¿Ser o estar?

What acronym can you create to help you remember when to use ser and when to use estar?

Think about all the different sentences we've used that had a form of ser in them. Then, remember all the ways we've discussed and seen sentences that used a form of estar.

What can you create that will help all of us remember when to use each one?

Can you correctly complete these sentences?
Exercise 1: Choose ser or estar, then choose the correct form of the verb.

1. Yo _ español.
2. Ella _ enferma hoy.
3. El juguete _ de plástico.
4. _ el veinte de septiembre.
5. Nosotros _ en Chicago.
6. _ las seis y media.

Exercise 2: Translate into Spanish:

1. Pablo is intelligent.
2. The water is hot.
3. Where are the children?
4. We were good students.
5. It is twelve noon.
6. We are very happy today.
7. They are Mexican.
8. They are in Mexico.
9. She is in the hospital.
10. The hospital is in San Diego.

How you feel and where you are, that is when you use estar

We STILL have a lot of work to do. This week we are going to focus on the differences between ser and estar. First, we have to complete all the reasons for using estar.  Check out the posters below:

After studying the words in the poster on the left, can you identify how each person feels in the poster on the right?  Escribe una frase completa para decir cómo cada persona se siente en el póster a la derecha. Usa la forma correcta del verbo ESTAR y el adjetivo apropiado.  Hay once frases. 

AFTER writing the sentences for the poster above, go to http://www.byki.com/lists/spanish/ch-03-estar-adjectives.html to review almost all of the words in the poster. Then, go to http://printablespanish.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/SerEstarAdjectives1.jpg copy and paste the photo. IF possible, write the answers on the page. IF not, write them by hand on a piece of paper. 

THEN, try this site http://www.trentu.ca/academic/modernlanguages/spanish/masarriba/adjectiveswithestar.html to type in the correct adjective. I think earbuds, headphones, etc. are needed for this site. 


NEW House vocab

For those of you who missed class on FRIDAY, MAY 23, this is the new vocab we are learning. Make sure you watch the two videos posted on another blog (these are about the house). THEN, you are to create your own goanimate video using house and furniture vocab with the prepositions.  The two videos need to be combined into one when you make your video. 


Your next online assignment will be to create a video on www.goanimate.com. We have used this once already this semester, so you should already have an account. IF you can't remember your log in information, either make another account or let them send you an email to reset your password. Please take care of this outside of class.  :)

I am posting two examples of what I want you to make.  #1 http://goanimate.com/videos/0mKjruNsJJBg  and #2  http://goanimate.com/videos/0moWoD47irss .

I need to you to use as much house vocabulary as you possibly can PLUS estar with the prepositions. WOW! me with your SUPER creative video.  Of course, you are to create this with SPANISH!  :)

To help you with the NEW VOCAB about the house and furniture look at these silly videos I made. They are on goanimate.com and need flashplayer to view them.




In order to help you learn the clothing vocabulary I have created a very interesting and relevant assignment for you to complete. You are going on a trip to a SPANISH speaking country (you get to choose which one). You need to do a little investigation of your country: what are some really cool sites to visit? what is the weather like during the different seasons? what CLOTHES should you pack for this trip? (you may also include accessories: laptop, camera, shoes, scarves, etc.) why should we visit YOUR country instead of ours.  Be very specific.

You are going to use SPANISH for all of this.  You are going to show off ALL the SPANISH you know.

You are going to post ALL of this on the blog. Include photos of the clothing/accessories so we know what the Spanish words are. You also need to include some photos of your beautiful country. AND, provide 2-3 links about your Spanish speaking country.

Your blog post is going to be so informative, creative and dramatic that we're going to change our minds and visit your country instead of the one we chose.


This is due by the END OF CLASS ON FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014 (even if you're absent - get it done!)



The end is drawing near. We just practiced with the prepositions today. There will be a quiz over those words tomorrow. :)

We still need to keep reviewing all the different types of present tense conjugations: stem changing verbs (e to ie, o to ue, u to ue, and e to i), yo problem verbs (ver, saber, caber, etc.), REGULAR conjugations (no changes at all) and then the verbs that are just plain weird (tener, venir, oír, dar, ir). www.studyspanish.com is an EXCELLENT place to practice all of these. You will receive instant feedback on your work. Practice and become an EXPERT!

We just took a quiz over the family words. There is a small section on the final using this vocabulary. It is set up just like the quiz. I.E.  la madre de mi madre es mi  ?   That's right!!! abuela!!!!!

You DO know stuff!!!!  You JUST have to pull it out of your "archives" and use it. Review is what you need. Use your RESOURCES!!!!!!


Today's assignment - 19/5/14

These are the directions for the mental map you worked on in class today. Please turn this in as you enter class tomorrow. :)


Monday is here. The last one before final exams. (Next Monday is Memorial Day -  a day set aside to honor our veterans of the armed forces).

We still have to work even though you are tired and it's the "end of the semester". We have to review AND there is still more material to cover.

We MUST complete these before the final exam:

the other shoe verb   e to i
the verb ESTAR and its expressions
the prepositions
the main rooms of the house
the differences between SER and ESTAR
the clothing words
the restaurant words

We must work diligently in class and AT HOME. There is no time for slacking off.  Do your best. Keep up. Study the new material and choose something from earlier in the semester to review. Do these nightly. That way reviewing for the COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM won't be so difficult.

Have you kept up with your self assessment sheets? Remember they are posted on edmodo and you should have downloaded them to your device. If you aren't an expert in a category, it's time to ASK QUESTIONS!!!!!!



The weekend is finally here!!!! ¡Qué bueno! We still have a lot to cover and review before final exam time. Be sure to use ALL available resources: emodo, the blog, my website,  http://www.studyspanish.com,  http://quia.comwww.remind101.com, etc.
 Use your verb folder (we just made in class on FRIDAY) to help you review and get ready for upcoming (really SOON!!!!) verb quizzes!
Can you make complete sentences in SPANISH?  Try writing these on your own (that means no help from ANY SOURCE - especially not the ONLINE TRANSLATORS)

1.  I want to eat a hamburger.  _____________________________________
2.  I need a pencil.   _____________________________________________
3.  I have a ton of paper.   ________________________________________
4.  I like to play videogames.  ______________________________________
5.  Do you like to watch horror movies?  _______________________________
6.  He wants to go to the mall.   ______________________________________
7.  We need to study.  _____________________________________________
8.  Can I go to the mall?  ___________________________________________
9.  What time is it?   ________________________________________________
10.  At what time does the movie start/begin?  _____________________________

I might be inclined to give some extra credit for those of you who write these in SPANISH and post them on the blog.

Have a GREAT WEEKEND, enjoy the gorgeous weather and be ready to WORK on Monday!!!!!!!

mi pueblo

la ropa


Family project

     1.       Create an INFOGRAPHIC about YOUR family piktochart.com  http://infogr.am/  http://www.easel.ly/  http://visual.ly/.
     2.   Write a detailed description of EVERYONE in your family (at least FIVE people)
     3.   Include physical characteristics (hair/eye color,too), personalities, CLOTHING (yes, NEW VOCAB for you), likes and dislikes (maybe even add weather expressions or tener expressions: IE Mi mamá tiene miedo cuando truena. A mi hermana le gusta esquiar cuando hace frío.)
  4.   Use COMPLETE SPANISH sentences.
      5.   Minimum of FOUR sentences for each person. (The more sentences you have, the better your grade will be). 
  6.  Due by FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014 when you come to class. Post the link to your infographic on the blog. 
  7.  This is the TEST over the family. You need to complete this and do a good job. ¡Simplemente hazlo! 
Were you successful on today's pop quiz over the possessive adjectives? Are you still confused about the singular and plural words? For further assistance check out this link http://www.spanishlearninglab.com/possessive-adjectives-in-spanish/. It just might make it clearer for you. :)
Make  a WORD CLOUD about your family. Use adjectives of personality, characteristics and include hair and eye color. You need a MINIMUM of 20 words.  SPANISH ONLY!!!!!!!This is worth FIFTEEN extra participation points.This is due Friday, May 16, 2014.


La familia

los bisabuelos            el bisabuelo               la bisabuela
los abuelos                el abuelo                   la abuela
los padres                 el padre                    la madre
los hijos                    el hijo                       la hija
los hermanos             el hermano              la hermana
los nietos                  el nieto                     la nieta
los tíos                      el tío                         la tía
los primos                 el primo                    la prima
los suegros                el suegro                   la suegra
                                el yerno                    la nuera
                                el marido                   la esposa
los cuñados               el cuñado                  la cuñada
los sobrinos               el sobrino                  la sobrina
los padrinos               el padrino                  la madrina

los padrastros           el padrastro              la padrastra

los hermanastros       el hermanastro          la hermanastra


I changed the spacing on the blog assignment. Did it do any good? I can't tell on my computer. Thanks for letting me know.
After you finish the test today, work on creating a WOW ME! project with the yo problem verbs. Know what the following verbs mean in English:
Poner  -  to  ______                                    Hacer   -  to   _____     
pongo           ponemos                        hago                hacemos    
pones           ponéis                            haces              hacéis

pone            ponen                             hace                hacen      
Salir  -   to ______                                        Traer  -  to  _________
salgo               salimos                          traigo              traemos
sales                sa                                  traes               traéis
sale                  salen                             trae                 traen

Caer   -   to  ________
caigo   caemos
caes     caéis
cae       caen

Be able to explain why all of these verbs are called YO PROBLEM VERBS.  Also, create something that would teach this to an elementary student taking Spanish. Use a song, a rap, an infographic, a Prezi, a smore, etc. but NO POWER POINTS! Use whatever medium you think best (except a POWER POINT) to teach these verbs. Use your imagination.  WOW ME!!!!!!!!    
This is due by Monday (12/5/14) when you come to class. 

As a side note, this site will help a LOT with vocabulary!!!!  Un montón de actividades diferentes para jugar.   http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/Hotpotatoes/Index.htm


http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/arbiter/pRedirect?project=hrwonline&siteId=2601&pageId=14506   Complete gramática 1 tener & tener idioms, gramática 2 ir a with infinitives and gramática 2 -er & -ir verbs with tag words. 

Send your scores in a note to me via edmodo. You will have three different scores. (6/6, 4/6 etc.) 

Today's assignment, el 5 de mayo de 2014

After we discuss/read about Cinco de Mayo <img src=http://www.eliteresearch.com/images/M_images/CincodeMayo2013_mini.jpg />   http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/quizcentral/l/blquizholcinco.htm you are going to make a video presentation with a partner. You will need to act out each tener expression listed below and say a sentence with each SPANISH expression. You have THIRTY minutes to complete this assignment. Save the videos to your MAC and airdrop them to your partner. One of you will send it to me via email; the other one will send me a note on edmodo and add your video as a link.

           Calor                              Cuidado
           Éxito                              Hambre
           Sed                                 Miedo
           Prisa                               Razón
           Sueño                             Suerte
           Ganas de + infinitive      # años

           Que + infinitive



Today's assignment, el 2 de mayo de 2014

You are going to make memes of the TENER EXPRESSIONS using http://memebetter.com/generator. You must have one meme per expression. The below list has the expressions you need to use to make your memes. Each meme photo must have a  Spanish sentence and the photo needs to represent the expression.  Be sure to save your memes in a power point or Prezi slide show. (Do you have a suggestion about where we could save these so the whole class can view them?)  You will have to discover what each of these expressions means in English. WOW ME! with your final product. This is due by the end of class TODAY! Send me a note on edmodo with your attachment (power point) OR the link to your Prezi. 

           Ganas de
           Que + infinitive
           # años


http://www.teacherlists.com/schools/1000010663-northern-nash-high/116353-end-of-school-wish-list/sra-sears/wish-list.  Please check out this end of school wish list to keep our classroom healthy.
Need help learning the new vocab? Try some of these flashcard sites found on quizlet.

http://quizlet.com/2591116/sabias-que-lesson-2-spanish-vocabulary-flash-cards/  This is one place to help you with vocabulary for our new chapter.

http://quizlet.com/31329083/expresate-chapter-4-vocab-1-flash-cards/   This is a really good set of flashcards. (It has PICTURES!!!!!!)

http://quizlet.com/33318317/spanish-1-expresate-chapter-4-vocabulary-vd13-flash-cards/  This one is very extensive. LEARN THOSE WORDS and PHRASES!!!!

http://quizlet.com/29177238/spanish-1-expresate-chapter-1-4-vocab-flash-cards/ OMGosh!!!! THIS one is from CHAPTER ONE THROUGH CHAPTER FOUR!!!!!!!!!!!!!