Beginners’ Spanish: Getting around
Beginners’ Spanish: Getting around

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Beginners’ Spanish: Getting around

10.2 Part B

10.2.1 Test your reading skills

Read the following text and say whether the statements after it are true or false.

¿Verdadero o falso?

La Serena, Chile, es una ciudad preciosa y la segunda ciudad más antigua de Chile. Está en la costa del Océano Pacífico, en el norte de Chile. Es la capital de la región de Coquimbo. Hay muchas iglesias y muchas torres. En el centro de la ciudad los edificios son elegantes construcciones de estilo colonial. También tiene una playa bonita y en verano hay muchos turistas chilenos y argentinos. En la Plaza de Armas se encuentran los edificios oficiales, la catedral y la oficina de correos. El mercado de la Recova y sus restaurantes de mariscos están a solo diez minutos de la plaza.

(a) Todas las casas son modernas y no hay edificios antiguos.
(b) Es una ciudad universitaria en el sur de Chile.
(c) El mercado está cerca de la Plaza de Armas.

Actividad 10.2


  • (a)  Falso. ( “la segunda ciudad más antigua de Chile” ; “ los edificios son … de estilo colonial” ).

  • (b)  Falso. ( “ Está … en el norte de Chile” ).

  • (c)  Verdadero. ( “ El mercado [está] a solo diez minutos de la plaza ” ).

Revision A good technique for retaining information is to note down the key words. These are the terms, dates and names that summarize what has been said. Try to do this with any of the reading or listening passages (e.g. the documentary) that you have come across. When you see these words again, they will remind you of the information around them.

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