Berto and His Good Ideas – by Magaly Rodriguez (Basic Level) Translated by Blaine Ray
For true beginners.  Short and easy and very amusing.

Berto is an eleven-year-old boy who lives in Madrid, Spain.  His best friend is Paquita.  Poor Berto has one big problem.  He does not like school.  He does not like to study.  He does not like to do homework.  Besides, his teachers are really strange.

Fortunately, Berto has a lot of good ideas.  He thinks of many fun and exciting things to do rather than going to school.  His good ideas include visiting a soccer stadium and an art museum with his friend Paquita.  Berto also thinks about eating delicious pastries at a bakery and rowing a boat in a park.  Berto thinks these are good ideas.  In fact, he thinks they are great ideas.  Are they really?

Chapter One – School is boring, Horrible, Terrible…

Hi!  How are you?  I am Berto.  Berto Ramirez Rodriguez.  I am a boy.  I am eleven years old.  I am short.  I have brown hair and brown eyes.  I am very smart and very good looking.  That’s right, I am very smart and very good looking.  I am smarter than Albert Einstein and better looking than Brad Pitt.  Yes, it is true.

This is my friend.  Her name is Paula.  Paula Gonzalez Garcia.  She is my best friend.  Paula also is eleven years old.  She is tall and blond.  She has blond hair and green eyes.  She isn’t pretty.  Well, she isn’t ugly but she is not as good looking as I am.

I am a student in a small school in Madrid, Spain.  Madrid is the capital of Spain.  I have a lot of different teachers.  My Spanish teacher’s name is Miss Pretty.  She is boring.  She talks a lot.  She talks and talks and talks.  She talks for forty-five minutes without stopping.

My math teacher’s name is Miss Small.  She is also very boring.  She doesn’t talk very much.  She yells a lot.  She yells and yells and yells.  She yells for forty-five minutes without stopping.

My history teacher’s name is Mister Flower.  He is very interesting.  He doesn’t talk very much and he doesn’t yell very much.  He sings a lot.  He sings and sings and sings.  He sings forty-five minutes every day without stopping.

The most interesting teacher I have is my science teacher.  His name is Mr. Stuart.  He doesn’t talk and he doesn’t yell and he doesn’t sing.  He sleeps.  He sleeps and sleeps and sleeps.  He sleeps forty-five minutes every day without stopping.  Yes, it is true.

I have a lot of friends in my school.  I am eleven years old.  I don’t have eleven friends.  No, I have a hundred friends.  No, I have a thousand friends at school.  I have a friend named Juan.  He is funny and nice.  I have another friend named Pablo.  He is intelligent and serious.  I also have a friend named Isabel.  She is disorganized and full of energy.  But Paula is my favorite friend.  She is my best friend.  I like to spend time with my friends.  I like to play with my friends.  Yes, it is true.

But, I don’t like school.  I don’t like to study.  I don’t like to do homework.  I don’t like to work.  I like to play.  I like to play soccer.  I like to play tennis.  I also like to play basketball.  Yes, I like to play but I don’t like to work.  School is not fun.  School is boring and horrible and terrible.  Yes, it is true.

Paula also thinks that school is boring.  She thinks that homework is boring.  She thinks tests are boring.  She thinks teachers are boring.  She thinks everything is boring and horrible and terrible.  Yes, it is true.

There is a big problem.  My Mom and my Dad think that school is very important.  They think homework is important.  They think tests are important.  They also think school is fun.  How horrible.  They think school is more fun than Disney World.  They think school is very important.  They think school is more important than oxygen.  Yes, it is true.

So every day of the week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) I have to go to school.  I have to do homework.  I have to study.  How boring!

Paula also has to go to school.  She has to do homework.  She has to study.  She has to work.  How terrible!

But, I have an idea.  I have a good idea.  No, I have a lot of good ideas.  I have a hundred good ideas, a thousand good ideas, a million good ideas….

Instead of going to school…..Instead of doing homework….Instead of studying….Instead of working….Paula and I can….


Questions:

  1.  What is the name of the boy?
  2. How old is he?
  3. Is he short or tall?
  4. What color is his hair?
  5. What color are his eyes?
  6. Is Berto smart?
  7. Is Berto good looking?
  8. What is the name of Berto’s friend?
  9. How old is Berto’s favorite friend?
  10. Is she short or tall?
  11. What color is her hair?
  12. What color are her eyes?
  13. Who is better looking, Berto or Paula?
  14. Where is Berto’s school?
  15. What is the capital of Spain?
  16. What is the name of Berto’s Spanish teacher?
  17. What does Berto’s Spanish teacher do for forty-five minutes without stopping?
  18. What is the name of Berto’s math teacher?
  19. What is the name of Berto’s science teacher?
  20. Who is Berto’s most interesting teacher?
  21. What does Mr. Stuart do for forty-five minutes without stopping?
  22. Does Berto like school?
  23. Does Berto think school is boring or interesting?
  24. What does Paula think about school?
  25. What do Berto’s parents think about school?

Berto and His Good Ideas is published by:
Blaine Ray Workshops, which features TPR Storytelling products and related materials.
Command Performance Language Institute, which features Total Physical Response products and other fine products related to language acquisition and teaching.
Cover art by Pol (www.polanimation.com)
First Edition published June, 2013.
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