It is so important to find great quality learning material when you start to learn any foreign language. I know just how boring and long winded many of the textbooks are from my experience learning English and the main aim of my website is to provide a wide variety of material to help you study Spanish in a fun and interesting way. My Parallel Texts course is a series of English Spanish translations of guides to all the major cities in Spain. Today we have the fifth and final part about Sevilla. I hope you have enjoyed all of the other posts about Sevila and I wish you every success in your studies. Tip: Study Spanish little and often and if you are feeling bored or distracted take a break. If you are still uninspired when you return, hunt out some more interesting learning material! Learning a language shouldn’t be a chore, it should be great fun!! This lesson is part of the Spanish English Parallel Texts Course and all of the lessons in this course are available completely FREE.

Parallel Texts Sevilla Parte 5 Personajes famosos

In Spanish:

El individualista pintor barroco Diego Velázquez nació en Sevilla el 6 de junio de 1599. Él fue el artista principal en la corte del rey Felipe IV y de la Edad de Oro de España, un período de florecimiento de las artes y la literatura en España. Pintó numerosos retratos de la familia real española. “Las Meninas” (1656) es ampliamente reconocido como su obra maestra. La obra de Velázquez fue un modelo para los pintores realistas e impresionistas de principios del siglo XIX, como Manet. Más recientemente su obra ha sido recreada en homenaje a pintores tan famosos como Picasso, Dalí y Bacon. Hay una prominente estatua de Velázquez situada en frente del Museo del Prado de Madrid, y realizada en 1899 por el escultor segoviano Aniceto Marinas.

El poeta del siglo XX Antonio Machado nació en Sevilla en 1875 y fue una de las figuras literarias más influyentes del período de la Guerra Española-Americana (1898). La actriz y cantante Carmen Sevilla, nació en Sevilla en 1930 y en su carrera posterior se convirtió en una presentadora de televisión muy popular. La cantante Isabel Pantoja nació en Sevilla en 1956, sacó a la venta numerosos álbumes con un estilo claramente andaluz y le dio a la prensa española una fuente inagotable de noticias jugosas girando principalmente en torno a sus relaciones con el torero “Paquirri”: Francisco Rivera Pérez, el cual murió en la plaza de toros de Córdoba y el alcalde de Marbella Julián Muñoz, que fue declarado culpable de corrupción y sentenciado a la cárcel en 2007.

Farruquito es un famoso bailarín sevillano, algunos famosos futbolistas sevillanos son José Antonio Reyes, Sergio Ramos, Antonio Puerta (que murió en 2007) y Carlos Marchena y algunos políticos sevillanos son Felipe González, Presidente del Gobierno de España desde 1982 a 1996, y Alfonso Guerra, vicepresidente de 1982 a 1991.

In English:

The individualist Baroque painter Diego Velázquez was born in Sevilla on June 6, 1599. He was the main artist in the court of King Philip IV and the leading artist of Spain’s “Golden Age”, a period of flourishing arts and literature in Spain. He painted numerous portraits of the Spanish royal family. “Las Meninas” (1656) is widely recognised as his masterpiece. Velázquez’s work was a model for the realist and impressionist painters of the early nineteenth century, such as Manet. More recently his work has been recreated in tribute by such famous names as Picasso, Dali and Bacon. There is a prominent statue of Velázquez located in front of Madrid’s Prado Museum, made in 1899 by Segovian sculptor Aniceto Marinas.

20th Century poet Antonio Machado was born in Seville in 1875 and was one of the most influential literary figures of the Spanish-American War period (1898). Actress and singer Carmen Sevilla was born in Seville in 1930 and in her later career became a very popular TV presenter. Singer Isabel Pantoja was born in Seville in 1956, released numerous distinctively Andalusian sounding albums and gave the Spanish media an endless supply of juicy news stories revolving primarily around her relationships with bullfighter “Paquirri”: Francisco Rivera Pérez, who died in the Córdoba bullring and Marbella Mayor Julián Muñoz who was convicted of corruption and sentenced to jail in 2007.

Sevillian dancers include Farruquito, Sevillian footballers include José Antonio Reyes, Sergio Ramos, Antonio Puerta and Carlos Marchena and Sevillian politicians include Felipe González, President of the Government of Spain from 1982 to 1996, and Alfonso Guerra, vice president from 1982 to 1991.

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