Who you are (ser) & how you are (estar)

In this chapter you'll learn about the difference between the two verbs that mean to beser and estar.  

You'll use ser to talk about who you are: your personality, your physical appearance, your nationality, etc.  You'll also use ser to describe things: what they are and what they're made of.  You'll also use ser to answer the question when: to tell time.

You'll use estar to talk about how you're feeling and where you are.
A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is to use ser when answering the questions whowhat, or when, and to use estar when answering the questions how or where. Alternately, you can memorize the popular dicho (saying): 

for how you feel and where you are, always use the verb estar

  • Use the verb estar
  • Learn the rules for when to use ser vs. estar
  • Learn how to use helping verbs
  • Learn about verbs that are irregular in the yo form
  • Review using ir + a for talking in the future
 Vocabulary and conversation:
  • Learn the names of rooms in your home
  • Learn the names of objects in those rooms
  • Use estar to talk about how you and others feel
  • Use estar to talk about where people, places and things are
  • Learn about how Latin American revolutions created the countries that exist there today