The verb TENER


Welcome back hispanohablantes!

Hope you had a wonderful half-term break and are fully rested, ready to leap back into learning.

Before half-term we received a deluge of high-quality, outstanding Spanish work, that demonstrated a thorough understanding of the topics covered so far.

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The verb TENER

This week we’re going to be looking at the Spanish verb tener (to have), how we conjugate it, how we can use it contextually within a sentence (alongside all those lovely opinions and adjectives) and why it’s useful (it really is very useful!). Below is a link to an excellent video explanation – and then an annoyingly catchy song! Pen and paper at the ready!

Catchy, right? Can you teach a friend or family member the tener song? Or do you think you can do better and come up with your own?!

Now put your newly-acquired vocab to the test and have a go at our weekly worksheet. Scroll to the bottom to check your answers. Don’t forget to upload your completed worksheet to SMHW.


So what are connectives, exactly? You’ve probably heard your Spanish teacher talking about them a lot. There’s a good reason for that. Connectives are handy little words that help tie (connect!) our sentences together and lend our writing cohesion. There are a handful of particularly useful ones that are nice and easy to learn and which enable you to bump your language skills up a notch or two. Here’s a handy summary with a few contextual examples…

Can you work out the meaning of these five connectives using the examples? Can you think of any others that you have learned in your Spanish class? Answers on a postcard please to!

Broma del día – Joke of the day

La cultura española

Before half-term we looked at one of the world’s most famous attractions known as The Alhambra in Granada. Today we are going to be looking at a popular Spanish festival known as La Tomatina.

La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Buñol near to Valencia in Spain. Thousands upon thousands of people make their way from all corners of the world to fight in this ‘World’s Biggest Food Fight’ where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets. Prior to 2013 anywhere from 40,000 to 50,000 (reported to be 50,000 in 2012) people crammed into this huge tomato fight, greatly expanding Buñol’s normal 9,000 person population. Since 2013 official ticketing has been in place limiting the number of participants to just 20,000 lucky people.


8 Fun Facts about La Tomatina

La Tomatina is a festival that leads up to the worlds largest state-sanctioned food fight. Every year, approximately 40,000 tomato enthusiasts descend on the tiny Mediterranean town of Buñol to pelt each other with tomatoes.


2. The festival comes with other ‘festivities’ too.

The week leading up to the massive slug-fest is adorned with massive parades, fireworks and even massive Paella cooking contests.

la tomatina paella

3. The food fight originated from a street brawl. 

Back in 1945, during another La Tomatina festivity in Buñol, a street fight broke out when a participant started to pelt everyone with vegetables from a market stall nearby. This led to a whole bunch of people doing the same, a furious vegetable battle ensued, if you will. The following year, the same young people picked a quarrel on purpose and brought their own tomatoes. Although the police broke up the early tradition in the following years, with it being banned in the early 50’s, the vibe and popularity of the food fight lived on. By the town’s people’s wishes the tradition was brought back, this time more regulated.

4. A slice of ham marks the beginning of the fight.

Strangely, yes. Come 10 am on the day of Tomatina, a slice of ham is hung on the top of a greasy pole in the already crowded town square called the ‘palo jabón’. The goal is to climb and retrieve this slice of ham with the crowd chanting and singing in encouragement (while being showered by water hoses). The moment the slice of ham is dropped from the pole, a loud signal goes off, trucks loaded with tomatoes enter and then begins the chaos.


5. Over 40 metric tonnes of tomatoes are used. 

In a fight that lasts for just an hour, around 150,000 tomatoes meet their fate. The tomatoes used are low- quality, inferior in taste and come cheap from a place called Extremadura.

La Tomatina Festival Seems To Be A Bloody Good Time

6. It can turn into a battle of the sexes.

Often the fight turns into a playful battle between men and women present.

7. The tomatoes act as disinfectant.

Once the fights ends, fire-fighters wash the streets and people down with hoses. Surprisingly enough, the village streets look quite clean with the acidity of the tomato acting as disinfectant.

A Guide to the Tomatina Tomato Fight in Buñol

8. There are some La Tomatina knock-offs.

There have been various re-creations of the festival in Nevada, Chicago, Costa Rica and Columbia. An attempt to recreate the festival in Bangalore, India, was met with harsh criticism over the ‘wastage of tomatoes’ that led to a ban of the event.

Vale chicos y chicas… We hope you’ve enjoyed today’s lesson 🙂

¡Hasta luego!