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Family watching sports on television

These days, a lot of people stream their favourite programmes, songs and films and watch them on devices as well as on the TV, so it's worth being familiar with vocabulary from Social media and technology. Many of the types of programmes that are popular in the UK are also popular in Spain, from reality TV and talent shows to quiz shows and series.

There are also lots of Spanish-language films and television programmes that have found an international audience through streaming platforms. Similarly, many British and American authors have had their work translated into Spanish and translated novels are often very popular in the UK.

Here are some types of TV programmes to get started.

la comediacomedy
el concursoquiz show
el dibujo animadocartoon
el documentaldocumentary
el dramaTV drama
las noticiasnews
el programa de cocinacookery programme
el programa de deportesports programme
el programa de músicamusic programme
los programas infantileschildren's programmes
la serie policíacadetective series
la telerrealidad/el programa de telerrealidadreality show
la telenovela/el culebrónsoap opera

It's also essential to be able to talk about different genres of films and books.

un libro/una película ...a book/ a film ...
... de acciónaction
... de aventuraadventure
... de amorromance
... de ciencia-ficciónscience-fiction
... de fantasíafantasy
... de terror/miedohorror
... de guerrawar
... de suspense/misteriothriller
... cómico/acomedy

The most useful verbs for talking about this topic are mirar (to watch), ver (to see) and leer (to read).

Here is some useful vocabulary to talk about reading preferences.

el/la autor/aauthor
el/la escritor/awriter
la novelanovel
la lecturareading
el audiolibroaudio book
la revistamagazine
el cuentotale/story
el libro electrónicoe-book
curriculum-key-fact
Remember that la historia can mean story as well as history.

Now listen to Natalia, Ricardo and Adilah giving their opinions on reading.

Young woman reads a book outside a cafe.

Escucha las opiniones de Natalia, Ricardo y Adilah. Escoge la palabra correcta.

Question

Natalia piensa que la lectura es ...

Aaburrida
Beducativa
Cinteresante
Ddivertida

The correct answer is B (educational). Natalia says leer es bueno para aprender vocabulario y para descubrir cosas nuevas (reading is good for learning vocabulary and discovering new things).

Transcript:

Cuando no sabes qué hacer, en vez de ver la televisión, es mejor leer. En mi opinión, leer es bueno para aprender vocabulario y para descubrir cosas nuevas.

Translation:

When you don't know what to do, instead of watching television, it's better to read. In my opinion, reading is good for learning vocabulary and discovering new things.

Question

Escucha a Ricardo. ¿Qué dice?

Ale encanta leer
Blee muchísimo
Cle gusta escuchar historias
Dleer es divertido

The correct answer is C (he likes to listen to stories). He says prefiero escuchar los audiolibros porque son más divertidos (I prefer to listen to audio books because they are more fun).

Transcript:

Tengo que admitir que no veo mucho la tele. Prefiero escuchar los audiolibros porque son más divertidos.

Translation:

I have to admit that I don't watch much TV. I prefer to listen to audio books because they are more fun.

Question

Adilah prefiere leer novelas de ...

Aciencia ficción.
Bacción.
Cmiedo.
Dsuspense.

The correct answer is D (thrillers). She says me gustan los cuentos de misterio porque me parecen muy entretenidos y las historias contienen muchas aventuras (I like thrillers because I think they are very entertaining and the stories contain lots of adventures).

Transcript:

Prefiero leer los libros electrónicos en mi tableta. Me gustan los cuentos de misterio porque me parecen muy entretenidos y las historias contienen muchas aventuras.

Translation:

I prefer reading e-books on my tablet. I like thrillers because I think they are very entertaining and the stories contain lots of adventures.