Jugar and Hacer (Irregular Verbs)


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Last week we looked at regular AR/ER/IR verbs in the present tense and hopefully you found the video helpful and had a go at the tasks on the worksheet. This week we will be continuing with the present tense but moving on to look at two key irregular verbs ‘jugar – to play’ and ‘hacer – to do’. Knowing how to use both irregular and regular verbs is so important as a foundation for your Spanish learning.

Check out the videos below; it is great explanation of the present tense in Spanish for added challenge. Complete the accompanying worksheet below at the same time as watching the video. You can mark your work using the video 🙂 Over the next few weeks we will start looking at some of the most important irregular verbs.

These two verbs are mainly used to speak about games, activities and sports. There are a few important rules to remember when using them. The main one is that we use hacer for sports without balls and jugar (al,a la/a las/a los) for sports with balls. Jugar is also used to describe games of things such as boardgames/chess. Check out the rules below :

How to talk about Sport in Spanish

Hago deporte  =  I do sport Juego a =  I play (+ ball sports)

Hacer =  to do     –  Hago = I do
=  to play  –  Juego = I play

JUGAR A = to play (+ ball sports) a + el  =  al/ a la/ a los/ a las
Juego al fútbol  
= I play football

HACER  = to do (+ sports without a ball)
Hago   = I do (e.g. Hago natación  = I do swimming)

Click the link to learn more about how to use the verbs ‘jugar’ and ‘hacer’ to describe free time activities – have a go at the quiz at the end https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zfgt6v4/articles/z6vpqp3

Now it’s your turn! Have a go at the activities below. For the first grid activity aim to conjugate the verbs “jugar” and “hacer” with a range of different pronouns. Then translate each of the phrases in to English. I will also upload an example answer sheet at the bottom of this post.

Want to challenge yourself? Have a go at this worksheet. There is a link to a page which will provide support if you need it

Bromas del día – Jokes of the day

La cultura española

Last week we learnt about one of the most famous tourist attractions in Barcelona, Spain called La Sagrada Família. Conituing with the theme of the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, this week we are going to look at another well-known attraction designed by Gaudí know as Parc Güell which is also situated in Barcelona.

Did you know?

1. The park was originally envisaged as a modern housing estate

This is perhaps the most surprising fact about Parc Güell: it wasn’t originally planned to be a park at all. Rather, Gaudí’s plan was to create a modern housing estate far from the smog and chaos of the city down below. His plans called for houses with modern conveniences such as running water as well as facilities such as a market, a laundry room, a church and a public square.

2. The park is named after Gaudí’s patron

Ever wondered why the park was called the Parc Güell and not the Parc Gaudí? The reason is that – aside from Gaudí probably being too modest to ever put his name to one of his creations – the park is named after Gaudí’s longtime patron and friend, Eusebi Güell. In fact, the park is not the only monument by Gaudí to have Güell’s name: the Colonia Güell and the Palau Güell are just two other examples.

3. The Park’s Design was Inspired by Nature

We all know by now that Antoni Gaudí had a fascination with all things nature. He ensured that the construction of the park worked alongside the natural environment and the land, using the mountainous shapes to his advantage instead of demolishing them. He tried to mimic the shape and structure of the trees in the park in his design of the park’s columns. You won’t see straight lines in Gaudí’s work, as he claimed that there weren’t any in nature. Instead, he favored lines at a slant, or curves – the shape of natural elements such as plants, trees, and rocks.

4. Antoni Gaudí lived in the park until he died…

When no one decided to invest in Güell and Gaudí’s houses, the project was abandoned and in 1906, Gaudí bought the model house which had been built on the plot. He lived here with his family until he died in 1926, knocked over by a tram-car in Barcelona and left to die after he was mistaken for a pauper because of his modest attire.

Click here for more pictures: https://www.parkguell.es/en/galeria-fotografias

Want to take a virtual tour of Parc Güell? Click here: https://www.parkguell.es/tour/

Task: During your visit, make a note of any interesting things you see around the park. You could have a go at designing your own park inspired by Parc Güell

We would love to see what you have been able to create so please email us with photos at mflwordpress@clf.uk

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