El Cuarto Día | Museo Del Prado
Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
29Trip End Jul 01, 2012
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First, she showed us the paintings of Diego Velazquez, a court painter made famous for his works involving historical events and people such as King Carlos IV. After that she gave us the rundown on the works of Francisco Goya. Initially his works followed in the steps of Señor Vazquez and his best works were his expressive depictions of war (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Third_of_May_1808), but they soon take a sharp left turn. The black paintings, as they are called, were dark in ambience and odd in appearance (one of his most famous paintings of that period was that of a crazed giant eating the body of a young man)
After the tour we had lunch just outside the museum before heading to Estudio Sampere for classes at 3:30. In my class we did a few exercises in which we described some famous locations and differences between American and Spanish culture. Because our class is Conversación y Composición (Conversation and Composition), the focus of the exercises was on reading and listening comprehension as well as written response.
Everyday in our class,
our maestra, Velia, heavily stresses conversation and she always says "no hablan in inglés!". She also stesses not using english to spanish or spanish to english translations to aid our comprehension and faciltate continuous conversation in the language we came to Madrid to learn. I think her method is terrific and--whether or not Wanda would believe me--we've all improved tremendously in only three short days. Spanish has become more intuitive and we're not just learning the language, but we're learning how to learn the language.
I think it's safe to say that we're all enjoying Madrid and Madrid is enjoying us. Keep up the good work guys!
Jonathan y yo tenemos dos nuevas compañeras de cuarto hoy: Brittany y Sasha. Ellas se movieron en esta noche y parecen a les gusta el apartamento. Hasta una hora y media, nosotros cenamos sopa de lentajes y carne con hongos. Nuestra mama es una cocinadora extraordinaria. Un día abriré una restaurante en Madrid para ella! Hasta ese día, disfrutaré nuestro balcón.