Spanish learners need to hear language in context, and everyone loves an entertaining story. With that in mind, we created a series of short Spanish stories for beginners. This present tense Spanish story video is called El celular and there is free set of activities to download below.
So far, we have written 9 of these Spanish stories to focus on a few key structures. The stories have built in repetition to provide repeated exposure to the vocabulary and verbs. There are two videos of each story, one in the present tense and one with a past tense narration. So, if you like you can also see El celular with a past tense narration.
You can find more information and additional activities for these video stories on the Spanish Stories for Beginners Page.
How to Use a Spanish Story Video
There are lots of ways to use a present tense Spanish story video. The free download below has several activities for El celular including:
- a vocabulary activity
- a sequencing activity
- prompts to retell the story
The activities for our other video stories include:
- listening practice where students fill in key words
- comprehension questions about the story
- a paragraph with a written version of the story and comprehension questions
You can also:
- ask students to illustrate the story
- ask students to change one element in the story or change the ending
Additional Spanish Learning Materials
If you are interested in additional learning materials for our videos, be sure to check out the Spanish Playground YouTube Channel Membership. We offer a variety of video-based activities several times a month.
El celular: Present Tense Spanish Story
In this video, Juan and Pamela meet for coffee, and then Juan tells Pamela about losing his cell phone. The introduction has a variety of tenses, but then Juan narrates his story entirely in the present tense. The “narrative present” is common in Spanish, just as it is in English, so it makes a great way to practice speaking in the present tense.
You can watch the video below or on YouTube at Spanish Story | Present Tense | El celular.
Activities for El celular
Get a free set of activities for this video here: El celular: Present Tense Spanish Story
More Spanish Stories in the Present Tense
We’ll continue adding Spanish stories to our present and past tense playlists on the Spanish Playground YouTube channel. They all have a limited number of target structures and built-in repetition. We film them with native speakers and add gestures and expressions to make them comprehensible for novice learners.
Your feedback helps us decide what materials to create, so we would love to hear how these stories work for you or your students.