the way they recycle at the apartment buildings.

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As we leave the food court, we pass an Italian restaurant.  It has a display case with models of the food. This is normal both in Korea and Japan. When the food court was open, they had models of the food with prices.  You chose which one you wanted, then went to the lady and told her which one you wanted. You paid for it, then she gave you a number, and you sat down and waited, looking at all the Korean restaurants knowing your number would come up on the sign board on top of one of them, and then when your number came up, you would go to that restaurant to get your food. It works the same in all the food courts here, but if there is Burger King, McDonalds, Baskin Robbins, or something like that, they are separate even though they are part of the food court.

We keep walking and go past clothing and jewelry.  As I said, this place is like a super WalMart and has everything. To get to the food because we are grocery shopping, we must go to another floor, so we take a moving sidewalk down.  At the bottom, we see the pharmacy, the “yakgook.” Yakgooks are everywhere, and it is very convenient to get Tylenol, band aids, etc., and to fill prescriptions in Korea. Next to the Yakgook, you also see a place where you can buy glasses, like a super WalMart. However, there is something I took a picture of for you that you can find here that you can’t find in American WalMarts that is very convenient.  If you lose weight or someone gives you clothes that just don’t fit, or just whatever reason, your clothes don’t fit, you can bring them to a place like this. They are all over the place.  They fix your clothes for you, and it is cheaper than buying new clothes.

We go on toward the place where the food is with our shopping cart on the next moving sidewalk.  There are many, many things available.  I took a picture of the candy isle. There is also soda pop. There is a bakery where you can buy all kinds of nice bread, cakes, pizza, muffins, bagels, croissants, etc.  We continue. You can buy already cooked, dried rice in small plastic bowls. When you take these home, all you have to do is open them up, add a few drops of water, cover them again, and put them in the microwave for a little, and you will have a nice hot bowl of rice.  My son in law says he doesn’t even add water to his.  To go along with these, there are several other things that you could just heat and eat to make your busy life easier.  These are just many packages of different dishes. My son especially liked me to buy the curry rice packages for him when he was here. My son in law likes the meat ball packages, the steak packages, etc.  On the opposite side from all this, there is cereal, all kinds like in America. We also recently got toaster pop ups, and that makes my daughter happy.

We go on through the store. We go past the coffee and tea isle where they have all kinds.  We come to the isle where they sell peanut butter, jelly, and even marshmallow cream.  On this isle, we can usually find imported canned goods of all kinds like canned fruit or pinto beans.  We can also find lots and lots of cans of tuna.  We don’t continue to the next isles because we really don’t need what is there, but in case you are wondering, there is sugar, flour, mayonnaise, ketchup, pancake syrup, cooking oil, etc. There is no shortening, but if we want solid shortening, we use butter.  We are headed for the butter and cheese isle where there are all kinds of cheeses from all over the world as well as all kinds of butter.  Next, we pick up milk, and you can get low fat milk. You don’t have to drink it with the fat in it if you don’t want to.

We continue on and see all kinds of exotic things. They have meat prepared for you to buy and cook yourself, but I have no idea what it is. When we get to the regular meat isle, we always look for chicken, pork, and hamburger. These are always much cheaper at EMart than in a place like Home Plus. Chicken is always there. Pork is always there, but hamburger is not always there. Even if hamburger is there, it may be so expensive that we won’t touch it.  If it is Korean beef, they price it off the charts crazy.  If they import it from Australia, it is half the price of Korean beef.  We never buy the Korean beef, but always the Australian beef.  At times, the beef is so expensive, but we still want the kinds of dishes that take ground meat. I have used ground pork in those circumstances. When you make spaghetti and meatballs for example, you really can’t tell a big difference between beef or pork because you have put your condiments, bread crumbs, and eggs in the meatballs and then covered them with spaghetti sauce.  The taste isn’t so different that it isn’t doable.  By the way, you can buy already made spaghetti sauce in jars.  We have tried the Korean brands as well as the imported brands, and we like the imported brands best, but we can’t get them in EMart. We have to go to Home Plus to get them. You can also use the ground pork for taco meat.  You can buy tortillas here as well as long horn or cheddar cheese which means you can make tacos, but usually, they will have to be made with flour tortillas instead of corn because corn tortillas are only found in import shops here, but you can find flour tortillas in EMart and Home Plus. Sometimes at Home Plus, you can buy packages of spices already mixed together for tacos or fajitas. If you want refried beans in your fajitas, you will have to learn to make them from scratch before you come.

After we leave the meat isle, we go on and see all kids of exotic things the Koreans eat.  We took some pictures for you to see.  We don’t know how to fix any of this stuff.  We go on to the vegetable and fruits.  There are all kinds of things to see here.  There are things we would consider normal, and some you may have never seen.  My daughter begins snapping pictures.  In one of the pictures, you can see plantains, cooking bananas.  When we lived in Nigeria, we used to buy these.  You slice them up and fry them in butter and put salt on them, and they are a great snack.  She also takes a picture of chamwee, or as some Koreans say chamway.  These are just two pronunciations we have heard for the same thing. They are small yellow melons.  I have never seen them in any other country, but they are good.  There is also a picture here of the Korean pears. They are big and round unlike American pears. They also keep for weeks on end in the fridge like apples unlike American pears.  They don’t bruise or go bad and soft quickly like American pears, and they are delicious.  There is also a shot of what Americans would call tangerines, but the Koreans call them kyul.  They are extremely popular here. They come from Jeju Island, the Korean Hawaii, an island to the complete south of the peninsula.  Many Koreans go there on vacation, and they bring these back with them.  These little tangerines are everywhere. Everyone has them. Everyone eats them.  When I get on a bus with other professors or with students to go somewhere, someone is always passing out kyul, their small tangerines. After class, often, students bring me a kyul as a gift like they bring apples to American teachers.  Kyul are just extremely, extremely popular in Korea.

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Across from the fruits and vegetables, there is a special section.  These are supposed to be fruits and vegetables grown in a healthier way than the regular fruits and vegetables, organic, and they are more expensive.

After we leave the fruits and vegetables, we go past some more Korean delicacies. There is a picture here of ginseng. Koreans love ginseng.  They even put it in candy.  You can get on a bus and smell ginseng products around you, especially if there are old people.  Korea is the ginseng capital of the world.  They believe it is extremely healthy.  They were pushing it on me so much when I first got here, that I looked it up on the internet, and it doesn’t have as many special things about it that the Koreans think it does according to what I read, but it doesn’t stop them from propagating it, believing in it, and using a lot of it.  There are also pictures here of dried fish.  From what I understand,  you are supposed fry these, but I haven’t ever seen it done or know how to do it myself.

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We also go past the paper products and the soap isles. We stop and take a picture of the soft plastic bag like laundry soap containers.  You can buy the regular packages here like in the States, but they also make these packages for you to use as refills for your heavy plastic bottle of detergent to make it cheaper.

Next, we head back upstairs on the moving sidewalk.  We check out at the checkout stand.  The store is crowded, so many people are checking out.  At the checkout stand, the woman will say to you “punktul dirilkayo?”  She is asking if you want a shopping bag.  You can answer in English if you say, “yeah” because that means “yes” in Korean.  If you want more than one, you will have to tell her, but she won’t speak English at all, so this is the first place you will probably have no choice but learn the Korean numbers.  In many situations, you won’t need Korean, but to check out, it is much easier if you learn just a little.  As for us, on this day, we don’t need shopping bags because we bought some with us. We have to pay for shopping bags in Korea.  I took a picture of our shopping bags.  The strawberry has a shopping bag inside, and many people carry these with them.  If you look at the blue ones, there are pictures on them.  They show you can shop and use them for trash bags.  You can only buy trash bags at the cash registers in Korea.  They have separate trash bags also that can’t be used as shopping bags, but they can’t be bought at EMart. You can buy bigger trash bags if you go to a local “super” which is what they call a small shop close to your house, but you will have to know how to ask for them.  You say “tsuregi punctul juseyo” which means please give me a trash bag.  They come in all different sizes, and you can either buy one or a package, and in the beginning, you will think they are expensive.  However, you won’t have to pay for a trash service. We actually use our bags that double as shopping bags for our trash bags. You have to buy the bags in your neighborhood or they won’t like it.  Every apartment building has a place where you deposit your trash in these special bags, and it is picked up once a week like the recycling.

Now, we are back in our car and leaving the parking garage. There are so many cars, there is a traffic jam coming out of the parking garage, and we just have to be patient. We are all waiting perched on a slope. It is hard to perch your car on a slope during a traffic jam. One false move, and you have hit another car.  Finally, we get to the bottom, and there is a little booth.  Luckily, at EMart, they don’t charge you to park, although, when they first put these booths in, they did, but now, they just count how long you were there and how many cars have been in the parking lot. However, if you go to a big fancy department store like Hyundai Department Store in Mokdong, you will have to collect every receipt you receive.  You must prove to them you have been shopping and not just using their parking garage for something else because parking can become a really big deal in Korea. If you have bought enough, you will not have to pay to get out of the parking garage at Hyundai Department Store, but if you have not bought enough for the amount of time you have been inside, then you must pay to get out.  I have actually found a way around all this nonsense.  When we go over there, the first temptation is to park on the pink floor of the parking garage because it has flowers, statues, etc., and everything is painted in pink for women to park there, but I don’t.  I go all the way to the bottom of the parking garage, in the deepest basement.  Very few cars go down there, so when it is time to leave, they may not have posted anyone at the gate and won’t have anyone there to charge you anything as you go out if you are lucky.

Our shopping trip is finished, and we head back for our apartment building.  When I get home, I plan on blogging before I forget what we did. On the way home, we talk about all the other things we do or can do in Korea that foreigners will enjoy reading about, so this isn’t the end of my blogging, just one blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easy Spanish, Lesson 23,”El Mensaje de Pascua.” (The Message of Easter.)

Buenos Tardes.  Ohora es Pascua. (Now, it is Easter.)  Muchas personas se prepan para para Pascus hoy. (Many people prepare for Easter today.)  Hoy, mi hija y yo hicimos algunos huevos de Pascuas con azucar.  (Today, my daughter and I made some Easter eggs with sugar.  Here in Korea, there are no Easter baskets.  However, tomorrow, there are random people who will be handing out Easter eggs.  That is the only thing I have ever seen people do for Easter in Korea.  Do you know the story of Easter?  Most people in the world know the story.  It is easier to understand a story in a foreign language if you already know it, so let’s tell the story of Easter in Spanish today.  Let’s get started. (Empiezamos nos!)

Repaso:\

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  1.  Que’ es?

reuesta: ___________________________________________________________________________________

2. De que’ colores son los huevos?

repusta:___________________________________________________________________________________

3. Por que’ la gente pintan los huevos?

repuesta: _________________________________________________________________________________

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4. Que’ es?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

5. Quien comen los conejos de chocolate?

repuesta:__________________________________________________________________________________

6. Quien traje los cestos con huevos, chocolate, y azucar?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

7.  Que’ los ninos hacen con los huevos de Pascuas?

repuesta: ________________________________________________________________________________

Leccion:

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Dios hizo un plan. (God made a plan.)

Fue una problema grande. (There was a big problem.)

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‘Esta problema fue los pecados de la gente. (This problem was the sins of the people.)

Dios ama la gente muchos. (God loves the people very much.)

Sin embargo, Dios no puede acepta los pecados. (However, God can’t accept the sins.)

Dios es sagrado. (God is holy.)

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Dios viven en el cielo. (God lives in Heaven.)

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La gente viven sobre la tierra. (The people live in the earth.)

La gente fue separado de Dios porque la gente pecaron. (The people were separated from God because the people sinned.)

‘Esta problema fue muy grande! (This problem was very big!)

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Dios necesita un plan grande.  (God needed a great plan.)

La gente necesitan el perdon. (The people needed forgiveness.)

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La gente necesitan un mensajero. (The people needed a messenger.)

Sin embargo, si Dios mando’ su hijo, la gente acepta a su hijo? (However, if God sent his son, would the people accept him?)

Si Dios mando’ su hijo, la gente cree sus palabras? (If God sent his son, would the people believe his words?)

Dios mando’ muchas profetas a la gente. (God sent many prophets to the people.)

‘Estas profetas dijieron la gente ca Dios madara’ su hijo. (The prophet told the people that God would send his son.)

La gente lo mataron muchos profetas. (The people killed many prophets.)

Si Jesus ira’ a la tierra, Dios pienso’ que’ la gente mataran a su hijo tambien. (If Jesus goes to the earth, God thought that the people would also kill his son.)

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Sin embargo, el mando’ su hijo a la tierra. (However, he sent his son to the earth.)

Dios amo’ la gente muchos!  (God loved the people a lot!)

Jesus vino’ la tierra. (Jesus came to the earth.)

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Jesus nos enseno’ acerca de Dios. (God taught us about God.)

Jesus nos dijo’ no hace pecados.  (Jesus told us not to sin.)

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Jesus nos dijo’ como escapar de los pecados. (Jesus told us how to get rid of our sins.)

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Jesus nos dijo’ como irnos en el cielo. (Jesus told us how to go to Heaven.)

Sin embargo, la gente fue lleno de los pecados. (However, the people were full of sin.)

Se gustan la gente a los pecados. (The people liked the sins.)

La gente fue furiosa y celoso. (The people were angry and jealous.)

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Como las profetas, la gente mataron Jesus tambien. (Like the prophets, the people killed Jesus also.)

Sin embargo, Jesus no fue solamente un hombre. (However, Jesus was not just a man.)

Jesus es el hjo de Dios. (Jesus is the son of God.)

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Despues la gente mataron Jesus, Jesus se levantaro’ del muerte!  (After the people killed Jesus, Jesus rose from the dead!)

Por ‘esto, nosotros celebramos la Pascua. (This is why we celebrate Easter.)

Jesus nos mostro’ el camino a Dios. (Jesus showed us the way to God.)

Explicaciones:

  1.  “amar” = to love. Sometimes, the Mexicans will say to people, “Te quiero,” literrally, I want you.  However, they mean, “I love you.”  The noun for “love” is “amor.” To conjugate “amar,” do it like you do every other “ar” verb.
  2. Since this is a Christian story, you need to understand some Christian language:  pecados= sins. sagrado, santa= Holy.  Dios= God.  cielo= Heaven.  La profeta= the prophet. There are also new words that are not Christian words:  separado=separated. el muerte= the death. el camino= the way, the road. acerca= about. la tierra= the earth. furiosa= angry. solamente= only. lleno= full (Remember in Spanish that the “ll” is pronounced like a “y.”). tambien= also. sin embargo= however. mensajero= message. la palabra- the word. la prima vez=the first time. finalamente= finally. celoso=jealous.
  3. Here are the new verbs:  mandar= to send.  mostrar= to show, matar= to kill, celebrar= to celebrate. escapar= to get away from. aceptar= to accept. ensenar= to teach (There should be a squiggly mark over the “n,” and it should be pronounced “ny.” I have conjugated many, many verbs for you, but I am going to give you a chance this time to see if you can remember the endings. If you have a problem, the answers are at the end, and you could always leave me a message.
  4. “como” can mean many things:  “como” = how, “como”= I eat. “como”= like or as. “como’ “= he ate, she ate.

Ejercisios:

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1.  Que’ tuvo’ Dios?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

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2.  Por que’ Dios necesito’ un plan?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

3. Donde’ vive Dios?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

4.  Como es Dios?

repuesta: _________________________________________________________________________________

5. Que’ es el problema grande de la gente?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

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6. Donde’ viven la gente?

repuesta: _________________________________________________________________________________

7.  Quien Dios mando’ al la tierra a ayudarnos la prima vez?

repuesta:__________________________________________________________________________________

8.  Finalamente, quein Dios mando’ a la tiera a ayudarnos?

repuesta: _________________________________________________________________________________

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9. Que’ Jesus hizo’ cuando fue sobre la tierra?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

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10.  Por que’ la gente mataron Jesus?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

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11. Despues la gente mataron Jesus, que’ Jesus hizo;?

repuesta: _________________________________________________________________________________

12.  Por que’ Jesus pudo levantar de el muerte?

repuesta: _________________________________________________________________________________

13. Que’ Jesus nos mostro’?

repuesta:__________________________________________________________________________________

14.  Por que’ nosotros celebramos Pascua?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

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Las Repuestas:

Las Repuestas del Repaso:

  1.  Es un cesto con los huevos de Pascuas.
  2. Los huevos de Pascuas son rojo, verde, amarillo, y azul.
  3. Las personas pintan los huevos de Pascuas porque quieren recordar el muerte de Jesus.
  4. Es un conejo de chocolate.
  5. Los ninos comen los conejos de chocolate.
  6. El conejo traje el cesto con chocolate, huevos, y azucar.
  7. Los ninos buscan para los huevos de Pascuas./ Los ninos juegan con los huevos de Pascuas.

Las Repuestas de los Ejercisios.

  1.  Dios tuvo’ un plan.
  2. Dios necesito’ un plan porque el es sagrado y no puedo acepta los pecados.  Sin embargo, Dios ama la gente y la gente hace muchos pecados.  La gente fue separado de Dios porque la gente hace pecados.
  3. Dios vive en el cielo.
  4. Dios es sagrado./ Dios es amor.
  5. La gente tiene una problema con los pecados.
  6. La gente vive sobre la tierra.
  7. Dios mando’ las profetas el prima vez.
  8. Finalamente, Dios mado’ su hijo, Jesus, a la tierra.
  9. Jesus nos ensenaro’ acerca de Dios./ Jesus ayudo’ muchas personas./ Jesus nos ensenaro’ como irnos la cielo.
  10. La gente mataron a Jesus porque los gustan a los pecados./ La gente mataron a Jesus proque fue furious y celoso.
  11. Despues la gente mataron a Jesus, Jesus se levanto’ de la muerte.
  12. Jesus pudo levantar de la muerte porque el es el hjo de Dios.
  13. Jesus nos mostro’ como irnos a cielo.
  14. Nosotros celebramos Pascua porque Jesus se levanto’ de la muerte y nos ayudo.’

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Sugar Eggs for Easter

When I was a little girl, my mother took me to a club meeting on the military base.  They were making sugar eggs and decorating them.  They used those Legg’s plastic eggs as the mold for the eggs. When I told my daughter about it, she was interested, but there is no way to get Legg’s plastic eggs in S. Korea.  That is when she bought some small plastic eggs because she thought it sounded like fun to do, and because her husband, my Korean son in law, is a real candy eater.  She thought he would really enjoy eating them.  They both thought that the eggs were homemade candy, and cooked.  They are a kind of homemade candy, but they are not cooked.  I taught my daughter how to make the sugar eggs.  Here is what we did:

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My daughter had a unique idea for separating the eggs I had never seen.

I was showing my daughter something new, and she showed me something new.  Our recipe called for an egg white, so we had to separated the egg. My daughter picked up the egg and poked a whole in it and dripped out the egg white leaving the egg yellow in the egg. I had never seen anyone do that before, but it was a good idea.

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My daughter beat the egg white with a wire whip until it was frothy.

Next, the egg white needed to be beaten until it was frothy, not standing up, but frothy.

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The egg white is frothy.

 

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After we added 3 1/2 cups of sugar to the frothy egg white, then we added 1/2 cup of powdered sugar.

After we beat the egg white, then we then we added 3 1/2 cups of sugar to the egg white, and then 1/2 of a cup of powdered sugar.  We initially mixed it together with the wire whip, but then we realized it was so dry we had to finish mixing it with our hands.

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We pressed the sugar mixture into the plastic eggs.

We began pressing the sugar mixture into the plastic eggs. We used the eggs as a mold.  We made sure they were hollowed, and there was just a layer inside of the plastic egg. After that, we turned the eggs upside down onto a pizza pan.

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Our first egg
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All of the eggs finished are left to dry.

We used all the sugar mixture we had and made as many eggs as we could, and then we left them to dry for an hour.

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My daughter turned the eggs the hollow side up.

After we let the eggs dry, my daughter was afraid of them not being dry on the under side.  She turned them up and we left them a little while to be sure they were dry inside too.

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I used 3 cups of powdered sugar.

To begin the icing for decorating, I put three cups of powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl.  Next, I added 1/2 of a cup of softened butter and mixed it into the powdered sugar.

We needed an egg yolk, so I separated the egg the way I was used to separating it. I put the egg white into a bowl, and then a yellow egg into the powdered sugar and butter.

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I added a teaspoon and a half of vanilla.

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Next, I added a teaspoon and a half  of vanilla and 3 tablespoons of milk to the mixture.

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Our decorator’s icing was ready to use.
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icing in a small bowl with some green food coloring

We decided that we wanted grass in all of the eggs, so we first made green icing.  I thought I had a decorator’s tip made for making grass, but when we sorted through, there wasn’t one there, so we used a different tip for the grass.

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We chose four colors.

We don’t use the decorator’s tips very often, and there wasn’t an unlimited supply icing, so we chose only to use four colors:  green, blue, yellow, and red.

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My daughter began putting the green icing in the eggs.

We both had a different idea of where the grass should go. I thought it should cover the inside of the egg like it was Easter grass.  My daughter thought it should just be in the bottom, so we compromised and put it in both ways.  She likes art an extreme amount and loves to do things like this, so I let her start with the green since it was the major color.

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We began trimming the eggs with the different colors.

After the eggs had all the green grass in them, my daughter asked what we should do next.  I told her we should make borders for the eggs.  We decided to make all the borders different colors.

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We left them to dry for a while.

We finished all the borders, and then left all the eggs to dry for a while.

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We put peanut M&M’s inside.

We decided to use peanut M&M’s because they are shaped like eggs.  We thought they would look like Easter eggs.  Our sugar eggs are finished.  When I was taught to make these, I was in the States, and there were many more things available to put inside the eggs, and the eggs were bigger.  If you are in the States, you can use those plastic Legg’s eggs as a mold and make them bigger.  You can put little plastic Easter bunnies or those candy Peeps inside, whatever you can think of to make them look like Easter.  We were happy with what we made, and my daughter is happy because she is always supplying her Korean husband with candy.  When he gets home from work, he will be laughing and happy.

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We Colored our Easter Eggs

We don’t live in America, and we don’t have access to all the stuff in the grocery stores that Americans have to color eggs, but we color them anyway.  We are kind of lucky right now because we actually have food coloring. In times past, food coloring was hard to get, and there were times I soaked eggs in tea, used onion skins, etc., any way I could think of coloring the eggs.  It is easy if you have food coloring.  I boiled the eggs while my daughter was at work, but we didn’t color any eggs until after dinner because even though she is grown, she really loves doing things like this.

We began by making sure we had an area to color the eggs where nothing would get colored we didn’t want colored. We took the table cloth off the table and put some paper towel down.  After that, we assembled all the things we would need:  We already had the eggs on the table in a big bowl, so next we got cups with water, food coloring, big spoons, a place to put the eggs after we colored them, and finally, some vinegar.

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We dropped food coloring and vinegar in the water.
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All the cups are ready to dye the eggs.
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We soaked our eggs in the cups with the water, food coloring, and vinegar.

We put some food coloring and a little vinegar in each of the cups.  We were ready to begin. We put a boiled egg in cup and let it soak until it took some color.

Our eggs took the color well!  This is the red one and the purple one. The purple one was so dark, it almost looked black.

After that, my daughter wanted to experiment. She wanted to do more than just change their colors. She wanted designs.

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My daughter was really happy with the designs she put on the eggs.

She got some Vaseline and rubbed it in patterns on the eggs with toothpicks before she put them in the cups to soak.  She was really happy how they turned out after she soaked them and then took a paper towel and wiped the Vaseline off.20190419_214645-11769412491.jpg

We colored all our eggs, and they are done. My Korean son in law read the blog about Romanians calling Easter eggs “red eggs.” He kept wondering around and asking, “Are you going to make red eggs?” I had to pull him aside and explain to him the Romanians call them red eggs, but Americans call them Easter eggs. He is thrilled with all the holiday preparations my daughter and I always do because Korea doesn’t make preparations at all for Easter.

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Easy Spanish, Lesson 22, “El Conejo Trae un Cesto.” (The Rabbit Brings a Basket.)

Buenos Tardes!  Hoy es viernes . Ayer fue jueves.  Manana sera’ sabado. (Good Afternoon. Today is Friday. Yesterday was Thursday. Tomorrow will be Saturday.)  Espero que’ te gusta espanol. (I hope that you like Spanish.)  Today is actually good Friday of Easter week.   Today, my daughter and I are making sugar eggs and coloring Easter eggs. There are no children at our house anymore, and we live in a country where there are no signs of Easter around us, but we are still celebrating the holiday.  Holidays are more fun if there are children.  Today, we will study what children do on Easter in Spanish. Let’s get started.  Empiezamos nos!

Repaso:

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  1.  Que’ son ‘estos?

repuesta: _________________________________________________________________________________

2.  De que’ color son ‘estos huevos?

repuesta: ____________________________________________________________________________________________

3. Por que’ la gente pintan los huevos?

repusta:____________________________________________________________________________________

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_4. Quien fue a la crux?

repuesa: ______________________________________________________________________________

5.  Quien tuvo un cesto de huevos debajo de la crux?

repuesta: _____________________________________________________________________________

5. Que’ cayo sobre los huevos?

repuesta: _____________________________________________________________________________

6. Por que’ Maria no quizo lavar sus huevos?

repuesta: ______________________________________________________________________________

Leccion:

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‘Esta muchacha tiene un conejo. (This girl has a rabbit.)

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Cuando Pascuas viene, el conejo trae los huevos de Pascuas y glosinas, chocolatinas, y azucar en un cesco. (When Easter comes, the rabbit brings Easter eggs, confectioneries, chocolate bars, and sweets in a basket.

El cesco de Pascuas hace los muchachos muy feliz. (The Easter basket makes the children very happy.)

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Los muchachos se gustan comer los huevos de Pascuas. (The children like to eat Easter eggs.)

Y los muchachos juegan los juegos con los huevos de Pascuas. (And, the children play games with the Easter eggs.)

La gente esconden los huevos de Pascuas y los muchachos buscan los huevos. (People hide the Easter eggs and the children look for the eggs.)

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Cuando Pascuas viene, los muchachos comen muchos azucar.  (When Easter comes, the children eat a lot of candy.)

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Las chocolatinas aparece con los conejos. (The chocolate bars look like rabbits.)
Te gustan las chocolatinas? (Do you like chocolate bars?)

 

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Cuando Pascuas viene, los muchachos se vesten en las ropas muy linda.  (When Easter comes, the children dress in very pretty clothes.)

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Las muchachas y los muchachos  vestirse en la ropa nueva. (The girls and the boys dress in new clothes.)

Muchos muchachos vestirse en un traje. (Many boys dress in suits.

(Muchas muchachas vestirse en un vestido. (Many girls dress in a dress.)

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Normalamente, es mas bueno si los padres llevan los ninos a la iglesia cada domingo. (Normally, it is better for the children if their parents take them to church every Sunday.)

Sin embargo, si no van a la iglesia cada domingo, cuando Pascuas viene, los padres los llevan los ninos a la iglesia.  (However, if they don’t go to church every Sunday, when Easter comes, the parents take the children to church.)

Para los ninos es necessita ir a las clases de Biblia porque es necessita apredender como ser la gente buena. (Bible classes are necessary for the children because it is necessary to learn how to be good people.)

Cuando Pascuas viene, los muchachos son muy feliz. (When Easter comes, the children are very happy.)

Explicaciones:

  1.  “traer” = to bring.  Simple present tense:  traigo= I bring.  traes= you bring. trae= he or she brings. usted trae= you bring (formal).  traemos= we bring. traen= they bring. ustedes traen= you guys bring (formal).  Simple past tense:  traje=I brought. trajiste= you brought. trajo’= he or she brought. usted trajo’= you brought (formal). trajimos= we brought. trajieron= they brought. ustedes trajieron= you guys brought (formal).  future tense: traere’= I will bring. traeras= you will bring. traera’= he or she will bring. usted traera’= you will bring (formal).  traeramos= we will bring. traeran= they will bring. ustedes traeran= you guys will bring (formal).  ///trayendo=bringing.  Trayeno un cesto se hace los ninos feliz.= Bringing a basket makes the children happy.
  2. “azucar” is actually a word they use for “candy” in Mexico, and translated literally, it means “sugar.”
  3. “jugar” = to play.  el juego= the game.  Simple present tense:  juego= I play. juegas=you play. juega= he or she plays. usted juega= you play (formal).  jugamos= we play. juegan=they play. ustedes juegan=you guys play (formal).  Simple past tense: jugue’= I played. jugaste= you played. jugo’=he or she played.  jugamos= we played.  jugaron= they played.  ustedes jugaron= you guys played (formal). Future tense: jugare’= I will play. jugaras= you will play. jugara’= he or she will play. usted jugara’= you will play (formal).  jugaramos= we will play. jugaran= they will play. ustedes jugaran= you guys will play (formal).  (Don’t forget that “j” in Spanish is pronounced like an English “h.”)  “jugando” = playing.  “I like playing games.”= “Me gusta jugando los juegos.”
  4. “esconder” = to hide.  Simple present tense: escondo= I hide. escondes= you hide. esconde= he or she hides.  usted esconde= you hide (formal).  escondemos= we hide.  esconden= they hide. ustedes esconden= you guys hide (formal).  Simple past tense: esconde’=I hid. escondiste= you hid. escondo’= he or she hid. usted escono’= you hid (formal). escondemos= we hid.  escondieron= they hid. ustedes escondieron= you guys hid (formal).  Future tense: escondere’= I will hide.  esconderas= you will hide.  escondera’= he or she will hide. usted escondera’= you will hide (formal).  esconderamos= you will hide. esconderan= they will hide. ustedes esconderan= you guys will hide. ///escondiendo= hiding.  “I like hiding Easter eggs.”= “Me gusta escondiendo los huevos de Pascuas.”
  5. ” buscar” = to hunt or look for. Simple present tense:  busco= I look for. buscas= you look for. busca= he or she looks for. usted busca= you look for (formal). buscamos= we look for. buscan= they look for. ustedes buscan= you guys look for (formal).  Simple past tense: busque’=I looked for. buscaste= you looked for.  busco’= he or she looked for. buscamos= we looked for. buscaron= they looked for.  Future tense:  bucare’= I will look for.  bucaras= you will look for. bucara’= he or she will look for. usted buscara’= you will look for (formal).  bucaramos= we will look for.  bucaran= they will look for. ustedes bucararn= you guys will look for (formal).  ///buscando= looking for.  “Se gustan los ninos bucando para los huevos de Pascuas.”  =” The children like looking for the Easter eggs. “
  6. “aparecer” = to appear or look like.  Simple present tense:  I look like= aparecio.  you look like= apareces. he or she looks like= aparece. you look like (formal)= usted aparece. we look like= aparecemos. They look like = aparacen. you guys look like (formal)= ustedes aparacen. Simple past tense:  aparacere’= I will look like. aparaceras= you will look like.  aparacera= he or she will look like. usted aparacera= you will look like (formal). aparaceramos= we will look like.  aparaceran= they will look like. ustedes aparaceran= you guys will look like (formal).  ////aparaciendo= looking like.  “Aparaciendo que es Pascuas.”= “It is looking like it is Easter. “
  7. Some new words:  la ropa= clothes.  nueva, nuevo= new. el vestido= a dress. linda= pretty. los padres= the parents. sin embargo= however. el traje= a suit.  es necessita= it is necessary.
  8. “vestirse” = to dress yourself.  Yes, this a reflexive verb. Simple present tense: verstirme= I dress myself. Versirme con un vestido.= I dress in a dress, I dress myself in a dress. Me gusta vestireme con un vestido. = I like to wear a dress. vestirte= you dress yourself.  Vestirte con un traje. = You dress yourself with a suit, You wear a suit. Vestirse= he dresses himself, she dresses herself, you dress yourself (formal), they dress themselves. vestirnos= we dress ourselves, we wear. Simple past tense. me vesti’= I dressed myself, I wore.  te vestiste= you dressed yourself, you wore. se vesto’= he dressed himself, he wore, she dressed herself,she wore, you (formal) dressed yourself, or wore.  nos vestimos= we dressed ourselves, we wore.  se vestieron= they dressed themselves, they wore, you guys (formal) dressed yourselves, or wore.  Future tense: me vestire’= I will dress myself, I will wear. te vestiras= you will dress yourself, you will wear.  se vestira’= he will dress himself or will wear, she will dress herself or will wear, you (formal) will dress yourself, or will wear. nos vestiramos= we will dress ourselves, or will wear.  se vestiran= they will dress themselves, or will wear, you guys (formal) will dress yourselves, or will wear.
  9. “llevar” = to take a person or thing somewhere.  Simple present tense: llevo= I take. llevas=you take. lleva= he or she takes.  usted lleva= you take (formal).  llevamos= we take. llevan= they take. ustedes llevan= you guys take (formal).  Simple past tense:  lleve’= I took. llevaste= you took. llevo’= he or she took.  usted llevo’= you took (formal).  llevamos= they took.  llevaron= they took. ustedes llevaron= you guys took (formal).  Future tense: llevare’= I will take.  llevaras= you will take. llevara’= he or she will take. usted llevara’= you will take (formal). llevaramos= we will take.  llevaran= they will take. ustedes llevaran= you guys will take (formal). //llevando= taking. “Me gusta levando la gente la iglesia.”= I like taking people to church.

Exercicisos:

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  1.  Que’ es?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

2.  Quien trae el cesto de Pascuas?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

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3.  De que’ la gente hicieron el conejo?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

4.  Te gusta chocolate?

repuesta:__________________________________________________________________________________

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5. Que’ hacen los ninos con los huevos de Pascuas?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

6.  Te gusta jugar con los huevos de Pascuas?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

7. Te gusta comer los huevos de Pascuas?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

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8. Con que’ el nino se vesto’?

repusta: ___________________________________________________________________________________

9. Con que’ la nina se vesto’?

repuesta:__________________________________________________________________________________

10.  Por que’ los ninos se vestieron con la ropa nueva?

repuesta: _________________________________________________________________________________

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11.  Donde’ los padres llevan los ninos por Pascuas?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

12. Por que’ es necessita ir a la iglesia para los ninos?

repuesta:__________________________________________________________________________________

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Las Repuestas: 

Las Repuestas del Repaso:

  1.  Son huevos de Pascuas.
  2. Son rojo, amarillo, verde, y azul.
  3. La gente pintan los huevos a recordar el sangre de Jesus.
  4. Jesus fue a la crux.
  5. Maria tuvo’ un cesto de los huevos.
  6. El sangre de Jesus cayo’ sobre los huevos.
  7. Maria no quizo lavar los huevos porque quizo recordar a Jesus.

Las Repuestas de Los Ejercisios:

  1.  Es un cesto con los huevos de Pascuas.
  2. El conejo trae el cesto de Pascuas.
  3. la gente hicieron el conejo de chocolate.
  4. Si’, me gusta chocolate./ No, no me gusta chocolate.
  5. Los ninos juegan con los huevos de Pascuas./ Los ninos comen los huevos de Pascuas./ Los ninos buscan para los huevos de Pascuas.
  6. Si’, me gusta jugar con los huevos de Pascuas./ No, no me gusta jugar con los huevos de Pascuas.
  7. Si’, me gusta comer los huevos de Pascuas./ No, no me gusta comer lost huevos de Pascuas.
  8. El nino se vesto’ con un traje.
  9. La nina se vesto’ con un vestido.
  10. Los ninos se vestieron con las ropas nuevas porque es Pascuas.
  11. Los padres llevan los ninos a la iglesia por Pascuas.
  12. Es necessita ir a la iglesia porque los ninos necessita aprender como ser bueno.
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What is the Passover, and What is its Relationship to Easter?

I heard a speech by President Trump on Facebook last week, and he was calling Easter Passover.  In English, we call it Easter, but in several other languages, they call this holiday Passover. Easter is just a German word that was passed to us by our ancient ancestors.  When Jesus went into Jerusalem and was crucified, he actually went to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, a holiday celebrated by the Jews that began when they were slaves in Egypt. We wonder why the whole world seems to be celebrating a Jewish holiday, but there is much more to it than we realize.  First I will explain what the Passover actually is because when you learn what it is, it makes sense for it to be connected to Christianity.

If you go back to your Bibles, yes, the dusty book on the shelf many people never read, go to Exodus chapter 12. Exodus is the second book in the Bible.  We read verses 1 -30.  It is the story of the first Passover.  The Israelites, the Jews, had gone to Egypt and gotten caught and used as slaves.  They wanted out of slavery, and God sent Moses to get them out of Egypt.  Most people have heard of the plagues in Egypt.  Moses would go into Pharaoh and say, “Let my my people go,” and Pharaoh would say “no.” Every time, God would sent a plague on the land like excessive frogs or flies or something else that made their lives unbearable, and Moses hoped it would dislodge Pharaoh’s mind and make him more cooperative, but Pharaoh just refused to cooperate.   Finally, God sent the angel of death to convince Pharaoh. He planned on killing every first born of every family.  However, since it was the Jewish people he was trying to save, it didn’t make sense to kill their first born also.  God made a plan for the death angel to pass over the houses of the Jewish people and let them all be safe.

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They were given instructions to kill a baby lamb without blemish and take the blood of that lamb and mark the top and sides of their door frames so the angel of death would know they were inside and leave everyone in that house alone.  They were told to stay inside all night long, and they were told to have a specific meal eaten in a specific way.  This sacrificial lamb became Jesus (1 Corinthians 5:7). Jesus died so our sins could be forgiven (John 3:16). Jesus was without sin, without blemish, and it made him the perfect sacrifice for our sins. This lamb was supposed to be cooked whole over a fire, not boiled, but roasted because it was quicker because the feast symbolized that the Jewish people must leave Egypt quickly.

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They were to eat bread with no yeast or baking powder.  This is because they were getting ready to leave quickly, and it symbolized that they didn’t have time to let the bread rise.  This is taken into Christianity, and in Christianity, the yeast in the bread symbolizes sin.  In 1 Corinthians 5:7, the people are told to get rid of the yeast, and Paul defines the yeast as “malice and wickedness.”  This is why many churches don’t use yeast in their bread when they take communion.

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The Jewish people were also supposed to eat “bitter herbs.”  What are “bitter herbs”?  According to the modern Jews, “bitter herbs” are romaine lettuce, horse radish, and endives (escarole).  They are not to cook these herbs at all. They can’t even soak them because they must remain bitter to remind them that what the Egyptians did to them was bitter, and it keeps them thankful to God for what he did for them.  Perhaps Christians should also eat these bitter herbs to remind us what God did for us when he sent his son to take away our bitterness, our sin. The Jews have a woman’s name “Mara” which means “bitterness.”  They call these bitter herbs they are supposed to eat “maror.”

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They people were given instructions to wear their traveling clothes, and wear their shoes, to be ready to go at a moment’s notice during this feast.  They were supposed to be ready to leave bondage quickly.  This is like we are told to live our lives in such a way that Christ could come back at any time, that the world could end at any time. Once we repent and have our sins washed away in the blood of the lamb (baptism), then we need to live a life worthy of being called a Christian to the end of our lives because no one knows when they will die or when the world will end.  We need to be ready for the day of judgement.

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The Passover holiday is actually seven days long. Perhaps that is where we got the idea of Easter vacation or Spring break in America.  The Passover holiday actually began with a feast and ended with a feast.  Between the feasts, the people are supposed to rest. During the feast, there is a conversation that is supposed to go on.  A kid is supposed to ask why they are doing it, and one of the older people are supposed to tell the story of the Passover in Egypt.  The feast is supposed to begin at twilight on one evening and end at twilight the next evening.  It mentions the twilight in the passage in Exodus, and it is also written in Numbers 9:2 that the meal is supposed to begin at twilight. Perhaps this is part of the reason so many modern Easter celebrations are at night.  The Orthodox church has church services in the middle of the night, and in America, a lot of churches have sunrise services. During the Passover meal, no one was to go outside. They all had to stay inside to be saved from the angel of death because their house had been marked with the blood of the lamb.  As Christians, baptism washes us in the blood of the lamb, our sins are covered just as that door frame was covered with the blood of the lamb.

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Jesus took part in the Passover, and when he did, he gave instructions for us.  He began what we call Communion or the Lord’s Supper.  Read Luke 22:17-18 and Matthew 26: 26-29.  Jesus gave instructions during the Passover meal that when we eat the unleavened bread and drink of the fruit of the vine (some drink wine, and some drink grape juice), that we remember his sacrifice.  The bread symbolizes his body, and the fruit of the vine symbolizes his blood that was shed for us.  If you read church history, the early church actually took Communion every Sunday because it was the day that Jesus rose from the dead.  If you look at Acts 20:7, Luke records that they gathered together on the first day of the week to take Communion and Paul preached.  If you read Acts 2:42-47, it is the first day of the church, and one of the things they were dedicating themselves to is the “breaking of bread” (Communion).  1 Corinthians 11 also has an example of them coming together to remember the sacrifice of Christ with Communion. Jesus connected the Passover to Christianity because he instituted Communion during Passover and was killed during Passover.

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Passover was so long ago. How do we know we get the dates right when we celebrate Easter?  If you read the Exodus 12 passage, the first verse says it was in the first month, and the feast was to last from the 14th day to the 20th day.  If you go on to Deuteronomy 16:1, it calls that first month, the month of Abib.  The month of Abib is from the Canaanite calendar.  The Jewish calendar calls the month of Abib Nisan, and the Babylonian calendar calls it Nisanu.  This month on our calendars is March and April.  Most of the world uses the Gregorian calendar, and this is the corresponding time on the Gregorian calendar.  The Orthodox use the Julian calendar that only has ten months instead of twelve, and that is why the Orthodox celebrate this holiday close to when we celebrate it, but often they celebrate a week before or after.  We may not have the exact time right, but we have it close enough.  We know when Passover was, so we know when Jesus died, was buried, and resurrected on the third day.  Passover and Easter are indelibly connected.  This is why many people say that Easter is the true Christian holiday.  It is all about Jesus’ crucifixion and rising on the third day.  The Roman emperor even posted guards because they knew that Jesus prophesied that he would rise from death, and they thought his followers would steal his body and then say he had risen from the death. The tomb was guarded, so no one could get in, but Jesus got out. Even death couldn’t hold him. He rose from the dead!!!

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Where Does the Easter Bunny Come From?

We have probably all heard the old idea that the Easter Bunny comes from a pagan festival, but there are more ideas than that floating around about the Easter Bunny.  It is true that English got its word for Easter from the Germans.  There was an old Saxon goddess named Eostre (alternate spellings: Ostara, Oestre). She was the goddess of spring and fertility.  The Saxons are the German tribe that went in to England and joined the Gaelic and Pict who were already there, and then eventually even meshed with Romans most of who didn’t stay, but extremely influenced England.  The celebration of this goddess in the spring time and the Passover of the Jews just happened to follow at the same time. In many European languages, Easter is not named after the Saxon goddess, but after Passover.  In Romanian, Easter is “Past’ (pronounced pasht).  In Spanish, Easter is “Pascua” also meaning Passover.  It seems that through history, we seem to have condensed these two holidays into one, and also added the death, burial, and Resurrection of Christ into the mix because it was during Passover week that Jesus died, was buried, and then rose from the dead.  There is more than just the names that have been mixed together.

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There is an ancient Greek belief that rabbits could have babies without mating.  The New Testament was originally written in Greek, and Jesus and the apostles did their preaching in the Greek language. The ancient Germans also had the same belief about rabbits being able to have babies without mating.  The symbol of the old Germanic goddess, Eostre was a hare, a large rabbit because rabbits are known for having lots and lots of babies, the symbol of fertility.

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In medieval times, they began associating the rabbit with the virgin Mary.  Mary had Christ without having slept with a man, so they would make pictures of her and rabbits.  The Catholics insist that the rabbit is a Christian symbol because of the ancient Catholics believed that rabbits could have babies without mating like Mary did.

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There is an old pagan story about the goddess Eostre.  It seems that spring came late one year.  She found a frozen bird in the snow. She took mercy on it and turned it into a rabbit who could lay multi colored eggs only during the festival of Eastre that happened to take place at the same time as the Passover.

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German children believe that “Oschter Haws” (the Easter Bunny) brings them colored eggs and chocolate on Easter just like Santa Claus brings gifts and chocolate on Christmas. However, in some parts of Germany, they believe that a fox brings the eggs rather than a rabbit, and some of German heritage in Switzerland believe that a cuckoo brings the eggs.

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The Dutch brought the “Oschter Haws” tradition to America in the 1700’s.  They were Dutch Lutheran settlers, more Germans.  The children used their Easter hats or Easter bonnets like baskets and put them out for the Easter Rabbit to put the eggs, chocolates, and for some, toys in.  As usual, the Americans liked the tradition and copied it making it something that all American do on Easter.  Americans have a tendency to take everyone’s traditions and enjoy them without understanding them like they did with the Christmas tree and with Halloween that were both brought to America by European immigrants.

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It seems that three holidays blended to become one, the old Eastre festival, Passover, and the celebration of the death, burial, and Resurrection of Jesus.  Easter is considered the only truly religious holiday because the Passover and the death, burial, and Resurrection of  Jesus are recorded in the Bible.  We know for a fact when Jesus died, was buried, and rose from the grave, and we know when the Jews celebrated Passover. If we talk about Christmas, the time of Jesus’ birth is not as concrete as his death. English is a language that was influenced by the Saxons, the German tribe that went into England.  If you want to read the earliest books in English, you couldn’t understand them, and if someone read them out loud, they would sound like German to you. Christianity came to Europe, and the old holidays and the news ones meshed. Now a days, we have a hard time sorting out what came from where because these holidays have been celebrated for so many years and had so much influence from different societies.

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Easy Spanish, Lesson 21. “Contando el Cuento de los Huevos de Pascuas.” (Telling the story of the Easter eggs.)

Gracias! (Thanks!)  I have given foreign language lessons on my blog before, but the Spanish blogs are by far the most popular.  If you are interested in learning a little Romanian, Japanese, or Korean, there are lessons for those on my blog too.  I continue with the Spanish blogs because the number of people who seem to like them is larger than with the other blogs.  Spanish is just something I have been doing for a long time. It has been part of me for many, many years. I am glad it is something that people like.  Continuamos nos estudiando espanol!( Let’s continue studying Spanish!)

Repaso:

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  1. Cuando escribo en espanol, entiendes?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

2.  Puedes entender espanol?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

3. Que’ haces con tu cerebro?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

4.  Puedes recordar espanol? (recordar= to remember)

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

5. Que’ dices cuando no entiendes?

repuesta:_________________________________________________________________________________

6.  Crees en Dios?

repuesta: _________________________________________________________________________________

7. Piensas que iras a la iglesia por la Pascua?

repuesta: _________________________________________________________________________________

8. Puedes traducir un poco de espanol a ingles?

repuesta:_________________________________________________________________________________

Leccion:

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Contamos nos el cuento de los huevos de Pascua. (Let’s tell the story of the Easter eggs.)

‘Esto cuento es de Romania. (This story is from Romania.)

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Cuando Jesus fue a la crux, Maria fue  debajo de la crux. (When Jesus was n the cross, Mary was below the cross.)

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Maria tuvo un cesto de los huevos. (Mary had a basket of eggs.)

El sangre de Jesus cao’ sobre sus huevos. (The blood of Jesus fell on her eggs.)

Cuando Maria fue a su casa, veo’ el sangre que cayo’ sobre sus huevos. (When Mary went home, she saw the blood that fell on her eggs.)

No quizo’ lavar el sangre de su huevos. (She didnt’ want to wash the blood from her eggs.)

Fue el sangre de Jesus! (It was the blood of Jesus!)

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El ano proximo, Maria decidio’ pintar sus huevos rojo un otra vez. (The next year, Mary decided to paint her eggs red again.)

Si sus huevos era rojo, ella pudo’ recordar el muerte de Jesus. (If her eggs were red, she could remember the death of Jesus.)

Cada ano, ella pinto’ sus huevos rojo a recordar el muerte de Jesus. (Every year, she painted her eggs red to remember the death of Jesus.)

Las otras personas mirian que Maria hizo. (Other people saw what Mary did.)

Se gustan que Maria hizo las otras personas. (The other people like what Mary did.)

Las otras personas decidieron pintar sus huevos rojos tambien. (The other people decided to paint their eggs red too.)

Despues muchos anos, muchas personas empiezaron pintar sus huevos rojo. (After many years, man people began painting their eggs red.)

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Y despues muchos anos, la gente decidieron a usar los otros colores tambien. (And after many years, the people decided to use other colors also.)

De ‘este nosotros tenemos los huevos de Pascuas. (This is where we got Easter eggs.)

Esto’ cuento no esta’ en Biblia. (This story isn’t in the Bible.)

Esto’ cuento viene de tradicion. (This story comes from tradition.)

Explicacciones:

  1.  “cuento” = story.  “contar” = to count, to tell, to narrate.  Conte’ un cuento. = I told a story.  Contare’ un cuento.  = I will tell a story.  Cuento un cuento.= I tell a story.  Contando un cuento = telling a story. Me gusta contando un cuento = I like telling a story. Simple present tense: cuento= I tell, narrate, or count.  cuentas= you tell, narrate, or count.  cuenta= he or she tells, narrates, or counts. usted cuenta= you tell, narrate, or count (formal).  contamos= we tell, narrate, or count.  contan= they tell, narrate, or count.  ustedes contan= you guys tell, narrate, or count (formal).  Simple past tense:  conte’= I told, narrated, or counted.  contiste= you told, narrated, or counted. conto’= he or she told, narrated, or counted.  usted conto’= you guys told, narrated, or counted (formal). contamos= we told, narrated, or counted.  contaron= they told, narrated, or counted.  ustedes contaron= you told, narrated, or counted (formal).  Future tense:  contare’ = I will tell, narrate, or count. contaras= you will tell, narrate, or count.  contara’= he or she will tell, narrate or count.  usted contara’=you will tell, narrate, or count (formal).  contaramos= we will tell, narrate, or count.  contaran= they will tell, narrate, or count. ustedes contaran= you guys will tell, narrate, or count (formal).
  2. “tener” = to have. I have already conjugated this for you in another blog. Do you remember how to conjugate it? Simple present tense: Tengo, tienes, tiene, tenemos, teinen.  Simple past tense:  tuve, tuviste, tuvo’, tuvimos, tuvieron. future tense: tendre’, tendras, tendra, tendremos, tendran. “teniendo almuerza” = having lunch. Me gusta teniendo almuerzo= I like having lunch. On many of the verbs, all you have to do is to learn the endings and replace the “er, ir, or ar” with the ending, but “tener” is an irregular verb, and you have to completely memorize it.  However, it makes it a little easier because if you remember that some irregular verbs after “I” in present tense have “go” as the ending. and the “tango” is a dance, you can remember “tengo” = I have.  The other verbs in simple present tense except for the “we” verb, have “ie” instead of just “e” in the middle of the verb.  In simple past tense, the endings are the same as for other verbs, but the verb almost completely changes” :tuve’= I had.  However, if you learn “tuve’,” you can remember that the stem for all the other simple past tense verbs is “tuv.”  The same with future tense,  The endings are the same, but the stem changes to “tendr.”  It gives you “tendre”” as I will have.  Just remember the “tendre’,” and you can remember the endings and add them to “tendre.”
  3. “caer” = to fall is another irregular verb. Simple present tense:  caigo= I fall. caes= you fall. cae= he or she falls. usted cae= you fall (formal). caemos= we fall. caen= they fall. ustedes caen= you guys fall (formal).  Simple past tense:  cae’= I fell.  caiste= you fell. cayo’= he or she fell. usted cayo’= you fell (formal). Caemos= we fell. caeiron = they fell. ustedes caeiron= you guys fell (formal).  future tense:  caere’ = I will fall. caeras= you will fall. caera= he or she will fall. usted caera= you will fall (formal). caeramos= we will fall. caeran= they will fall. ustedes caeran= you guys will fall (formal).
  4. “lavar” = to wash.  Simple present tense:  lavo=I wash. lavas= you wash. lava= he or she washes.  usted lava= you wash )(formal).  lavamos= we wash. lavan= they wash. ustedes lavan= you guys wash (formal).  Simple past tense:   lave’= I washed. lavaste= you washed. lavaron= they washed.  usted lavo’= you washed (formal).  lavamos= they washed.  lavaron= they washed. ustedes lavaron= you guys washed (formal).  future tense:  lavare’ = I will wash.  lavaras= you will wash. lavara= he or she will wash.  usted lavara= you will wash (formal).  lavaramos= we will wash.  lavaran= they will wash. ustedes lavaran= you guys will wash (formal).
  5. “pintar” = to paint.  Simple present tense: pinto= I paint. pintas= you paint. pinta= he or she paints. usted pinta= you paint (formal).  pintamos= we paint.  pintan= they paint.  ustedes pintan= you guys paint (formal).  Simple past tense: pinte’= I painted. pintaste= you painted. pinto’= he or she painted.  usted pinto’= you painted (formal). pintamos=we painted. pintaron= they painted. ustedes pintaron= you guys painted (formal).  Future tense:  pintare’= I will paint. pintaras= you will paint. pintara= he or she will paint. usted pintara= you will paint (formal). pintaramos= we will paint.  pintaran= they will paint. ustedes pintaran= you guys will paint (formal).
  6. “recordar”= to remember.  Simple present tense: recuerdo= I remember. recuerdas= you remember.  recuerda= he or she remembers.  usted recuerda= you remember (formal).  recordamos= we remember. recordan= they remember, ustedes recordan= you guys remember (formal).  Simple past tense: recuedre’= I remembered. recordaste= you remembered. recuerdo’= he or she remembered. usted recuerdo’= you remembered (formal), recordamos= we remembered. recuerdaron= they remembered. usted recuerdaron= you guys remembered (formal).  Future tense: recordare’= I will remember. recordaras= you will remember.  recordara’= he or she will remember.  usted recorara’= you will remember (formal).  recordaramos= we will remember.  recordaran= they will remember. ustedes recordaran= you guys will remember (formal).
  7. There are several good vocabulary words here:  despues= after. tambien= also, cada= every, muerte= death, sangre= blood, cesto= basket, crux= cross, Jesus (pronounced: haysoos). Biblia (pronounced: beeblee-ah). otra, otro, otras, otros = other or another. la gente= people. una persona= a person, otras personas= other people.

Ejercicios: 

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  1.  Donde’ Maria fue?

repuesta: ________________________________________________________________________________

2. Que’ cayo’ sobre de los huevos de Maria?

repuesta: _________________________________________________________________________________

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3. De que color fueron los huevos de Maria?

repuesta: _________________________________________________________________________________

4.  Por que’Maria no lavo’ los huevos?

repuesta:_________________________________________________________________________________

5.  Que’ Maria hizo por el ano proximo?

repuesta: _________________________________________________________________________________

6.  Que’ la gente hicieron cuando ellos miraron los huevos de Maria?

repusta: __________________________________________________________________________________

7.  Que’ la gente hicieron con los huevos de Pascuas mas despues?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

8. Puedes contar una cuenta en el espanol?

repuesta: __________________________________________________________________________________

9. Que’ haces con los huevos por Pascuas?

repuesta: _________________________________________________________________________________

10. Te gusta pintar los huevos de Pascuas?

repuesta: ________________________________________________________________________________

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Las Repuestas:

Las Repuestas del Repaso:

  1.  Si’, cuando escribes en espanol, entiendo./ No, cuando escribes en espanol, no entiendo./ Cuando escribes en espanol, entiendo un poco.
  2. Si’, puedo entender espanol./ No, no puedo entender espanol./ Puedo entender un poco de espanol.
  3. Pienso con mi cerebro./ Aprender on mi crebro./ Creo con mi cerebro./ Recuerdo con mi cerebro./ Quiero con mi cerebro.= I want with my brain. / Entiendo con mi cerebro./ Compredo con mi cerebro.
  4. Si’, puedo recordar espanol./ No, no puedo recordar espanol./ Si’, puedo recordar un poco de espanol.
  5. No entiendo./ No comprendo./ Ayuda ma./ Traduzca por favor.
  6. Si’, creyo en Dios./ No, no creyo en espanol./ No lo se.
  7. Si’, pienso que ire’ a la iglesia por Pascuas./ No, no pienso que ire’ a la iglesia por Pascuas./ No lo se.
  8. Si’, puedo traduzco de espanol a ingles./ No, no puedo traduzco de espanol a ingles./ Puedo traduzco un poco de espanol a ingles.

Las Repuestas de los Ejercisios:

  1.  Maria fue debajo del crux.
  2. El sangre de Jesus cayo’ sobre de los huevos de Maria.
  3. Los huevos de Maria fue rojo.
  4. Maria no lavo’ los huevos porque el sangre de Jesus fue sobre sus huevos y quizo recordar el muerte de Jesus.
  5. Maria pinto’ sus huevos rojo el ano proximo.
  6. Cuando la gente miraron los Huevos de Maria, ellos pintaron sus huevos tambien.
  7. Despues de ‘esto, la gente dicidieron pintar los huevos mas colores de rojo.
  8. Si’, puedo contar una cuenta en espanol./ No, no puedo contar una cuenta en espanol.
  9. Pinto los huevos por Pascuas.
  10. Si’, me gusta pintar los huevos de Pascuas./ no, no me gusta pintar los huevos de Pascuas.