Español con noticias y documentales

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These Spanish courses are based on short clips from TV news programs and documentaries. Each lesson deals with a different topic: a scandal dating from the Franco era, Spain’s artistic and cultural heritage, the repopulation of rural Spain, the reasons for the long workday in Spain, and the history of several regions of Spain.

Español con noticias y curiosidades 1: «Entrevistas y reportajes»

Entrevistas y reportajes 1

This is a collection of 5 individual lessons based on clips from television news programs.

Lección 1: El fenómeno del horario español

Why is the workday in Spain different from the rest of Europe? What time zone is Spain in, and what does Hitler have to do with it? You’ll see some examples of the use of the subjunctive, including the imperfect, as well as examples of verbs in the simple conditional.

Lección 2: El escándalo de los niños robados
This lesson is based on a TV news clip about a scandal that took place in Spain during and after the Franco dictatorship, but was covered up until quite recently. In the grammar notes we explain different uses of various verbs in the past and some more examples of the subjunctive.

Lección 3: ¡Es una chapuza!

In this lesson you will learn about two cases of artistic “restoration” that turned out even worse than before, and embarrassed the whole country. We explain some adjectives that change their meaning when used with «ser» and «estar» as well as some uses of the imperfect subjunctive.

Lección 4: El éxodo de la ciudad al campo
In this lesson you will learn about a great social problem in Spain: the depopulation of towns and villages in the interior. However, recent initiatives are encouraging people to leave the cities and start a new life in the countryside. In the grammar notes we highlight more words that change meaning according to gender (for example, «la oliva» and «el olivo») as well as various uses of «se».

Lección 5: El plan de Plan
This documentary is about the repopulation of abandoned towns and villages in Spain, thanks to an idea that originated in a town called Plan. Although this idea was successful in the past, the town is still suffering depopulation because of the lack of jobs, services, and leisure activities for young people. In the grammar notes we explain the difference between «más que» and «más de» as well as the use of «se» to add an emotional nuance to the message.

Español con noticias y documentales 2: «La historia de tres regiones bilingües de España»

Español con noticias y documentales 2

The six lessons in this course are based on short documentaries, delivered in a simple and visual way, about three of Spain’s autonomous communities: the Basque country, Catalunya, and Galicia. You’ll learn about the historical, cultural, linguistic and political factors that make these three communities different from the rest of Spain. You’ll learn a lot of vocabulary that you can use when reading newspapers, watching TV news and documentaries, and discussing historical and current events.

Lección 1: El País Vasco desde la prehistoria hasta el siglo XVI
This is the first of two lessons about the history of the Basque Country. You’ll learn about key events from prehistoric times to the 16th century. You’ll learn lots of vocabulary and expressions as well as some of the different uses of «quedar» and «quedarse». You’ll also learn some verbal expressions such as «llegar a» + infinitive and «seguir» + gerund.

Lección 2: El País Vasco desde el siglo XVI hasta la actualidad
This lesson is about the history of the Basque Country from the 16th century to the present. You’ll learn about key events that led to the historic oppression of the Basque people and the rise of the Basque separatist movement. As well as new vocabulary and expressions, you’ll learn some useful connectors such as «por lo cual» and some uses of «poner» and «ponerse».

Galicia desde la prehistoria hasta el siglo XV
This is the first of two lessons about the history of Galicia, Spain. You’ll learn about key events from prehistoric times to the 15th century, including the origin of the Camino de Santiago. We highlight some useful interjections and the use of «al» + infinitive.

Lección 4: Galicia desde el siglo XV hasta la actualidad
This lesson is about the history of Galicia from the 15th century to the present. You’ll learn about some key events that helped Galicia to become the autonomous community that it is today. You will learn the use of the indirect object pronouns «le/les» and the different meanings of «ya».

Lección 5: Cataluña desde la prehistoria hasta el siglo XV
In this lesson we explain key events in the history of Cataluña from prehistoric times to the 15th century. You’ll learn how this region became an important shipping and commercial centre.

Lección 6: Cataluña desde el siglo XV hasta la actualidad
In this part we highlight key events in the history of Cataluña from the 15th century to the present. We’ll explain some of the reasons for the rise of separatism among some Catalans and the referendum on the question that was declared illegal by the Spanish government.

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