Spanish Practice Activities: Fables

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Instructor: April Schmidt

April has a Ph.D. in Spanish and has taught college-level Spanish for 10+ years.

In this lesson, you will be reading two short fables in Spanish. Your knowledge of the preterite and imperfect tenses, your familiarity with the names of different animals, and the fact that you are probably familiar with the stories will all aid comprehension.

Las Fábulas

When you were young, you probably read or heard fables, like 'The Fox and the Grapes,' 'The Ant and the Grasshopper,' and 'The Tortoise and the Hare.' In this lesson, you will be reading several of these fables in Spanish. You will be using your knowledge of the preterite and imperfect tenses as well as vocabulary related to animals. Also, the fact that you probably already know these stories will help you to guess the meaning of any unfamiliar words. When you are finished reading each fable, you will be answering some questions about them in Spanish.

¡Buena lectura!

La Hormiga y el Saltamontes

Había una vez una hormiga y un saltamontes. Vivían en un prado. El prado era muy hermoso, especialmente en el verano, cuando el trigo crecía y había flores de muchos colores. El saltamontes estaba muy alegre durante el verano. Saltaba y cantaba todo el día. A diferencia, la hormiga pasaba todos los días trabajando, recogiendo trigo y almacenándolo para el invierno.

El invierno llegó. Empezó a nevar. La hormiga tenía mucho que comer, pero el saltamontes se moría de hambre. Cuando el saltamontes le pidió comida a la hormiga, la hormiga le preguntó, ' ?Por qué no recogiste comida para el invierno? ?Qué hiciste durante el verano?'

'Toqué música todo el verano,' contestó el saltamontes.

'Bueno, pues, ¡que bailes ahora!' le dijo la hormiga.

Ahora, ¡a ver qué recuerdas! Let's see how much you remember. Feel free to pause the video if you need more time or check the story if you're not sure of the answer. Check the answer key at the end of the transcript when you're done.

1) ?Quiénes eran los personajes principales (the main characters) en esta fábula?

2) ?Cómo era el prado en el verano?

3) ?Qué hacía el saltamontes en el verano?

4) ?Qué hacía la hormiga?

5) ?Qué estación (season) llegó?

6) ?Qué tenía la hormiga en el invierno?

7) ?Qué hacía el saltamontes?

8) ?Qué pidió el saltamontes?

9) ?La hormiga le dio comida al saltamontes?

Ahora vamos a leer otra fábula muy conocida, que se trata de una tortuga, un conejo y una carrera entre los dos. ?Recuerdas esta fábula?

La Tortuga y el Conejo

El conejo podía correr muy rápidamente y por eso era muy vanidoso. El conejo siempre se burlaba de la tortuga porque la tortuga andaba tan lentamente.

'Sí, ando despacio,' dijo la tortuga. 'No obstante, creo que te puedo ganar una carrera.'

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