Stories are an extremely effective way to learn language, so we have created a series of short Spanish video stories for beginners. The Spanish story video we feature in this post is La sobrina. The narration of the story is in the present tense, and you’ll find a free set of activities to download below.
So far, we have filmed 10 Spanish video stories that focus on a few key structures. In each video, someone narrates an anecdote to a friend. The stories have built in repetition to provide repeated exposure to the vocabulary and verbs. There are two videos of each story, one we narrate in the present tense and the other with a narration in the past. So, if you like you can also see La sobrina with a past tense narration as well.
You can find more information and additional activities for these video stories on the Spanish Stories for Beginners Page.
Spanish Story Video Activities
There are lots of ways to use a present tense Spanish story video. The free download below has several activities for La sobrina including:
- a vocabulary activity
- a sequencing activity
- comprehension questions
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
- prompts to retell the story
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.
La sobrina: Spanish Story Video in the Present Tense
In this video, Juan tells Pamela about a recent visit to his sister’s house and how he got along with his two-year-old niece. 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 listening and speaking in the present tense.
You can watch the video below or on YouTube at Spanish Story | Present Tense | La sobrina.
Activities for La sobrina
Get a free set of activities for this video here: La sobrina: 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.
Dixie Van Remmen
Jul 15, 2021
How do I become a member? How much does it cost? What does it include? We were not able to finish watching the story with many episodes. Will we be able to watch the rest of the episodes with a membership?
I like all of your work.
Dixie Van Remmen
Jul 17, 2021
Hi. You can watch all the episodes of Buena gente for all 4 seasons on YouTube. All of our videos are free to everyone, and all of the support materials for Buena gente are also free. You can find all the episodes for each season in the playlists:
Season 1 – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHWAe4rFdBzy69XpSbjA5BuDwfE64Y_8U
Season 2 – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHWAe4rFdBzzHmOKuMXe-g9v0gGVbLgLu
Season 3 – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHWAe4rFdBzxrT18hMg0_6Kt0iksHnGho
Season 4 – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHWAe4rFdBzzrIMfnXkCBshgMLoHe5d_0
You’ll find links to lots of materials for the seasons here: https://www.spanishplayground.net/spanish-video-series-buena-gente/
There are also lots of materials on Edpuzzle.
The YouTube memberships are available on our channel page on YouTube. They offer extra materials for our short, stand-alone videos. The materials include comprehension questions, sequencing activities, follow-up readings, vocabulary, etc. They are not focused on specifically on Buena gente, but we do sometimes include activities for those videos too.
Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you have questions. We’re happy to help!