Do Your Students Struggle with the Difference Between ser and estar?
Explain the Context for When to Use Each Verb!
Once I teach the mnemonic device for both verbs, I usually follow up with another approach to teaching ser vs. estar: a sense of permanence vs. feeling temporary. As we teachers know, ser is used to describe permanent characteristics, such as where one is from, personality, and appearance. When I created this poster, I explained it in a way, with an example, that makes it clear to students. For some reason, it was difficult for students to remember that estar is used with temporary characteristics, so I always would tell them that the T in estar stands for “temporary.”
Set includes one of each of the following posters:
- Ser Permanent Poster
- Estar Temporary Poster
Each poster features a handy explanation of why the verb is used to describe a permanent or temporary sense—explained in the same way that I said it in the classroom.
©2017. Set of two posters. 13 x 19 inches each. Cardstock.
I made these posters for teachers, using the explanations that have worked for me as I taught Spanish 1 for 11 years. I hope they help you, too! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know if they have helped you and how they could be improved.
—Audrey Irias, MA