En mis tiempos, bloquear a alguien era bloquear a todos (imperfecto) (la “a” personal)

bloquear. imperfecto

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¿Te caigo mal? (Verbos GUSTAR)

caer mal

* Use caer bien / caer mal in terms of liking or disliking a person.

(If you use GUSTAR to express liking a person, it tends to have romantic connotations, as in you “like like” them).

*Importar is used to express that something matters to you, that you care about it.

* “Caer bien / caer mal” and “importar” work like GUSTAR verbs.

Fun descriptions with SER writing activity: ¡Mentirosos!

Mentirosos activity handoutMy Spanish 1 students are working on descriptions with SER right now, and I’m always trying to find ways to switch up the usual “¿Cómo eres?” activities for practicing personal descriptions.

In this activity, Peter Griffin and Voldemort are “mentirosos” who have written very inaccurate dating profiles.

Students first re-write each profile to make it more accurate, and then write a new profile for a character of their choice. Correcting the profiles first serves as a model for writing the last profile on their own.

Finally, students swap to share their (often comical) character profiles and peer edit.

Peter Griffin and Voldemort are very recognizable for my college-age students, but the characters could be changed to best suit your students’ interests.

Here is a link to the printable PDF of the handout:

Descriptions. Mentirosos Handout Peter Griffin Voldemort

If you use this activity with your students, I’d love to hear how it went in the comments!

Song activity: “Que te besen” – Aterciopelados (subjuntivo)

aterciopelados.jpgThis beautiful song is perfect for practicing using the subjunctive for expressing wishes/hopes.

Also, the creativity in the metaphors gives students plenty to interpret (I have them work in small groups) while expanding their vocabulary. At the end of this activity sheet, students can put that creativity to practice by writing another verse to the song.

I posted an earlier, much simpler version of this song activity back in 2012, but here is an improved activity sheet with the discussion questions on the actual handout.

Download the PDF activity sheet here: “Que te besen” Aterciopelados UPDATED activity sheet

And the PDF answer key here: Que te besen Aterciopelados UPDATED answer key

Enjoy the video!

Spanish Conversation Cards (Free PDF)

spanish conversation cards picture I’m hosting the Spanish conversation table at my new university (exciting!) and made these cards for newcomers who might feel nervous to strike up a conversation.

There are 2 cards per page, so I cut each page in half and laminated each card.

These are very basic conversation cards because our table is open to everyone, including absolute beginners. 

Download the printable PDF here:

Spanish Conversation Cards PDF

If you have any materials you use at your Spanish Conversation Table, feel free to share a link in the comments!

Also, if you use these cards, I’d love to know where you’re from and how it went!