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Spanish Story: A New Puppy

Spanish Story – A New Puppy

Spanish Short Story for Children in the 3rd person, present tense.   Video, Online Quiz + Worksheets.

Verbs in the Story

Practice in the 3rd person Present Tense:

TENER – to have
Tiene  =  she has
Tiene miedo    =  She is frightened (She has fear!)

GUSTAR – to like
Le gusta = she likes (it is pleasing to her)

ENCANTAR – to love
Me encanta = I love (it is delightful to me)
Le encanta = She loves (it is delightful to her)

Es  =  She is
Es hermosa   =  she is beautiful
Es cariñosa    =  she is affectionate

Está  =  She is
Está en la ropa sucia
=  she is in the dirty washing.


Video clip with Subtitles in Spanish and English:

Video clip with ONLY Spanish Subtitles:

PDF Worksheets:
Gap Fill Worksheet

Spanish Story + Questions Worksheet

Online Quiz

This quiz is also available on its own separate page here:
Online Quiz

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Spanish Story: Dogs at the River

Spanish Story for Children
– Dogs at the River

Spanish short story practice using Verbs in the 3rd person, present tense, to describe the activities of two dogs on a walk by the river.
One likes swimming, the other does not.

Vocabulary, Verbs, Video Clips, Worksheets + Online Quiz


algo           =  something
también   =  as well


La boca (f)                  the mouth
El río (m)                    the river
El agua (m)                 the water
El perro (m)               the dog
Los perros (mpl.)      the dogs
Los barcos (mpl.)      the boats
Un palito (m)              a little stick


mojado/a/os/as       wet
hermoso/a/os/as      beautiful
contento/a/os/as     happy, contented


Find these verbs in the story:

Mira  =  Look!
Mira  = he/she looks

Hay = there is/there are

Tiene   =  he/she has
Llega    =  he/she arrives
Sale      =  he/she gets out
Espera = he/she waits

Se llama = he/she is called

Le gusta      = he/she likes
No le gusta = he/she doesn’t like

Le gusta nadar
=  he/she likes swimming
No le gusta nadar
= he/she doesn’t like swimming

Corre   = he/she runs
Corren = they run

Está  = he/she is
Está nadando  = he/she is swimming

El río está hermoso
= the river is (looking) beautiful

Están = they are
Están contentos = they are happy

Billy llega despacio
= Billy arrives slowly
Despacio is an adverb that describes HOW Billy arrives.


Spanish + English Subtitles:

Spanish + English:

Only Spanish Subtitles:

PDF Worksheets:

Dogs at the River in Spanish Worksheet 1

Dogs at the River in Spanish Worksheet 2

The Story / Video Transcript in Spanish

Mira el río.
Mira el perro.  Se llama Billy.
Le gusta nadar.
¡Está nadando!
Tiene un palito en la boca.
Billy sale del río.
Billy está mojado.
Maggie corre.
A Maggie no le gusta nadar.
Maggie mira algo.
Billy mira algo también.
Hoy el río está hermoso.
Billy está en el agua.
Maggie espera Billy.
Billy llega despacio.
Los dos perros corren.
¡Mira!  Hay barcos.
¡Maggie y Billy están contentos!
¡Hasta luego!
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Online Quiz

This quiz is also available on its own separate page here:
Online Quiz

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¡Vale la pena! It’s worth it …!

¡Vale la pena! = It’s worth it in Spanish.
It’s literal translation = It’s worth the pain!
This is the first post by A Green Mouse, a free website and YouTube channel created to provide worthwhile early language practice in French and Spanish.

The image of the goldfinch chick below, beak open, hopeful and enthusiastic, symbolises the carefree energy and enthusiasm of children, and all that A Green Mouse stands for.

Children can develop very good pronunciation in a second language if they are exposed to it early enough.
It is a question of opportunity, not one available to all children, so this website is accessible and free to try to reach out and provide it for any child.

Accessible French and Spanish Practice for anyone … 

We all want to help our little guys to fly …!

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Having a second language feels good, it makes life more interesting, it is good for the brain.
By starting young we give our children a better chance of success.