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Can the subjunctive be fun?

Posted by Alvaro

The subjunctive mode will be, without any doubt, one of the biggest challenges your students will face while they learn Spanish. We want them to understand that it’s indeed something extremely important and hard, but that doesn’t mean they should be worried or intimidated. Those feelings affect learning in a negative way, and that’s the whole idea behind this new series: our goal is to teach the subjunctive in a relaxing and entertaining way. And we have a luchador to help us out.



The Luchador subjuntivo is based on Mexican professional wrestlers, and his job in the series is to tackle the problems your students have with the subjunctive, one round at a time.
Since the subjunctive is used for things that are not certain, for wishes, hypothesis and advice; we wanted our main character to look as unreal as possible, and that’s how we came up with the idea of the luchador.

Each video should be played at the beginning of the lesson (the instructions are included in the PDF document of each episode) as an explanation of one of the uses of the subjunctive. Then, students will work on other activities to practice what they’ve learnt during the episode.



These are the episodes we’ve published so far:

El Luchador subjuntivo 1: ¿Qué es el subjuntivo?

Posted by Alvaro

The first episode of our series about the subjunctive is an introduction to this mode, its main difficulties and also some good news. The goal of El luchador subjuntivo is to teach the subjunctive in a fun a clear way so your students get in the best possible mood to learn such an important topic.

In this first episode, your students will meet Keuvwe, a Nigerian young girl struggling with the subjunctive. Her real interviews to native speakers show that this is a complicated topic, hard to put into words. All of the interviewees failed in their attempts to give a clear explanation of what the subjunctive is:



The mission of El luchador subjuntivo is precisely to explain what the subjunctive mood is and, what is more, how essential it is. To prove it, Kevwe asks two questions to several people and we time how long they spend until they use the subjunctive for the first time. The result: just a few seconds. We want students to understand that if they want to speak Spanish well, the subjunctive is a must, there’s no way around it.


At the end of the video, the Luchador subjuntivo will give them some good and bad news. On the one hand, the subjunctive is used in lots of cases, and it’ll take a while to cover them all. On the other, the conjugation is quite simple –the activities included in this episode explain the conjugation of regular verbs in the present tense, with exercises to practice- and the subjunctive is so common that they’ll see tons of examples. And what is more, El luchador is on their side.

You can preview and order El luchador subjuntivo from our icebreaker section.

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

Posted by Alvaro

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.

The key to an exciting class

Posted by Alvaro

In addition to our online shopping platform and school account program, we’d like to offer you a new way to access our resources: a USB flash drive with the materials you’d like to use in your classes.

Advantages of the USB flash drive:

  • You won’t need to register or log in at our site.
  • You –or your school- can make the payment offline: we accept purchase orders, checks and wire transfers.
  • You will receive a USB flash drive with the materials you really want: plug it into your computer and start using them straight away.
  • You won’t have to download any files.
  • If you have purchased resources from our website, they’ll also be included in the flash drive at no additional cost.
  • We’ll apply a 10% discount on orders over $100 (and all the materials previously purchased count towards the discount.)

How much does it cost?:
The prices are the ones displayed in our website for each item. We’ll add $20 to the invoice for the USB flash drive and the shipment, and you can benefit from the 10% discount if your order is over $100 (your previous purchases will count for the discount).

How to order:
1) Send us an email indicating the resources you’d like us to include in the USB flash drive.
2) We’ll send you an invoice with the final price, listing any previous resources if you’re a returning customer.
3) Make the payment through a purchase order, check, credit card or wire transfer.
4) We’ll send you the flash drive right away with all the files.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our flash drives and we’ll be very glad to assist you!


Example:

  • Let’s say that a teacher had purchased the following resources from our website, for a total of $42.90:

  • Autos, carros y coches ($6)
    ¿Cómo te llamas? ($3)
    De Ciudad de México a Madrid ($9.95)
    Hablan2 ($14.95)
    ¿Qué hiciste el sábado? ($4)
    ¿Quieres un perro? ($5)


  • Now, this teacher would like to get those files in a USB flash drive plus the following ones:

  • Cocina fácil: el guacamole ($8)
    Gente perfecta ($6)
    La tortilla de España ($8)
    Rumbo a Machu Picchu series, episodes 1-6 ($20)
    ¿Sabes bailar salsa?, episodes 1-3 ($18)


  • The total would be $80 ($60 for the resources and $20 for the USB flash drive and shipment). Since that amount plus the money previously spent ($42.90), exceed $100, that teacher would benefit from the 10% discount.

  • The final invoice would be $72, and the USB flash drive would include both the new resources and the previously purchased ones:

  • Invoice:
    New resources: $60
    USB flash drive: $20
    Subtotal: $80
    10% discount: -$8
    Total: $72.00


    Resources included in the USB flash drive:
    Autos, carros y coches
    ¿Cómo te llamas?
    De Ciudad de México a Madrid
    Hablan2
    ¿Qué hiciste el sábado?
    ¿Quieres un perro?
    Cocina fácil: el guacamole
    Gente perfecta
    La tortilla de España
    Rumbo a Machu Picchu series, episodes 1-6
    ¿Sabes bailar salsa?, episodes 1-3

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