Calendario de adviento

Spanish online reading and listening practice - level A1

This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Presente, the verb gustar plus the gender and number of nouns.

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Exercise: Calendario de adviento

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.

Text by Silvia Píriz and audio by Inma Sánchez.

Q&A relating to this exercise 5 questions, 10 answers

AA0Kwiziq community member

Comprehension questions

You should add some comprehension questions after each reading text

Asked 2 days ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola A

Thanks for the suggestion. At the moment it is difficult to implement this but we will have this in mind for the future.

Un saludo

Inma

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Hola Inma! Why we said para el ninos not por el ninos? I am still getting confused between both of them. Thank you!

Hola Inma! Why we said para el ninos not por el ninos? I am still getting confused between both of them. Thank you!

Asked 1 month ago
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Hola Passant

In this sentence from our reading exercise: "Los adultos compran este calendario para los niños", "para" is used (not por) because we are talking about someone being the recipient of something. The children in this case are receiving the calendar and are the ones benefiting from this. 

There is a specific lesson explaining this. Have a look here

Bear in mind that we have lots of different lesson about using por and using para, as it is always confusing for students -we only have one in English: "for", but have two in Spanish depending on what the precise meaning is. 

If you want to see or keep these lessons in your notebook, here is a link where you'll find pretty much all the lesson for por and para that we have in Kwiziq.

I hope it helps.

Saludos

Inma

Hola Inma! Why we said para el ninos not por el ninos? I am still getting confused between both of them. Thank you!

Hola Inma! Why we said para el ninos not por el ninos? I am still getting confused between both of them. Thank you!

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the meaning of a

Hola!

why (mi) in (para soprender a mi familia) is preceded by (a)? and what does it mean? 

Asked 4 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Ww

some verbs in Spanish require the preposition "a" when the object is referring to people, like in this case "to surprise the family". This is often known as the "personal a". We have a list with some common verbs. Have a look here.

I hope it helps.

Saludos

Inma

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Many thanks. It is really helpful!

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what is the mining of mi

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the meaning of a

Hola!

why (mi) in (para soprender a mi familia) is preceded by (a)? and what does it mean? 

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LorieA2Kwiziq community member

la frase asi que- what does asi que mean in English?

Asked 6 months ago
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Lo siento, la respuesta es un o dos comentos abajos. Gracias! Entonces= asi que= then=so
InmaKwiziq team member

Exacto Lorie. Así que is a connective meaning "so..." "then..." "therefore"...

Inma

la frase asi que- what does asi que mean in English?

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DYLANA1Kwiziq community member

tiempo and estacion

hola,

both tiempo and estacion are used for season, why?

Also, entonces and asi are bothed used to say "so".  When do you use each?

Finnally for yo suelo, what verb is suelo conjugated from to mean usually?

gracias

Asked 7 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Dylan,

  • With advent and other liturgical events, both words "tiempo" and "estación" can be used: "tiempo/estación de cuaresma", "tiempo/estación de adviento"... 
  • Entonces and Así que are synonyms, both meaning "so", for example:

No me gustaba mi trabajo, así que/entonces me fui. 

(I didn't like my job so I left.)

Entonces can also be used meaning "then", for example:

¿No vienes conmigo? Entonces no te doy el dinero. 

(Are you not coming with me? Then I won't give you the money.)

  • Suelo is the 1st person singular (yo) of verb "soler" conjugated in the present. 

Yo suelo ir al gimnasio los lunes.

(I usually go to the gym on Mondays.)

To express that you "usually" do something you conjugate this verb in the present and then the infinitive of the main verb.

There is no equivalent in English as you don't have a specific verb for this. They only way to translate it is with "usually".

It'd be something like saying "I have the habit of doing .... "

Saludos,

Inma

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Suelo is the verb soler. It is irregular- suelo sueles suele solemos soleis suelen.

Soler means usually  or to tend to

tiempo and estacion

hola,

both tiempo and estacion are used for season, why?

Also, entonces and asi are bothed used to say "so".  When do you use each?

Finnally for yo suelo, what verb is suelo conjugated from to mean usually?

gracias

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