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Sharing a Story / Memory in the Past: July 23, 2022

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

Optional: students can prepare and bring their own questions related to Topic of the Day. This helps move the conversation along and also gives students practice forming sentences and using new vocabulary. Be prepared to not only ask your questions, but also answer them!

Topic of the Day - Sharing a Story / Memory in the Past

Think of a memory from your childhood, the story of how you met your spouse/partner, an adventure you had with a friend, or another significant memory. What was the situation? What happened? Who was there? Why is this an important memory? Be prepared to share a story with the class and also ask other students about their stories.

Here are some questions to get us started:

¿Qué pasó?

¿Cuándo pasó?

¿Con quién estabas?

¿Dónde estabas?

¿Qué pasó después?

¿Por qué es significante o importante este recuerdo?

¿Cómo conociste a .... tu pareja/esposo/esposa/amigo/amiga, etc?

¿Hace cuánto tiempo?

We've already seen in the Content Classes that the word hay means "there are" or "there is." If we are describing a scene in the past, we also need to put the word hay into the past tense: we'll use either hubo or había. Check out this link for more information on when to use hubo or había and for example sentences.

Looking for some words to connect your thoughts? Check out this article and scroll down the page to find some examples phrases.

You may also find yourself needing to decide between preterite & imperfect tense. See this website for more information.

Feeling nervous about Conversation Class? Think about how you would answer the questions above. Look up some words before class. You don't have to use all the grammar points listed above. If you'd like to stick to the preterite tense (and not choose between preterite & imperfect) that is perfectly fine, and it's great practice!

Prepare a few questions to ask your partner: when you ask the questions during conversation instead of always answering the questions, it can help you feel in control. It also gives you a break from speaking.

Need more of a challenge? Prepare questions that get you out of your comfort zone, and be prepared to answer them as well. Use these questions with the teacher for level-appropriate conversation.

Remember: We are all here to practice our Spanish and feel more confident in a new language. Mistakes are expected, and it's how we grow!

Nos vemos en clase. :)

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