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It’s easier to learn the gender of nouns in context

Posted by Alvaro

Masculine and feminine nouns. El and la. It may seem confusing for a beginner student, but when we present this topic in context things become much more simpler. This is the main objective of El primer día de clase, but this engaging lesson has much more to offer:

  • Vocabulary: school subjects and basic expressions with tener (tener frío, hambre, prisa, razón, suerte).
  • Communication skills: students will be able to talk about their school schedule.
  • Grammar: masculine and feminine nouns, ordinal numbers, and el and la.


The activities included in the lesson will prepare the students for the 5-minute video (which has optional subtitles in Spanish), as well as help them practice what they learn from the video.


Download El primer día de clase and get ready for a fun class!

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Yearly subscription to all our videos and activities

Posted by Alvaro under: News

It’s always been our goal since we started Bablingua in 2007 to offer authentic and meaningful audiovisual resources to Spanish language teachers at an affordable price. The new yearly subscription is a huge step forward in that direction. Teachers and students of the same school can access all our videos and activities (see our catalog here) for just $100 per school and year:


  • How does it work?



  • We’ll build a website just for your school (a $25 one-time payment), customized with the photo, colors and welcoming text of your choice. That website will contain all our videos, listed alphabetically and with a search engine to help you find the videos easily. New videos will be automatically added to the site, and you’ll be notified through our monthly newsletter. You can see an example at http://tuescuela.bablingua.com.

    Teachers can use that website to play the videos in their classes, but it can also be accessed by students in their own devices –it’s fully compatible with tablets, smartphones and all computers. - This means that students will be able to watch the videos at their own pace, in the class, computer lab or at their homes.


    Teachers will also get a link to download all the files (activities, audio files, PowerPoint presentations, etc.) that accompany the videos. Since they’re small files, downloads are extremely quick.

  • How to apply
  • You can use the contact form of this page to ask us any questions you may have or to apply for your own website. You just need us to let us know the name of your choice, which we’ll lead to an address such as tuescuela.bablingua.com, and we’ll have it ready in about two days. We’ll then contact you to give you the simple guidelines to customize the site, and we’ll send you the invoice (you can make the payment with any credit card, check or wire transfer, and we accept purchase orders.)

If you’ve made any purchases at bablingua.com we’ll discount that amount from the first year’s annual fee. And more good news: the remaining months of the current school year are free!!

Opening your class to the Hispanic world has never been easier and more affordable. Apply now and spice up your classes with more than 70 exciting videos, integrated in your own website.

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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.

If your students are low beginners, you can still have a great special day with Amor a primera vista, a fun contest in which two young boys compete to go on a date with an attractive girl from Caracas. The objectives of this icebreaker are:

  • Grammar: subject pronouns and the verb ser.
  • Vocabulary: personality adjectives.
  • Communication skills: how to introduce themselves.



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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That last class before the Thanksgiving break

Posted by Alvaro

What do you do in the classes before the Thanksgiving break? When we were teachers in the U.S., those days were always difficult for us: students were not really willing to work, and we ended up spending the class decorating paper turkeys with some Spanish words.
Although it isn’t a tradition of the Spanish speaking countries, we felt it’d be a good idea to film a video about it so teachers and students do something really meaningful on those days:


¿Dígame? El Día de Acción de Gracias is a fun 9-minute video with real interviews to find out what people in Spain know about Thanksgiving. The objectives of the lesson are:

  • Communication skills: how to say thank you.
  • Vocabulary: Words connected to Thanksgiving such as calabaza, cosechanativootoño, pavo, peregrino, relleno

The activities of this lesson include a surprising (and really easy) project to do before the break, and they’ll also help students understand the video and get the most from it.

 


¿Dígame? El Día de Acción de Gracias is part of our ¿Dígame? series, which is open to everybody: we’d love to make a video with you!!

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