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Welcome to Vol. 76 of the Spanish Online Newsletter! Part of the Spanish Learning Blog - your weekly lessons with mp3 files, as well as links to Spanish travel spots and more. The audio newsletter appears to be a success - ¡qué bueno! Last week's reading was a bit difficult, but this week's should be easier. We also have a grammar pointer to go with the reading, looking at the difference between the imperfect and preterite past verbs in Spanish. On the homepage of www.instaspanish.com you'll find a poll about ipods and audio downloads - if you have a spare minute, we'd really appreciate you helping us out by casting a vote in our poll. This helps us form ideas about what direction to take the websites in, and how to best develop teaching materials that suit your needs.

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Alright! So let's get down to today's reading, and grammar topic, which is going to be a quick look at the difference between using the imperfect or ongoing past tense, and the preterite past tense.

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This week we have a slightly easier listening comprehension reading, and a grammar pointer to go with it.

Spanish Reading and Listening Comprehension Exercise #2

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From the The Project Gutenberg EBook of Zalacaín El 
Aventurero, by Pío Baroja published in 1913 in Madrid, Spain. CAPÍTULO PRIMERO (continuación) CÓMO VIVIÓ Y SE EDUCÓ MARTÍN ZALACAÍN

En el frente de la decrépita y pobre casa, un agujero
indicaba dónde estuvo en otro tiempo el escudo, y debajo
de él se adivinaban, más bien que se leían, varias letras
que componían una frase latina: _Post funera virtus vivit_.

En este caserío nació y pasó los primeros años de su
infancia Martín Zalacaín de Urbia, el que, más tarde,
había de ser llamado Zalacaín el Aventurero; en este
caserío soñó sus primeras aventuras y rompió los primeros
pantalones.

agujero
indicaba
estuvo
escudo

se adivinaban
componían
nació
pasó
infancia
soñó
rompió

hole
indicated, was indicating
was
shield
could guess, could be guessed
made up, were forming
was born
passed
infancy
dreamt
tore

Let's look at the past tense verbs found in the reading, and see what we can learn from them.

se adivinaban
all of these words have a meaning that shows an ongoing or repeated condition or something that happened over a period of time
componían
indicaba
se leía
 
estuvo
All of these words indicate something that happened at a specific point in the past, and is completely finished
nació
pasó
rompió
soñó

Worksheet/Activity: Imperfect vs. Preterite

Quiz: Reading and Verbs

Hangman: Past Verbs and Vocabulary

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