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La casa de los espíritus : Isabel Allende

La casa de los espíritus (Spanish Edition) : Isabel Allende

The Casa de los Espíritus is a modern classic in the Spanish language. In this post you will find lots of useful links and comment.

For more copies and studies of the Casa de los Espíritus, please also click on

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La Casa de los Espíritus : Isabel Allende
La Casa de los Espíritus : Isabel Allende

La casa de los espíritus (Spanish Edition)

La casa de los espíritus de Isabel Allende (Guía de lectura): Resumen y análisis completo

La Casa de los Espíritus : Isabel Allende Guía de lectura
La Casa de los Espíritus : Isabel Allende Guía de lectura

La casa de los espíritus de Isabel Allende (Guía de lectura): Resumen y análisis completo

Allende: “La Casa de los Espiritus” (Critical Guides to Spanish Texts)

La Casa de los Espíritus : Isabel Allende Critical Guide to Spanish Texts Lloyd Davies
La Casa de los Espíritus : Isabel Allende Critical Guide to Spanish Texts Lloyd Davies

Allende: “La Casa de los Espiritus” (Critical Guides to Spanish Texts)

The House Of The Spirits (Everyman’s Library Contemporary Classics) : Isabel Allende

The House of the Spirits : Isabel Allende
The House of the Spirits : Isabel Allende

The House Of The Spirits (Everyman’s Library Contemporary Classics)

The House Of The Spirits : Isabel Allende

The House of the Spirits : Isabel Allende
The House of the Spirits : Isabel Allende

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The House Of The Spirits (Vintage Magic) : Isabel Allende

The House of the Spirits : Isabel Allende
The House of the Spirits : Isabel Allende

The House Of The Spirits (Vintage Magic)

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El Otro Arbol De Guernica : Luis de Castresana

Introduction

On this page you will find different editions of  El Otro Arbol De Guernica : Luis de Castresana,  a popular A level Spanish text.

There are links to the Amazon website for your convenience if you need copies of the book.

El Otro Arbol De Guernica : Luis de Castresana

El Otro Arbol De Guernica

El Otro Arbol de Guernica (Modern World Literature)

El Otro Arbol de Guernica (Modern World Literature)

El Otro Arbol De Guernica, El

El Otro Arbol De Guernica, El

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Las 13 rosas (Region 2)

Las 13 rosas (Region 2)

 

 

Las 13 rosas (Region 2)

 

Las trece rosas is an immensely moving film.

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An incredibly moving film, based on the execution in 1939, of thirteen innocent young women. The thirteen, known as Las Trece Rosas were executed in Madrid, Spain on august 5th 1939 together with 43 male prisoners, including a 14 year old boy.

After the civil war, many suffered under Franco. This film depicting some of that suffering, does so a way that may linger in the memory long after the final scene.

We are told that the documents and letters cited in the film are completely authentic. Together with a powerful storyline and great acting, Las 13 Rosas is a film I would recommend and not just from an historical or political viewpoint. It is just a great film.

The film received 14 nominations to the Goya Awards and won four of them.

The four Goya awards were: Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score and Best Supporting Actor (Jose Manuel Cerino).

The DVD has Spanish dialogue with optional English subtitles.

There are extra features on the DVD but without an English translation.

As part of the extras you can see the real Quique, son of one of Las Trece Rosas (now an elderly gentleman) during the making of the film. This I also found to be very moving.

Highly recommended DVD

 

The book of Las 13 rosas in Spanish

Las trece rosas (Spanish Edition)

 

Las trece rosas (Spanish Edition) Kindle

Trece Rosas Rojas (Nf)

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Ocho apellidos vascos: Film Study Guide for AS/A-level Spanish

Modern Study Language Guides

Ocho apellidos vascos


​If you are studying AS or A level Spanish, and this Ocho Apellidos vascos is one that you are going to study in depth, then this is the guide for you.

​The guide has been written with the exam in mind.

In particular, it addresses the following :

  • Strengthen language skills with relevant grammar, vocab and writing exercises throughout
  • Aim for top marks by building a bank of textual examples and quotes to enhance exam response​
  • Build confidence with knowledge-check questions at the end of every chapter
  • Revise effectively with pages of essential vocabulary and key mind maps throughout​
  • Feel prepared for exams with advice on how to write an essay, plus sample essay questions, two levels of model answers and examiner commenta​ry

Film analysis made easy.  Build your students' confidence in their language abilities and help them to develop the skills necessary to critique their chosen work : putting it into context, understanding the themes and director's technique, as well as specialist terminology.

​Breaking down each scene, character and theme in Ocho apellidos vascos, this accessible guide will enable your students to understand the historical and social context of the film and give them the critical and language skills needed to write a successful essay.

Hodder and Stoughton 
Publishers of the Modern Languages Study Guides

Conclusion

This excellent student and exam focussed guide is a must-have for A level Spanish students.

If you would like a copy, click on the book cover below and there is a link to the Amazon website for your convenience.​

Also, if you do not have a copy of the DVD,  there is a link is on the DVD cover. 

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Ocho apellidos vascos : Emilio Martinez Lazaro DVD

Ocho apellidos vascos : Emilio Martínez Lázaro DVD

This is what happens when the north of Spain meets the south.

A great insight for all students of Spanish into contemporary Spain.

Enjoy!

Ocho Apellidos Vascos (Spanish Affair) DVD (Region 2)

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Crónica de una muerte anunciada : Gabriel García Márquez – A Modern Language study guide

Modern Study Language Guides

Crónica de una muerte anunciada 

Gabriel García Márquez


​If you are studying AS or A level Spanish, and  Crónica de una muerte anunciada is a novel that you are going to study in depth, then this is the guide for you.

​The guide has been written with the exam in mind.

In particular, it addresses the following :

  • Strengthen language skills with relevant grammar, vocab and writing exercises throughout
  • Aim for top marks by building a bank of textual examples and quotes to enhance exam response​
  • Build confidence with knowledge-check questions at the end of every chapter
  • Revise effectively with pages of essential vocabulary and key mind maps throughout​
  • Feel prepared for exams with advice on how to write an essay, plus sample essay questions, two levels of model answers and examiner commenta​ry

Literature analysis made easy.  Builds students' confidence in their language abilities and help them to develop the skills necessary to critique their chosen work : putting it into context, understanding the themes and Márquez''s technique, as well as specialist terminology.

​Breaking down each scene, character and theme in Crónica de una muerte anunciada, this accessible guide will enable students to understand the historical and social context of the film and give them the critical and language skills needed to write a successful essay.

Hodder and Stoughton 
Publishers of the Modern Languages Study Guides

Conclusion

This excellent student and exam focussed guide is a must-have for A level Spanish students.

If you would like a copy, click on the book cover below and there is a link to the Amazon website for your convenience.​

Modern Languages Study Guide Crónica de una muerte
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A Level Spanish – materials for the AQA A level Spanish course

 

 

Spanish A level text book AQA exam board

Introduction to the AQA Spanish A level text book (including AS)

This post contains :

  1. The themes covered in the book
  2. The topic content of each unit
  3. The grammatical content of each unit
  4. Details of strategies for students to use to improve in the four skills – speaking Spanish, writing Spanish, reading Spanish and listening to Spanish

This Spanish A level text book covers the four themes of the A level Spanish exam:

  • Aspects of Hispanic Society
  • Artistic culture in the Spanish world
  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic Society
  • Aspects of political life in the Hispanic World.

The book is broken down into different units as follows:

Unit 1

  • the differences in family life past and present
  • some famous religious traditions in the Hispanic world and the influence of Catholicism
  • the institution of marriage in Spain and the divorce rate
  • the difference types of family that exist and their experiences and difficulties

Unit 2

  • the use of the internet and its positive and negative features
  • how new technologies change our lives
  • the different uses of smartphones and their influence today

Unit 3

  • a historical perspective on the changes and improvements in women’s rights in Spain.
  • women’s opinions about their status in society
  • the opinions and differences of LGBT communities in different Latin American countries
  • improvements in the situation of women in the Hispanic World

Unit 4

  • the influence of famous singers and musicians in the Spanish-speaking world
  • Hispanic sporting role models and their influence
  • the influence of celebrities from the world of television and the cinema in Hispanic countries

Unit 5

  • Holy Week festivities and their regional variants
  • the world of bullfighting in Hispanic countries
  • the immensely varied gastronomy of Spain
  • the official languages of Spain and their importance

Unit 6

  • The Spanish conquest of Peru and the location of Machu Picchu
  • The work of the great Mexican artists Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo
  • The variety and importance of Arabic architecture in Spain
  • Flamenco, tango and other musical styles in the Hispanic world

Unit 7

  • Immigration in Spain: origin, distribution and integration
  • The plight of illegal immigrants in Spain, their life and experiences
  • Mexican immigration to the United States and its consequences

Unit 8

  • Expulsion of Muslims and Jews from Spain and their current situation
  • The measures taken to combat racism in certain Latin American countries
  • The anti-racism laws of Spain and Bolivia

Unit 9

  • The historical coexistence of Christians, Jews and Muslims
  • Different opinions and points of view about the integration of immigrants or other social groups in educational establishments
  • Integration and co-existence of social groups and immigrants in Spain today

Unit 10

  • The political orientation of young people in Spain and Latin America
  • The problem of youth unemployment in Spain and ask America
  • The aspirations of young people and their ideal society

Unit 11

  • The dictatorship the Franco
  • The evolution of the Spanish monarchy in the last 100 years
  • Two Latin American dictatorships: Pinochet in Chile and Castro in Cuba

Unit 12

  • Trade unions in Spain and direct action in the hispanic world
  • Social protests in Argentina and Chile respectively
  • the 15-M protests in Spain and similar ones in Argentina

Unit 13

  • The social impact of the most representative artistic movements and styles of the last 100 years
  • The risks and dangers of the Internet and ways of protecting ourselves
  • The Catholic Church in this panic America and Pope Francis

Spanish A level text book for the AQA board

The following grammatical structures are covered in each of the units:

Unit 1

  • The present tense of regular and common irregular verbs, including radical changing verbs
  • The position and agreement of adjectives, including apocopation
  • Reflexive verbs, various tenses
  • Interrogatives

Unit 2

  • definite and indefinite articles
  • comparative constructions
  • direct and indirect object pronouns

Unit 3

  • The imperfect tense, contrasting it with the preterite tense
  • Verbs with “Gustar” type constructions
  • The perfect tense
  • Expressions of time

Unit 4

  • The use of the near future and simple future tense
  • The different uses of the infinitive
  • Negative constructions

Unit 5

  • The preterite tense
  • Basic structures of the present subjunctive
  • Relative pronouns
  • Uses of the imperative

Unit 6

  • The uses of por and para
  • Some of the uses of ser and estar
  • Active and passive voices including the personal se
  • Instructions with verbs followed by proposition

Unit 7

  • The conditional tense
  • Gerunds
  • Relative pronouns

Unit 8

  • Past participles in a variety of different ways
  • Radical and orthographic changes of some verbs
  • Condition expressions with probable, improbable, and impossible meanings

Unit 9

  • The present subjunctive
  • Indirect and direct object pronouns
  • Active and passive voice, including further use of se

 Unit 10

  • Compound tenses
  • Adverbs
  • Impersonal verbs

 Unit 11

  • Ser and estar, including the passive voice
  • Subjunctive across a range of tenses and in different ways
  • The subjunctive in main clauses

Unit 12

  • Word order in Spanish
  • Comparative and superlative constructions
  • Subordinating conjunctions

Unit 13

  • Cleft sentences
  • Indirect speech
  • The subjunctive, including the indefinite antecedent

Please click on the links below if you would like to browse other books that deal with Spanish grammar

A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish

A Spanish Learning Grammar

Edexcel International GCSE Spanish Grammar Workbook

English Grammar for Students of Spanish

Edexcel A level Spanish grammar

Basic Grammar of Spanish: Book A1-b1 Revised and Expanded Edition 2013

Spanish A level text book for the AQA board

 Strategies to improve students’ attainment in all four skill areas, namely speaking Spanish, reading Spanish, listening to Spanish and writing Spanish

This Spanish A level text book is also full of excellent strategies to help advanced level students in improving their competence in Spanish.

The strategies are broken down on a unit by unit basis as follows:

Unit 1

  • Using bilingual dictionaries: paper and online
  • Organising notes a S/A-level course
  • Learning techniques to memorise vocabulary
  • Participating flown in conversations (including repair strategies, circumlocution)

Unit 2

  • Finding effective reading strategies
  • translating from Spanish to English accurately
  • translating from English to Spanish accurately

Unit 3

  • Summarising and extracting key points from text and audio passages
  • Finding and using suitable online material
  • Taking the initiative in conversation
  • Organising effective notes for A-level revision

Unit 4

  • Listening strategies
  • Techniques for extending vocabulary
  • Finding and using synonyms and expressions with similar meaning

Unit 5

  • Producing interesting sentences when writing and speaking
  • Answering questions effectively on reading or listening passage in Spanish, including inferring information
  • Improve the exam techniques for reading tasks
  • Acquiring techniques for listening tasks in the AS exam

Unit 6

  • Checking and editing writing to improve accuracy
  • Comparing contrasting viewpoints and adding personal opinions
  • Planning and carrying out AS revision
  • Listening to native speakers

Unit 7

  • Adapting a text to your own needs
  • Planning on going tasks to to bring language up to A level standard
  • Researching a prominent figure from the Spanish speaking world

Unit 8

  • Weighing up different opinions and drawing conclusions
  • Learning and using more sophisticated vocabulary
  • Employing a variety of sophisticated grammatical structures

Unit 9

  • Researching a single event or series of events
  • Extracting and summarising information from longer passages of text
  • Drafting and re-drafting written work to increase accuracy and avoid errors

Unit 10

  • Learning how to react to the unpredictable in conversation
  • Developing arguments from different angles
  • Translating from Spanish into authentic English

Unit 11

  • Learning other techniques relevant A-level listening tasks
  • Translating from English into accurate and authentic Spanish
  • Adding more variety to your language, such as idioms and synonyms

Unit 12

  • Inferring information from listening material such as interviews all reports
  • Using new techniques in A level reading tasks
  • Using a variety of techniques to hold the interest of your audience when speaking

Unit 13

  • Planning and carrying out effective A-level revision
  • Appreciating different registers and when to use them
  • Knowing how to manage time when completing exam tasks

Spanish A level text book AQA exam board

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El Ministerio del Tiempo – a must-see for all serious Spanish students!

El Ministerio del Tiempo

El Ministerio del Tiempo

This series is a must-see for the serious Spanish student.

If you have level B1 – B2 Spanish, give it a try.

Why?

The series is an entertaining way of practising your Spanish, whilst improving your knowledge and grasp of Spanish history at the same time. A real “double whammy”

With a good level of Spanish, we suggest that you watch El Ministerio del Tiempo with the subtitles on – in Spanish. This means that both your eye and ear are being trained at the same time.

Stop the action, if you need to look up a key word in your Spanish dictionary. This will consolidate your high level Spanish vocabulary acquisition. However, don’t do this too often, let the flow of the action also sweep you along.

In addition, El Ministerio del Tiempo will give you a real insight into some of the key turning points in Spanish history – in an entertaining way.

All in all El Ministerio del Tiempo is amusing, well acted and visually stimulating.

Yes – definitely, give it a try. You will not regret it.

For the online version of El Ministerio del Tiempo

And, as a bonus, if you prefer not to buy it, there is an alternative.

Click here for the online version.

El Ministerio del Tiempo
El Ministerio del Tiempo

The book of the series

There’s even more!

Tiempo es lo que es – Time is what it is

Once you have really got into the series, and even having “binge watched” it, you still want more.

There is a book.

Click on the book title for more information.

Enjoy! ¡Diviértete!

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Language Hacking Spanish – by Benny Lewis

Language Hacking – Spanish by Benny Lewis

This book is highly recommended for all Spanish adult beginners.

It is especially recommended to those students who have perhaps struggled with the more traditional approaches to language learning.

If you want to make quick progress in learning Spanish and want a flexible and realistic approach to teaching the language then this book is well worth your consideration.

It is practical, straight forward and rooted in the reality of communicative language learning.

Spanish language learning tips, hacks and so much more!

It is packed full of great ideas and practical strategies on how to learn Spanish including :

  • How to learn Spanish fast by speaking Spanish straight away
  • How to embrace your mistakes and use them to your advantage in your quest to learn Spanish
  • How to master Spanish power phrases
  • Following the rule that 20% of the work gets 80% of the results

LANGUAGE HACKING SPANISH (Learn How to Speak Spanish – Right Away): A Conversation Course for Beginners (Language Hacking with Benny Lewis)

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In the book there is lots of help for beginners learning Spanish, including

  • #LanguageHacks
  • Spanish conversation strategies
  • Spanish grammar and pronunciation tips
  • Side notes – which gives the students new insights into learning Spanish

The book is divided up into Ten Units covering

  1. Talking about me in Spanish
  2. Asking about you in Spanish
  3. Solving communication problems in Spanish
  4. Describing future plans in Spanish
  5. Talking about family and friends in Spanish
  6. Some food, drink and conversation in Spanish
  7. Talking about yesterday…last week …a along time ago in Spanish
  8. It’s been a while! …in Spanish
  9. Describe it! …in Spanish
  10. Having your first conversation …in Spanish

The Language Hacker Contract

Benny has included an excellent contract in the book.

It is full of great ideas for all language learners. Here are a couple of them to give you a flavour

I will speak Spanish every day

I will accept that the only way to speak perfectly is to first make mistakes to

…and there are many more.

Notes on Benny Lewis

In 2003, Irish native Benny Lewis spoke only one language: English.

After college, he moved to Spain and was soon frustrated that he could not speak Spanish after six months of trying. So he decided to abandon traditional learning approaches, and everything changed.

Today Benny is the known as The Irish Polyglot and speaks over 10 languages, several at a fluent level.

He also now runs the largest language learning blog in the world, www.fluentin3months.com, which receives more than half a million unique visitors every month.

He uses his languages to travel the world and explore other cultures, living out of his backpack. (taken from the Amazon website)

Conclusion

Benny knew only too well the frustrations of learning Spanish. This book is a result of his language learning journey.

This book is therefore well worth considering if you are a Spanish beginner and perhaps are interested in trying some non traditional language learning tactics and hacks.

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Spanish Audio Courses

What are the advantages of Spanish audio courses?

There are many advantages of Spanish audio courses.

Did you can realise that you can turn your car into a mini language lesson, right now?

Why not turn that drive to work and from work into into valuable learning time?

Moreover, Brian Tracy, a motivational speaker, has suggested that you do precisely that.

If you are a gym enthusiast or a jogger – just plug the audio in and off you go! A double whammy – learning Spanish and  getting fit.

Or, of course, you can listen while you are out on your favourite walk in the countryside.

Mens sana in corpore sano ( a healthy mind in a healthy body) – as the Romans used to say.

 

Paul Noble’s Spanish audio courses

Click on the links for the different audio courses available from Paul Noble

Learn Spanish with Paul Noble – Complete Course: Spanish made easy with your personal language coach

Essential Spanish in 2 hours with Paul Noble: Your key to language success (Collins Essential in 2 Hours)

 

Quotes from reviews on the products

……Fantastically easy! Very useful if you don’t know any Spanish, and in need of a decent springboard. I must also highly recomend the Michel Thomas method too, I used both before a trip to Spain last year and really did feel able to achieve considerably more than just ‘get by’ Spanish – didn’t need to swat much either – just listen and repeat. Easy peasy! I will admit, I’ve forgotten most of it – ha ha – but can use the review cds to refresh the memory, Michel Thomas’ pack contains review cds too. Michel Thomas vs Paul Noble – MT is more expensive, but I think they work very well together, and well worth every penny if you bring them together. Would be interested to see if Paul Noble produces an ‘Intimediate’ or ‘Advanced’ programme…..

….Having studied French to degree level and taught French at night school and English as a foreign language, I am a little sceptical about language courses. I had always meant to learn Spanish, saw how inexpensive this was and thought I’d give it a crack. I stuck it on my iPod while walking the dog and away I went.

I can seriously recommend this as a no-nonsense approach for beginners. Paul Noble breaks down the language into simple component parts and comes up with some great hints for easily extending your knowledge, using repetition to reinforce the learning and then picking up gently later in the lesson….

Michel Thomas – the languages audio king

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the links below for full details on each of the courses.

As you will see there are audio courses available for all types of Spanish students from beginner to the more advanced or for those who are after a refresher.

Perfect Spanish (Learn Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method)

Spanish Vocabulary Builder+ (Learn Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method)Spanish Vocabulary Builder+ (Learn Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method)

Total Spanish Foundation Course: Learn Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method

Perfect Spanish Intermediate Course: Learn Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method

Perfect Spanish (Learn Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method

Michel Thomas Advanced Course: Spanish (2nd edition) (Michel Thomas Series)

Michel Thomas Beginner Spanish, Lesson 1

Total Spanish (Learn Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method) (Michel Thomas Series)

 

Quotes from reviews about Michel Thomas’ Spanish audio courses.

…..language learning, easy to use and stress free, useful if you have a busy lifestyle and wish to learn on the go….

…..I have bought Perfect Spanish and Total Spanish and I love Michel Thomas. He explains the vocab in an easy to remember style. The guy is a genius. I would have loved to have met him. I love the idea of being the third student in the room and learning from the other students errors. Very unique way of learning. Could not recommend it more highly…..

…..Great course.