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INTRODUCTION
Gina: Hi everyone, I'm Gina.
Lucia: And I'm Lucia!
Gina: And welcome to Culture Class Essential Spanish Vocabulary, Lesson 11! In this lesson you'll learn five essential words related to geography and nature. These are five well-known Peruvian geographical features, hand picked. You can find a complete list of vocabulary at SpanishPod101.com.
FIVE KEY VOCABULARY ITEMS
Gina: Lucia, what’s our first feature?
Lucia: Huascarán
Gina: Huascarán
Lucia: [slow] Huascarán [regular] Huascarán
Gina: Listeners, please repeat.
Lucia: Huascarán
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gina:
Huascarán is a mountain in the western Andes with the highest point of altitude in the country. It has two peaks with the highest one at 6,768 meters.
Gina: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Lucia: [normal] El Huascarán es la montaña mas alta del Perú.
Gina: “The Huascarán is the highest mountain of Peru.”
Lucia: [slow] El Huascarán es la montaña mas alta del Perú.
Gina: Okay, what’s the next feature?
Lucia: Islas Ballestas
Gina: “Ballestas Islands”
Lucia: [slow] Islas Ballestas [regular] Islas Ballestas
Gina: Listeners, please repeat.
Lucia: Islas Ballestas
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gina:
The Ballestas islands are small rocky islands near Paracas, in Ica province. They are important because of their marine fauna such as animals like the guano bird, blue-footed booby, Humboldt Penguins, sea lions, fur seals, and others.
Gina: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Lucia: [normal] La mayor attracción de visitar las islas Ballestas es observar a la inmensa cantidad de lobos marinos cubriendo las islas.
Gina: “The biggest attraction of visiting the Ballestas islands is watching the great number of sea lions covering the islands.
Lucia: [slow] La mayor attracción de visitar las islas Ballestas es observar a la inmensa cantidad de lobos marinos cubriendo las islas.
Gina: Okay, what’s the next feature?
Lucia: Callejón de Huaylas
Gina: Santa Valley
Lucia: [slow] Callejón de Huaylas [regular] Callejón de Huaylas
Gina: Listeners, please repeat.
Lucia: Callejón de Huaylas
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gina:
Callejón de Huaylas is an inter-Andean valley in the north-central highlands of Peru. It’s located between two mountain ranges forming a unique and beautiful ecosystem with mountains, lakes, rivers, and towns.
Gina: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Lucia: [normal] El Callejón de Huaylas es un estrecho y alargado valle en la cordillera de los Andes.
Gina: “Santa Valley is a narrow and elongated valley in the Andes mountain range.”
Lucia: [slow] El Callejón de Huaylas es un estrecho y alargado valle en la cordillera de los Andes.
Gina: Okay, what’s the next feature?
Lucia: Cañón del Colca
Gina: “Colca Canyon”
Lucia: [slow] Cañón del Colca [regular] Cañón del Colca
Gina: Listeners, please repeat.
Lucia: Cañón del Colca
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gina:
The Colca Canyon is located in the province of Arequipa, and is one of the most visited places in Peru. Recent studies show that the canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world.
Gina: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Lucia: [normal] El cañón del Colca es hogar del cóndor andino.
Gina: “Colca Canyon is the home of the Andean Condor.”
Lucia: [slow] El cañón del Colca es hogar del cóndor andino.
Gina: Okay, what’s the last feature?
Lucia: Meseta del Collao
Gina: High plains of Collao
Lucia: [slow] Meseta del Collao [regular] Meseta del Collao
Gina: Listeners, please repeat.
Lucia: Meseta del Collao
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gina:
This is an extensive high plateau located at an altitude of 3,800 meters. It covers the western part of Bolivia, northern Chile, southern Peru, and northwestern Argentina. It’s important because many ancient civilizations of this region started here.
Gina: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Lucia: [normal] La meseta del Collao es donde se domesticó por primera vez a la papa y a las llamas.
Gina: “The High plains of Collao is where potato and llamas were first domesticated.”
Lucia: [slow] La meseta del Collao es donde se domesticó por primera vez a la papa y a las llamas.
QUIZ
Gina: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the words you just learned? Lucia: will give you the Spanish, and then please say the English meaning out loud! Are you ready?
Lucia: Huascarán
[pause]Gina: Huascarán
Lucia: Islas Ballestas
[pause]Gina: “Ballestas Islands”
Lucia: Callejón de Huaylas
[pause]Gina: Santa Valley
Lucia: Cañón del Colca
[pause]Gina: “Colca Canyon”
Lucia: Meseta del Collao
[pause]Gina: “High plains of Collao”

Outro

Gina: There you have it; five common geographical features in Peru! We have more vocab lists available at SpanishPod101.com, so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, see you next time!
Lucia: Adiós

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