Once students understand the different reflexive pronouns, move on to reflexive verbs. Explain to students that reflexive verbs are really the transitive infinitive, minus the final “e" and “si" added to the end. Point out that the “si" indicates that the verb is a reflexive verb. At this point, do an exercise that shows how the infinitive of the reflexive verb is formed. Write a list of reflexive verbs on the blackboard; examples are addormentarsi, alzarsi, ammalarsi, arrabbiarsi, bagnarsi, chiamarsi, fermarsi, fidarsi, incontrarsi, lavarsi, pettinarsi, riporsarsi, rompersi and sedersi. Draw an arrow next to the reflexive verb. Ask students to come up to the blackboard, underline the reflexive ending, and write the transitive infinitive next to the arrow. It should look like this:
lavarsi → lavare
Make sure that each student understands this concept. Next, start practicing the conjugation of the reflexive verbs. Explain that the verb is conjugated in the present indicative, with the appropriate reflexive pronoun. Break students up into groups of three and four, and give them a verb to conjugate. Ask each group to write the conjugation on the blackboard, then review and correct. Note that the reflexive pronoun can be attached to the infinitive if a preceding verb is conjugated (example: voglio lavarmi = mi voglio lavare). Point out that if the verb starts with a vowel or a “h", the “i" in mi, ti, si and vi can be dropped; the “i" in ci can only be dropped if the following verb starts with an “e" or “i."