WORKING ON INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES ABOUT JUAN CARLOS AND FELIPE
"76-year-old monarch says it's time for a younger generation to take over as he announces
plan to step down amid health woes and financial scandals."
EXERCISE #1: Link the words on the left with the right meaning on the right
To take over problema
To step down tomar el mando
amid dimitir, dejar el cargo
"As it happened: Spanish King Juan Carlos I to abdicate
King of Spain Juan Carlos is abdicating
Crown Prince Felipe is to take over the throne
A constitutional amendment will be proposed to allow the abdication to happen
The 76-year-old has had health problems in recent years
His popularity has fallen following corruption scandals and gaffes"
EXERCISE #2: Link the words on the left with the right meaning on the right
Key points enmienda
to propose trono
to allow puntos clave
III.- WASHINGTON POST
Here we are going to work on part of an article from the Washington post. I have made some
changes so you will find it easier to read and make the exercises.
Exercise#3: Fill the gaps with the right word: himself/ in favor of/ standing/ coup.
"Spanish king to abdicate throne _________ son."
King Juan Carlos of Spain will abdicate and pass the crown to his son, Crown Prince Felipe. Juan
Carlos, once a popular hero for resisting a military ____________, was losing ground both in
his health and in his ____________ in Spain.
The announcement came Monday morning from Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and
later from Juan Carlos _________.
Exercise#4:translate the following paragraph:
The king said he is abdicating to make way for his son to become the nation’s next monarch so
that a “new generation” can take over. Political analysts believe that the conservative People’s
Party wanted to put the more popular Felipe on the throne to try to combat increasingly anti-
monarchist sentiment, after small leftist and anti-establishment parties did surprisingly well in
last month’s European Parliament election.....
Exercise#5: These are the meaning of some words: vencer, sucesor, sacado de una, marcha,
crisis, personificar. Now, you have to find out which are the words with that meaning in the
Spain’s leader Francisco Franco with his future successor as Prince
Juan Carlos de Borbon, as they watch a military parade in Madrid in
1973 . (AP)
He arrived like something out of a Disney movie and came to
embody the hope of an entire nation.
But even his popularity could not surmount (defeat) Spain’s crippling (incapacitating) economic
slump (depression, crisis), which has left 4.7 million Spaniards unemployed.
IV.- NATIONAL PRESS: PÚBLICO
EXERCISE #6: watch the picture on the right. How many faces are
shown? Write down their names. Then make a sentence for each
one using one of these words in each sentence: dictator, King,
HIMNO DE RIEGO CANTADO POR UN HOMBRE Y UNA MUJER:
CONCENTRACIONES REPUBLICANAS 2, junio 2014
La abdicación se resolverá a través de una Ley Orgánica.