The other day I read about a bike tour and rental company in Málaga that, like so many businesses, has been closed since 14 March 2020 due to the lockdown. But they have decided that rather than leave their bikes rusting and immobile in the shop, they will lend them free of charge to all key workers! They recognise that for many workers avoiding public transport means avoiding increased exposure to risk and want to help out any way that they can.
Here's the article:
And as it's Friday, I'd like to share one of our writing challenges. These, along with our dictations, are sent to our Premium users every Friday, but today we are offering this writing challenge about touring Spain by bicycle 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).