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Discussing Politics & Government in Spanish - Chapter Summary
These engaging lessons teach you how to converse in Spanish while discussing government and politics. Topics covered include using the subjunctive mood and conjugating verbs in the present subjunctive. Fun activities such as listening to a political debate can help you understand how to put your learning to use. To immerse you in the language and provide context, lessons also cover the history, culture and politics of Mexico and other Spanish-speaking regions, including Central America, the Caribbean, the Andes and the Pampas.
You can use the video tabs feature to jump directly to the spot in the video lesson that you'd like to review. Or watch all the video lessons as a comprehensive study aid to help you learn all about this topic. Our printable lesson transcripts allow you to make quick study guides that cover all the important vocabulary terms and keywords. Once you complete this chapter, you should be ready to:
- Use the correct Spanish vocabulary to discuss international politics and government
- Differentiate between indicative and subjunctive tenses
- Utilize the subjunctive mood in Spanish
- Understand the present subjunctive's regular formation in Spanish
- Conjugate irregular and stem-change verbs using the present subjunctive
- Express uncertainty, doubt, desire and negation using Spanish present subjunctive tenses
- Use subjunctive and impersonal expressions in Spanish
- Practice your Spanish with conversation and listening activities
1. Spanish Vocabulary Terms: Politics & Government
In this lesson, we will learn some useful vocabulary to talk about politics and the government in Spanish. We will discuss topics like law, voting, power, and taxes.
2. Spanish Vocabulary: International Politics Terms
In this lesson, we will learn some useful vocabulary to talk about international politics in Spanish. We'll look at different governmental systems and learn some political facts about different governments around the world.
3. Culture, History & Politics of Mexico
This lesson explores the country of Mexico. It highlights the country's native tribes and the impact of Spanish colonization. It also discusses the single-party political domination of the PRI.
4. Culture, History & Politics of Central America
This lesson explores the region of Central America. It discusses how it has been impacted by European colonization, its categorization as part of the developing world, and the effect of the Cold War on its politics and its people.
5. Culture, History & Politics of Caribbean South America
This lesson focuses on the lands of Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, and French Guiana. It highlights the colonization of these areas by countries like Spain, France, and the Netherlands.
6. Culture, History & Politics of the Andes & the Pampas
This lesson explores the history of the Andes and Pampas region of South America. It explains how Spanish colonization and the rule of the Criollos has shaped the region's culture and politics of today.
7. Subjunctive Mood in Spanish
In this lesson, we will take a brief look at what moods are and then focus on understanding the subjunctive mood and when to use it. This is an introduction to the concept to prepare you for future lessons that will dive deeper.
8. Subjunctive versus Indicative in Spanish
This lesson will help you to understand the difference between two important moods in Spanish: the subjunctive mood and the indicative mood. All verbs can be conjugated in both moods.
9. The Present Subjunctive's Regular Formation in Spanish
In this lesson, we will learn how to conjugate the present subjunctive in Spanish, and we will study the main requirements that specifically tell us this tense needs to be used.
10. Conjugating Irregular Spanish Verbs in the Present Subjunctive
In this lesson, we will learn how to conjugate and use the Spanish verbs dar, estar, haber, ir, saber and ser in the present subjunctive tense. We will also practice vocabulary related to literature and book genres.
11. Present Subjunctive Conjugations for Stem-Change Verbs in Spanish
In this lesson, we will learn how to conjugate some stem-changing and irregular verbs using the present subjunctive in Spanish. There are several changes that need to be taken into consideration and forms that need to be memorized.
12. Using the Present Subjunctive in Spanish to Express Desire & Uncertainty
Today, we will focus on the present subjunctive and how expressing desire, influence and will trigger the use of the subjunctive tense. We will also use some vocabulary related to literature.
13. Using the Present Subjunctive to Express Doubt or Negation in Spanish
In this lesson we will learn how to use the present subjunctive in Spanish having verbs of doubt, disbelief and denial. Also, we will learn to identify some verbs and expressions of certainty that always trigger the indicative mood.
14. The Subjunctive & Impersonal Expressions in Spanish
In this lesson, we will discuss impersonal expressions that are triggers for the subjunctive in Spanish. We will also look at how to use these in a sentence and at impersonal expressions that don't trigger the subjunctive.
15. Spanish Practice Activity: Conversations with Political Candidates
In this lesson, we will review impersonal expressions and the present subjunctive with regular verbs. We will put these concepts into practice by listening and reading conversations relating to politics. You can then test your skills with a quiz.
16. Spanish Practice Activity: Listening to a Political Debate
In this lesson, you will listen to a political debate to practice your listening skills, impersonal expressions, present subjunctive and vocabulary related to politics and the government.
17. Spanish Practice Activity: Using Doubt & Negation Expressions
In this lesson we will practice the Present Subjunctive in Spanish using verbs and expressions (triggers) of doubt and negation expressions. Also, we will review some other verbs and expressions that work as triggers for the Present Indicative.
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