Mafalda y sus amigos

Spanish online reading and listening practice - level A1

On 30 September 2020, the Argentinian cartoonist Quino passed away. Born Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón, he was the creator of the beloved cartoon character Mafalda: a six-year-old girl who despite her age reflects with unnerving maturity on humanity, politics and world peace. Quino created Mafalda in 1963, and although he drew Mafalda for only 10 years, the books were translated into 20 languages, introducing her and her gang to children and adults around the world.

We'd like to offer this reading and listening exercise about Mafalda and her friends as a tribute to Quino.

This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Presente, describing people, and gender and number agreement.

Text by Silvia Píriz and audio by Inma Sánchez.

Exercise: Mafalda y sus amigos

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.

Q&A relating to this exercise 2 questions, 6 answers

Sandy A2Kwiziq community member

Manolito “está” un poco gordo - why the accent on the a?

Asked 2 weeks ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Sandy

"está" is from the verb "estar", conjugated in the 3rd person singular in the present, "Manolito está..." -the stress is on the last syllable on the -a, therefore, following the rules for accentuation in Spanish, it needs a written accent, because the word ends in a vowel.

I hope this clarified it.

Saludos

Inma

IreneA2Kwiziq community member

It is the word is 

IreneA2Kwiziq community member

it is the verb is

MarionA1Kwiziq community member

the accent is on the a because the stress is on the last syllable

Manolito “está” un poco gordo - why the accent on the a?

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AlexA2Kwiziq community member

pelo claro vs rubio

¿Cuál es la diferencia entre "tener el pelo claro" y "ser rubio"? 

Asked 2 weeks ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Alex

We say that someone "tiene el pelo claro" to refer to "hair of a light colour, e.g. blond, very light brown...) as opposed to "tiene el pelo oscuro" that refers to black, brown hair. 

As a more direct translation of "being blond" we would then say "Es rubio/-a".

I hope this clarified it and you enjoyed the Mafalda reader. 

Un saludo

Inma

MarionA1Kwiziq community member
claro is a light colour , rubio is blond

pelo claro vs rubio

¿Cuál es la diferencia entre "tener el pelo claro" y "ser rubio"? 

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