Another team took the following notes after watching the Colombia video, in case they were asked anything about the country. Let’s take a look at them and think about how we can use them to help in our writing.


Datos importantes para mí del video:  
  • 32 departamentos, Bogotá la capital
  • Simón Bolivar, muy importante en la historia de Latinoamérica. El Libertador, contra Napoleon y el reino español
  • mucha agricultura - la caña de azucar, el café
  • festivales y ferías -- fería de Cali, fería de flores, Carnaval
  • Gabriel García Márquez - muy famoso, escritor, Cien años de soledad
Here, the team noted facts that stood out for them. Notice, they took short notes in Spanish using simple words.
Palabras nuevas para mi del video:  
  • precolombinas (¿qué significa? - before Columbus)
  • fería (festival, holiday)
  • la cumbia, el vallenato, el joropo, el bambuco, la salsa (bailes y música)
  • el realismo mágico (magical realism, the literary style of García Márquez)
This was a space where the team wrote down any new words for them, and definitions/meanings if they knew what they were.
  • ¿Por qué Simon Bolivar didn’t like Napoleon?
  • How many personas go to Carnaval en Barranquilla every year?
The team wrote some questions that came up for them, using both Spanish and English to get their question down.
OJO: This is one way that you could organize and take notes. It is a suggestion. Notes like this are a great starting point for writing longer responses. It gives you some Spanish words to get started, and while this team wrote their questions partly in Spanish and partly in English - it gives them focused words to look up in their dictionaries so that they aren't translating entire sentences.