Spanish Verbs: Darse cuenta, Hace falta

Spanish Verb Practice in a Story

Spanish Verbs in a Story, video clip + PDF gap fill worksheet with focus on:
Darse cuenta  = to realise, to notice
Hace falta  = it’s necessary to, one needs to …
Hay que      = One must, it is necessary to …

Mountain Rescue Story in the present tense.
Infinitive Verbs from the story: 
despegar   to take off
aterrizar    to land
tener que   to have to
darse cuenta    to notice, to realise
ir    to go
hacer falta   to be necessary
Estar (+ gerund)    to be + doing verb
Ser                 to be
Mirar            to look
ver                 to see
Llegar          to arrive
Empezar     to start
Viajar           to travel
Tener           to have
Trabajar      to work
Esquiar        to ski
Preparar      to prepare
Poder            to be able to

Sometimes ‘poder’ is used as a reflexive verb in Spanish, like in this phrase in the story:
“… donde se puede aterrizar.”  =  where it’s possible to land.

‘Snowplough’ in Spanish:
un quitanieves  =  literally ‘a get rid of snow ..!’

Downloadable PDF Worksheet:

Spanish Verbs in a Story – PDF Worksheet

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Translation Exercise:
Fill in the Gaps in the Translation Exercise above using the following verbs:
– Hay que tener cuidado  – Me doy cuenta  – Hace falta  – Veo
– Preparan  – Aterriza  – Está nevando  – Voy a esquiar
– Estoy  – No puede aterrizar  – Va despegar  – Son  – Me encantaría
– Está lloviendo  – Hay que trabajar  – Hay que  – Va llegar
– Me doy cuenta  – Hace falta  – Hay que tener

Uncertain about when to use Ser or Estar?  In the following resource the verbs that describe this real helicopter rescue have been changed to focus on practice using SER and ESTAR.

For practice talking about a holiday in Spain using three tenses, go to:
KS3 Spanish Holiday Practice




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