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Welcome to Vol. 79 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. Remember you can hear all of these audio mp3s as 1 big file in the virtual podcast, or click on each one individually to hear or download the file.

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This week we have an exciting offer from the company producing a Spanish Virtual City software, called 3D Language Spain. They are offering a free download of their program to any of my podcast listeners and newsletter subscribers this week. This is genuinely one of the best pieces of software I've seen - you actually talk to your computer, and it talks back! Kudos to David Dunlap and his team for their great work.

I'd also like to remind everybody that our forums are a great place to find out new things about Spanish grammar and culture - this week we've had an enthusiastic conversation going about the dialect of Costa Rica, questions about whether they use vos (the voseo) there, some slang terms, and more. You can find the forums here.

Last but not least...please keep in mind that my queridisima coworker Sandrita Corona and I both support ourselves directly through the sales from the store, especially downloads (did I mention she's got 3 kids?...They're really cute too! :)

We've got a cool new Spanish verbs ebook and are adding things each day.

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Spanish Reading and Listening Comprehension Exercise #3

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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

Los Zalacaín vivían a pocos pasos de Urbia, pero ni Martín ni su familia eran ciudadanos; faltaban a su casa unos metros para formar parte de la villa.

El padre de Martín fué labrador, un hombre obscuro y poco comunicativo, muerto en una epidemia de viruelas; la madre de Martín tampoco era mujer de carácter; vivió en esa obscuridad psicológica normal entre la gente del campo, y pasó de soltera a casada y de casada a viuda con absoluta inconsciencia. Al morir su marido, quedó con dos hijos Martín y una niña menor, llamada Ignacia.

El caserío donde habitaban los Zalacaín pertenecía a la familia de Ohando, familia la más antigua aristocrática y rica de Urbia.

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a pocos pasos
a few steps away
ciudadanos
citizens
poco comunicativo
not very communicative
tampoco
neither
soltera
single woman
viuda
widow
inconsciencia
thoughtlessness, unconsciousness
menor
younger
pertenecía
belonged to
antigua
old

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Worksheet/Activity: Spanish Vocabulary Practice

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Quiz: Spanish Listening Comprehension

Spanish Artist of the Week
 

listen to Paulina Rubio's music online - try iTunes for downloads

Mexicana Paulina Rubio has an upbeat latin style that has pulsated on the Miami and Latin American radio for years... Her Mother Susana Dosamantes is a famous Mexican actress. She actually got her start in the teen band Timbiriche - which I must admit I was a big fan of back in the 80s, after having done a year of high school in Mexico!

You can find a biography of her at here. To hear some of her music - you can try here - where you can also see some videos.

Spanish Learning Product of the Week:
 

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