Welcome to Vol. 75 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.
As Xmas brought a new video ipod to my household - I've become
addicted to this exciting new technology - and particularly excited
about the potential for teaching via audio and video "podcasts"
as they are called. You don't need an mp3 player to take advantage
of this new technology - and in fact I've decided to try doing
a weekly audio version of the newsletter, which will be available
here as well as via the ipod format, so that anyone with an internet
connection can take advantage of it. Mp3 players aren't just for
kids - and they aren't just for music either. There are all kinds
of audio books, newscasts, even sports and entertainment audio
shows - that can be downloaded to an mp3 device. Apple's ipod is
just the most visible unit, and the most aggressive at forming
coalitions with content providers. For any student of a foreign
language, having an mp3 player can be an invaluable tool.
to hear an mp3 introducing our new audio podcast (1MB)
To view the entire podcast
via an online virtual ipod, click here.
To subscribe with iTunes, add
the following RSS feed under "Advanced" and "Subscribe to Podcast"
in your iTunes:
if you have an audio only ipod: http://www.spanish.ms/podcasts/podcast2.xml
if you have a photo or
video ipod: http://www.spanish.ms/podcasts/podcast.xml
This week I'm going to focus on listening comprehension,
via a guided reading in Spanish. While there are plenty of grammar
lessons in previous editions of my newsletter, I've done very little
in terms of conversational Spanish and listening comprehension.
That's mainly because it's easier to post a grammar lesson than
to create a listening comprehension exercise. Nonetheless, energized
by the ipod....I'm going to give it a shot! I'm not doing to do
full translation, but rather only a review of key vocabulary.
Spanish Reading and Listening Comprehension Exercise
to hear an mp3 of the reading below (3.2MB)
From the The Project Gutenberg EBook of Zalacaín El Aventurero,
by Pío Baroja published in 1913 in Madrid, Spain.
CÓMO VIVIÓ Y SE EDUCÓ MARTÍN ZALACAÍN
camino en cuesta
baja de la Ciudadela pasa
por encima del cementerio y atraviesa el portal de
Francia. Este camino, en la parte alta, tiene a los lados
varias cruces de piedra, que terminan en una ermita y
por la parte baja, después de entrar en la ciudad,
se convierte en calle. A la izquierda del camino, antes de la
muralla, había hace años un caserío viejo,
medio derruído, con el tejado terrero lleno
pedruscos y la piedra arenisca de sus paredes desgastada por
la acción de la humedad y del aire.
crosses the entry
to hear an mp3 quiz activity (4MB)