Open a school account and enjoy all our resources

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We’re getting ready for our seventh school year with Bablingua and we’d like more teachers to have access to all of our online resources. We’re offering schools and counties a special account for their Spanish teachers: unlimited access to all the icebreakers, cultural corner videos, smart lesson plans, vocabulary cards, games and ebooks published in this website at a low price, a one-time payment of $475 per school (check our how to order section for more details.)

If your school or county is interested in this offer, just contact us. We’ll create an account for each school with access to the whole site. And if you need more reasons to open a school account, have a look at our Campus: online access to all our videos for students and teachers, which means they’ll be able to watch them everywhere: tablets, cellphones, computer labs, home…

We encourage school districts, teachers and schools to email us to open their doors to the Hispanic world.

We publish new materials every month so you have a wide variety of up-to-date videos to choose from. These are our resources so far (contact us if you’d like to receive a copy):

  • 52 Icebreakers for different levels, which cover the most important grammar and vocabulary topics. We’re currently working in adding optional Spanish subtitles to all of them, check our progress here.
  • 11 videos and activities from our Cultural Corner so your students are exposed to the different Hispanic accents and cultures
  • 4 Smart Lesson Plans with all you need to offer a different class based on new technologies and active involvement from your students.
  • 4 sets of Vocabulary Cards that will help your students remember and practice vocabulary previously taught.
  • 2 ebooks“Hablan2”, designed to encourage speaking from the first day and “Escucha: hay un ladrón en mi clase”, to boost your student’s listening and reading skills.
  • 2 Games easy to use in your classes.
  • A 4-episode story and a documentary about the flea market of “El Rastro”. De Compras en el Rastro is our longest production so far, and it includes a Teacher and a Student’s booklet that will help your students to get the most of the videos.

Contact us or download this application form (clicking the ↓ arrow) if you’d like to open a school account:

El Día de Muertos

Posted by Alvaro under: News

In “De Ciudad de México a Madrid” we go for a walk with Cedina, a girl from Ciudad de México who currently lives in Madrid. This is the first video of our Cultural Corner, a section whose objective is to feature people from each of the 21 Spanish speaking countries in a different city in Spain. “De Ciudad de México a Madrid” is organized in three parts:

  • An 8-page PDF document -you can also see it below-  that will prepare your students to watch the video. The first activities are an introduction to Madrid and Ciudad de México, including basic facts and celebrities from both cities. The next pages focus on the Day of the Dead, starting with the key vocabulary (calavera, símbolos religiosos, cementerio, tumba, etc.) and a short explanation about the most important information that your students will hear in the video. Finally, there are two activities the students will complete while watching the video: they’ll help them to understand it (for example, with a cloze activity) and to check whether they got the gist of the video. The PDF also includes 4 listening exercices (3 with Cedina’s accent, and one with mine -from Madrid-, so your students will see the difference).

  • A 9-minute video with optional subtitles in Spanish. Laura meets Cedina in Madrid’s La Puerta del Sol at the beginning of December, and walks with her to the Plaza Mayor, where Cedina talks about the Mexican Celebration “The Day of the Dead”. She also explains and shows how to build and altar, and teaches us when Mexicans build them and what for. You can see a 2-minute extract of the video in our Cultural Corner.

We hope you don’t stop the lesson there, and we encourage you to continue it by organizing your students in groups that will have to build their own altars in class. They’ll have to organize themselves to take all the materials needed to class (following Cedina’s example), and another day they’ll build it and explain it in Spanish. For example, they’ll say what food they’ve brought or what pictures or toys.If you’d like to have more information about this section, please read our post about the Cultural Corner project. And remember that suggestions and comments are always welcome, so please use our Contact Form

A (very) original and (not very) scary video to teach the present continuous

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In Bablingua we try to make videos that are different and that attract your students’ attention. This month, we have updated our icebreaker section with “¿Qué está ocurriendo?”, a video filmed during the Madrid zombie parade, an event that every year gathers hundreds of people dressed up as zombies. Using this context, we planned a story with a young journalist and her cameraman who see the parade believing that Madrid is really under a zombie attack. Through their dialogues and reports, the video presents many examples of the use of the present continuous, with regular (estamos viendo) and irregular (estamos oyendo) verbs.

This is a great video for beginner (Spanish I and II) classes, and it also covers the basic vocabulary about news and catastrophes: oir, grabar, informar, destruir, terremoto, incendio, herido, superviviente, ayuda, socorro, ambulancia, policía, héroe, valiente, etc.

The activities included in the “¿Qué está pasando?” package include listening and reading exercises about the big Chilean earthquake, a miming activity and different extracts of the 8-minute video, so the students can practice the grammar and vocabulary. You can see one of these extracts here:

Can the subjunctive be fun?

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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:

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