Ch 22: Spanish Fables

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons, and learn about Spanish fables, including vocabulary that you can use to talk about fables. Take the quizzes that follow each lesson to gauge your progress in learning the Spanish language.

Spanish Fables - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Fables are stories that are often passed down from generation to generation. What distinguishes a fable from other stories is that it usually features animals as the characters, and these animals are personified, meaning that they act as if they were really human. Fables also usually focus on conveying a moral lesson. You have probably heard a fable before, such as the story about the tortoise and the hare. In this chapter, the focus will be on learning vocabulary that will allow you to talk about and tell fables in Spanish. In addition to the new vocabulary, you will have a Spanish grammar lesson, teaching you how to properly use the preterite and imperfect tenses. Some of the things that you will learn about include:

  • When to use the imperfect or preterite tenses
  • What cabra, cocodrilo, buho and gallo mean
  • What a tortuga is
  • How to use the vocabulary word 'pollo' in a fable

VideoObjective
Spanish Vocabulary for Learning About Animals Learn vocabulary for animals that are commonly found in fables, such as pajaro, zorro, grillo, hormiga, saltamontes, elefante, leon, serpiente and mono.
Spanish Grammar: Imperfect vs. Preterite Take a look at the imperfect and the preterite tenses to see how to properly use them and when to choose one over the other.
Spanish Practice Activities: Fables Get some practice listening to and reading fables in Spanish, which include the new vocabulary words and the imperfect and the preterite tenses.

5 Lessons in Chapter 22: Spanish Fables
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Spanish Vocabulary for Learning About Animals

1. Spanish Vocabulary for Learning About Animals

What's your favorite animal? Do you keep any animals as pets? Maybe you remember reading stories where foxes, rabbits, and mice were the main characters. In this lesson, you will be learning the names of some different animals in Spanish.

Spanish Grammar: Imperfect vs. Preterite for Events and Actions

2. Spanish Grammar: Imperfect vs. Preterite for Events and Actions

In Spanish, the preterite and the imperfect are both used to talk about the past, but they cannot be used interchangeably. In this lesson, you will learn when to use the preterite and when to use the imperfect when talking about actions and events.

Spanish Grammar: Describing People and Things Using the Imperfect and Preterite

3. Spanish Grammar: Describing People and Things Using the Imperfect and Preterite

Like in English, preterite and imperfect tenses in Spanish are not interchangeable. In this lesson, you will be learning how to correctly use the preterite and imperfect to describe things and people.

Practice Preterite and Imperfect in Context

4. Practice Preterite and Imperfect in Context

In this lesson, you will see how preterite and imperfect work together to tell a story: imperfect provides background information and descriptions, while preterite tells what happened. You'll also be using these tenses yourself to help tell a story.

Spanish Practice Activities: Fables

5. Spanish Practice Activities: Fables

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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