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 Two – Berto, the Wonderful Soccer Player

Instead of going to school, Paula and I can play soccer.  Yes, I am a wonderful soccer player.  I have more talent than Lionel Messi.  I play soccer every day, ten hours a day.  I play soccer in the morning.  I play soccer in the afternoon.  I play soccer at night.  Yes, it is true.

Paula and I go to a soccer stadium in Madrid.  The stadium is famous and is named the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.  We don’t go in a car and we don’t go on a bicycle.  We don’t go on a bus and we don’t go in a taxi.  That is boring.  We go in a limousine.  Yes, we go in a big, giant, red, green, yellow, purple, and blue limousine.  Yes, it is true.

There are a lot of people at the stadium.  The players of the Real Madrid soccer team are at the stadium.  The Real Madrid soccer team is a very good soccer team.  It is my favorite team.  Many Spanish people like soccer.  It is a wonderful sport.  Soccer is as popular in Spain as baseball is in the United States.

Suddenly I see a player from Real Madrid.  His name is Raul.

I tell him, “Hi, how are you? I am Berto Ramirez Rodriquez.  This is my best friend, Paula Gonzalez Garcia.  I am a wonderful soccer player.  I play soccer every day, ten hours a day.  I want to be on the Real Madrid soccer team.  I want to be a famous soccer player.”

Raul answers me, “This is fantastic.  But first you have to go to school.  You have to do your homework.  You have to work.  School is very important.”

I look at Paula.  I look at Paula because I don’t understand.  School is not important.  School is boring and horrible and terrible.  Why does Raul think school is important”  It is absurd.

Well, instead of going to the stadium, instead of being professional soccer players….Paula and I can….


  1.  What do Paula and Berto do instead of going to school?
  2. Is Berto a good soccer player?
  3. How many hours a day does Berto play soccer?
  4. Where do Paula and Berto go to play soccer?
  5. What is the name of the famous soccer stadium in Madrid?
  6. Do they go to the stadium by car?
  7. How do they go to the stadium?
  8. Who is at the stadium?
  9. What is Berto’s favorite soccer team?
  10. What is the most popular sport in Spain?

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 (
First Edition published June, 2013.
Copyright 2013 by Blaine Ray.  All rights reserved.  No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by an information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from Blaine Ray.