Hedgehogs in Spanish Story

Ser v Estar Practice, Present Tense:

Un erizo (m) = a hedgehog
SER:      It’s a hedgehog!      ¡Es un erizo!
ESTAR:  It’s in the garden!  ¡Está en el jardín!

Short story in Spanish about hedgehogs for practice using SER and ESTAR in context.
Watch/listen to the video clip and read the subtitles.
Read the grammar, watch the video, do the gap fill exercise below, and check it by  watching the video again.
Grammar:
ESTAR is for WHERE + temporary states, feelings and situations.
SER        is for WHAT + stating facts and more permanent feelings, things, people and situations.
Examples:
SER:          Es un perro.   It is a dog
ESTAR:    Un perro está en el jardín.
                     The dog is in the garden.

SER:           El jardín es pequeño.   The garden is small.
ESTAR:    El jardín está lleno de pajaritos.
                    The garden is full of little birds.

SER:           El perro es simpático.  The dog is friendly.
ESTAR:    El perro está triste cuando está solo.
                     The dog is sad when it is alone.

 

Gap Fill Story Exercise:
Each sentence is followed by its English translation.
Fill in the gaps with the 3rd person singular or plural of Ser  or  Estar:
3rd Person of Ser:  es (singular)  son (plural)
3rd person of Estar:  está (singular)  están (plural)

_______  mis perros:
(These are my dogs)

Billy _______ a la izquierda.
(Billy is on the left)

Maggie _______  la derecha.
(Maggie is on the right)

________   en el jardín.
(They are in the garden)

Otro animal  _________  en el jardín.
(Another animal is in the garden)

“¿Qué _______ ?”  Pregunta Billy.
(What is it?  Asks Billy)

“Dónde ________ ?”
(Where is it?)

“Qué ________ ?”  Pregunta Maggie.
(What is it?  Asks Maggie)

“¿Dónde ________ ?”
(Where is it?)

El animal sale por la noche.
(The animal comes out at night)

El animal  _________  en el jardín y Billy ________  preocupado.
(The animal is in the garden, and Billy is anxious)

¡Uy Billy, _______  un erizo!
 (Oh Billy, it is a hedgehog!)

_________   un erizo muy bonito …
(It is a very pretty hedgehog)

¡Y tiene un nido!  ¡Mira el bebé!
(And it has a nest!  Look at the baby!)

El erizo  ________  muy interesante.
(The hedgehog is very interesting)

Maggie y Billy  _________  muy preocupados.
(Maggie and Billy are very anxious)

¡__________  un problema!
(It is a problem)  (clue:  This is a fact)

¡Los erizos no  _________  para perros!
(Hedgehogs are not for dogs!)
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