Sesame Street
David tries to learn Spanish
Air date December 30, 1974
Season Season 6 (1974-1975)
Sponsors A, B, 9
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 At Hooper's Store, David tells Luis and Maria that he wants to hear Spanish spoken all day today so he can learn the language. He gets confused when they disagree about the Spanish words for blanket and orange, since they both come from different Spanish-speaking regions.
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is sad, because it's raining and he can't play baseball. Bert encourages him to imagine that he's playing instead. In Ernie's imagination, he hits a high fly ball that lands in the ocean. Bert tells Ernie that the sun is out, and he can go out and play now. Ernie says that he can't play -- his ball fell in the ocean.
(First: Episode 0410)
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Cartoon I Thought a Thought ... about circles.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0247)
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Cartoon I Thought a Thought ... about circles. (Spanish)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0434)
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Film A small ball encounters figures of fish, which it then imagines as real-life fish.
(First: Episode 0660)
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Cartoon A man displays the capital and lowercase A, and explains what an alligator is.
(First: Episode 0006)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: A for Ape
(First: Episode 0006)
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Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Lions walk down a trail.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0367)
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Muppets Snow White accidentally visits the cottage of the six dwarves.
(First: Episode 0279)
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SCENE 2 Luis and Maria continue speaking Spanish to David in hopes that he'll pick up the language. They order a sandwich, and David learns the meaning of “no comprendo”.
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Muppets Story: "The Geefle and the Gonk"
The Geefle and the Gonk, two aliens, learn how to cooperate and gather nectarines together.
(First: Episode 0452)
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Film Scenes of individuals running from around the world.
(First: Episode 0605)
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Film Sesame Street Animal Films: The walrus
(First: Episode 0296)
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Cartoon A story about an ape and a bird, using the letter A.
Artist: John Paratore
(First: Episode 0158)
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Cartoon A for Ape (who crashes into a tree and forms a SHAPE)
(First: Episode 0602)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit and Joey sing "The Alphabet Song."
(First: Episode 0426)
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Cartoon A dog pulls its master, who keeps begging "STOP!" until they reach the word STOP.
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Cast No matter how you arrange these nine people, they're still nine people.
(First: Episode 0413)
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Cartoon "Martian Beauty" has nine hairs, nine bows, nine eyes, nine nostrils, nine arms, and nine toes.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0316)
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie has a so-called "magic" chain which can form into any shape he wants. Bert is dismissive of the chain's magic properties. And yet, when Bert asks for the chain to provide a sandwich, it does.
(First: Episode 0617)
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SCENE 3 David has written a sentence in Spanish to tell Maria. He puts the paper down and knocks on her door, but while his back is turned, Big Bird picks up the paper and walks away. When Maria answers the door, David forgets the sentence and looks foolish. Big Bird comes back and reads the Spanish sentence to Maria (“Let's go for a soda”), and she accepts his invitation.
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Cast Susan, Luis, Tom, and Gordon sing "The AT Family Song" with the words hat, bat, mat, and cat.
(First: Episode 0329)
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Cartoon Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes uses two water buckets to show empty and full. She inadvertently empties some water on a monster, who dumps the bucket on her head.
(First: Episode 0148)
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Film Two glasses are filled with fluid, but one glass overflows as a hand keeps pouring into it. The same thing happens using salt shakers and bowls of nuts. Finally, the glasses are filled again, only one glass barely fills up as fluid is poured into it. The camera pulls out, revealing the glass is filling into another one below, which overflows as before.
(First: Episode 0576)
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Animation Sand A/a
(First: Episode 0628)
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Film Stop! (kids dancing)
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0681)
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Cartoon A race announcer doubles as the man who holds up the START and STOP sign.
(First: Episode 0623)
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Muppets The Amazing Mumford waves his magic wand over a transparent glass cookie jar and makes the jar become full of cookies and then empty (over and over) as an anxious Cookie Monster watches.
(First: Episode 0287)
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Film Sesame Street Animal Films: A young baboon sits on the back of their parent as they cross the plain.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0299)
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SCENE 4 David, having heard nothing but Spanish from Maria and Luis today, misses being able to talk to someone in English. He knocks on Oscar's can, and Oscar yells at him in Spanish!
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Muppets Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats sing "Count it Higher."
(First: Episode 0553)
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Cartoon A man creates an avalanche on the letter A. (shown in Spanish, then English)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0132)
Spanish – (First: Episode 0371)
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Muppets Ernie & BertPart 1: Ernie is holding a banana in his ear. Bert tries to tell Ernie that he has a banana in his ear, but Ernie can't hear him because he has a banana in his ear.
(First: Episode 0258)
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Cartoon An ape escapes from the A train and heads over to a birthday party.
(First: Episode 0293)
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Muppets Part 2: Ernie reveals that he has a banana in his ear in order to keep the alligators away. He uses Bert's denial of any alligators on Sesame Street as proof that his method works.
(First: Episode 0258)
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Cartoon Three chickens eat grain, and become full, fuller and fullest.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0506)
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SCENE 5 Maria runs into David studying a Spanish dictionary. While glancing at it, he sings "Tu Me Gustas."
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Cartoon At the beach, the Bee Bee and the Barker family greet each other while saying their names that begin with the letter B.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0627)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: B for Bug
(First: Episode 0137)
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Muppets Grover demonstrates how a phone booth is used, but it becomes crowded when he receives a call asking for "Mondipoorg."
(First: Episode 0654)
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Film "Nine Song (Song of Nine)"
(First: Episode 0016)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge (all the dots turn red)
(First: Episode 0001)
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Cartoon Big Daniel Boone looks for a bear.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0627)
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SCENE 6 At Hooper's, David finally understands the Spanish of Luis, Big Bird and Maria. He puts up a “Se habla español” sign in the window, but then he gets a phone call from a Spanish-speaking customer that he can't comprende. He gives the phone to Luis, and tears down the sign in frustration. The sponsors are announced in Spanish.


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