Sweeping the house (B2)
Spanish writing exercise

Barrer la casa

Two Mexican friends are talking about a popular tradition for New Year's Eve. In this exercise, you'll practise the position of adjectives for emphasis, general usage of past tenses, and El Imperfecto de Subjuntivo.

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Some vocabulary you may want to look up before or during this exercise: "from top to bottom", "this way", "superstitious", "legend", "disastrous (unsuccessful)", "investment", "to be right (to be correct about)" and "just in case".

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-What on earth are you doing? -Well sweeping the house from top to bottom. Didn't you know that it is good to do it today? This way I'll get all the bad vibes out and next year will be perfect. -I didn't know you were so superstitious... Do you really believe in those legends? -Yes, of course I believe in them. Last year I forgot to sweep and look at the disastrous year that I had ... I had a horrible car accident, I lost a lot of money on some bad investments, etc. I'm not going to risk it again! -You're right, the best thing is for me to go home and start sweeping it too, just in case.

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