Mejorando mi español con Kwiziq

Spanish online reading and listening practice - level A2

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This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Pretérito Perfecto and indefinite pronouns. It is associated with the following studylists:

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Text by Silvia Píriz and audio by Laura K. Lawless.

Exercise: Mejorando mi español con Kwiziq

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, 3 answers

JanetB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Use of "estadounidense" as North American

The reading exercise translates estadounidense as North American. Is this usage more common in Spain? I thought estadounidense meant American, and norteamericano = North American. 

Asked 1 month ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Janet

Both estadounidense and norteamericano/-a are used for North American. I don't think there is one that is used a lot more than the other. 

We don't use "americano/-a" because that would refer to all American people including Central and South America - but the narrator here is saying that she is from the U.S.A.

Saludos

Inma

 

JanetB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thanks for your explanation. I have to say, it's still a puzzle to me. I am canadiense, and would not identify myself as estadounidense, which sounds like someone from the Estados Unidos. Perhaps here the distinction is more specific (I wouldn't say I'm North American or American, just the same way -- I'm guessing -- that people from Spain wouldn't identify themselves as European. A discussion for another time and place!)

Use of "estadounidense" as North American

The reading exercise translates estadounidense as North American. Is this usage more common in Spain? I thought estadounidense meant American, and norteamericano = North American. 

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WilliamB1Kwiziq community member

The difference between the past imperfect and past perfect.

Puede explicar con mas detalle cuando se usa el preterito imperfecto y cuando se usa el preterito perfecto, por favor?

Asked 3 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola William

First of all, apologies for mentioning in the introduction to this exercise that you would be practising El Imperfecto - that was a typo. The focus of this exercise is El Perfecto, not El Imperfecto.

Secondly, we don't have any lesson explaining the contrast between the imperfect and the perfect, as this is not normally an issue. But we have independent lessons that deal with the different uses of each tense. 

Here are some of them:

El Imperfecto

El Perfecto

Each link will take you to information about the tense and a list of lessons will appear at the bottom. If you want to learn about the usage of these tenses, go to the lessons with titles "Using... " (not the conjugation ones)

I hope it helps

Saludos

Inma

The difference between the past imperfect and past perfect.

Puede explicar con mas detalle cuando se usa el preterito imperfecto y cuando se usa el preterito perfecto, por favor?

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