Respect Your Elders!

In spanish culture, it is important for young people to respect the elders. They do this through the way they speak to an elder, it may not seem like much but when addressing and elder it is important to add "usted" to the end of your sentences. Many common greetings are changed; for example "de donde eres tu" which you would say to a friend changes to "de donde es usted"

Take the time to notice the right time to use 'usted' and the right time to use 'tu' by looking at the chart below.
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Go Ask Alice by Laura De Jesus

By: Laura De Jesus

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous is a 4 million best seller. It’s that good of a book, you never want to stop reading. Sends chills down your spin, keeps your mind wondering “What’s gonna happen next?” 

I didn’t want the story to end.

Go Ask Alice is about a girl named Alice, she’s your average 15 year old girl who lives in a small town. Her father was offered a job in new job in a slightly bigger town. Thats when everything started changing. Alice was no longer the innocent young girl anymore. She was not the most popular girl in her old school, she thought she could start again, with the wrong crowd of people.

After Alice attended a party back in her old town in the summer her world turned for the worse. She was introduced into the world of drugs. It was planned that she go to a party once a week and do it only it during that time period, that lasted barely anything.

This is when the story went into a turn.

Alice started using drugs daily, with people, by herself and with her new boyfriend, her boyfriend was a college student who did everything in the book. He took her into a new world of fun and excitement, but never was she sober. The high was what she looked forward to.

I knew I was reading an amazing story when I hit the first page. "Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice Acid & Smack & No Way Back." The quote explains the whole book. Once you  start to use drugs, especially heavily they play an important part, had to go back, thats what the quote is explaining.

I managed to read this book in less than a week, and me personally I dislike to read, but this book… this book made the way I look at reading change for the good.

As the story goes on you begin to see why the things that happened to Alice were her fault. She went so heavy into her addiction that she would sell drugs to kids in middle school. Working for her boyfriend is how Alice and her friend made money to support their habit. It was a shock to the both of them that their boyfriends were gay. Reporting them to the cops was the best option, but they had to escape before they got put into the issues too.

Alice went from the girl that her parents adored flaws and all, into the biggest bitch to walk the planet. She ran away on various occasions, she was never alone. In the mist of "finding herself" as she liked to call it, she went through rape, sexual harassment, and overdoses. Home sickness is what brought her back to her home.

Reading this far into the book, my jaw dropped. 

Trips back and forth, getting sober and falling right back into the trap was her biggest problem. There was no more hope for Alice. Her parents placed her into an Institute. She overdosed as she was babysitting, it was a trap. Bugs were eating her female parts away, her hands were gone, her feet was fractured in casts. There was nothing anyone could do for her. She was a lost cause at the moment.

Months and months went passed, Alice received an education within the Institution and figured she would want to work with people in the same predicaments as her when she got older. Home Sweet Home. Sad to say Alice died three weeks after she made her decision to no longer keep a diary. No one knows the cause of death.

The story did not end the way I thought it would which makes it even better, its an excellent book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading books in general but more to the people who love reading books full of suspense. That's what Go Ask Alice is all about. Young adults would fall in love with it, just as I did.

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¿Qué Tiempo Hace?: Know Your Weather- en Español.

One of the biggest questions we all ask is: “What’s the weather like?” Well, today, you’ll learn all about the weather- en Espanol.

First, we’ll begin with how to say: “What’s the weather like?”
Read and repeat: ¿Que tiempo hace? (Kay tee-em-poh ah-ceh)
What about: “What’s the weather like today?”
Read and repeat: ¿Que tiempo hace hoy? (Kay tee-em-poh ah-ceh oy)

Next, we'll go over a few simple phrases that will help you say how you think the weather feels.

These flashcards have fourteen simple weather words and phrases for you. Read them over and over to really get a grasp of them.

Also, review the slideshow that I commentated myself to hopefully help you grasp this concept of weather within the Spanish language. You can go ahead and click on the link below it titled "¿Qué Tiempo Hace?". It'll take you right to the site with the slideshow.


Asking the Time in Español

Asking the time is Español

Asking the time is Spanish is important in order to know your schedule around school. 
Here are the simple ways of asking the time;

To ask the time, either say Que hora es?, Que hora son?, or Que hora tiene? 

To respond, either start off with "Son las," or "Es la"(If the time starts with a 1.)

Lets say it is 2:00

It would simply be "Son Las dos."

As for if it was 1:00, it would be "Es la una." 

If the time is not exact (15, 30, 45 or 55) say either "y cuarto(15)," "y menos cuarto(30)", or "menos cinco(55) after saying the time.

In order to also say if it is PM or AM, after saying the time, say either "De la mañana(Morning)," De la tarde(Afternoon), or "De la noche(Evening)

 in Español.

Here is a video of Josē waking up a sleeping student and having him ask what time it is.
Image from google

Greetings in Español

Greeting a person is a necessity in Español, in order to make friends or have a conversation requires knowing the basic greetings.

To start a conversation, you can either say "Buenos Diaz(Good Morning)," Buenas tardes(Good afternoon)," or "Buenos noches(Good evening)." Or, you can simply say "Hola!" (hello)

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"¿Cuándo es Tu Cumpleaños?": The Months and Dates en Español

​Many of us have sung that catchy tune ¡Feliz Cumpleaños! (Happy Birthday!) at one point or another, but how many of us actually know how to ask a teacher, friend, or family member their birthday in spanish? With this lesson, you can learn how!

First, let's talk about los meses, or the months. In Spanish speaking countries, many of the months sound the same as they do in english, actually. A major difference is that, when writing the months out, they are not capitalized as they are in english.

Let’s go over a few Spanish pronunciation rules:
- v’s sound like b’s
- e’s sound like a’s
- a’s sound like “ah”
- j’s soundlike h’s
           - i’s sound like e’s
           - d’s sound like “th”
See the quizlet flashcards below to practice these letter pronunciations!

Now, let's go through the months and their pronunciations:
Note: Whenever there’s an ‘r’ in any of the months (in spanish, only), slightly roll it. Not a whole lot, but just a little- a little latino pizazz. Check the youtube video at the end of the lesson if you can’t roll your r’s.
- The syllables that are in all caps are the ones that have emphasis on them, notice that!

  1. enero = January - pronounced: en-EH-roh
  2. febrero = February - pronounced: feb-REH-oh
  3. marzo = March - pronounced: MART-soh
  4. abril = April - pronounced: ah-BRILL
  5. mayo = May - pronounced: MY-oh (not like the stuff you might put on a sandwich! MY not MAY)
  6. junio = June - pronounced: WHO-nee-oh
  7. julio = July - pronounced: WHO-lee-oh
  8. agosto = August - pronounced: ah-GHOST-oh (¡Cuidado! Careful! Don’t say ah-gust-oh, say ah-ghost-oh)
  9. septiembre = September - pronounced: sept-tee-EM-bray
  10. octubre = October - pronounced: ock-TOO-bray
  11. noviembre = November - pronounced: no-bee-EM-bray
  12. diciembre = December - pronounced: dee-cee-EM-bray

DRILL YOURSELF! Cover the English translation with your hand and practice the spanish one. Say what month it is in english and check to see if you got it. Do it until you can get all 12 twice.

Next, let’s go through the numbers. For the purpose of this lesson, I’ll only go through days 1-31 and how to say them in spanish.

  1. primero (pree-MEH-roh)
  2. segundo (seh-GOON-tho)
  3. tercero (tear-SARE-oh)
  4. cuatro (KWAH-troh)
  5. cinco (SEEN-koh)
  6. seis (sehs)
  7. siete (see-EH-teh)
  8. ocho (OH-cho)
  9. nueve (nu-EH-beh)
  10. diez (THEE-ess)
  11. once (OHN-ceh)
  12. doce (THO-ceh)
  13. trece (TREH-ceh)
  14. catorce (kah-TOR-ceh)
  15. quince (KEEN-ceh)
  16. dieciseis (thee-ess-ee-SEHS)
  17. diecisiete (thee-ess-ee-see-EH-teh)
  18. dieciocho (thee-ess-ee-OH-cho)
  19. diecinueve (thee-ess-ee-nu-EH-beh)
  20. veinte (BAIN-teh)
  21. veintiuno (BAIN-tee-u-noh)

Hey! Did you notice how in 21, there are essentially two numbers there? You can see both veinte and uno, right? Well, the spanish word for ‘and’ is simply ‘y’. To make things simpler, the good ol language makers decided to put all three words together, turning the ‘y’ into an ‘i’ for convenience. Think of it this way: veinte+y+uno= veintiuno. Apply this to numbers 21-29. What would 22 be? How about 24? 27?

    30. treinta (TRAIN-tah)
    31. treintaiuno (TRAIN-tay-u-noh)

Alrighty! Now, you’ve got the months and the days. You’re ready right??
Wrong. You need the basic question! How do we actually say “When is your birthday?”

Simple! You know that ¡Feliz Cumpleaños! means “Happy Birthday”, right?
Cumpleaños = birthday. Check.
When = Cuando. Check.
Is = Es. Check.
Tu = You/Your. Check

Let’s put it together: Cuando (when) es (is) tu (your) cumpleaños (birthday)
¿Cuando es tu cumpleaños?

Now, you know how to ask your friends their birthday in Spanish!
But, how do you answer this question when asked?

Also very simple!
You know your months, you know your days. The Spanish word for ‘of’ is ‘de’- add the three together!
seis de noviembre.

You’re all set!

Asking the weather in Español

Asking the weather is a fun thing to know when studying Español.

To begin, start by asking "Què tiempo hace?

To reply you can either say;

Hace sol - It's sunny

Hace frio - It's cold

Hace fresco - It's cool

Hace calor - It's hot

Llueve - It's raining

Nieva - It's snowing

Here is a cartoon to show how to ask the weather in Español.

Image from Google.

And here is a video of Joe asking Alex what the weather is.


  1. my internet comes in through the out side wall of my house.
  2.  ISP (internet service provider) is Fios 
  3. these are the things on my home network, my mac pro, my macbook, my moms mac, my sisters mac pro,  and our printer.
  4. theses are all connected through a wireless router 

Bell, Tiarra, lucid chart, homework

          Assignment 1- Whats is your Network?

1) My home internet comes from the phone line, then is traveled to computer brain, next to a modem, then ethernet cord is connected to the home computer. 

2) My ISP provider is Verizon Wireless Internet.

3) My internet is added on to my monthly phone bill, so its an additional $15 per month. Yearly its $180.

4) Things such as laptops, tablets, iPod touches, are connected to the internet through the modem and the modem release the internet wirelessly.

Nashay Day/Lucid Chart

My l.a.n, local area network consists of my phone which is connected by a land line, my xbox, computer, laptop, and printer which are connected using a usb/ethernet. I did not know that what made your life so simple could be so difficult when you got down to the logistics on it. When you have an ISP, just be educated, and know every component that goes into so that when something like Hurricane Sandy happens you will be prepared.

Weather en Español

This is so you know how to describe the weather in Spanish.

It's raining----- Está lloviendo
It's humid-------Está húmedo

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this is a video of Nebil and Tomy reporting the weather.

Jessica Maiorano Q1BM Book Review

Book Review: Out of my mind by Sharon M. Daper
Water Stream

Sharon M.Draper is a bestselling author that received an award for two of her books, Cooper Sun and Forged by Fire. Sharon is also known for winning many awards on her book, “Out of my mind.” Sharon wrote Out of my Mind because she always wanted to know what goes on in a persons mind when they can not express their thoughts. Also, because Sharon has a daughter that is disabled and decided to write a story about a funny, smart and wonderful person that has a future and goals just like everyone else. As Sharon M. Draper says “Get ready to meet a girl whose voice you will never, ever forget.”

Have you ever wanted to tell someone something, but you did not know how to say it or you could not say it at all? Did someone ever say that you were not smart? Melody, a character from the book Out of my Mind, goes through this everyday. Melody is an amazing child who is intelligent but no one knows. Melody remembers everything she sees or hears and she wishes there was a way to stop it. Melody can not walk or talk. She can not do anything herself and faces many challenges on a daily basis.

Melody never catches a break, there is a new challenge everyday that she needs to figure out. Melody is in 5th grade and is eleven years old. She attends school normally, but goes into a classroom that has other students with similar problems. Since no one knows melody is brilliant she does not learn anything past 3rd grade. After a couple months in fifth grade, Melody is put into a classroom with able bodied students and some of them do not accept Melody. Later she is faced with obstacle that seems impossible to face. Melody felt like all her hard work and progress in the classroom was not useful anymore. Melody always has someone by her side helping her and she appreciates everyone who does. Mrs.V  for example has been with her since day one, and will never give up on her. Mrs.V is Melodys next door neighbor. She believes in Melody and will do anything to help her succeed. Everyone needs someone to look up too and sometimes it’s someone other than a child’s parents. If you have someone by your side every step of the way, you feel more confident  and you know there is someone that will help you if something is not going the way you planned. Melody also has a new born sister Penny, who is very different from her. Melody wishes she can be a normal big sister but penny can always look up to melody in ways that are exteremly different from her parents because melody has been through so much then someone can even imagine and still as a huge smile on her face.

This book will teach the reader a lot. One essential lesson that is expressed in the book, is to never give up on something you want because anything is possible. Every page of this book is so detailed and it makes you really feel like you are with the characters in the book. If you are interested in fiction books this is the perfect book for you. It is not based off of a real events but while reading this it feels real and makes you want to meet Melody. Everyone may not look the same or not everyone is able to things “normal” people can do but it doesn't matter everyone is unique in their own amazing way. “Out of my mind” is an unbelievable book that everyone should read.


Kyler Jones: BM

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This benchmark so far was okay. It was easier than other bm's because you got to choose a medium which you knew how to use or were more comfortable with. I think I did okay with the benchmark. I tried my best to use imovie and talk, which isn't the thing I'm best. Yes I don't mind talking but I'm not good at it. So the talking part of the benchmark sucks, but I didn't know what else I could do about it. I recorded it over and over again tons of times.

ABC's En Español: For Beginners

This lesson is for people who are being introduced to Spanish for the first time. To learn Spanish, you have to first know the alphabet and how to pronounce it. After you have familiarized yourself with it, you can then move on to the next step of learning Spanish.

Here's a video of a Spanish Spelling bee!

¿Què hora es? Telling time in spanish!

​In Spanish the way you ask "what time is it" is by saying "què hora es".

Below are charts that state the Spanish words into English, and what time it is




De la mañana 

   In the morning (AM)

De la tarde

   In the afternoon ( PM)

De la noche

   In the evening (PM)

Y media

   Half past

Y mediodia 


Y medianoche


Y cuarto

   Quarter after

Menos cuarto

   Quarter of

en punto 

   On the dot 

Here's a video of a guy asking 2 hobos what the time is!

Què hora es?: What time is it?

​In Spanish the way you ask "what time is it" is by saying "què hora es".

Below are charts that state the Spanish words into English, and what time it is




De la mañana 

   In the morning (AM)

De la tarde

   In the afternoon ( PM)

De la noche

   In the evening (PM)

Y media

   Half past

Y mediodia 


Y medianoche


Y cuarto

   Quarter after

Menos cuarto

   Quarter of

en punto 

   On the dot 


How to greet and ask how someone how they're doing in Spanish.

Greeting someone in spanish is just as easy as doing it in english! All you really need to know is the difference between informal and formal greetings, and of course how to actually greet someone! The chart below will show you how to informally greet someone, such as a close friend, and how to respond when they ask you how you feel.Screen Shot 2012-10-24 at 6.13.44 PM
Notice the (S) and (Ud) in the second column. What do those two letters mean? The (s) shows that to greet someone informally, you would say 'Como estas,' instead of 'Como esta,' which is the shortened version of greeting someone with respect. The (Ud) is used when greeting someone of high respect, like your grandparents, or your parents. Ud. stands for 'usted.' Pretty simple, no? With practice, you'll get this down in no time! ¡Adios!
For extra practice, check out these flashcards!

Here is a video of a high school student greeting a new spanish classmate. Notice how most of the phrases above are used, throughout the entire video. 
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