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Spanish Lesson Eighty-Two: Childhood Things

Updated on April 7, 2014

Hey Friends,

Thanks for stopping by once again. Apparently, it's been a long day for me as I sit down and begin writing this lesson at the end of the day. I suppose that happens when one deals with family, lol. Anywho, welcome to this week's lesson.

In all honesty, some of the topics pertain to think I haven't learned about before. I guess that adds the challenge to it all. Don't ever hesitate to research a topic you know nothing about. Sometimes it takes a little push to really want to learn more about a particular section of the Spanish lesson. The Verb Tratar was also something I knew little to nothing about. All it takes is persistence. Let us begin.

Today's Goals

  • To Learn new vocabulary pertaining to childhood things
  • To Review the Imperfect Tense in regards to discussing childhood behaviors
  • To Be Able to discuss things we used to do as a child

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Childhood Things

Hey Everyone,

This is one of the last few lessons that will focus on vocabulary. If you look at the list, there are a few more coming up. I'm trying my best to squeeze in as much as possible before I hit lesson one hundred. It's going to be a major milestone for me. I honestly can't believe how much I've done in this topic. It took a lot of patience and research. Sometimes, unfortunately, I don't feel like writing a lesson. But then I think of all those out there depending on me to learn more. So for you, my friends.

Childhood Things is a topic I thought of some time ago. I think it'll be fun. Also, we'll review the Imperfect. It's pretty relevant this topic.

English Word
Spanish Equiv
El Juguete
La Marioneta
La Muñeca
Action Figure
El Muñeco
Stuffed Toy
El Muñeco de Peluche
To Tell Jokes
Contar Chistes
To Draw
To Pretend
To Jump Rope
Saltar La Cuerda
El Patio de Recreo

Today's Vocabulary

Today's Vocabulary consists of quite a few vocabulary words that are pertinent to this topic. I didn't give a longer list for time and because you can always research how to specify what you want to say. So don't hesitate to pull out the old English-Spanish dictionary. It takes two seconds (even faster online). So yeah, keep that in mind.

There are quite a few cool words and phrases in this list so take advantage of them. In the lesson below, I'm going to use them in some sentences using the Imperfect Tense. Remember: The Imperfect Tense must be used when telling a story in the past (especially if it was WAY in the past, like when you were a child). So take a look at the list and meet me in the lesson portion.

The Imperfect

  • Must be used when talking about things in the distant past
  • Is used in conjunction with the preterit at times
  • Must be used when discussing weather and time in the past (don't use preterit for such tasks)
  • Must always reflect the subject and number
  • Remember: Era, Eras, Era, Eramos, Eran for Ser in the Imperfect

Discussing Childhood Things

Compare And Contrast

Cuando era un niño yo era más tímido que mi hermano. When I was a little boy, I was shyer than my brother. Note the use of the Imperfect to describe a condition that was present long ago. Also note there is no distinct beginning or ending to this sentence. That's what makes it Imperfect.

Like Or Dislike

Cuand era un niño yo no me gustaba leer. When I was a child, I didn't like to read. Note that "era" and "gustaba" are both imperfect.

Use In Context

Hoy quiero jugar con mis muñecos. Today I want to play with my action figures.

Ask A Question

¿Contabas chistes cuando eras pequeño? Did you used to tell jokes when you were little? The Imperfect also says and asks about things one "used to" do. So make sure you remember.

All in all this was a pretty cut and dry lessons. Follow your vocab and use it in anyway possible. If you're talking in the past, ensure that the Imperfect is used. Otherwise, have fun with it. Thanks for reading this week

Oh! Next week we'll discuss Double Object Pronouns. Make sure you come on back for that! :)

Upcoming Lessons

Lesson Eighty-Three: Double Object Pronouns (4/14)

Lesson Eighty-Four: Spanish Slang (4/21)

Lesson Eighty-Five: Pontential Compuesto (4/28)

Lesson Eighty-Six: How To Find A Penpal (5/19)

Lesson Eighty-Seven: How To Immerse Yourself in Spanish (5/26)

Lesson Eighty-Eight: The Largest Spanish Speaking Countries (6/2)

Lesson Eighty-Nine: Inexpensive Ways To Travel Internationally (6/16)

Lesson Ninety: Pluscuamperfect de subjuntivo (6/23)

Lesson Ninety-One: Winter (Activities) (6/30)

Lesson Ninety-Two: Spring (Activities) (7/1)

Lesson Ninety-Three: Summer (Activities) (7/14)

Lesson Ninety-Four: Fall (Activities) (7/21)

Lesson Ninety-Five: Compound Tense Review (7/28)

Lesson Ninetey-Six: Vocabulary Review #1 (8/4)

Lesson Ninety-Seven: Vocabulary Review #2 (8/11)

Lesson Ninety-Eight: Vocabulary Review #3 (8/18)

Lesson Ninety-Nine: The Benefits of Being Bilingual (8/25)

Lesson One Hundred: Farewell Spanish Learners! (9/1)

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