Getting around an amazing city

Posted by Alvaro

One of our main objectives when we started Bablingua in 2007 was to promote cultural awareness in the classroom, especially about the different Spanish speaking countries. Among them, Cuba really is a unique place, a country that looks like no other, and we’re very glad we can offer your classes the possibility to see the beautiful city of Havana.

This 7-minute video focuses on Havana’s means of transport: the classic American cars from the 40s and 50s, the cocotaxi, bicitaxi buses and taxis. The video will also show your students many streets of different parts of Havana, and the life in this city on a regular day. 

As far as the language, apart from vocabulary about cities and transport, the activities included in Recorriendo La Habana cover the use of relative pronouns (que and quien) and a clear explanation of what relative clauses are.

Recorriendo La Habana has optional subtitles in Spanish, like all our latest videos, and can be previewed and ordered from the icebreaker section. Don’t miss this opportunities to travel with your students around one of the most famous cities of the Hispanic world!

Engaging activities and video to explain hay vs. estar

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We want beginner’s classes to have the possibility to watch videos they can understand and enjoy despite their limits in vocabulary and grammar.  With this idea in mind, we filmed ¿Dónde están las llaves?, a 5-minute video with lots of examples about the use of estar and hay, the prepositions of place, vocabulary of bedroom objects and other words such as aquí  and allí. The result is the easy-to-follow story of Carlos, a 13-year old boy from Spain who loses his apartment keys and seeks help in his good friend Daniel:

Your students will also have the chance to enter the real room of a Spanish teenager, and see the kind of things he has. The video also features shots of different buildings and a supermarket.

This topic is a great opportunity to do a variety of engaging exercises in class. The activities included in ¿Dónde están las llaves?   contain a listening exercise to draw a room following instructions, a pair work activity in which students will have to cooperate to find the seven differences between their pictures, and exercises to do before and during they watch the video:

¿Dónde están las llaves? has optional subtitles in Spanish like all our newest videos, and can be previewed and ordered from the icebreaker section.

El día de San Valentín

Posted by Alvaro

Many people in Spain call it “El Día de El Corte Inglés”, because they think “el día de San Valentín” is just a commercial festivity (“El Corte Inglés” is the main Spanish department store). But there are also many people who consider it a special day, and they celebrate it showing their love and friendship. Although it isn’t a very important day in our country, we wanted to do an icebreaker about this topic because it’s a great opportunity to learn or review vocabulary related to love and relationships, and also it’s easy to connect it to the present perfect tense. The result is “El día de San Valentín”, a 6-minute story about three friends and the importance that 14 February has in their lives.

The activities that accompany the video also include an explanation of the Colombian “día del Amor y la Amistad”, a similar celebration that takes places every 18 September.
We also have another video related to friendship: “Mi mejor amiga” that might be a better option for beginner levels (Spanish I / II), since the plot is easier and the grammar just focuses on the indirect object pronouns. You can purchase and preview these videos in low resolution in the icebreaker section of our website.

Esperamos que tengan un buen día de San Valentín.

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Bablingua Campus: online access to all our videos for teachers and students

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UPDATE: We’ve created a trial version of our Campus with 10 of our videos, so you can watch them for free and check the quality of our audiovisual resources. Just click here and enter bablingua in the password field.

One of our main goals when we started Bablingua was to offer reliable materials that wouldn’t give teachers any headaches when trying to use technology in the classroom. That’s why our resources must be downloaded: we think this is the best way to guarantee that our videos and activities will work when you want to show them in the classroom, regardless of the Internet connection. Although we haven’t changed our minds, we realize that many things have changed since Bablingua began such as the use of tablets, cellphones and the improvement and widespread of the Internet. We have therefore decided to offer online access for our School account users to all our videos through the Bablingua Campus.

Students who struggled to understand the videos in class will now have the possibility to watch them at home and in their own devices, and it’ll be a lot easier for teachers to show them in computer labs and school tablets, as well as using them as an option for homework.

All our videos are available in the Campus in alphabetical order, most of them with optional subtitles (S), and they’re easy to find through the search button.

If you’d like to have access to our online videos, please contact us to get more information about how to open a school account.

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