Spanish Practice Activity: Reading About Pastimes

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  • 0:30 Cierto - Falso: Numero Uno
  • 2:06 Cierto - Falso: Numero Dos
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Instructor: Danielle Geary

Danielle teaches at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She holds a Doctor of Education with research concentration in Study Abroad and Foreign Language Acquisition.

Listening, writing, speaking, and... reading! Test your Spanish reading skills in this practice activity on pastimes. Read about what people do in their free time and see how much you understand.

Cierto - Falso

¡Hola! Today we're going to read paragraphs about what people do in their free time, and see how much we understand. ¡Vamos!

Actividad Numero 1 is a true/false exercise. You'll see a paragraph, and then you'll see five cierto-falso questions to answer.

1) Me llamo Susana y no me gustan mucho los deportes, pero tengo otros pasatiempos. Leo mucho - leo libros, revistas, lecciones de ingles… También escribo correo electrónico y paso horas en Internet. A veces voy al cine con mis amigas y después vamos a un café y conversamos de todo! Las montañas no me gustan mucho. Prefiero la playa donde puedo tomar el sol y nadar todo el día!

  1. Susana practica deportes.
  2. Ella estudia inglés.
  3. A Susana le gusta mucho la playa.
  4. Susana y sus amigas hablan de muchas cosas diferentes.
  5. A veces ella lee.

Muy bien. What are the answers? F, C, C, C, F. ? Qué tal? Let's follow the translation of what it says:

'My name is Susanna and I don't like sports very much, but I have other hobbies. I read a lot - I read books, magazines, my English lessons… I also write emails and I spend hours on the Internet. Sometimes I go to the movies with my girlfriends and afterwards, we go to a café and talk about all kinds of things! I don't like the mountains so much. I prefer the beach where I can sunbathe and swim all day!'

Bien, let's look at a couple things here. Remember leo comes from the infinitive verb leer. A veces means 'sometimes.' And there are a couple cognates. Otros - did you infer from context that this might be 'others'? Kudos if you did! Conversamos, 'converse.' Prefiero, 'prefer' - and with an O on the end, it's 'I prefer.' Puedo means 'I can.' Oh, and what about después? Después can mean later, after, afterwards, or then, according to context.

Bueno, numero dos. Read the next story and answer the questions.

2) Me llamo Jorge y me encantan los deportes! El museo? Noooo. La computadora? Noooo. Los restaurantes elegantes? Noooo. Yo practico el baloncesto y la lucha libre casi todo el año. Estoy en la piscina todo el invierno, y en verano, me gusta competir en el atletismo. Cuando estoy en el lago con mi familia o de vacaciones en las montañas, yo nado y voy de excursión. Los deportes son mi vida!

  1. Jorge nada mucho en invierno.
  2. Los deportes son todo para él.
  3. Practica el atletismo todos los meses del año.
  4. Le gusta el arte y va mucho al museo.
  5. Descansa cuando está de vacaciones.

Muy bien. What are the answers? C, C, F, F, F. ?Qué tal? Let's follow the translation of what it says:

'My name is George and I love sports! The museum? Nooo. Computers? Noooo. Fine dining? Noooo. I play basketball and I wrestle almost all year long. I'm in the pool all winter, and in the summer, I like to compete in track and field. When I'm at the lake with my family or on vacation in the mountains, I swim and I hike. Sports are my life!'

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