Las noches del hipódromo

Spanish online reading and listening practice - level A1

A night at the races can be thrilling - especially the long summer evenings. This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Presente and agreement of regular nouns and adjectives.

Exercise: Las noches del hipódromo

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 Ana Matilla and audio by Inma Sánchez

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Mi Chel A1Kwiziq community member

Translation Question

I do not understand the translation of the first sentence. Which word in Spanish represents activities? 
En verano en Madrid hay una oferta grande de ocio. In summer, there are a lot of leisure activities available in Madrid.
Asked 7 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Mi Chel,

This sentence doesn't have a literal translation in English;this is why we used the  most natural translation. In Spanish it is saying literally: "In summer in Madrid there is a big offer of leisure." As this cannot be translated literally in English, we need to use the equivalent, said in the most natural way.

I hope this helped.

Saludos cordiales,

Inma

Translation Question

I do not understand the translation of the first sentence. Which word in Spanish represents activities? 
En verano en Madrid hay una oferta grande de ocio. In summer, there are a lot of leisure activities available in Madrid.

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JohnB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

"Hay una oferta grande de ocio"

Hola,

I'm not sure why the above phrase translates as "a lot of leisure activities available in Madrid."  The phrase appears to be singular  (hay una) so I would have expected it to translate as something like "There is a great / important leisure activity on offer / available." Is "oferta" invariable for singular and plural?

Would appreciate your help.

Thanks. John

Asked 7 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member
Hola John, 

This sentence doesn't have a literal translation in English; this is why we used the most natural translation. In Spanish it is saying literally: "In summer in Madrid there is a big offer of leisure." As this cannot be translated literally in English, we need to use the equivalent, said in the most natural way. I hope this helps, 

 Saludos cordiales, 

 Inma

"Hay una oferta grande de ocio"

Hola,

I'm not sure why the above phrase translates as "a lot of leisure activities available in Madrid."  The phrase appears to be singular  (hay una) so I would have expected it to translate as something like "There is a great / important leisure activity on offer / available." Is "oferta" invariable for singular and plural?

Would appreciate your help.

Thanks. John

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