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A Trip to the City: Spanish Practice Activity

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  • 0:01 A Trip to the City
  • 0:51 'Un Fin de Sementa en Madrid'
  • 4:33 'Revista de Viajes'
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Instructor: Elena Sacramento Lechado

Elena has a PhD in linguistics from University of La Laguna (Spain). Currently, she teaches Spanish as a foreign language and creates teaching resources.

Test your Spanish reading skills with this practice activity about the city. You will read a conversation between two friends about their trip to Madrid, in Spain. Check how much you understand about city buildings, locations and activities.

A Trip to the City

Have you recently visited any new cities or are you planning to do it soon? When visiting a new city, we always like to find out which places are worth visiting, such as buildings, museums or parks, and what kind of activities we could enjoy during our stay.

In this lesson, you'll read a conversation between two friends who are planning a getaway to a Spanish city and an excerpt from a travel magazine. Your vocabulary related to city buildings and locations, neighborhood and activities in the city will help you get the essence of these texts.

Don't worry if you don't understand every single word. You can always guess its meaning or main idea thanks to the surrounding context. See how much you understand and try to answer the questions after every text. ¡Comencemos! Let's get started!

'Un Fin de Semana en Madrid'

You're going to read a conversation between two friends, Javier and Ana. Then, check your comprehension with the true or false activity (verdadero/falso).

Javier says, ¡Qué ganas de estar ya en Madrid! Tenemos que planear bien nuestro viaje antes de llegar.

Ana responds, Sí, mi primo vive ahí desde hace dos años y me ha dado algunas recomendaciones. Me ha dicho que el hotel está bastante cerca del centro, así que podemos caminar. No es necesario tomar el tren.

Javier says, Vale. Podemos hacer un recorrido por la ciudad hasta el parque del Retiro.

También me gustaría visitar el Museo del Prado. Y mi primo me ha recomendado algunos restaurantes y bares para ir de tapas, says Ana.

Javier replies, ¡Suena genial! También tenemos que ver el Palacio Real.

Podemos pasear por los alrededores. Hay un mercado y algunos teatros bonitos, says Ana.

Voy a casa a preparar la maleta. ¿A qué hora salimos mañana para el aeropuerto? asks Javier.

Ana replies, Estaré en tu casa a las siete.

¿Verdadero o Falso?

  1. Javier y Ana están ya en Madrid. This statement is falso.
  2. Un familiar (relative) de Ana vive en Madrid. This statement is verdadero.
  3. Javier quiere tomar el tren. This statement is falso.
  4. Hay teatros cerca del Palacio Real. This statement is verdadero.
  5. Ana va a ir a casa de Javier a las 6. This statement is falso.

How did it go? Let's read the translation to check your comprehension:

Javier says, 'I can't wait to be in Madrid! We have to plan our trip well before getting there.'

Ana replies, 'Yes, my cousin has lived there for two years and has given me some recommendations. He has told me that the hotel is quite near the center, so we can walk. It's not necessary to take the train.'

Javier says, 'Okay. We can take a tour of the city to the Retiro Park.'

'I'd also like to visit the Prado Museum. And my cousin has recommended some restaurants and bars to go for tapas,' says Ana.

Javier exclaims, 'It sounds great! We have to see the Royal Palace as well.'

'We can stroll around it. There's a market and some beautiful theaters,' says Ana.

'I'm going home to pack my suitcase. What time are we leaving for the airport tomorrow?' asks Javier.

Ana replies, 'I'll be at your house at seven.'

Notice some of the words and expressions here: Bastante cerca means 'quite near' and por los alrededores means 'around' or 'in the surrounding areas'. Also, remember that we use the expression desde hace with the present tense to express how long someone has been doing something. Let's move on the next section now!

'Revista de Viajes'

Javier and Ana are reading a travel magazine (revista de viajes) on their way to Madrid. Read this extract from the magazine and answer the questions (preguntas) to follow with a word or short phrase:

Madrid es una ciudad llena de vida, con actividades y diversión para todas las edades. En cualquier momento del año se puede disfrutar de conciertos, cine, teatro u otras actividades culturales. Para los más pequeños, hay centros de ocio y parques de atracciones.

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