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 Three – Berto and the Magnificient Museum

Instead of going to school…Instead of playing soccer…Paula and I can go to the Reina Sofia Museum.  Yes, I am very artistic.  I like to paint.  I like to draw.  I like to color.  The Reina Sofia Museum is perfect for me.

The Reina Sofia Museum is very famous here in Spain.  It is like the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  We don’t go to the museum in a car or on a bicycle.  We don’t go on a bus or in a taxi.  We walk.  We walk because the museum is very close.  We walk to the museum because it is a beautiful day.  It isn’t hot and it isn’t cold.  It isn’t raining and it isn’t snowing.  It is sunny.  It is a beautiful day.

There are a lot of people in the museum.  There are a hundred people.  No, there are a thousand people.  No, there are a million people.  Yes, there are a million people in the museum.  Yes, it is true.

There are many paintings at the museum.  There are big paintings.  There are small paintings.  There are pretty paintings.  There are ugly paintings.  There are good paintings.  There are bad paintings.  It is incredible.  There are paintings by Pablo Picasso.  There are also paintings by Salvador Dali and Joan Miro.  Picasso and Dali are my favorites.  They have a lot of talent but I have even more talent.  In Spanish class, the teacher has paintings by Picasso and Dali.  I really like them.  Yes, it is true.

Paula and I walk through the Reina Sofia Museum.  We walk and we walk and we walk and we walk.  We walk for five hours.  We walk so much that my feet hurt.  They really hurt.  They hurt so much that I start to cry.  Yes, I start to cry because my feet hurt so much.  I think my feet are going to explode because we walk so much.

Paula looks at me and says to me, “Berto, I like the Reina Sofia Museum.  In school the teacher talks about Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and many other famous painters.  It is very interesting.  I like the museum but you are crying.  You are crying a lot.  Your feet are going to explode.  It is a good idea to go home.”

I respond to her, “Yes, Paula, it is true.”


  1.  Where do Berto and Paula go instead of going to school or playing soccer?
  2. Who is artistic?
  3. Is the Reina Sofia Museum famous in Spain?
  4. How do Berto and Paula go to the museum?
  5. Do Berto and Paula ride a bike to the museum?
  6. Is it sunny?
  7. What kind of day is it?
  8. Who is at the museum?
  9. How long do Berto and Paula walk?
  10. Who are the famous painters in the Reina Sofia Museum?

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.
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