Paco de Lucía

"Paco de Lucía" has been shared to the blog from the Spanish reading practice section of the learning library where you can find a large selection of interactive texts to help you with your reading skills. This article also has audio for you to practice your Spanish listening skills; you can find many more listening activities in the Spanish listening exercises section.

Spanish online reading and listening practice – level B1

Born as Francisco Sánchez Gómez in 1947, Paco de Lucía was brought up within the heart of traditional flamenco in Algeciras. He was a pioneering guitarist who founded the new fusion flamenco genre with his forays into classical, Latin and jazz music. After an outstanding career that gave him global renown he died unexpectedly in 2014, leaving behind an incredible musical legacy.

If you are wondering about Paco’s “stage name”, where he grew up children with very common names were further identified by adding their mother’s name (“name of child” de “name of mother”). Paco’s mother’s name was Lucía and Paco is a diminutive of Francisco. Which Paco is this? Es Paco de Lucía…

This reading and listening exercise can help you practise gender of nouns ending in -ista, shorter forms of ordinal numbers and using demasiado, bastante, suficiente, poco, tanto and mucho to express quantity.

Text and audio by Silvia Píriz.

Exercise: Paco de Lucía

Listen to the audio, then read the transcript. Click any phrase for the translation and links to related grammar lessons which you can add to your Kwiziq notebook to practise later.

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Shui Ng González

Shui is Kwiziq's Content and Language Manager and Head of Spanish. She is an experienced technical writer, translator and project manager. Shui grew up bilingual English-Spanish in the UK, completing her studies in London, Madrid and Paris where she now lives. She speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian. Her love of languages and technical knowledge make her a perfect fit for Kwiziq.