This week we have been unpacking the differences between ser and estar. This is a difficult endeavor because both of these words means “to be.” Although they cannot be used interchangeably, students have been learning the specific way to use each of them. The basic rule we have been working with is:
Use estar for talking about the condition or state of something. For example:
¿Cómo estás? (How are you?)
Use ser to talk about something’s essential qualities.
¿Cómo eres? (What are you like?)
We recently practiced this by assuming the identities of famous Spanish-speaking writers, artists, and activists. Starting by choosing a Spanish-speaking country from a box, students looked for famous people from that country who they wanted to pretend to be. Then, students looked up information on the person: their birthdate, place of origin, and other important facts about them.
Using this information and new identity, students interviewed each other to learn more about the other famous folks in the room. Some of the people chosen were:
Teresa de la Parra
After interviewing all of the famous people in the room, students designed diagrams to illustrate what they learned about each person they interviewed.
Buen trabajo to all of our Spanish learners and gracias for all of their hard work!