Simple Stories in Spanish

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Simple Stories in Spanish is a weekly production of the Small Town Spanish Teacher. Listen along as she tells easy to understand stories to help you learn or practice the Spanish language. Wherever you are in your language journey, Simple Stories will help propel you forward. You can find transcripts of the stories at smalltownspanishteacher.com.You can listen at https://vurbl.com/station/1ho3zVrYEIx/You can support the creation of these stories by buying me a coffee (or taco!) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher

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Capítulo 12: El deseo de Zunzuncito
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I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 12 - the last chapter! Zunzuncito is reaching the end of his journey. He crossed the grand lake, passed through the land of giants and arrived at the valley of snails. Now he just needs to suck the nectar and he will be big. Because being big will make him happy, right?

This story is told mostly in the the present tense, with a few words in the past (to recap the previous chapters). Repeated words and phrases include “deseo” (wish), “caracol” (snail) and “no podría” (wouldn’t be able to/couldn’t). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening! 

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

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Nov 21, 2021
Capítulo 11: Impaciente
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I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 11! Zunzuncito is getting closer to the magic flower that will grant his wish to be big. He crossed the grand lake and passed through the land of giants. Only one place remains: the valley of snails. Zunzuncito feels so close and yet so far from his goal. He is feeling impatient.

This story is told mostly in the the present tense, with only a couple of words in the past (to recap the previous chapters). Repeated words and phrases include “caracoles” (snails), “ojos” (eyes), “saca la lengua” (sticks out his tongue) and “tiene hambre” (is hungry). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening! 

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

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Nov 14, 2021
Capítulo 10: Animales en jaulas
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I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 10! After crossing the grand lake, Zunzuncito and Monty must pass through the land of giants. The land of giants is fascinating, until Zunzuncito sees something horrible: animals in cages. Seeing the animals in cages makes him think of being trapped in the spiderweb. He has to do something, but what can a tiny bird do?

This story is told mostly in the the present tense, with only a couple words in the past (to recap the previous chapters). Repeated words and phrases include “jaula” (cage), “cerradura” (lock), “pico” (beak), “romper” (to break), “abrir” (to open) and “puerta” (door). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

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Nov 07, 2021
Capítulo 9: La tierra de gigantes
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I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 9! Zunzuncito and Monty fell into the grand lake. Thankfully, a turtle came to save them. Once they cross the grand lake, they will reach the second leg of their journey: pass through the land of giants. To the tiny hummingbird and frog, though, everything is a giant! Will they find the land they seek and pass through it safely?

This story is told mostly in the the present tense, with only a couple words in the past (to recap the previous chapters). Repeated words and phrases include “tierra” (land/earth), “tortuga” (turtle), “piel” (skin) “casa” (house), and “jaula” (cage). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

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Oct 31, 2021
Capítulo 8: Monty tiene miedo
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I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 8! Zunzuncito is a tiny hummingbird. His friend, Monty, is an even smaller frog. The two animals are searching for a magic flower. Zunzuncito hopes that the magic flower will grant his wish to be big. Majá is a Cuban boa. According to Monty, she knows everything. There is just one problem - Zunzuncito is incredibly afraid of snakes and Majá is the biggest snake on the island of Cuba.

This story is told mostly in the the present tense, with only a couplewords in the past (to recap the previous chapters). Repeated words and phrases include “miedo” (fear), “bosque” (woods/forest), “lago” (lake) “caracoles” (snails), “apretar” (to squeeze), “lejos” (far) and “cerca” (near). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

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Oct 24, 2021
Capítulo 7: El gran lago
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I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 7! Zunzuncito is on a mission to find the magic flower that will grant his wish to be big. He spoke with the wise snake Majá and now he knows where he must go, but how will he get there? Thankfully, he has a small sidekick, the tiny frog Monty, to help him out.

This story is told in the the present tense. Repeated words and phrases include “lago” (lake) “pez” (fish), “volar” (to fly), “nadar” (to swim) and “tiene razón” (is right). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

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Oct 17, 2021
Capítulo 6: La boa cubana
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I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 6! Zunzuncito is a tiny hummingbird. His friend, Monty, is an even smaller frog. The two animals are searching for a magic flower. Zunzuncito hopes that the magic flower will grant his wish to be big. Majá is a Cuban boa. According to Monty, she knows everything. There is just one problem - Zunzuncito is incredibly afraid of snakes and Majá is the biggest snake on the island of Cuba.

This story is told mostly in the the present tense, with only a couplewords in the past (to recap the previous chapters). Repeated words and phrases include “miedo” (fear), “bosque” (woods/forest), “lago” (lake) “caracoles” (snails), “apretar” (to squeeze), “lejos” (far) and “cerca” (near). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

 

Oct 10, 2021
Capítulo 5: Monty
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I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 5! Zunzuncito is done dealing with the small life. He wants to be big. Luckily, his new frog friend Monty knows about a special magic flower that might be able to grant his wish. He just doesn’t know where it is. So, the hummingbird and frog head to the woods in search of the all-knowing Majá. On the way, Zunzuncito learns a few things about his small amphibious friend.

This story is told mostly in the the present tense, with only the first few paragraphs in the past (to recap the previous chapters). Repeated words and phrases include “rana” (frog), “bosque” (woods/forest), “árboles” (trees) “tierra” (ground, land, earth), “saltar” (to jump) and “volar” (to fly). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

Oct 03, 2021
Capítulo 4: Quiero ser grande
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I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 4! 

It’s not easy being the smallest bird in the world. You have to deal with bigger bully birds, bees that don’t want to share and spiders that want to suck your blood. Zunzuncito is tired of being small. Perhaps if he is big and strong, he can save himself from these sticky situations. After all, the animal that saved him from the spiderweb must be big and strong, right?

This story is told mostly in the the present tense, with only the first paragraph in the past (to recap the previous chapters). Repeated words and phrases include “salvador” (savior/rescuer), “liberar” (to liberate/free), “llora” (cries) and “patas” (animal feet or hands. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

Sep 26, 2021
Capítulo 3: Atrapado
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I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 3! Zunzuncito, a tiny bee hummingbird, just wants to suck delicious nectar from beautiful flowers. But he is not the only one hunting for food. After being chased away from flowers by a group of bees, Zunzuncito is now trapped in a spiderweb. There are many large spiders in Cuba and some of them do suck the blood of little birds caught in their webs. How will Zunzuncito escape? 

This story is told in the the present tense. Repeated words and phrases include “pájaro” (bird), “telaraña” (spiderweb), “araña” (spider), “llora” (cries), “tiene miedo” (is scared) and “patas” (animal feet or hands. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

Sep 19, 2021
Capítulo 2: Las abejas
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I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 2! Zunzuncito, one of the tiniest hummingbirds in the world, flits from flower to flower in search of delicious nectar. However, some flowers are occupied by larger hummingbirds and insects. In this second chapter of “La aventura de Zunzuncito”, our tiny bee hummingbird finds himself in a battle for nectar with his namesake bees.  

This story is told in the the present tense. Repeated words and phrases include “pájaro” (bird), “colibrí” (hummingbird), “alas” (wings), “vuela” (flies - verb), “flores” (flowers), “abejas" (birds), and “aguijones” (stingers). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

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Sep 12, 2021
Capítulo 1: El colibrí más pequeño
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I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 1! Zunzuncito is one of the tiniest hummingbirds in the world. Some might think he spends all his time happily sucking nectar from flowers, and they are not wrong. However, sometimes insects and even other hummingbirds get in between Zunzuncito and his dinner.

This story is told in the the present tense. Repeated words and phrases include “pájaro” (bird), “colibrí” (hummingbird), alas” (wings), “vuela” (flies - verb) and “flores” (flowers). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

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Sep 06, 2021
La aventura de Zunzuncito - Una introducción
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Welcome to the fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish! The island nation of Cuba is full of amazing animals. One of the most fascinating is the tiny bee hummingbird, also called the zunzuncito. I was inspired by this little hummingbird and, with some motivation from my students, I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week.

This story is told in the the present tense. Repeated words and phrases include “pájaro” (bird), “colibrí” (hummingbird), “ranita” (little frog), and “flor” (flower). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

 

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Aug 29, 2021
El Día de los Reyes Magos
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. While not necessarily historically accurate, January 6th marks the day that the wise men gave their gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh to the baby Jesus. This moment is celebrated as “el Día de los Reyes Magos”. While other kids around the world get presents from Santa on Christmas, kids in the Spanish-speaking world are waiting for gifts from the reyes magos. They leave out their shoes with hay for the camels and wake up to find presents left by the kings.


This story is told in the the present tense. Repeated words and phrases include “enero” (January), “regalo” (gift), “reyes” (kings), and “magos” (magi/wise men). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!


¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

Aug 15, 2021
La Semana Santa
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. Semana Santa, or “Holy Week” occurs the week before Easter. While it is a religious celebration all over the world, the most grand Semana Santa arguably is in Sevilla, España. The week is filled with processions of penitents and pasos that depict the events leading to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. While it is a very religious event, you do not need to be religious to appreciate the history and culture of one of the longest living Spanish traditions. 

This story is told in the the present tense. Repeated words and phrases include “paso” (religious float), “Pascua Florida” (Easter), “llevar” (to wear), “cruz” (cross), and “cofradía” (brotherhood). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

Aug 09, 2021
La Fiesta de Santo Tomás
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. ¡Hola y bienvenidos a este episodio de Simple Stories in Spanish! Saint Thomas, or Santo Tomás, is the patron saint of Chichicastenango, Guatemala. The locals celebrate their patron saint with a variety of dances. Each dance has its own origen and theme, although with some similarities. The dancers wear bright costumes and they also wear realistic looking masks that cover their whole face with a painted one. 

This story is told in the the present and past tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “mercado” (market), “escaleras” (stairs), “llevar” (to wear), “bailarines” (dancers), and “baile/danza” (dance). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

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Aug 01, 2021
La celebración del Día de la Virgen de Suyapa
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. While it is not a big, crazy party, the Día de la Virgen de Suyapa is an important celebration in the nation of Honduras. La Virgen de Suyapa was the name given to a small statue of the Virgin Mary that a boy discovered on the outskirts of the capital Tegucigalpa. Today, that discovery is marked with a celebration outside of the basilica and a large fair. 

This story is told in the the present and past tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “estatuilla” (figurine), “peregrinaje” (pilgrimage), “rezar” (pray), “dulces” (sweets), “cómodo” (comfortable), and “milagro” (miracle). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

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Jul 25, 2021
Las celebraciones folklóricas de Panamá
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. In the last 70 years, Panama has made a big effort to preserve its past. One way to remember the customs of the past and ensure their existence in the future is to create celebrations centered around them. Thus we find celebrations about agriculture, greetings and even clothing throughout the country of Panamá. 

This story is told in the the present and past tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “costumbres” (customs), “artesanías” (crafts), “ropa” (clothing), “concursos” (competitions), and “alrededor” (around/surrounding). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

Jul 11, 2021
La celebración del Día de los Muertos en Guatemala
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. El Día de los Muertos, is a celebration most commonly associated with the county of Mexico. However, Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead” is actually celebrated throughout Central America as well. While some of the traditions and beliefs are similar, each region gives the celebration its own flavor. Today we will look at the Día de los Muertos celebrations in the country of Guatemala.

This story is told in the the present and past tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “los muertos” (the dead), “los vivos” (the living), “mundo” (world), “carrera” (race), and “barrilete” / “cometa” (kite). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

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Jul 04, 2021
La celebración de Día de Muertos en México
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. The celebration of Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos, is a bright, colorful festivity to remember and honor those who have passed away. To celebrate deceased ancestors, graves are cleaned and decorated, altars with offerings of food and drink are constructed, and faces are painted to make the dead feel comfortable and welcome as they visit the land of the living for the day. Today’s podcast will focus on how Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico.

This story is told in the the present and past tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “los muertos” (the dead), “muerte” (death), “vida” (life), “cempasúchil” (marigolds), “velas” (candles) and “mundo” (world). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

Jun 27, 2021
El Desfile de Llamadas
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. During the traditional celebrations of Carnaval in the country of Uruguay, two nights stand out for their energy and uniqueness. El Desfile de Llamadas, or Parade of the Calls, showcase el candombe, a unique rhythm created by three drums that originated with enslaved Africans in Montevideo. El Desfile de Llamadas celebrates the rhythms and history of Afro-Uruguayans in a colorful and energetic procession.

This story is told in the the present and past tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “desfile” (parade), “llamadas” (calls), “tambores” (drums), “esclavizados” (enslaved), and “barrios” (neighborhoods). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

Jun 20, 2021
El Carnaval de Guaranda
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. Many countries celebrate Carnaval and they all have their own twist. In a previous episode, I told the story of Carnaval en la República Dominicana. Today I will tell the story of Carnaval en Guaranda, Ecuador. Like the Carnaval Dominicano, El Carnaval de Guaranda combines indigenous culture with European influence to create a truly unique celebration.

This story is told in the the present and past tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “desfile” (parade), “maíz” (corn), “divertido” (fun), “divertirse” (to have fun), and “ropa” (clothing). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

Jun 13, 2021
Las Fiestas de San Fermín
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. “Las Fiestas de San Fermín” are more commonly known as “The Running of the Bulls”. These eight and a half days involve so much more than the 3 minute sprint from the Ayuntamiento, or City Hall, to the Plaza de Toros. There are parades, music, giant paper maché heads, brilliant fireworks, and bullfights

This story is told in the the present and past tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “toro” (bull), “corrida” (bullfight), “fuegos artificiales” (fireworks), “Ayuntamiento” (City Hall),  “calle” (street) and "lucha" (fight). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a taco at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpanishTeacher 

Jun 06, 2021
Las Fiestas de Palmares
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. To visit Costa Rica is to experience la pura vida, or pure life. While it is known mostly for nature and coffee, the celebrations of Costa Rica make you feel alive. They are full of that “pura vida”. The biggest celebration in Costa Rica is Fiestas de Palmares - two weeks of parades, bullfights, concerts and soccer, or football, matches.

This story is told in the the present tense. Repeated words and phrases include “caballo” (horse),“jinete” (horse rider), “lucir” (to show off), “toro” (bull), “corrida” (bullfight), “tico/tica” (Costa Rican), “carpas” (tents), and “largo” (long). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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May 30, 2021
La Noche de Rábanos
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. Oaxaca, México is best known for its celebration of Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead. However, there is another festival in Oaxaca that bears mentioning: La Noche de Rábanos, or Night of the Radishes. This colorful evening of radish and vegetable sculptures is a feast for the eyes as professionals and amateurs alike compete to make the best radish sculpture. 

This story is told in the both the present and past tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “rábano” (radish),“agricultores” (farmers), “puesto” (stand/stall), “gente” (people), and “además” (in addition). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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May 23, 2021
La Fiesta de la Tirana
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. Northern Chile embraces more than Chilean culture. In this region you can find Bolivian, Peruvian, and indigenous influence. This combination of cultures is presented each year in the Fiesta de la Tirana. While “Tirana” means “tyrant” the festival actually celebrates the Virgen del Carmen, one of the Virgin Mary’s many incarnations. It takes place in the very small town of La Tirana, named for a rebellious Incan princess.

This story is told in the both the present and past tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “fe” (faith),“bailes” (dances), “bailadores” (dancers), and “iglesia” (church). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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May 16, 2021
La Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. La Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia is the second most popular fiesta en Argentina. Vendimia means “grape harvest” and the province of Mendoza has a lot of grapes. This 10-day festival includes parades and presentations that represent the rich culture and heritage of wine making in Mendoza.

This story is told in the both the present and past tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “vino” (wine),“viña” (vineyard), “uvas” (grapes), “cosecha” (harvest), “bendición” (blessing), and “reina” (queen). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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May 09, 2021
La celebración de Inti Raymi
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. Inti Raymi was the most important celebration of the Incas. People came from every corner of the Incan empire to pledge their allegiance to the Sapa Inca and to honor Inti, the god of the sun. The Spanish occupation put an end to Inti Raymi, but 400 years later it was reborn. Inti Raymi today is a celebration of Incan history, language and culture.

This story is told in the both the present and past tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “sol” (sun),“incaico” (Incan), “momias” (mummies) and “próximo año” (next year). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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May 01, 2021
La celebración de Carnaval en la República Dominicana
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. Carnaval is a popular celebration throughout Latin America. Each country has its own special way to showcase their local culture during this multi-day party of food, music, and dancing. Carnaval originated as a three day party before Lent, but has since evolved into vibrant celebrations of culture. In the Dominican Republic, Carnaval lasts an entire month with each town giving it its own twist.

This legend is told in the both the present and past tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “desfile” (parade),“disfraz” (costume), “máscara” (mask) and “diablo” (devil). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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Apr 25, 2021
La celebración de la Feria de las Flores
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. Medellín, Colombia is already a vibrant city, but somehow it becomes even more vibrant and lively during “La Feria de las Flores”. The entire city is decorated by carnations, lilies, orchids, roses and more as the Department of Antioquia, of which Medellín is the capital, celebrates one of its largest exports with flower displays, flower decorations, and a giant flower parade.

This legend is told in the both the present and past tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “desfile” (parade), “flores” (flowers), “campo” (countryside), “atrae” (attracts), “lleva” (carries), “arreglo” (arrangement), and “silleta” (a wooden structure, like a chair with its legs cut off, that was strapped to a person’s back and used to transport people and goods from the country to the city). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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Apr 18, 2021
La celebración de la Santísima Tragedia/Mama Negra
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. Latacunga, Ecuador is the home of a celebration in honor of la Virgen de las Mercedes (The Virgen Mary has many names and many faces in Hispanic cultures, in this instance, she is the Virgen of Merced, or “Mercy”). They celebrate with a large parade. At the center of this celebration is Mama Negra, a representative of African cultures in Ecuador.

This legend is told in the both the present and past tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “desfile” (parade), “rezar” (to pray), “esclavos” (slaves), “ropa” (clothing) and “iglesia” (church). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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Apr 11, 2021
La celebración de las Fallas
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. One of my favorite fiestas occurs in March in the city of Valencia, España. San José (St. Joseph) is the patron saint of Valencia and in his honor, they build impressive life-like sculptures. They also decorate a tall statue of the Virgen María with sweet-smelling carnations and light up the sky with “fuegos artificiales”, or fireworks.

This legend is told in the both the present and past tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “madera” (wood), “quema” (burn), “fuego” (fire), “vestido” (dress) and “calle” (street). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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Apr 04, 2021
Las celebraciones hispanas
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This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebration. It is said that every day there is a celebration somewhere. This is especially true in the Spanish-speaking world. With patron saint festivities in every city, celebrations of independence and various sacred native ceremonies, there are many opportunities to witness festivals of culture. 

This story includes mostly the present tense with a few past verbs. Repeated words and phrases include “raíces” (roots), “ropa” (clothing), “iglesia” (church), and “misa” (mass). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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Mar 28, 2021
La Leyenda de la Yerba Mate
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This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. Mate is a popular drink in South America and is becoming ever more prevalent around the world. Known for its high caffeine content and, some claim, health properties, it is possible to find cans of Yerba Mate in health shops and even on grocery store shelves. The original mate, however, is drunk from a hollowed out gourd through a metal “bombilla” straw. The plant itself was a gift from the gods. Today’s legend explains the origin story of this popular plant

This legend is told in the both the present and past tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “bebe” (drinks), “vaso” (cup), “tierra” (land, earth), “regalo” (present, gift), “luna” (moon), “dioses” (gods), and “cielo” (sky). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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Mar 07, 2021
La Leyenda de la Siguanaba
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This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. There are many legends of monstrous women that roam the streets looking for victims. We have already heard the stories of la Llorona, la Patasola and la Tunda. Today’s legend of la Siguanaba has many similarities. Like the three other women, she did not begin as a monster, but became one because of her own bad choices. Now, she is doomed to cause havoc and scare away the men that once adored her. I hope you enjoy la leyenda de la Siguanaba. 

The first half of this legend is told in the past tense and the second half is in the present tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “hermoso/hermosa” (beautiful), “cara” (face), “piel” (skin), “cabeza” (head), “caballo” (horse), “estaba enamorado/a” (was in love), “se enamoró” (fell in love) and “cambió” (changed). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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Feb 28, 2021
La Leyenda de Huatyacuri
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This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. Today’s legend comes from Perú. Huatyacuri lived a lonely life in the Andes mountains. While his father, Pariacaca, the god of wind and storms, loved him, he could not physically hug him, as he only existed in the wind, rain and snow. Huatyacuri longed for ams to hold him. Then he met the beautiful Chaupiñaca and called upon his father to help him overcome the trials presented by her brother Kamachiq to be able to marry her. I hope you enjoy this simplified version of la leyenda de Huatyacuri.

This legend is told in the present tense. Repeated words and phrases include “viento” (wind), “hermoso/hermosa” (beautiful), “flauta” (flute), “promesa” (promise), “casarse” (marry), “ropa” (clothing), and “abraza” (hug). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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Feb 21, 2021
La Leyenda de la Tunda
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This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. Today’s legend comes from the African communities on the Pacific coast of Colombia and Ecuador. According to legend, the diablo, or devil, seduced a beautiful African princess who arrived on a slave ship. Not knowing he was the devil, she loved him and had many children. One of those children is La Tunda - a very smelly woman who can change her appearance and put people in a trance by feeding them food cooked in her “trasero”, or bum.

I think it is important to note that this legend was very likely altered to scare enslaved people into submission, which is not okay. But if we look closer, as an Afro-Ecuadorian writer recently pointed out, perhaps la Tunda was just trying to free people from enslavement. As a free woman roaming the jungle, she simply wanted to bring more people to her way of life. I hope you enjoy la leyenda de la Tunda.

This legend is told in the present tense. Repeated words and phrases include “jungla” (jungle), “esclavos” (slaves), “apesta” (stinks), “trasero” (bum), “víctima” (victim), “diablo” (devil), and “rezar” (pray). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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Feb 14, 2021
La Leyenda del Chupacabras
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This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. Few Hispanic legends have spread as far as the rather recently discovered “chupacabras. Formed from the words “chupa”, meaning “sucks” and “cabras”, meaning goats, this legendary creature sucks the blood of animals and leaves their corpses behind. I hope you enjoy today’s overview of the legend of “el chupacabras”.

This legend is told in the past tense. Repeated words and phrases include “chupa” (sucks), “sangre” (blood), “heridas” (wounds), “monstruo” (monster), “reptil” (reptile), “patas” (legs, paws), and “vacas” (cows). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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Feb 07, 2021
La Leyenda del Coco
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This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. Listener discretion is advised for this episode. El Coco, el Cuco y el Cucuy are the Spanish equivalent of the Bogeyman. Parents tell stories of this creature to scare their children into behaving. But el coco is not just a myth. This character is based in a very real, very disturbing event from Spain in the early 1900s. I hope you enjoy today’s exploration of the origin of “el coco”. This legend is told in the present, past and future tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “comerá” (will eat), “lleva” (takes, carries), “sangre” (blood), “fue” (was/went), “llegó” (arrived). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

Jan 31, 2021
La Leyenda de La Ciguapa
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This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. A woman roams the mountains of la República Dominicana. She is not like other women. She is a protector of nature. Many have tried to trap her, but she is difficult to find because her feet are backwards and lead you in the wrong direction. This woman is a “Ciguapa”. She hypnotizes men with her dark eyes and beauty and leads them to their death. This legend is told in the present tense. Repeated words include “protege” (protects), “naturaleza” (nature), “bosque” (forest), and “tiene miedo” (fears/is scared). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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Jan 24, 2021
La Leyenda del Carruaje de la Muerte
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This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. Today’s legend comes from the country of Guatemala, although it is a popular story in many countries. According to the legend, a “carruaje” or carriage appears in the night driven by death (“la muerte”) himself, or herself, to carry souls to the afterlife. This legend is told mostly in the present tense. Repeated words include “tiene miedo” (is scared), “ruido” (noise), “sonido” (sound), “espantoso” (scary), “se esconde” (hides) and “caballos” (horses). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

Jan 17, 2021
La Leyenda del Pombero
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¡Hola y bienvenidos a esta leyenda de Simple Stories in Spanish! Today’s legend comes from the Guaraní culture in the countryside of Paraguay. The Guaraní tell of a short, hairy man who comes out at night to cause a variety of problems. He is “El Pombero”. While the Pombero is not necessarily considered “peligroso”, or dangerous, he is “travieso”, or mischievous. You can get on the Pombero’s good side by leaving him “regalos” or gifts. But you can also get on his bad side by saying his name at night or copying his whistle. I hope you enjoy this story involving “el Pombero.”

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Jan 10, 2021
La Leyenda de los Cadejos
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This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. In Central America, large dogs roam the mountains. They are los Cadejos. Legend says God created white dogs to protect humans. Not to be outdone, the devil created black dogs to terrorize humans. In either case, cadejos appear when they are most needed, to either do good or harm depending on the person. This legend is told in both the present and past tenses. Repeated words include “protege” (protect), “aparece” (appear), “defiende” (defend), “atacar” (attack), and “cachorro” (puppy). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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Jan 03, 2021
La Leyenda de La Patasola
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This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. Today’s legend comes from Colombia. La Patasola is a deformed ghost creature. As her name indicates, she only (sola) has one leg (pata or pierna). What caused her demise? Why does she hop around on her leg tormenting others? The answers to those questions and more appear in this retelling of “La leyenda de la Patasola”. The legend is mostly told in the past tense. Repeated words include “infiel” (unfaithful), “enamorado” (in love), “celoso” (jealous), “patrón” (boss), “lavar la ropa” (wash clothing), and “mujer” (woman/wife). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

Dec 27, 2020
La Leyenda del Ratoncito Pérez
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This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. Alfonso XIII became king at birth. When he was about to lose his first tooth, the author Luis Coloma wrote him a story about a mouse (ratón) named Pérez. That mouse visits children all over the Spanish-speaking world when a child loses a tooth. The legend is mostly told in the past tense, with some present tense in the dialogue. Repeated words include “almohada” (pillow), “diente” (tooth), “rey” (king), “cayó” (fell), and “debajo” (under). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

Dec 13, 2020
La Leyenda de Juan Diego y la Virgen de Guadalupe
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This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. In the year 1531 the Virgen Mary appeared to humble Mexican peasant by the name of Juan Diego. She had a message for the bishop. Initially, he didn’t believe Juan Diego. He thought we has telling “mentiras” (lies), not “la verdad” (the truth). He asked for a “señal” (sign). Later, Juan Diego returned, and the Virgen’s image miraculously appeared on his tilma, or cloak. That image has become known as “La Virgen de Guadalupe” and is celebrated and honored every December. This religious legend repeats vocabulary such as “obispo” (bishop), “cura” (priest), “milagroso” (miraculous), and “iglesia” (church), The legend is mostly told in the past tense, with some present tense in the dialogue and at the end. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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Dec 06, 2020
La Leyenda de la Pachamama
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This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. Incan mythology tells of a mother of all living. She is la Pachamama, or Mother Earth. She controls fertility and the land and gives freely to those who give back to her and causes problems for those who take too much. This legend repeats vocabulary such as “mundo” (world), “tierra” (land/earth), “alimentar” (to feed), “dar” (to give), “tomar” (to take), “cuida” (care for), and “temblor” (earthquake). The second half ventures into the past tense with verbs such as “vio” (saw), “le gustaba” (he liked) “cazaba” (hunted) and “hablaron” (they spoke). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

Nov 30, 2020
La Leyenda del Silbón
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This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. A tall young man strolls the plains in the Llanos region of Venezuela. He is the Silbón, or Whistler. You know he is near when his whistle (silbato) is faint, but you are safe when he whistles loudly. The origin of el Silbón is not for the faint of heart and explains why he also carries a sack of bones. Todays simple story embellishes the origin of el Silbón and his love of whistling (silbar). This legend repeats vocabulary such as “silba” (whistles), “venado” (deer), “cazar” (to hunt), “tripa” (tripe/intestines), and “cuerpo” (body). It even includes a few verbs in the past tense (cocinó = cooked, mataste = you killed). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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Nov 16, 2020
La Leyenda de Quetzal
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This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. In the middle of the Guatemalan flag there is a beautiful green bird with a bright red chest and a long flowing tail. It is the quetzal, a symbol of liberty and a nahual, or spirit guide, of the Maya and Quiché people. Todays simple story explains one of the many legends surrounding this stunning bird. This legend repeats vocabulary such as “lucha” (fights), “cacique” (chieftain), “pecho” (chest), “guerreros” (warriors), and “va a” (is going to) to express the future. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

Nov 08, 2020
La Leyenda de la Mocuana
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This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. In the mountains of Nicaragua, a young woman roams the mountains inviting young men to come see her treasure. Those who follow la Mocuana visit a cave full of gold before disappearing forever. Is la Mocuana evil, or just the victim of a broken heart? This legend repeats vocabulary such as “tesoro” (treasure), “oro” (gold), “se enamora” (falls in love), “tiene miedo” (is scared), and “cueva” (cave). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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Nov 03, 2020
La Leyenda del Caleuche
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This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. In southern Chile there is an island named Chiloé. The people of Chiloé are fishermen. Thus many of their legends focus on the sea. The most famous legend from Chiloé is about a ghost ship: the Caleuche. This ship is different from other stories of ghost ships because it is driven by a lovely mermaid who throws a party for her crew every night. But the way she gathers her crew, and their zombi-like state, is chilling. This legend features  seafaring vocabulary such as “océano” (ocean), “barco” (boat), “pescador” (fisherman), “pez” (fish), and “sirena” (mermaid). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

Oct 25, 2020
La Leyenda de Iztaccíhuatl y Popocatéptl
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This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. Outside of Mexico City there are two impressive mountains. But perhaps, they are more than just mountains. According to legend, the mountains are two star-crossed lovers who couldn’t be together in life. Iztaccíhuatl is an extinct volcano while Popocatéptl is active, and watches over her. This story features repetitions some lesser known vocabulary such as “cacique” (tribal chief), “guerrero” (warrior) and “proteger” (protect), cognates such as “tribu” (tribe), “violento” (violent) and “batalla” (battle) and some hard to pronounce names! No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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Oct 18, 2020
La Leyenda de La Llorona
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This new season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. The most well-known legend of the Spanish-speaking world is that of “La Llorona” or the weeping woman. She floats near water in search of her lost children. But you must be careful, because she may mistake you for one of her sons! This story features repetitions of the phrase “tiene miedo” (is scared) as well as the words “niño” (child), “mujer” (woman), “hombre” (man), “hijos” (sons/children) and “río” (river). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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Oct 10, 2020
¿Cómo es mi familia?
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Who is the Small Town Spanish Teacher? This second season of personal simple stories continues with an answer to the question “what is my family like?” (¿Cómo es mi familia?). My family is very special to me. It is both small (pequeño) and big (grande). In this story I talk about my husband (esposo/marido) my sons (hijos), my sisters (hermanas), my brothers (hermanos) and my parents (padres). You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. Happy listening!

Sep 15, 2020
¿Adónde voy yo?
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Who is the Small Town Spanish Teacher? This second season of personal simple stories continues with an answer to the question “where do I go?” (¿Adónde voy yo?). I go to many lugares (places) within my typical week or year when I have the opportunity. This episode features the verb “voy” (I go) with varias places (lugares) that I visit. Some of the places I go are mundane, such as the store (tienda) and work (trabajo). Other places are more exciting such as National Parks (parques nacionales) and other countries (países). Maybe you have been some of these places too. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. Happy listening!

Sep 08, 2020
¿Dónde vivo yo?
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Who is the Small Town Spanish Teacher? This new season of personal simple stories continues with an answer to the questions “where do I live?” (¿Dónde vivo yo?). When I first moved to the state (estado) of Colorado, I didn’t really like it. Over the past few years, though, I have come to really enjoy where I live. Although I am not from here, I now call Colorado home. In this episode I describe the nature (naturaleza) of where I live nestled in a valley (valle) among mountains (montañas), dessert (desierto), canyons (cañones), rivers (ríos) and creeks (riachuelos). I also describe my yard (jardín) with its garden (hortaliza) and chickens (gallinas), before finally describing my house (casa). You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. Happy listening!

Aug 31, 2020
¿Qué como yo?
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Who is the Small Town Spanish Teacher? This new season of personal simple stories continues with an answer to the questions “what do I eat?” (¿Qué como yo?). Starting with a typical desayuno (breakfast) of huevos (eggs), moving to almuerzo (lunch) and cena (dinner), exploring some meriendas (snacks) and postres (desserts) and ending with my favorite drink of agua (water), this story lists many foods found in most households. This episode features the verb “como” (I eat) with many food cognates. This episode also presents one paragraph of past tense (comí - I ate; visité - I visited) in a comprehensible way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. Happy listening!

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Aug 17, 2020
¿Qué quiero yo?
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Who is the Small Town Spanish Teacher? This new season of personal simple stories continues with a somewhat abstract question: “¿Qué quiero yo?” (What do I want?). Some things that I want might change from time to time. Others depend on how I am feeling. Some of my wants are within reach, while others seem impossible. This episode features the verb “quiero” (I want) in multiple ways with many cognates. This episode also presents one paragraph of advanced grammar with the present subjunctive (quiero que mis hijos sean felices) in a comprehensible way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. Happy listening!

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Aug 10, 2020
¿Qué hago yo?
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Who is the Small Town Spanish Teacher? This new season of personal simple stories continues with a list of activities. The questions “¿Qué hago yo?”, or “What do I do?” is answered with actions. So, what do I do? I talk (hablo), I walk (camino), I explore (exploro) and I create (creo) by knitting (tejo) and writing (escribo) in addition to many other comprehensible verbs in the “yo” (I) form. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. Happy listening!

Aug 03, 2020
¿Cómo estoy yo?
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Who is the Small Town Spanish Teacher? This new season of personal simple stories continues with the a description of the creator. “Soy” and “estoy” are often confused in Spanish because they both translate as “I am”, however, they are used in different situations. This episode answers the questions “¿Cómo estoy yo?” (How am I [feeling]?) with the emotions I feel in various circumstances. These emotions include frustration (estoy frustrada), anger (estoy enojada), boredom (estoy aburrida), nerves (estoy nerviosa), tiredness (estoy cansada), exhaustion (estoy agotada), confusion (estoy confundida), embarrassment (estoy avergonzada), worry (estoy preocupada), sadness (estoy triste), excitement (estoy emocionada), surprise (estoy sorprendida) and gratitude (estoy agradecida). This simple story features multiple repetitions of “estoy” and “soy” (I am) as well as many other comprehensible verbs in the “yo” (I) form. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. Happy listening!

Jul 27, 2020
¿Cómo soy yo?
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Who is the Small Town Spanish Teacher? This new season of personal simple stories continues with the a description of the creator. “¿Cómo soy yo?” (What am I like?) begins with a short physical description followed by many personality traits. This simple story features multiple repetitions of “soy” (I am) and “puedo” (I can) as well as many other comprehensible verbs in the “yo” (I) form. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. Happy listening!

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Jul 20, 2020
¿Qué me gusta?
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Who is the Small Town Spanish Teacher? This new season of personal simple stories continues with the creator’s likes. This story features multiple repetitions of “me gusta” (I like) and “me encanta” (I love) as well as many other comprehensible verbs in the “yo” (I) form. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. Happy listening!

Jul 10, 2020
¿Quién soy yo?
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Who is the Small Town Spanish Teacher? This new season of personal simple stories begins with the creator’s introduction. This story features multiple repetitions of “soy” (I am), “tengo” (I have) and “me gusta” (I like) as well as many other comprehensible verbs in the “yo” (I) form. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. Happy listening!

Jul 03, 2020
Hasta luego
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The end of the school year sparks excitement for summer break, but it can also cause some sadness and students and teachers say goodbye - some for the summer, some for longer. Imani walks through the halls chanting “hasta luego” (see you later) to those she passes, until she realizes that she might not actually “see” some of them in the future. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. Happy listening!

May 30, 2020
El cuaderno mágico
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Some students feel that they just don’t know anything, so why even try? Perhaps they just need a little bit of motivation and confidence. Daniel is not the smartest student, but he finds inspiration through a “cuaderno mágico” (magic notebook). Daniel “se da cuenta” (realizes) that maybe he is smart after all. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. Happy listening!

May 22, 2020
Estoy aburrido
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We all get bored. Jorgito has a room full of things, but he still gets bored. When he tells people he is bored, they just send him away to do something else. Will he just stay bored forever? Or will he find something to entertain the day away? This story features multiple repetitions of “estoy aburrido” (I’m bored) as well as “juguetes" (toys) such as “carritos” (toy cars) “dinosaurios” (dinosaurs) “oso de peluche” (teddy bear) and “muñecas” (dolls). You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. Happy listening!

May 15, 2020
Te quiero, mamá
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Mothers are very important people in the lives of many. Nadia is mother to Luisa and Perla. Luisa loves (quiere) her family and she loves to help (ayudar). But sometimes her help can lead to headaches for her mother. All is well, though, when Luisa hugs (abraza) her mom and tells her “I love you” (te quiero). I hope you enjoy “Te quiero, mamá”. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

May 08, 2020
Ramona en la playa
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Who doesn’t enjoy a day at the beach? Ramona certainly does. She goes to the beach (playa) every day and watches the tourists (turistas) as they take pictures (toman fotos) play in the waves (olas) and play in the sand (arena). Ramona is not a tourist. She is a capuchin monkey (mono capuchino). She is also a famous thief (ladrona). Listen in to find out how Ramona swindles beachgoers in “Ramona en la playa”. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

May 01, 2020
Las vacas perdidas
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Paula enjoys living in the mountains with her dog Bobo and her one hundred and fifty cows (vacas). But sometimes her cows wander off and need help getting out of some sticky situations. Paula counts (cuenta) her coas and when they are missing (le faltan), she looks for them. Paula will do anything to help her cows if they get stuck (metida). She will pull (jala), cut (corta) and even sing (canta) to help them. Will she be able to help them all? Find out in “Las vacas perdidas”. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

Apr 24, 2020
La madre ocupada
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When things get lost, the logical solution is to look for them. Sometimes we are so busy looking that we don’t see what is right under our noses. Lourdes is busy (ocupada). She tries to make time for her son’s problems, but sometimes her own problems get in the way, such as when she needs some ginger (jengibre) for her cake (pastel). This story has multiple repetitions of ¿buscaste? (did you look?) And busqué (I looked) as well as places around the house. Will there be time to find everything? Find out in “La madre ocupada”. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

Apr 18, 2020
La mentira de Miguel
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Miguel just wants to go to a concert, but his mom says no, even when he begs (suplica). So, Miguel and his friend come up with a plan that involves just a little lie (mentira). Miguel typically tells the truth (verdad), so lying is not easy for him. Will he be able to maintain the lie, or will he cave under pressure? Find out in “La mentira de Miguel”. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

Apr 10, 2020
Las botas
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Luis enjoys his life as a ranchero. He likes taking care of animals. But being on a ranch requires specific footwear, namely boots (botas). Luis has a special friend that he wants to spend time with on the ranch, but she does not have boots, so Luis decides to get her some. Luis goes (va) all over town, including the shoe store (zapatería) the bank (banco) and the gas station (estación de gas) as he tries to buy (comprar) the perfect boots. Will he be able to get what he wants? Find out in “Las botas”. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

Apr 03, 2020
El oso curioso
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Most people know the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, but what if the bear is the intruder? Berry is an “oso curioso” (curios bear). He just wants to know what life is like inside of a house (casa). Berry looks through windows (ventanas) and sees (ve) and touches (toca) a lot of different things. What will this curious bear find? No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

Mar 28, 2020
Pastel para el desayuno
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Birthdays are a special time, especially for young kids. Ruthie wakes up on her birthday wanting something special to eat for breakfast (desayuno): cake (pastel)! Her parents think that she should eat what they do, but Ruthie is determined to have her pastel and eat it too. Can she convince her sweet grandmother to make her cake for breakfast? With multiple repetitions of desayuno (breakfast), debes (you should), puedes (you can) and parece (it seems), this story is great for reviewing foods and common verbs. Yet, no matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

Mar 20, 2020
La muchacha está enferma
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When a child is sick, they should stay home. However some kids fake being sick to get out of schoolwork. Such is the case of Jessica, who would rather be at home than taking tests. She fakes a cough (tos), and a cold (está resfriada) so she can stay at home on her teléfono. What a great actress! That is until she actually does get sick (enferma). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at smalltownspanishteacher.com. Happy listening!

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Mar 14, 2020
La banda de animales
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The world is full of musical styles and instruments. Some people like to sing while others like to play and even more just like to listen. Music truly has the potential to bring people together. Eduardo and Feliz enjoy making music and want to create a band. Eduardo sings (canta), Félix and others play (toca) instruments and others just listen (escucha) to the música. Discover where their music adventure leads them and the other animals that join their band. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. Happy listening!

Mar 07, 2020
El cumpleaños de Félix
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Every party has potential for fun and for disaster. Eduardo the elephant wants to create a perfect birthday party for his friend Félix. He invites guests (invitados), decorates (decora) and prepares (prepara) food - including lots and lots of cheese (queso). He even buys a piñata! It will sure be a party to remember. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. Happy listening!

Feb 28, 2020
Eduardo es gordo
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Friends can be similar, but also quite different. Eduardo the elephant decides to change his lifestyle after his tiny friend Felix the mouse calls him fat. He runs (corre) and eats (come) good food. Perhaps now Felix should change his lifestyle too! No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. Happy listening!

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Feb 22, 2020
Eduardo busca novia
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It can be hard to wander through life alone, especially on Valentine’s Day. Eduardo the elephant is searching for the perfect girlfriend. He wants someone who is nice (amable), fun (divertida), and patient (paciente). However, as Eduardo discovers, those traits can sometimes be hard to find. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. Happy listening!

Feb 15, 2020
El elefante y el ratón
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What do people do in the park? They run and walk and maybe even dance. What does an elephant do in the park? Well, he writes poetry and makes friends with a mouse, of course! Listen along as the Small Town Spanish Teacher tells the story of "El elefante y el ratón" - the story she uses on day 1 of Spanish 1. It repeats the verbs "mira" (sees/looks), "corre" (runs), "escucha" (listens), "dice" (says), "escribe" (writes) and "para" (stops) as well as multiple cognates. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. Happy listening!

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Feb 08, 2020
Carlos y el elefante
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How does this teacher start her students on their language journey? With a story, of course! Listen along as the Small Town Spanish Teacher tells the story of "Carlos y el elefante" - the story she uses on day 1 of Spanish 1. It repeats the verbs "mira" (sees/looks), "corre" (runs), "se sienta" (sits), "se levanta" (stands) and "para" (stops) as well as multiple cognates. No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. Happy listening!

Feb 02, 2020