Beginner Lesson 5: Estar vs. Ser and Dental Clinic

(1) Estar vs. Ser

Explanation of Estar vs. Ser

  • Both words mean “to be” however there are differences in their usage

  • Estar refers to things that are temporary ( ex: mood, physical condition, temperature, physical appearance, emotional/mental condition, location)

  • Ser refers to things that are permanent (ex: inherent qualities)

  • Their composition changes depending on the tense they are in but for the purposes of this lesson, we will be focusing on the terms in the present tense

Chart of Present Tense “Estar” Variations

Chart of Phrases using “Estar” Variations

Examples of Basic Greetings

Chart of Present Tense “Ser” Variations

Chart of Phrases using “Ser” Variations

Quizlet

Practice what you have learned with Quizlet match. Make sure to take a screenshot when you finish!

(2) Dental Clinic

Dental Clinic Vocabulary Words

Chart of Dental Clinic Phrases

Audio Practice

Directions: Record yourself responding to the following audio prompts as if it were a real conversation. At the end, you can review a sample conversation. 

SituationYou are checking people in for the dental clinic. A woman comes up to you and wants to learn more. 

 

Prompt 1

Hello! I wanted to know of this is the line for the dental clinic?

Prompt 2

How much does a dental visit cost?

Prompt 3

Oh, Thank you. Who is collecting the forms?

Prompt 4

Thank you for everything, good bye!

Sample

Hello! I wanted to know if this is the line for the dental clinic?

- Hello! Yes, you are in the correct line.

How much does a dental visit cost?

- A dental visit is free

Oh, thank you. Who is collecting the forms?

- I am collecting the forms

Thank you for everything, good bye!

- You're welcome. Have a good day!

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