Lower intermediate resources

Reported Speech in Spanish (B1)

Reported speech or indirect speech  EL ESTILO INDIRECTO in Spanish- are used to relate someone’s words without using a direct quote. 

Expressing "Say"

Decir without an indirect object usually means “to say.” In Spanish, as in English, when reporting what someone “says,” the tense used in the original statement is also used in the reported-speech expression.

reported speech in Spanish: how to do it

On the other hand, when reporting what someone “said,” a past tense is used. The indicative is used to report what someone says or said. The subjunctive is used  in commands, to report what someone tells or told someone else to do.

By the way, click here to see the whole verb DECIR conjugation in Spanish.

Direct and indirect Speech in Spanish

Here you have some examples. Tense original quote is the direct speech, tense after “dice que” is the indirect speech in present while tense after “dijo que” is the indirect speech in the past.

Notice that in English “that” is optional in reported speech: He says he worked hard. / He says that he worked hard. In Spanish “que” is compulsory: Dijo que trabajaba duro.

There are much more about reported speech what we will see it in future post, so keep in touch!

Reported speech exercices

Now it is time you practice everything you have learned with the interactive activitiy below.  Remember to contact your tutor with any question you have about reported speech in Spanish or to ask for more activities. Don’t you have a Spanish personal tutor yet?

La fiesta de los Reyes Magos (B1)

Tradicionalmente, la noche del 5 al 6 de enero los Reyes Magos visitan los hogares de los niños españoles, y de algunos otros países de habla española, para dejarles los juguetes. El mismo día 5 se celebra un gran desfile en todas las ciudades para celebrar su llegada.

La fiesta de los Reyes Magos marca el final de la Navidad y aunque ahora convive con Papa Noel, sigue siendo una gran celebración. Aquí tienes un vídeo para conocer mejor está tradición. Pon los subtítulos si lo necesitas, crea una lista con el vocabulario que no conozcas y. cuando termines, responde a las preguntas de abajo. No te olvides de consultar cualquier duda  que tengas a tu tutor ¿Todavía no tienes un tutor personal de español?

Spanish conditional quizzes (B1)

Spanish conditional quizzesLet’s see how much you know about the Spanish conditional tenseel condicional simple. Today we propose to you eight quizzes to check if you can form and understand how to use the conditional tense in Spanish. Click on this link if you want to review the grammar points or here to download the pdf sheet.

Don´t forget you can contact your personal tutor with any question you have about the conditional tense in Spanish. Don’t you have a Spanish personal tutor yet?

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Spanish slang with Antonio Banderas (B1)

Antonio Banderas teaches you some Spanish Slang, but be careful how you use these words. Click on the link if you want to watch an interview with this Spanish actor in Spanish.

Remember to contact your tutor for any question you have. Don’t you have a Spanish personal tutor yet?

Mexican slang with Salma Hayek (B1)

Salma Hayek teaches you some Mexican Slang, but be careful how you use these words. Click on the link if you want to watch an interview with this Mexican actress in Spanish.

Remember to contact your tutor for any question you have. Don’t you have a Spanish personal tutor yet?

Football in Spanish: vocabulary (B1)

Football in Spanish (or soccer) is said FÚTBOL. Let’s see how to learn more about this topics.

football in Spanish. Vocabulary and quizzesSi te gusta el fútbol tienes mucha suerte, el Mundial de Rusia está a punto de empezar y durante las próximas semanas no se hablará de otra cosa. Si no te gusta, resignación.

Hoy te dejamos un pequeño glosario, español e inglés, de palabras relacionadas con el fútbol. Más exactamente “55 palabras para hablar del Mundial de Rusia 2018 en español”. Lo que te ayudará a seguir las noticias sobre el mundial en la prensa española.

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Spanish vocabulary: Insectos (insects)

Hoy vamos a aprender el nombre de algunos insectos, además vamos a practicar más los usos de los verbos ser y estar ¡Estás listo/a!

  1. Descarga la hoja de vocabulario en pdf (download the pdf vocabulary worksheet).
  2. Practica el vocabulario con nuestros quizzes.
  3. ¿Cónoces la expresión “a otra cosa mariposa”.
  4. Aprende el nombre de más insectos.
  5. Remember you can contact your tutor with any question you have. Don’t you have a Spanish personal tutor yet?