A1 Level. How to use the verb "Estar" in Spanish.

Updated: Apr 17


One of the most common verbs you will use in Spanish is estar. Which means “to be". It is an irregular verb, which means that it does not conjugate according to the rules. This will be the subject of our discussion for today. Soon, you will have a very good understanding of how this verb is used. ¿Estás listo/a?


Practice the conjugations of the verb aloud. Notice that él, ella, and Ud. have the same form of the verb (the third- person singular). Notice also that ellos, ellas and Uds. have the same form of the verb (the third - person plural).


Some basic uses of estar:

Estar is used to indicate temporary states and locations. If that general rule doesn’t suffice, there are two acronyms that you can think of, PLACE and LOCO. PLACE stands for Position, Location, Action, Condition, and Emotion. LOCO stands for Locations and Conditions. Let's look at PLACE now.


1. Position

Position refers to the physical position or posture a person or thing is in.

2. Location

The location of someone or something describes where it is permanently, temporarily, or conceptually.

3. Actions

Estar is used to describe ongoing actions and is often followed by a present participle (such as lavando) or a past participle (such as muerto). (Progressive tense = Estar + gerund (-ing))

4. Conditions & Emotions

Physical and mental conditions are described using estar. Things that are likely to vary over several hours, days, or even years can fall into this category.


Let's practice


Audiovisual comprehension to practice oral and written expression. activity No. 1: The verb "Estar (Emotions) - "Los gritones".

Los Gritones (The Screamers) is a brilliant short clip that will get students thinking and talking about relationships.

Now if you have watched the video several times and checked the vocabulary, it is time you practice everything you have learned with these Spanish handout. Remember you can repeat them as many times as you want and even print them, and remember to contact your tutor if you have any question.


Audiovisual comprehension to practice oral and written expression. No. 2: The verb "Estar (Location) -"¿Dónde está mi cámara".

This resource includes a short story about a boy who who lost his camera while his mom is trying to help to find it. Great practice for prepositions of place and house vocabulary! We hope you find it very useful. Available in our store. Remember you can contact your tutor with any question have. Please, leave a message if you want we prepare more activities about this topic. Thanks for helping us to improve.

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