Some people are finding it all too easy to lose track of the days, so let me remind you: ¡hoy es viernes!
One of our Spanish teachers, Ana Matilla, suggested this excellent Spanish language teaching website, where they list boardgames, like Tabú, and Pictionary, that can be used to improve your Spanish, take a look, maybe you already have one of these games at home that can be modified to play with a fellow Spanish-language learner either in your household or virtually.
Plus as it's Friday I'd also like to share one of our Writing Challenges. These, along with Dictations are sent to our Premium users every Friday, but today we are offering this Writing Challenge about a very famous and rather eccentric Spanish card game for free:
If you have never done one of our Writing Challenges before, here's some guidance:
- Don't think of it as translation, Writing Challenges are more like guided writing.
- Writing challenges are self-scoring exercises, meaning that for each phrase you’ll be offered corrections and alternatives to help you pinpoint your mistakes. Each line is marked out of 5 and we suggest taking off a point per mistake, but really the marking is up to you! For example, you decide how important punctuation and correct accentuation is, it's perfectly fine to be kind to yourself because you made a typo or pressed submit too soon!
- Pay attention to the hints! For example, if there are many synonyms for a word, or if you should use a specific verb, these are indicated here.
- It's not easy to translate natural-sounding English into natural-sounding Spanish, where the Spanish is significantly different to the English you will be given a literal translation in the hint.
- Once you’re done, you can read and listen to our suggested text in Spanish, and also see a list of grammar topics covered in the exercise, you can add these to your notebook(s).