Essay In Spanish About Holidays In Malaysia

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Compare what Jimmy and Rosie said in this role play and find out why the examiner gave Rosie a higher mark.

1. ¿Qué haces normalmente durante las vacaciones? - What do you usually do in the holidays?

Jimmy says:

Normalmente voy a Escocia.

Usually I go to Scotland.

Rosie says:

Cada año visito a mis abuelos en Escocia durante dos semanas, pero este año tuve la oportunidad de viajar a Madrid con el instituto también.

Each year I visit my grandparents in Scotland for two weeks, but this year I had the chance to go to Madrid with my school as well.

2. ¿Adónde fuiste de vacaciones el año pasado? - Where did you go on holiday last year?

Jimmy says:

Fui a Escocia con mi familia.

I went to Scotland with my family.

Rosie says:

Fui a ver a mis abuelos como de siempre, pero en julio fui a Madrid para una semana con un grupo del instituto ¡Qué risa!

I went to see my grandparents as usual, but in July I went to Madrid for a week with my school. What fun!

3. ¿Qué hiciste? - What did you do?

Jimmy says:

Me quedé con mis abuelos, fui a la playa y jugué al golf.

I stayed with my grandparent, I went to the beach and I played golf.

Rosie says:

El primer día en Madrid fuimos al parque de atracciones.Lo pasé bomba allí porque hizo sol y era muy divertido. También hicimos una excursión por la ciudad, fuimos a la piscina, visitamos un palacio y varias catedrales y fuimos al parque. Por la noche cenamos en restaurantes. Me divertí mucho.

The first day in Madrid we went to the funfair. I had a great time there because it was sunny and really good fun. We also went on a trip into town, we went to the swimming pool, visited a palace and various cathedrals and we went to the park. At night we ate in restaurants. I really enjoyed it.

4. ¿Te gustaron las vacaciones? ¿Por qué? - Did you like the holidays? Why?

Jimmy says:

No me gustaron mucho porque era aburrido.

I didn't like them much because I was bored.

Rosie says:

Sí lo pasé muy bien porque era la primera vez que fui de vacaciones con mis amigos. Me gustó el tiempo en España y me gustó Madrid porque hay mucha movida.

Yes I had a really good time becasue it was the first time that I went on holiday with my friends. I like the weather in Spain and I liked Madrid because there was a lot going on.

5. ¿Cómo es....? - What's it like? (...the place you went)

Jimmy says:

Escocia es muy bonito pero tranquilo.

Scotland is very pretty but quiet.

Rosie says:

Madrid es una ciudad muy divertida- hay mucha movida y para visitar hay una gran variedad de atracciones culturales, históricas y divertidas. Antes era más sucia pero ahora es mucho más limpia y hay más dinero. Me encantó porque es una ciudad grande pero también hay bastante espacios verdes en los parques.

Madrid is a very interesting city - there's lots going on and there's a great variety of interesting cultural and historical sights. Before it was more dirty but now its much cleaner and wealthier. I loved it because it's a big city but there's plenty of green space in the parks too.

6. ¿Vas de ir de vacaciones este año? - Are you going on holiday this year?

Jimmy says:

Voy a visitar a mis abuelos en Escocia.

I'm going to visit my grandparents in Scotland.

Rosie says:

Voy a visitar mis abuelos en agosto como siempre, pero espero volver a España con un amigo y su familia. Me invitó a ir de cámping con ellos en la Costa Brava al norte de Barcelona.

I'm going to visit my grandparents in August as usual, but I'm hoping to go back to Spain with a friend and his family. He invited me to go camping with them on the Costa Brava north of Barcelona

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Useful expressions in Spanish

It is considered good style in Spanish not to repeat words and expressions when an alternative can be used. The following list of linking expressions contains some synonyms for this purpose as well as expressions which are useful generally in one's writing.

  • es decir = that is to say
  • a saber = that is to say
  • en otras palabras = in other words
  • dicho de otra manera = in other words
  • primero = first, firstly, in the first place
  • primeramente = first, firstly, in the first place
  • en primer lugar = first, firstly, in the first place
  • en segundo lugar = second, secondly, in the second place
  • por último = finally
  • finalmente = finally
  • en comparación con = by comparison with
  • comparado –da con = compared with
  • hoy en día = nowadays
  • actualmente = at present, currently
  • en la actualidad = at present, currently
  • respecto a = regarding, with regard to
  • en cuanto a = regarding, with regard to
  • por otra parte = on the other hand
  • porque = because
  • a causa de = because of
  • en resumidas cuentas = briefly
  • en efecto = in fact
  • efectivamente = in fact
  • por lo menos = at least
  • la gran mayoría de = the great majority of
  • no obstante = nevertheless
  • sin embargo = nevertheless
  • a pesar de = in spite of
  • ahora bien = however, now
  • recalcar = to emphasize
  • enfatizar = to emphasize
  • hacer hincapié en = to emphasize
  • subrayar = to underline
  • señalar = to point out
  • dar algo por sentado = to assume something, take something for granted
  • asumir = to assume

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