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Discussing the Past in Spanish - Chapter Summary
The bite-sized lessons in this chapter explain how to talk about the past in Spanish. You'll learn vocabulary words that are used to describe time in the past and review the preterite tense. Following each lesson is a short quiz to help you retain the vocabulary and grammar rules you've studied. If you need any extra help, feel free to reach out to one of our expert Spanish instructors. You can also study these lessons on any Internet-connected device. By the conclusion of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Understand Spanish vocabulary words pertaining to the past
- Conjugate regular -AR, -ER and -IR verbs in the preterite tense
- Recognize irregular preterite tense verbs
- Comprehend Spanish news articles that use the preterite tense
1. Spanish Vocabulary: Times in the Past
This video will introduce students to words and phrases that can be used to talk about different times in the past. Words like 'yesterday,' 'last week,' and 'one time' will be taught.
2. Conjugating Regular -AR Verbs in the Preterite in Spanish
In this lesson we will learn how to conjugate regular -AR verbs in preterit to talk about actions that are seen by the speaker as completed. Also, we will see some common expressions that are used in Spanish to talk about actions in the past.
3. Conjugating Regular -ER & -IR Verbs in the Preterite in Spanish
In this lesson, you will learn how to conjugate regular -ER, and -IR verbs in Spanish to be able to describe situations in the past that are seen by the speaker as completed, or that describe a chain of actions in the past.
4. Irregular Preterite Verbs in Spanish
The preterite has many irregular verbs that change stems or change completely when conjugated. Don't worry - with practice you will have these down in no time!
5. Spanish Practice Activities: Reading News Articles with the Preterite
We will apply the preterite tense in different situations describing events in the past that are completed actions, such as news articles and descriptions of past events. We will read some texts and answer some questions using the preterite.
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