Navigating an Episode
Each of the twenty-two episodes of "Mi Vida Loca" follows basically the same layout. So let's take episode six as an example of how to navigate one episode.
The episodes of "Mi Vida Loca" can all be accessed from the main page. A small picture represents each episode, and is accompanied by two links: the link above the photo takes you to the actual episode, while the link below the picture takes you to a variety of supporting activities that will help you with grammar, vocabulary building and language practice.
So you choose episode six. You first click on the upper link, "Un Regalo," You are the main character in this video episode, and you find yourself interacting with different characters as the story progresses. At this point, there is dialog in Spanish, but also narrative in English, so you can follow along even if you're a complete beginner at Spanish. The great thing about having visuals is that even when you don't know the Spanish words, you can figure them out from what you see in the video. Also, Spanish and English subtitles (optional) appear at the bottom of the screen. When you've finished watching this episode-- in which you observed a café, an apartment, a market, and people's interactions in all these places--you can spend some time doing activities that reinforce what you've watched.
To do some activities that accompany episode six, click on the link below the picture, "Learn to buy a present." A new webpage will open and will tell you what this lesson basically covers: "Go over the numbers 1-15 and get some more practice on listening to prices and ticket information. Test yourself on plurals and try filling in a transcript from the episode. This section takes roughly 15 minutes to complete." So now you know not only what you can expect to learn in this episode, but also how long it will take you.
After previewing what you'll learn, you can choose Grammar, Vocabulary and Practice. Start with vocabulary. Not only do you see the words written in Spanish, but you also see and hear a teacher explaining how the words are pronounced. You can listen to all the vocabulary words and practice them. Then move on to the Grammar tab; in this particular lesson, you'll be taught how to make singular and plural forms of nouns, as well as of course having an opportunity to try out what you've learned. Finally, click on the Practice tab, where you'll get to complete several activities (crossword puzzle, fill-in-the-blanks, matching) that will help firm up the words you've learned.