Spanish Grammar: Verbs of change (“transformarse and convertirse”)

We know that speaking a foreign language can be difficult, especially uttering those verbs which are extremely similar or the ones which have several meanings. For this reason we want to ease your learning and our native teacher Ana is going to explain the differences between “transformarse” and “convertirse” for the more advanced students.
If you want to refine your vocabulary and to perfect your way of speaking Spanish, you are in the right place. With our videos you will learn Spanish and no matter your level, we have explanations for any level, stay on our channel and check it out.

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Offers in the supermarket

Do you know how to buy in Spain? Catch the best offers thanks to the easy explanation of our Spanish teacher Ana, who is going to help us understand the offers in Spanish. Save money in your purchases and misunderstandings in this language, and as a gift you can improve your vocabulary. Academia Pradoventura will help you to handle usual situations like these and many more.

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Learning how to go shopping in Spanish in Prado del Rey

At Academia Pradoventura, we apply what the students learned in theory in class to real life. So we take our students to places where they can practice their foreign language and talk to the natives.

Those practical activities are very helpful to learn to be independent in every other Spanish speaking city.

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Expresions related with the weather in Spanish

Our native teacher Odalis becomes a professional meteorologist and she teaches us how to talk and ask about the weather in Spanish, moreover, she is going to teach us some quite witty sayings while we review the months of the year. Do you want to learn this interesting and important vocabulary? Would you like to learn some funny sayings? So this video is for you, you can learn it in an easy way with us.

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Pradoventura students go on scavenger hunt!

A good way to practice what the students learned in class is to go on a scavenger hunt. They have to a card to each establishment (like a supermarket, greengrocer, driving school, restaurant or clothes shop…). The task will be done following the instructions on each card, like where to go next and what to do there. They are always related to daily situations, for example asking for the price of a product or to search for something specific. Of course questions related to culture and history are included, like who founded Prado del Rey or which the popular festivals of this village are.

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Spanish Grammar: Direct and indirect object pronouns

In this video about direct and indirect pronouns, you are going to learn how to differentiate the verbs with one direct object from the verbs with two objects, a direct one and another indirect one. It can be so difficult to use adequately the direct and indirect objects in Spanish! Most of the time, the explanations about this are incomplete or they have many mistakes. For example, we usually hear that we have to ask “to whom…? / ¿a quién?” in order to recognize an indirect object, but this rule does not always work:

– Veo a los niños en la playa -¿A quiénes ves en la playa? -A los niños.

Following this rule, “A los niños” seems to be an indirect object, but actually it is not. In Spanish there are direct objects which refer to a person, and above we have an example.

What a mess! So, how do we differentiate when we have to use a direct object or an indirect object? The key is in the verb and its meaning. We distinguish between two kinds of verbs:

+ Verbos de una “patita” (Verbs with one leg): Verbs which according to their meaning, only need one object. For instance: ver (to see), sentir (to feel), vivir (to live), intentar (to try), estudiar (to study)…

+Verbos de dos “patitas” (Verbs with two legs): Verbs which need two objects (something and someone). For instance: dar (to give), ofrecer (to offer)…

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How to introduce yourself in Spanish?

Do you want to meet and greet new people in Spain?
Our Spanish teacher Odalis will teach you how to introduce yourselves, and thanks to the questions and answers provided by our students and their teacher, you will be able to introduce yourselves to any Spanish speaking person and get to know new people easily. Watch this video and learn with Pradoventura!

Spanish grammar: the future

Como sabemos, existen dos tipos de futuro en español: “ir a + infinitivo” y el futuro simple “comeré”. Normalmente, ambos tiempos verbales tienen el mismo valor de posterioridad en las acciones, pero quizá queráis saber qué preferencias existen a la hora de elegir uno u otro. En este tutorial, Tania y Laura explican las formas de esos tiempos y algunas de sus particularidades a través de  propuestas creativas y divertidas creadas por ambas profesoras.

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Special Spanish class on the Day of Andalusia

Today, February 28, we celebrated the Day of Andalusia. As we like to introduce cultural content in the Spanish classes in an enjoyable way, we always prepare a special session for this regional holiday. As good Andalusians, we hung little Andalusian flags in the language school, we put a flower in our hair (we explained to the students that at Andalusian festivals women wear a dress called a gypsy dress and a flower) and we began with the Spanish class dedicated to this day. As it was a special Spanish lesson, we put together both groups of students so that they could live this experience together. We also consider that the students learn from each other and it is interesting that they listen to different opinions about Andalusia and that they contrast these.

Day of Andalusia Spanish language school Spain

Firstly, we tought them that Andalusia in one of the 19 autonomous regions in Spain and it consists of 8 provinces: Cádiz, Sevilla, Málaga, Granada, Córdoba, Huelva, Jaén and Almería. We talked about the most important cultural elements of each province of Andalusia, such as the Gran Teatro Falla, the beach “La Caleta”, the Alhambra, the Sierra Nevada, the Science Park, the Picasso Museum, the Alcazaba Of Málaga, the Cervantes Theater, etc.

Likewise, the students were introduced to important people for the Andalusian culture, such as Federico García Lorca, Picasso, Antonio Banderas or Farruquito, all of them well known in Spain and internationally. Adding also some specific flamenco vocabulary (bailaor, tocaor, cantaor …).

In addition, we have made our students aware of the importance of nature protection in Andalusia since 32% of the area are protected natural areas (national parks, natural parks, etc.). We mentioned two especially protected species that are in danger of extinction: the pinsapo (Spanish fir) and the lynx.

To get deeper into the Andalusian culture, we read in class the poem “Andalucía” by Manuel Machado, an admirable Andalusian poet, in which he symbolically defines each province:

Cádiz, salada claridad
Granada, agua oculta que llora
Romana y mora, Córdoba callada
Málaga cantaora
Almería, dorada
Plateado Jaén
Huelva la orilla de las tres carabelas
y Sevilla …

After making sure that all the students understood the meaning of each line of the poem, we made a brainstorming to define among all the students what Andalusia means to them. Getting terms such as flamenco, sea, wine, red sun observing sunset hiking Andalusia Spain(the red sun probably has to do with the sunset we saw on the hiking tour yesterday), etc.. It was fun!

After that, we asked the students to locate each of the provinces on the map, associating what cultural elements are related to each province. They told us what they have learned while being in Andalusia and what they previously knew.

Finally, we did an activity that we called “Some of the treasures of Andalusia that we recommend you to discover”. To carry it out we selected four monuments, places, important persons, traditions or celebrations of each of the Andalusian provinces. We had designed cards with pictures of those elements and asked the students to make an imaginary trip through each Andalusian province, even if it is only on tiptoe. Like that they got to know a little of each of the provinces, its wealth and its treasures. Thus, once the cards were distributed on the table, we asked our students to try to associate each of them with their place of origin.

It was very gratifying, on the one hand, to see how our students recognized many of the pictures, since we had talked about them throughout the session and, on the other hand, how interested they were in those they did not know and had just discovered. The teachers were in charge of transmitting to our students interesting historical, cultural or artistic facts.

At the end of the activity, our students made us aware of their growing interest in touring and visiting the provinces of Andalusia.

It was a very enjoyable session, since everyone participated actively and we interacted a lot. We had planned an additional activity, as we always to in case the lesson flows quicky and there is some time left. In this additional activity the students would have had to creat a poem about Andalusia themselves, working in pairs. Today we did not have any time left for this activity but we are happy with the result of this very nice and relevant class in terms of culture.

To conclude, we went together to have breakfast like every day and as a special touch the owner of the bar played the  hymn of Andalusia for us. We had a great morning.

Here you can download the activity “Algunos de los tesoros de Andalucía que te recomendamos descubrir” for your Spanish class:

DIA DE ANDALUCIA Actividad para clase de español