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A rhyme

By learning this rhyme, the student is able to remember two of the principal contexts for using estar: for describing feelings (which are temporary) and for talking about location.

Examples: Hoy mi novia conocerá a mis padres. Estoy nervioso. Mi madre está ansiosa pero mi padre está tranquilo. Vamos a cenar a un restaurante que está en el centro de la ciudad.

An addition from Linda, who says she learned a second stanza:

"For WHO you are and where you're FROM,
then use Ser - the other one."

I teach my students that "who you are" encompasses occupation, personality traits, nationality and relationships, and "where you're from" covers origin.





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