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Wendy . Blog Publicado 21 Julio 2014

Our long-awaited summer vacation is here for most. You may already be at the beach or traveling* the world, forgetting about studying for a few weeks. Some of you may still be working at your desk, counting the days until you're free! And then....you'll probably be spending some time reading books and writing emails to those you left behind. I hope you'll also be eating out, having barbecues, going to interesting places and dancing in the moonlight. Some of you may be climbing the pyramids in Mexico, cruising the Mediterranean, flying to the other side of the world or drinking mojitos at your local disco.

Maybe you're one of the "Españoles por el mundo" who is residing abroad. You're happy, living in foreign lands, experiencing new things every day. You've "gone native" and are really enjoying your new environment. You aren't driving anymore. You've decided that walking and riding your bike are much healthier habits. You're learning to cook like a native too, but you're frustrated because there isn't any Spanish ham! "Jamón!" You find yourself dreaming about eating a big "bocadillo de jamón." Then you start missing your family and friends and all the partying that went on during the school year. And when you get back and the new school year commences, you remember taking summer siestas under palm trees, relaxing from busy days of swimming and surfing, snorkeling and searching for sunken treasure. Wait! What's that? A sea turtle? Your heart starts beating like crazy. Or is it a S-H-A-R-K? Ackkk! You find yourself praying and wake up screaming! Phew! It's just the alarm clock. Time to get up and go back to work! SUMMER HOMEWORK: Can you figure out why these verbs are written as they are? Find several similar ones and come up with your own rules. Don't look below the pictures until you've decided. Vocabulary: long-awaited: muy esperado free: libre, (o gratis) left behind: dejado atrás climbing: trepando, subiendo residing abroad: residir en el extranjero go native: hacer como hacen los del local environment: entorno, (o el medioambiente) riding your bike: montar en bicicleta o moto healthier: más saludable (healthy) snorkeling: buceo de superficie searching: buscar sunken treasure: tesoro sumergido turtle: tortuga beating like crazy:palpitar a lo loco praying: rezar screaming: gritar, chillar come up with: ocurirse your own rules: tus propias reglas

Homemade rules for the use of the gerund from context Traveling* (American) = Travelling (British) We don't agree on this one 1 vowel + 1 consonant at the end + the last syllable isn't stressed = No change say the Americans. Double the "l" say the British! studying = Maintain the "y" before ING working = 2 consonants at the end= No change +ING spending = 2 consonants at the end = No change + ING reading = 2 vowels= No change + ING writing = drop the silent "e" and add ING eating = 2 vowels = No change + ING having = drop the silent "e" and add ING going = add ING dancing = drop the silent "e" and add ING climbing = 2 consonants at the end= No change + ING cruising = drop the silent "e" and add ING flying = Maintain the "y" before ING drinking = 2 consonants at the end = No change + ING residing = drop the silent "e" and add ING living = drop the silent "e" and add ING experiencing = drop the silent "e" and add ING enjoying = Maintain the "y" before ING driving = drop the silent "e" and add ING walking = 2 consonants at the end = No change + ING riding = drop the silent "e" and add ING learning = 2 consonants at the end = No change + ING dreaming = 2 vowels = no change + ING eating = 2 vowels = no change + ING missing = 2 consonants a the end = No change + ING partying = Maintain the "y" before ING taking = drop the silent "e" and add ING relaxing = 1 vowel + 1 consonant at the end of the word And the stress on the last syllable should be "double the consonant." However w,x,y,z are exceptions. Do NOT double the consonant. swimming = 1 vowel + 1 consonant = double the consonant surfing = 2 consonants at the end = No change snorkeling = 1 vowel + 1 consonant at the end of the word The stress is not at the end of the verb = No change + ING searching = 2 consonants at the end = No change + ING beating = 2 vowels = No change + ING praying = Maintain the "y" before ING screaming = 2 vowels Now, remember them! And think about spelling sometimes. It does make a difference. TEST: Is it coming or comming home? Why? Is it opening or openning the door? Why? Is it joging or jogging on the beach? Why? Is it relaxing or relaxxing? Why? Scroll down for the answers....AFTER you've come up with an answer. scroll down: bajar con el cursor * * * * * * * * Opening: 1 vowel + 1 consonant at the end BUT the stress is NOT on the last syllable so you DON'T double the consonant Jogging: 1 vowel + 1 consonant. Double the consonant Relaxing: 1 vowel + 1 consonant at the end of the word And the stress on the last syllable should be "double the consonant." However w,x,y,z are exceptions to the rule. Do NOT double the consonant. Did you get all 3 right? Of course you did !

Have a happy vacation! - Wendy

 

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Comentarios (6)
Ilene (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Good spelling is important. When a person reads some kind of document and sees how that text is written, it can really affect the reader´s opinion of both the writer and the message. Unfortunately, when a reader sees a spelling mistake in a blog entry, email reply, cover letter/resume, business letter, job application, etc. they start questioning the credibility of the writer. As a result, a spelling mistake can create a negative first impression. If you definitely want someone to take your writing seriously, you should spell correctly, because "it does make a difference".

Esther (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Lovely article Wendy, as always. I completely agree Ilene! I think spelling is important and shouldn't be disregarded, they say that "God is in the details" and that "the significant is lying in the insignificant". I believe in the idea behind these phrases and I think we should try to be more careful with the language we use to present ourselves, especially when looking for a job or when handing a paper at school/ work.

Irene A2 (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Now the summer holidays are over ... I've enjoyed it. I've been in my puebo (Navarra) and I've seen my family, which had not seen for six months !! Now it's back to school, but it touches.

Verónica A2. (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Hi Wendy : This summer I have been studying and working, but I've also been to the pool a few days. it is true, it is necessary to have good spelling to avoid possible errors of understanding and so not lose credibility in reading. I think we should try to be more careful with the language we use

SimonaA2 (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I think that the summer holidays are the most awaited by the students. It are, like article says, fantastic because you can spend a lot of time to make things that you want. During the summer holidays I go to the sea in the morning with my family and friends, in the afternoon I nap and in the evening go out with my boyfriend...and this is the best part of the day.

MPP T53 B2.1 (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Great article! Reading it I could not help imagining lying on the beach reading a book, enjoying my friends and especially enjoying the free time. Unfortunately, there are still a few months of hard work to do it, but has been fine for a few minutes teleport to that wonderful state .... relax!

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