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Copy of Week 3 Day 1: More with estar

What’s in store for you today: The verb estar

Today’s goals are:

To learn more about “estar”

To learn vocabulary for emotions/states/conditions

Listen to Track 3.1.1

María: Hola, Lucía. ¿Cómo estás hoy? 

Lucía: Estoy despistada. 

María: ¿Por qué?

Lucía: Estoy muy nerviosa porque tengo un examen mañana.  

María: ¿Estás lista para el examen? 

Lucía: No sé. Estoy agobiada y preocupada. 

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The Verb “Estar

We’ve talked about ser and how it’s used for permanent characteristics as well as a number of other things. Well, today, we’re going to talk about the verb estar, which is used for temporary conditions (as well as a number of other things, too).

Before we dive in, though, let’s review the conjugation we’ll use for estar.

Listen to Track 3.1.2

Yo estoyNosotros/as estamos
Tú estásVosotros/as estáis
Él/Ella/Usted estáEllos/as/Ustedes están

Speaking Practice Exercise 1


Like with “ser,” we looked at an acronym to help us remember when to use estar. It was:

  • Position (The dog is next to the couch.)
  • Location (I am in the store.)
  • Action (present progressive – we’ll get to this later.)
  • Condition (I am tired.)
  • Emotion (I am happy.)

Today, we’re going to work with condition and emotionAction we will save for later. Location we’ll look at tomorrow, as well as a little bit of position.

¿Estás agobiado? (Are you overwhelmed?)

I certainly hope you’re not feeling too agobiado right now. These last two weeks have been a lot of Spanish! Today, we’re going to keep adding to it!

Here are some common emotions/states in Spanish:

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Speaking Practice Exercise 2

Estoy… Estás…Está…

Listen to Track 3.1.5

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