Modales en la mesa a nivel internacional: Actividad cultural para practicar los mandatos informales

Modales EspañaLos 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
  • Practice vocabulary about food & the table
  • Make cultural connections about table manners

First, conjugate the verbs in this handout: Modales Internacionales Handout

Next, check your answers and discuss the cultural customs in more detail in this Powerpoint presentation: Modales Internacionales Powerpoint

Share your reflections and what you´ve learned in the questions at the bottom of the handout. Do you think any of these tips for international table manners will come in handy someday?

Modales México

The images in the presentation were adapted for educational purposes from an infographic & article by Huffingtion Post España.

Also, thank you to the Teaching & Learning Spanish Blog Facebook Page for sharing the Huffington Post article.

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Y cuéntame, ¿qué tal ha estado tu día? (mandatos informales + pronombre, presente perfecto)

cuentame. mandatos. pres perfI think this would be great for a warm-up activity to review present perfect. Students can answer the hamster!

Wait, is that a hamster? or guinea pig? ¡Tendré que pedirles a los estudiantes!

¿Es un hámster o conejillo de Indias? ¿Has tenido un hámster o conejillo de Indias como mascota? ¿Qué tipo de mascotas has tenido?