The Animal Carvings of Oaxaca – alebrijes
Two versions are available. The short version is one paragraph, the long version is four paragraphs. Both have photos and audio. The long version also has comprehension questions and links to other resources about “los alebrijes.”
Method of Study
An effective way to study is to read and listen to the short version first. Depending upon your level, you may need to do this several times. Then, after you become familiar with the topic, read and listen to the longer version.
Don’t be Discouraged!
The audio has not been slowed down, so don’t be discouraged if you find these to be challenging – most students do. But, if you want to eventually be able to understand real conversations, you need to practice listening to material that is recorded at normal speed.
Motivated students listen to each version a number of times. First they follow along on the transcript, and later they just listen and try to pick out as many words and phrases as they can.
These are for All Levels
Beginners gain insight into Spanish culture by reading the English version of the essays and listening carefully to the short version. Intermediate level students expand their vocabulary. Even advanced students will find the audio of the long versions to be quite challenging.