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Spanish Verbs

Spanish Verb Practice for Children: 

Short, friendly, accessible video clips for practice using Spanish verbs in context:
Tener, Ser and Estar, reflexive verbs, IR + infinitive, practice using the imperfect and more.
Below the video resources is a useful list of regular and common irregular verbs:

1. Tengo un lápiz
Tengo + Pencil case items

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2.  The verb Tener – Tengo
Tener = to have, but also ‘to be’ re age + feelings. Friendly images in subtitled video clip for practice using ‘tengo’:
Uses of the verb Tener – Tengo
tengo - ¿Qué tienes?

Present Tense of Tener:
Tener Practice – Present Tense

3.  SER and ESTAR
a)  Ser and Estar – Introduction
Soy un mono.  Estoy …
Soy and Estoy

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b) Ser and Estar (3rd person)
Who/What + Where?
Es un cachorro – Está en una caja
¿Qué es? (SER)  ¿Dónde está? (ESTAR)

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c)  ESTAR + Doing:
¡Está nadando!
Ser and Estar + the gerund

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d)  Ser and Estar in a Story about Hedgehogs!

Hedgehogs in Spanish using Ser and Estar

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4.  Simple Story using Verbs in the Present Tense:
¡Tiene miedo!
Our puppy arrives

image of a puppy - un cachorro

5.  Talk about School:  I, you, we in the Present Tense

Home is great.  What is the point of going to school?  What do you do there?  Find out in this friendly Primary Spanish verb practice (includes dog agility):
Talk about School

Primary Spanish - Talk about School

6.  Modal Verbs in Spanish:
¡Tengo que marcar un gol!
Irregular stem-changing verbs:

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7.  Spanish Song using Modal Verbs:
¡No sabía, no podía escapar!
El Perrito Chiquitito

perrito chiquitito


8.  IR + a + infinitive (the future):
¡Voy a ir de vacaciones!
The near future in Spanish

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9.  Reflexive Verbs in Spanish:

True story in the present tense:
¡Este cachorro se escapa!
Reflexive verbs in Spanish

image of puppy escaping - Se escapa

10.  Reflexive verbs via daily activities:
Me levanto a las siete …
Daily Routine in Spanish

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11. Holidays: Past, present and future + IR:
Estoy de vacaciones …  Voy a viajar en avión …
Holidays, past, present, future

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12.  The Imperfect Tense:
Contrast use of imperfect v perfect tense in a story about a puppy growing up and what happened: 
How/When to use the Imperfect Tense 

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(Read them aloud, watch out for the accents)

1.  Regular AR verbs: e.g. Trabajar (to work) Trabaj (stem) + AR
trabajo        – I work
trabajas       – you work
trabaja        – he/she works
trabajamos  –  we work
trabajáis     –  you(pl) work
trabajan      –  they work

2.  Regular ER verbs: E.g: Vender (to sell)  – Vend (stem) + ER
vendo          –  I sell
vendes         –  you sell
vende          –  he/she sells
vendemos    –  we sell
vendéis        –  you (pl) sell
venden        –  they sell

3.  Regular IR verbs: E.g. Escribir (to write) – Escrib (stem) + IR
Escribo      –  I write
escribes     –  you write
escribe      –  he/she writes
escribimos –  we write
escribís      – you (pl) write
escriben     – they write
E.g:  Decidir (to decide), vivir (to live), abrir (to open)

4.  Irregular stem-changing verbs: 
Quite a few Spanish verbs change their STEM except in the 1st and 2nd person plural.
Jugar  (to play):  Juego, juegas, juega, jugamos, jugáis, juegan

Querer (to want):  Quiero, quieres, quiere, queremos, queréis, quieren

Pedir (to ask for):  Pido, pides, pide, pedimos, pedís, piden

Very common irregular verbs:
 (to be – permanent):  Soy, eres, es, somos, sois, son

Estar (to be – temporary):  Estoy, estás, está, estamos, estáis, están

Ir (to go):  Voy, vas, va, vamos, vais, van

Dar (to give):  Doy, das, da, damos, dais, dan

Ver (to see):  Veo, ves, ve, vemos, veis, ven

Hacer (to do/make):  Hago, haces, hace, hacemos, hacéis, hacen

Salir (to go out):  Salgo, sales, sale, salimos, salís, salen

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