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Patterns (2)

azulejo_Ixxvii by endless autumn CC BY-SA 2.0
I love patterns


OOH, More patterns!

Spain is full of patterns. Andalusian style designs are full of wonderful patterns and it is a very common feature of typical Andalusian homes. Patterns are so EASY to work with.

In these next phrases where we are finding out how to say “You’re….. something or other” I have taken the same examples from the previous Patterns post, so the pattern changes only slightly.

Eres inglesa                    You’re English

Eres española                You’re Spanish

Eres inteligente           You’re intelligent

Eres tonta                      You’re silly

Eres baja                         You’re short

Eres alta                         You’re tall

Eres trabajadora          You’re hard-working

Eres perezosa                You’re lazy

Eres graciosa                 You’re funny

Eres simpática               You’re nice

Eres una mujer              You’re a woman

Eres un hombre            You’re a man

Can you see the new pattern?

Time to start trying to remember a few of those words that  are describing what people are like, because I’d like to start making conversation in the next Patterns post .

More next time…


  1. I love your patterns-based approach! Very cool. There’s been a debate in computational linguistics over pattern-based versus other approaches to getting computers to do things with language, by the way. Here’s a paper that takes a pattern-based approach to writing computer programs that read scientific journal articles:

    Here’s an article about the controversy. Note that they refer to patterns as “rules.” I didn’t read through to the end, but it looks like an anti-pattern-based position.


    1. Zipf, thanks so much for taking the time to share these articles. Fascinating stuff. I’ve just spent the last half hour on Ontolgy, so I’m learning a lot. I was particulary interested in the ‘machine-learning vs rules based system’. I’m not a computer type of person, but it was a very well-expressd article and I understood the basic concept. How interesting.
      I’m just a simple language teacher, always searching for new ways to reduce fear and stress that language learning seems to cause in adult learners. I truly believe that that is a major part of my role as a teacher.
      I sort of have a theory that the word ‘Grammar’ has such a bad connotation for so many adults learning a new language. I would say most of my students begin their journey with me saying: I don’t want any grammar; I just want to learn how to speak and understand in…(usually, in my case) Spanish. I smile and say “Ok”, so we’ll just have a look at these patterns that will help you to speak and understand this language. It works like magic!
      I’m going to get a better grip on all of this. Thanks so much for pushing me in this direction.
      Regards, Marie.

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