S210 Second-Year Spanish Composition F. Jehle

Assignment: The Imperfect

Assignment:

     I used to travel a great deal and meet a great number of people. (Of all those thousands of individuals, one stands out in my memory as being exceptional.) His name was Jorge Manuel Ortega, and his appearance was rather ordinary. He was about 40 years old, was of average height, and wore a moustache. He worked for a company in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. (When I arrived in San Luis,) he was also teaching Spanish conversation to Indiana students. He had been teaching for more than three years, and it was easy to see why Indiana University employed him: he was dynamic. He didn't speak rapidly (at least in the presence of students), nor did he shout or talk about grandiose matters. Instead, he would chat about every-day things and would always show a deep interest in everyone. He treated all of us with respect, made us feel like real people; in return, we loved him.

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     It was Friday the 13th, (two weeks before Halloween,) and my friend and I wanted to do something exciting. (Suddenly it occurred on us; we would spend the night at the Alucard House. When we arrived,) It was midnight. A storm was approaching and from time to time we would see lightning in the west. The house was very old; it had been vacant for about ten years. Many of the windows were broken, and tall weeds surrounded the place. The door was wide open. Upon entering, we could see that dust covered everything. I *should have said “almost everything”, because in the dining room the table and one chair were perfectly clean. As we went down the stairs to investigate the basement, you [one] could hear the sound of the doors which were slowly closing behind us and leaving us trapped...

     *“Should have”: The imperfect of deber (plus de plus an infinitive) can be used here.



Caja de Agua (SLP). Una de las más bellas obras que produjo el neoclásico mexicano. Aquí venía a dar el agua de la Cañada del Lobo, mediante un largo acueducto con algunas fuentes intermedias. Se inauguró en 1833. Por su belleza es el símbolo con el que se identifica la ciudad. (http://www.slp.gob.mx/)
     El estado de San Luis Potosí se encuentra en el centro de la República Mexicana. La capital del estado —que también se llama San Luis Potosí— se encuentra a 424 km (262 mi) al norte de la Ciudad de México. El estado cuenta con una población total de 2.200.763 habitantes; en su capital, encontramos una población de alrededor de 800.000 habitantes. La ciudad cumplió 400 años de fundada en 1992. La vegetación del estado tiene una diversidad impresionante; pasa desde el desierto hasta el bosque tropical (“rain forest”). Esta diversidad se debe a las diferentes alturas que presenta el estado y sus diferentes climas. Hay importantes minas en el Cerro de San Pedro (en las afueras de SLP) y Charcas (mina que ha permanecido activa desde sus inicios en los 1500) y luego en Real de Catorce. Así San Luis Potosí tuvo su época de oro (y plata). Hoy se puede observar esa época de riquezas cuando se camina por el hermoso centro histórico de la ciudad; ahí encontramos Palacios e imponentes iglesias que hacen de San Luis Potosí una joya del barroco mexicano.

Adaptado de “San Luis Potosí y el Ecoturismo: Estrategia de Desarrollo Sostenible” por Ricardo del Blanco (http://www.planeta.com/planeta/99/0799slp.html).

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