¡Hola desde Perú!
Time for some more armchair travelling! Have you ever been to Peru? I have never been and I wonder if I have missed my chance to experience Machu Picchu. No matter, there is still plenty to see and do there - meeting the wonderful peruanos for example!
Here's a wonderful story about how an indigenous mother and daughter, both gifted craftswomen, have been making cubrebocas decorated with their traditional designs and inspirational messages. They are beautiful!
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 Machu Picchu, for free:
If you have never tried 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).