Subjunctive practice with feelings B1 level activity

This engaging ELE (Español como Lengua Extranjera) activity takes the form of a table designed to help B1 level Spanish students practice using verbs to describe feelings in both the infinitive and subjunctive forms. By working through this activity, students can become more proficient in expressing their emotions about various topics and situations.

In this exercise, we’ve carefully selected 10 verbs to convey negative feelings and 10 verbs to express positive feelings in Spanish. These verbs serve as tools for students to articulate their emotional responses effectively. The negative verbs include indignar (to infuriate), dar rabia (to make angry), molestar (to annoy), avergonzar (to embarrass), poner nervioso (to make nervous), horrorizar (to horrify), fastidiar (to bother), odiar (to hate), dar igual (to be indifferent), and entristecer (to sadden). On the other hand, the positive verbs encompass encantar (to love), flipar (to be amazed), chiflar (to adore), entusiasmar (to excite), gustar (to like), divertir (to amuse), volver loco (to drive crazy), fascinar (to fascinate), interesar (to interest), and molar (to be cool).

Students are presented with a wide range of terms or topics to which they must apply either positive or negative feelings using the infinitive or subjunctive form of the verbs. These terms encompass various aspects of daily life, from hobbies and interests to cultural references and experiences. For instance, students may express their feelings about “los videojuegos” (video games) or “viajar en metro” (traveling by subway) using appropriate verbs and tenses.

To practice using the present subjunctive, students are encouraged to incorporate the word “que” when constructing phrases. For instance, they might say, “Me molesta que hagan cola” (It annoys me that they stand in line) or “Me encanta que canten en voz alta” (I love that they sing loudly). This usage of “que” helps students correctly apply the subjunctive mood when expressing their emotions.

The primary aim of this activity is to facilitate students’ expression of their feelings and opinions about various subjects, allowing them to strengthen their language skills while gaining confidence in discussing emotions in Spanish. It encourages creative and nuanced communication and fosters a deeper understanding of language and culture.

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