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!

La Monumental Rosca de Reyes de Zacatecas: Story and Activities (preterite versus imperfect) (culture: holiday celebrations)

rosca title page imageMain Street is closed for the whole city to enjoy 2 kilometers of cakes! Yes, this really happened! I came upon this scene January 7th of last year in Zacatecas, Mexico, and have been wanting to share this fun celebration the day after Día de Reyes with my students ever since. The result: this read-along video story (narrated by a native speaker from Zacatecas) and accompanying handout for story-based activities. I hope you will find it useful to incorporate into a unit on holidays, for targeted practice for preterite versus imperfect, and/or as a reading comprehension activity.

The following activity sheet features 5 components:

  • Vocabulario – quick prep for understanding key words in the story

  • Comprehensión de lectura

  • Conversación y escritura– retelling the narration to solidify comprehension and practice narration in the past tense

  • Gramática – Preterite versus imperfect cloze activity

  • Conexiones y culturas – internet search for other celebrations and written description of other ways Día de Reyes is celebrated

Download the PDF here! Rosca story activity sheets (2 pages)

Here´s the video…

And here´s a PDF with just the text of the story: La Monumental Rosca de Reyes de Zacatecas Printable Story

Also, teachers, if you would like to download this story as a Powerpoint or a PDF for a printable book for your classroom, I have uploaded a bundle on Teachers Pay Teachers! Click here!

Any feedback is welcome in the comments!