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Spanish Practice Activity: Read & Listen to Vacation Conversations

Spanish Practice Activity: Read & Listen to Vacation Conversations
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Instructor: Pablo Serna

Pablo has taught college Spanish at the University of Missouri and Central Methodist University, and has a master's degree in Spanish literature.

In this lesson, we will practice, read & listen to vacation conversations to practice comparatives and superlatives, the preterite of the verb ir (to go) in Spanish and some vocabulary of vacations.

Talking About the Past & Comparisons

Probably, you still remember the best vacation you've ever had. Maybe even a little smile is drawn on your face because of some of the memories. That summer at your grandparents', that Christmas with your family at a paradise-like beach (running away from the cold winter), or that Spring Break with your friends.

First let's review some comparatives and superlatives.

Comparatives:

less menos
more más
as much as tan/tanto(a)(s) como
better mejor
worse peor
younger/smaller menor
older/bigger mayor

Superlatives:

the most or adj + -est el/la/los/las + más + adj/adverb
the least or adj + -est el/la/los/las + menos + adj/adverb

In this lesson, we will practice some comparatives of equality and inequality and superlatives. These talk about the level of a quality (less, more, equal) comparing two people or things, like in más alto (taller), menos interesante (less interesting), tan inteligente como (as smart as), mejor (better), peor (worse), etc. We will also practice the verb ir (to go) in the preterite that, by the way, is conjugated the same way than the verb ser (fui, fuiste, fue, fuimos, fuisteis, fueron), and some vocabulary referred to vacations, such as viaje, vacaciones, motel, carro, playa, etc.

Let's read and listen to the following conversations and answer some questions:

¡Las Mejores Vacaciones de Mi Vida!

¡Hola! Soy Marcela. Cuando fui de vacaciones con mis padres y mis hermanos (siblings), fuimos a visitar a mis abuelos en las montañas de Granby, Colorado. ¡Fue el mejor viaje de toda mi vida! Fuimos a un sitio lleno de montañas nevadas, con hermosos árboles que parecían árboles de navidad. Había más de cuarenta cabañas. También fuimos a esquiar en la nieve y me caí más de seis veces. La pista de esquí en Granby es más tranquila que la de Winter Park porque generalmente en Granby nunca hay más de doscientas personas. Mi hermano menor es mejor que yo en el descenso rápido (downhill) pero yo tengo más experiencia que él a campo traviesa (cross-country).

Mi hermana mayor es la más alta de la familia pero tiene mejor equilibrio que todos los demás. Mi papá se cayó tantas veces como mi mamá. Ellos no son muy buenos esquiando. Mi tío Nicolás es el peor de todos. Él no sabe esquiar. ¡El tiempo con mi familia vale más que todo el oro del mundo!

Ahora responde las preguntas:

1. A dónde fue la familia? (Where did the family go?)

- La familia fue a Granby, Colorado. (They went to Granby, Colorado)

2. A quiénes fueron a visitar? (Who did they go to visit?)

- Fueron a visitar a sus abuelos. (They went to visit the grandparents)

3. Cuántas cabañas había? (How many cabins were there?)

- Había más de cuarenta cabañas. (There were more than forty cabins)

4. Cuántas veces se cayó Marcela? (How many times did Marcela fall?)

- Marcela se cayó más de seis veces. (Marcela fell more than six times)

5. Cuál pista es más tranquila, la de Granby o la de Winter Park? (Which trail is more tranquil, Granby's or Winter Park's?)

- La pista de Granby es más tranquila que la de Winter Park. (Granby trail is more tranquil than Winter Park's)

6. Cuántas personas hay generalmente en la pista de Granby? (Generally speaking, how many people are there on Granby's trail?)

- Generalmente nunca hay más de doscientas personas. (Generally there never are more than two hundred people)

7. Quién tiene más experiencia a campo traviesa? (Who has more experience in cross-country?)

- Marcela tiene más experiencia en campo traviesa. (Marcela has more experience in cross-country)

8. Quién es la persona más alta de la familia y tiene mejor equilibrio? (Who is the tallest person in the family and also has better equilibrium?)

- La hermana mayor es la más alta de la familia y tiene mejor equilibrio. (The oldest sister is the tallest in the family and has better

We read and listened to Marcela's best vacation ever. Now let's read poor Efraín's vacation…

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