Comparisons

¡Hola y bienvenidos!

Welcome linguists! We hope you’ve had a lovely bank holiday weekend. ¡Qué buen tiempo hacía!

We continue to be delighted by the marvellous work you’ve been sending us, and we do hope you’ve been enjoying having a go at some of the cultural activities on the Y7 Spanish Learning Menu. Keep emailing us your linguistic and creative endeavours at mflwordpress@clf.uk so that we can share your fabulous work (and inspire others to get on board with the cultural stuff!).

So, last week we looked at how we use adjectives in Spanish to describe nouns. This week we’re going to be recycling some of those lovely personality and character adjectives to take our descriptive writing skills up a notch: After today’s lesson, you should feel more confident not only describing people or objects, but comparing them too.

For those of you who are wondering how on earth we go about that – fear not! – here is a handy video to explain all. Watch up to 4 minutes for a basic explanation on how to form comparisons with adjectives, and watch all the way through if you feel ready to deepen your understanding of this aspect of grammar and broaden your vocabulary. Make sure you have a pen and piece of paper handy to take notes.

Over to you now to put that into practice. Test your knowledge by having a go at activities A-E on the worksheet. Activity A is the easiest and then they get a little trickier 🙂

Pssst! Answers to the activities can be found at the bottom of this post.

As well as using comparisons, you can also use a range of intensifiers to add an extra layer of detail and interest to your writing. These are small words that add detail to (intensify) the adjectives you are using. Using knowledge organiser 2 (at the bottom of this post), can you find the meaning of these Spanish intensifiers?

Broma del día – Joke of the day

La cultura española

Last week we learnt about one of the most famous tourist attractions in Barcelona called La Sagrada Família. Continuing with the theme of the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, this week we are going to look at another well-known attraction designed by Gaudí: Parc Güell, which is also in Barcelona.

Did you know?

1. The park was originally envisaged as a modern housing estate

This is perhaps the most surprising fact about Parc Güell: it wasn’t originally planned to be a park at all. Rather, Gaudí’s plan was to create a modern housing estate far from the smog and chaos of the city down below. His plans called for houses with modern conveniences such as running water as well as facilities such as a market, a laundry room, a church and a public square.

2. The park is named after Gaudí’s patron

Ever wondered why the park was called the Parc Güell and not the Parc Gaudí? The reason is that – aside from Gaudí probably being too modest to ever put his name to one of his creations – the park is named after Gaudí’s longtime patron and friend, Eusebi Güell. In fact, the park is not the only monument by Gaudí to have Güell’s name: the Colonia Güell and the Palau Güell are just two other examples.

3. The Park’s Design was Inspired by Nature

We all know by now that Antoni Gaudí had a fascination with all things nature. He ensured that the construction of the park worked alongside the natural environment and the land, using the mountainous shapes to his advantage instead of demolishing them. He tried to mimic the shape and structure of the trees in the park in his design of the park’s columns. You won’t see straight lines in Gaudí’s work, as he claimed that there weren’t any in nature. Instead, he favored lines at a slant, or curves – the shape of natural elements such as plants, trees, and rocks.

4. Antoni Gaudí lived in the park until he died…

When no one decided to invest in Güell and Gaudí’s houses, the project was abandoned and in 1906, Gaudí bought the model house which had been built on the plot. He lived here with his family until he died in 1926, knocked over by a tram-car in Barcelona and left to die after he was mistaken for a pauper because of his modest attire.

Click here for more pictures: https://www.parkguell.es/en/galeria-fotografias

Want to take a virtual tour of Parc Güell? Click here: https://www.parkguell.es/tour/

Task: During your visit, make a note of any interesting things you see around the park. You could have a go at designing your own park inspired by Parc Güell

We would love to see what you have been able to create so please email us with photos at mflwordpress@clf.uk

Vale chicos y chicas… We hope you enjoyed today’s lesson 🙂

¡Hasta la próxima!