Mexican Pizza : Lively Conversations in Spanish [VHS]

9780916289171: Mexican Pizza : Lively Conversations in Spanish [VHS]

Train your ear as you follow the spontaneous conversation of a group of vivacious students. Several University of Guanajuato students stroll to an outdoor cafe, where they order pizza, tell jokes, and talk about their lives. Eduardo works with tourists and plays soccer. Claudia loves to write and talk. Victor is in a dance group. Lucia plays basketball and is learning guitar. Luis is a movie buff. Judith loves romantic music. Lucila surprises the others with what she discloses. Francisco likes to roam the streets with friends.

This video is a tool for learning Spanish as people really speak it. You can watch one of the six sections, then read the Spanish transcript and English translation in the accompanying booklet. When you watch the section again, notice how much more you can follow.

This program is intended for individual travelers and is also suitable for classroom use, at intermediate and advanced levels. VHS, 24 minutes. Booklet included.

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From the Contributor:

This program came about in an interesting way. My wife and I were in Mexico shooting another program (Student Life in Mexico, also available from and we happened to meet an American woman who taught English to university students in Guanajuato, a charming small city. She invited us to her class, where I videotaped the students as they practiced their English. We were very impressed with the sparkle and enjoyment of life that these students radiated, and we talked about how much American students would enjoy getting to know them. From there it was just one step to the idea of the program. The teacher helped us pick some of her students who spoke clearly.

The program was shot in one afternoon, and the resourcefulness of the students came in very handy. We gave them a general idea of what we wanted, but there was no script. We began in a quiet neighborhood and then walked through city streets to a pizza place we had checked out earlier. When we got there, it was filled with Russians! They were from a dance troupe that would perform that evening at the local opera house. But we didn't think a Russian background would enhance our Spanish video. The students suggested an outdoor pizzeria that was in a quiet plaza closed to cars, and that is where we finished the program.

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