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.
Soy una niña = I am a girl
Estoy en la casa = I am in the house
Downloadable PDF Translation Practice Worksheet
Click here for more A Green Mouse SER v ESTAR Resources:
Spanish Verb Practice
(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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