Spanish Language Story Game 5



Spanish Language Story: Part 5 of David's trip to Spain (El viaje de David 5 - En Sevilla).
Level: Low Intermediate (B1).
The Story: 5 1/2 minutes. Shootout Game (10 key verbs): 1 minute.

David arrives by train in Seville. He takes a bus to Louis Morales Street and checks into the Hotel Meliá Lebreros, where he had made a reservation. In the few days that he's there, David visits the Giralda (the exquisite Bell Tower of the Cathedral of Seville), and the Torre del Oro (a watchtower on the left bank of the Guadalquivir river). With his new friends, he also spends an evening in the Barrio de Triana, a lively neighborhood with small streets and a history of attracting artisans and flamenco.

Hear and read Part 5 of David's trip in Spanish. It contains 140 basic words and phrases.
Try to listen without translating the words, as you play through the story.
To hear a sentence again, click on it (before continuing to the next screen).
 "Shadow" each sentence by saying it along with (or just after) the native speaker.
That's an effective way to practice the sounds and rhythm of conversational Spanish.
Note: in context, words for "he, she, we" etc are often omitted in Spanish unless they are needed for clarity.

Shootout Game: 10 Key Verbs

• tomar - to take
• ayudar - to help
• costar - to cost
• tener - to have
• necesitar - to need
• conectar - to connect
• subir - to go up
• intentar - to try, attempt
• cenar - to have dinner
• ver - to see

You can roll over the translation on a desk- or laptop, but not on a phone or tablet.
Register or log in and go to Spanish 1, David en España, if you want to play the full 6-part story for free. You'll learn and practice 750 basic words and phases in the context of the story.


Spanish Language Story Game 4



Spanish Language Story: Part 4 of David's trip to Spain (El viaje de David 4 - En Granada).
Level: Low Intermediate (B1).
The Story: 5 minutes. Shootout Game (10 key verbs): 1 minute.


David has arrived in Granada. He finds the street where Daniel and his girlfriend Rosa live, and she opens the door. Rosa's sister Ana is also visiting and introductions follow. When Daniel comes home, they order pizza. During the next days, his friends join David for a visit to the Alhambra. (And David finds out that the American author Washington Irving spent three months there in 1829, to write "Tales of the Alhambra"). They also walk around the university (founded in 1531 and one of the oldest in Europe). Finally, they go up to el Mirador de San Cristóbal, a spectacular viewpoint that overlooks the city.

Hear and read Part 4 of David's trip in Spanish. It contains 130 basic words and phrases.
As you play the story, listen to the speaker without translating the words.
To hear a sentence again, click on it (before continuing to the next screen).
 "Shadow" each sentence by saying it along with (or just after) the native speaker.
That's an effective way to practice the sounds and rhythm of conversational Spanish.
Note: in context, words for "he, she, we" etc are often omitted in Spanish unless they are needed for clarity.

Shootout Game: 10 Key Verbs

• encontrar - to find
• abrir - to open
• entrar - to enter, go in
• ver - to see
• tutear - to say "tú" to someone
• estudiar - to study
• llegar - to arrive
• pensar - to think
• pedir - to order
• vivir - to live

On a desk- or laptop you can roll over the translation (but not on a phone or tablet).
To practice the words and phrases of the whole story for free, register or log in and go to Spanish 1, David en España.


Spanish Language Story Game 3



Spanish Language Story: Part 3 of David's trip to Spain (El viaje de David 3 - En el tren).
Level: Low Intermediate (B1).
The Story: 5 minutes. Shootout Game (10 key verbs): 1 minute.
Image of Barcelona-Sants Train Station by Michael Descharles on
unsplash.com


David's aunt takes him to Barcelona's train station. He buys a one-way ticket to Granada and goes to the platform to wait for the train. With the Arco train, it's a long trip. In Granada he calls Daniel's landline. He's a friend David had met as a student in Boston. Daniel's girlfriend Rosa answers and gives him directions to their place.

Hear and read Part 3 of David's trip in Spanish. It contains 120 basic words and phrases.
As you play the story, try to listen without translating the words.
To hear a sentence again, click on it (before continuing to the next screen).
Say each sentence after (or along with) the native speaker to practice its music and rhythm.
Note: in context, words for "he, she, we" etc are often omitted in Spanish unless they are needed for clarity.

Shootout Game: 10 Key Verbs

• llevar - to take, bring
• tomar - to take, grab
• salir - to leave
• saber - to know
• esperar - to wait
• llegar - to arrive
• comenzar - to begin
• contestar - to answer
• llamar - to call
• encontrar - to find

On a desk- or laptop you can roll over the translation (but not on a phone or tablet).
To practice all of the words and phrases of the story for free, register or log in and go to Spanish 1, David en España.


French Language Game: Faire - Present Tense



Quick French Language Game: "faire" (to do, make) - present tense
(Photo by GG LeMere on unsplash)
Level: Elementary (A2)
Time to Play:
4 minutes

Play this fun interactive online game to practice "faire", present tense.
You'll also become familiar with some everyday expressions with "faire".
To sharpen your pronunciation, say the French OUT LOUD right after or along with the speaker.
Before you start, quickly go through the forms and sentences below.
This game works best for mid-Beginners who want to learn and review conversational French.
Play on a Computer or Tablet.

Present Tense of "faire"

  • je fais - I do, make
  • tu fais - you do, make (familiar)
  • il/elle fait - it/he/she does, makes
  • nous faisons - we do, make
  • vous faites - you do, make (sing. formal /plural)
  • ils/elles font - they make (m/f)

Sentences and Expressions with "faire"

  • J'aimerais faire une réservation. - I'd like to make a reservation.
  • Il fait ses études à Paris. - He is doing his studies in Paris.
  • Nous allons faire une promenade. - We're going to take a walk.
  • Que faites-vous ? - What are you doing? (formal/plural)
  • Ils font leurs courses. - They're doing their shopping.

  • Enchanté de faire votre connaissance. - Delighted to meet you. (formal)
  • Il fait beau. - It's lovely weather.
  • Ça fait longtemps ! - It's been a long time!
  • Ça fait vingt et un euros. - That's twenty-one euros. (amount to pay)
  • Moi aussi, ça me fait plaisir de te revoir. - Me too, I'm happy to see you again.

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More Than a French Language Game

And don't forget: You can practice French online for FREE with our gamified 36-Scene French 1 Travel-Story: "Daniel en France". The story consists of 350 sentences (Level: A2 High Beginner - B1 Low Intermediate), to build your vocabulary and improve your conversational pronunciation.
In it you learn and practice all the words, phrases and sentences you also hear in the podcasts. 
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"The Story" and easy games will let you forget that you're actually learning French! 
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French Language Story Game 4



French Language Story: Le voyage de Daniel 4.

In the fourth part of Daniel's trip to France, he spends a few days in Aix-en-Provence with his friends Pierre and Virginie. (Image of Aix-en-Provence by Linh Nguyen on unsplash)
Hear and read Part 4 of Daniel's trip in French.
It contains 140 basic words and phrases, which you hear and read in context.
With this story, you can test your Level of audio comprehension of French: If you understand most of the story, you are plus or minus on the Level of Threshhold or Intermediate, i.e. B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You can check a Table on Wikipedia with the Levels here.
Once you've listened to the story and know the meaning of the words, play it again a few times. Don't translate in your head, just follow the meaning as best as you can.
To improve your pronunciation, repeat each sentence along with or right after the native speaker.

10 Key Verbs in the Travel Story

  • voir - to see
  • ouvrir - to open
  • entrer - to go in
  • revoir - to see again
  • tutoyer - to say "tu" (informal "you")
  • penser - to think
  • commander - to order (at a restaurant)
  • travailler - to work
  • savoir - to know (a fact, etc.)
  • marcher - to go, walk

You can see the English translation by rolling over a sentence on a Desk- or Laptop (but not on a Phone or Tablet). You can also look at the translation below to get familiar with the meaning of the sentences.

To practice and recall the individual words and phrases of the story, register or log in and go to French 1, Daniel en France.

Translation of the Story

[Daniel has arrived in Aix-en-Provence. He has the address of Pierre, a French friend he met in Boston two years before, and goes to his apartment. Pierre's girlfriend Virginie opens the door.]
Narrator: Daniel finds 52 Mazarine Street.
Narrator: Virginie opens the door.
Narrator: She greets him:
Virginie: Hello Daniel, glad to finally meet you.
Daniel: Me too.
Virginie: Pierre told me a lot about you.
Daniel: Good things I hope!
Narrator: Daniel comes into the apartment.
Narrator: He sees another young woman.
Virginie: Mathilde, let me introduce Daniel to you, a friend of Pierre's from Boston.
Narrator: Then she says to Daniel:
Virginie: My sister Mathilde is visiting me.
Daniel: Hello Mathilde, delighted to meet you.
Virginie: Daniel, don't be so formal. You can say "tu" to each other!
Daniel: You don’t mind, Mathilde?
Mathilde: Of course not.
Narrator: She continues:
Mathilde: Among students we always say "tu."
Daniel: You are doing your studies in Aix-en-Provence?
Mathilde: No, I go to the university of Avignon.
Daniel: And me, I’m going to Avignon the day after tomorrow!
Mathilde: I'm going back Sunday.
Daniel: Perhaps we could see each other there.
Mathilde: Sure, but tomorrow I'd like to visit Aix-en-Provence.
Daniel: Me too, can I come with you?
Mathilde: Of course.
Narrator: A little later Pierre comes home.
Pierre: Hi Daniel, I'm glad that you're visiting us.
Daniel: Me too, I'm pleased to see you again.
Virginie: When were you exactly in Boston, Pierre?
Pierre: More than two years ago.
Daniel: Yes, we had a lot of fun at that time.
Narrator: Then Virginie says:
Virginie: We should think about lunch now.
Pierre: I can order a pizza.
Virginie: Good idea, I can make a salad.
Narrator: The next day is a Thursday.
Narrator: Daniel walks with Virginie and Mathilde in the old town.
Narrator: Virginie points to a café.
Virginie: The painter Paul Cézanne went often to the Café Clément.
Daniel: I believe that one can visit his studio here in Aix-en-Provence.
Virginie: Yes, and here is the bank where he worked until 1862.
Daniel: The bank? Paul Cézanne was a banker?
Narrator: Virginie explains:
Virginie: Yes he worked in his father’s bank before painting.
Daniel: Oh OK, I didn't know that!
Virginie: Paul Cezanne liked to live in Aix-en-Provence.
Narrator: They walk in the old town.
Narrator: Daniel admires the numerous old houses.
Narrator: On Cathedral Square, Virginie says
Virginie: The Saint Sauveur Cathedral is very ancient.
Daniel: When was it built?
Virginie: The bell tower was erected in 1323.
Daniel: America was discovered more than a hundred years later.
Virginie: We are proud of our cathedral!
Daniel: Are we going to see the Cours Mirabeau?
Virginie: Yes, it's the liveliest neighborhood of Aix-en-Provence.

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