Two Conversation Activity Ideas for Teaching Spanish Reflexive Verbs

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Reflexive Verbs

These interesting games for learning verbs in Spanish deal with the use of Reflexive verbs.Students should first understand that in Spanish there are many reflexive verbs. In addition, many of them are not reflexive in English, and vice versa. All the rules or examples may or may not help to a quick understanding of these verbs. Keeping in mind the idea of you being the object of the verb may help. However, translating the pronouns myself, yourself, etc into English will not always help. On the other hand, actual practice should make perfect.

Divide your students into groups and have them work on two imaginary situations. Another day, they can work on another two, and continue to practice until they have gained mastery of reflexive verbs.

A Visit To The Doctor

Here are models of two classroom activities engaging the use of reflexive verb in the present tense. The first is “A Visit to the Doctor.” Students play the roles of receptionist, nurse, doctor and patient; using the verbs sentarse, sentirse, levantarse and morirse.

La receptionista: Buenas tardes señora. ¿Cómo se llama?

La paciente: Me llamo Ana. Tengo una cita con el doctor.

La receptionista. Sí, a las cinco. Bueno, siéntese por favor.

Ana: Gracias.

After a couple minutes, a nurse calls Ana and leads her into the doctor’s consulting room.

La enfermera: Siéntese aquí, por favor.El doctor viene ahorita.

The doctor comes in shortly after.

El médico: Buenas tardes señora. Cómo se siente hoy?

Ana: Ay, doctor, no me siento bien.

El médico: ¿Qué le pasa?

Ana: Me siento mareada e inquieta. Creo que voy a morirme.

El médico: Pues, déjeme examinarla primero.

The doctor takes Ana’s pulse and temperature, touches her forehead, and then says:

Bueno, no creo que se vaya a morir.

An Imaginary Trip

Here is another activity called “An Imaginary Trip”. Here students form groups or pairs and one student recounts to the others his trip made to an imaginary place, arriving a night. Each student in his turn can change the name of the place, time, etc. Students practice with the Preterite or Simple Past Tense of the verbs acostarse,bañarse, lavarse, peinarse.vestirse, levantarse and maquillarse.

Student A: ¡Dios mío, qué viaje! Yo llegué a San Salvador a las once de la noche.

Student B. ¡Era tarde! Qué hiciste entonces?

Student A: Pues estaba muy cansada. Yo me lavé, y me acosté.

Student B: A qué hora te levanté?

Student A: Me levanté a las ocho. Yo me bañé, yo me vestí ,me peiné, y bajé al comedor para desayunar.

Note: A female student can add “Yo me maquillé” - I did my make-up.”

Based on these models, students can change vocabulary around, include other verbs, extend the models and invent other situations while having fun with interesting games for learning verbs in Spanish.