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The Present Continuous in Spanish

Ser and Estar + Doing Practice

Ser and Estar Practice in the Present Tense with short sentences using the present tense of SER to introduce characters followed by ESTAR + a second Doing verb to say what they are doing. (The Present Continuous).
The doing verb is in a form called ‘the gerund’.
Free Spanish Practice with video clips + downloadable PDF Worksheet.

SER:
SOY un cachorro        I am a puppy
ERES una niña              you are a girl
ES un muchacho          he is a boy/youth
SOMOS chicas             we are girls
SOIS hermanos            you(plural) are brothers
SON perros                    they are dogs

ESTAR + ‘Doing’ Verb:
ESTOY comiendo          I am eating
ESTÁS nadando              you are swimming
ESTÁ durmiendo           he is sleeping
ESTAMOS saltando     we are jumping
ESTÁIS remando            you (plural) are rowing
ESTÁN descansando    they are resting

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Ser and Estar – Focus on The Present Continuous Worksheet

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Ser, Estar + Doing (the gerund)
Spanish Verbs:  Está cocinando …

Soy vs Estoy (Ser and Estar)

Ser and Estar for Children

Spanish verb practice using ‘SOY’ and ‘ESTOY’, 1st person present tense of SER and ESTAR, in short contrasting sentences.
Video clip to listen to and join in with + a downloadable PDF worksheet for translation practice.

Soy is the 1st person of SER in the Present Tense.
Estoy is the 1st person of ESTAR
in the Present Tense.

SER + ESTAR both mean TO BE in Spanish, but they are not interchangeable:

Use the Verb SER to say who or what you are:
Soy  =  1st person of SER
Soy            I am
Soy Billy    I am Billy
Soy un cachorro  I am a puppy

Use the verb ESTAR to say where you are:
Estoy  =  1st person of ESTAR
Estoy      I am
Estoy en una caja  I am in a box

Think of WHAT nationality you are versus WHERE you are, e.g. which country you are in: 
Soy inglés        (inglesa)              –  I am English
Soy español     (española)        –  I am Spanish
Soy argentino (argentina)      –  I am Argentinian
Soy americano (americana)  –  I am American

Estoy en España  –  I am in Spain
Estoy en los Estados Unidos  –  I am in the US
Estoy en Inglaterra  –  I am in England
Estoy en Argentina  –  I am in Argentina

Listen and join in with the friendly characters as they say who or what they are followed by where they are using the 1st person present tense.
Eg:
Soy una niña  =  I am a girl
Estoy en la casa =  I am in the house

Downloadable PDF Translation Practice Worksheet

Soy + Estoy – Ser and Estar Practice Worksheet for Kids

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(E.g.  For question and answer practice in the 3rd person present tense go to:
Ser and Estar: ¿Qué es?  ¿Dónde está?
For practice using  ‘ESTAR + doing’  go to:
Estar + Doing (Present Continuous))

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Image for Peppa pig in the garden in Spanish
Soy un cerdo.  Estoy en el jardín