About me: I am currently in my second year studying Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Edinburgh. I have always been passionate about learning languages, having studied both French and Spanish throughout school from the earliest opportunity. I find the process extremely rewarding and exciting. Last year at university I started Portuguese from scratch so I am well aware of the challenges of the early stages of language learning. I hope that I can help you to enjoy learning languages, challenging though it may be, as much as I do.
I also studied English Literature A-Level and very much enjoyed it. There is a lot of overlap between a language degree and literature, which means I get to continue to develop my interest and skills in literature analysis.
I am very friendly and patient. Throughout Sixth Form I volunteered at a school helping young students who spoke English as a second language with their reading skills.
The Sessions: when learning languages the key to every skill is practice and the lessons will be based around what you want to gain from them. I am happy to help with grammar issues, structuring of writing tasks and speaking practice, or a mix of everything!
I look forward to meeting you!
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Questions Laura has answered
How do I know when to use the subjunctive?
Understanding the subjunctive Most of the time in Spanish we use the imperative
mood in expressions of certainty and objectivity. However, using the
subjunctive mood is an effective way of gaining extra marks in both writing and
speaking tasks, but as it is not something we use in English, it ...Understanding the subjunctive
Most of the time in Spanish we use the imperative mood in expressions of certainty and objectivity. However, using the subjunctive mood is an effective way of gaining extra marks in both writing and speaking tasks, but as it is not something we use in English, it can be tricky to get your head round.
In some cases, the only way to know if a subjunctive should be used is to spend time in a Spanish speaking country, but the majority of the time there are some rules that can be followed, and set expressions to be learnt.
In general, in order to use subjunctive a sentence must contain a trigger, a ‘que’ and a change of subject and occurs in phrases that are uncertain or subjective.
Something that has helped me in the past to remember what triggers the subjunctive is the acronym WEIRDO
W is for Wishes. When you wish, hope, want or desire something from someone else.
e.g. I hope that he tells me the truth Espero que me diga la verdad
E is for Emotions. Emotions are subjective so the way you feel about something triggers the
e.g. I am happy that she is here
Estoy contenta que ella esté aquí
I is for Impersonal Observations. While these are not expressed as someone’s feelings, they
are an expression of opinion about a situation.
e.g. It is important that we learn Spanish
Es importante que aprendamos Español
It is necessary that he goes to the dentist
Es necesario que vaya al dentista.
HOWEVER, in expressions that contain no room for doubt, such as ‘it certain that’ (es cierto que), ‘it is true that’ (es verdad que) or ‘it is fact that’ (es hecho que) the INDICATIVE is used.
e.g. It is true that I am here = Es verdad que estoy aquí.
R is for Recommendations. When you recommend, advise or suggest that somebody else
e.g. I suggest you watch this film
Sugiero que tú veas esta película.
D is for Doubt or Denial. When a situation seems unbelievable and you use doubt, disbelief or denial the subjunctive is used.
e.g. I don’t believe that it is a good idea
No creo que es una buena idea
I doubt that it is true
Dudo que sea verdad
O is for Ojalá. Ojalá means ‘I wish’ or ‘If only’ AND triggers subjunctive with or without ‘que’
e.g. I hope it is sunny
Ojalá haga sol
Ojalá que haga sol
There are of course some other occasions in which subjunctive is necessary, but the more you use it, the clearer it becomes! I find these rules very useful in helping me decide if a subjunctive is necessary and hope you will too!
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