With this video and guided notes, learners will use a graphic organizer to categorize common Irregular Preterite Verbs in Spanish.
They will practice conjugating the verbs in example sentences and understand how verbs such as «saber, querer, and poder» are used in the preterite to refer to specific, completed actions in the past.
This introductory activity prepares learners to use irregular preterite verbs. I use it for my online classes, and it could be a nice resource for a flipped classroom or to provide extra student support as well.
If you use these materials, I would love to hear how it goes in the comments!
Have you ever found it difficult to tell the words apart when you’re listening to authentic Spanish? When you’re speaking, do you feel that your words just don’t flow like they’re supposed to?
Practicing with word linking, understanding how sounds combine to link words together, can really help you improve in these areas!
In this video, we’ll explain some examples of word linking. Samuel, a native Spanish-speaker from Zacatecas, Mexico, will pronounce the examples several times at a faster and faster pace. Practice listening and try saying the examples along with him!
With consistent practice, you WILL make progress over time! Keep listening to authentic Spanish in ways you enjoy and are meaningful to you.
Let us know if you have any questions or video suggestions in the comments!
This activity is designed for beginning learners to get introduced to regular preterite verb conjugations while practicing with vocabulary for food & drinks. It also invites students to learn more about Puerto Rican food.
The first half of the video introduces regular preterite verb conjugations for -ar & -er/ir verbs. It also explains “spelling change” verbs (-CAR, -GAR, -ZAR –> -QUÉ, GUÉ, CÉ) with the examples llegar – yo llegué and pagar – yo pagué.
Note: This activity does not include any irregular or stem-changing verbs.
The read-along story begins at minute 5:48 of the video. It is narrated by a Spanish-speaker from Zacatecas, México.
The free PDF activity sheet features prompts for pre- and post-viewing discussion, charts & brief questions about regular preterite conjugations based on the video, and a cloze activity with the story.
Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
If you use this with your students, I´d love to hear how it goes!
Algunas fechas importantes en la historia del mundo hispano: Una actividad para practicar los años y el pretérito
In this video lesson, we begin with how to say years in Spanish. Next, we practice while learning about some of the many important dates in the history of the Spanish speaking world. We´ll also practice preterit verb forms while we talk about these historical feats.
Los mandatos informales, informal «tú» commands, can be a bit challenging at first because you must remember to conjugate the verb differently depending on whether the command is affirmative (Yes! Do it! ¡Sí! ¡Hazlo!) or negative (No! Don´t do it! ¡No! ¡No lo hagas!) This cultural presentation will take you on a journey of table manners around the world while practicing affirmative versus negative tú commands.
Practice conjugating affirmative and negative tú commands
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Update: A typo in the handout has been corrected (10-8-2018)!
Update: This post has been changed & updated to include the video lesson (5-21-2020)! We re-posted to the front page of the blog for visibility without deleting the previous link for those who may have saved it.