I just came across this hilarious meme and decided to make my own version with an added vaca hispanoparlante. At first it just made me laugh, but then realized it could be a starter for a verb-inventing game for beginners.
The objective, in addition to mastering present verb conjugations, is to develop metalinguistic awareness about how verbs conjugations work and the processes by which new verbs are created/adopted into a language.
Even though “chick-fil-ar” is a silly example, we know that new verbs are created in this same way! Googlear, tuitear, etc. (To follow this pattern, it should be chicfilear, right?)
Let me know in the comments if your students come up with any good, new verbs!
My 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: