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It’s always a good time for celebration

Posted by Alvaro

Salamanca is the main University town in Spain, and it has lots of students from other cities and countries. At Christmas, many of those students go back to their hometowns, and they can’t celebrate this time of the year with their Salamanca friends. Unless… Would it be too crazy to celebrate New Year’s Eve before the Christmas season? Not in Salamanca: La Nochevieja Universitaria takes places on the last Thursday before students get their vacations (about 2-3 weeks before 31 December), and everybody goes to the main square that night to party and eat the traditional twelve grapes.

This video and its activities follow these objectives:

  • Grammar: Imperfecto (actions that were repeated habitually: Cada Navidad, los estudiantes que vivían en Salamanca tomaban las uvas solos o en pequeños grupos) vs. indefinido (actions in the past seen as completed: En el año 1999, un grupo de amigos decidió celebrar la Nochevieja el último jueves antes de las vacaciones de Navidad.)
  • Vocabulary: Christmas.
  • Communication skills: how to express surprise.


The activities included in the package will get your students ready so they don’t miss any details of this exciting 8-minute video, which includes optional subtitles in Spanish.



Tradiciones de España: La Nochevieja Universitaria is a great way to practice the difference between the imperfect and the indefinite past, while celebrating New Year’s Eve and enjoying this wonderful tradition.

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Take your class to Tenerife to learn –er and –ir verbs

Posted by Alvaro

After travelling to Barcelona to explain –ar verbs, it was clear to us that Tenerife was the perfect location to do the same with –er and –ir verbs.

tenERIfe is an engaging 5-minute video that will take your students to this beautiful island to teach them the main –er (beber, comer, correr, creer, deber, leer, vender) and –ir verbs (abrir, escribir, subir, vivir), how to conjugate them and much more:


These are the specific objectives of this unit:

  • Grammar: conjugation of regular -er and –ir verbs.
  • Vocabulary: Nature (isla, mar, montaña, playa, volcán) and tourism (comida típica, guía, pueblo, tiendas, viajar, vista.)
  • Communication skills: basic expressions to ask for personal details (¿cómo te llamas?, ¿de dónde eres?, ¿dónde vives?, ¿a qué te dedicas?, ¿estás casado?.)

The activities included in the package, and the optional subtitles, will help your students get the most from the video, and learn the conjugation of –er and –ir verbs in a meaningful setting and in a fun way.

 


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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 Muertos

Posted by Alvaro under: Resources

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

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