When I was little, right around this time of year, with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up, I remember asking my parents rather indignantly, “but when is CHILDREN’S Day?!?!”
“EVERY day is Children’s Day,” they would reply wearily. (Mom and Dad, you were right!)
I didn’t know it when I was little, but countries around the world DO celebrate “Children’s Day” at various points throughout the year. Officially, the UN has recognized Universal Children’s Day as November 20. But this time of year, several Spanish-speaking countries, as well as the US, celebrate their own version:
Two weeks ago, I was teaching the uses of the imperfect. My students seemed to be confused and some frustrated because they couldn't understand why Spanish language has two different tenses to narrate events in the past. Several of them stopped by after school and asked me the same question: but is it not the same?
In Spanish, deciding when to use preterite or imperfect can be one of the biggest challenges for every student. Practicing is never enough. That's why I decided to create a handout, an easy way to describe the use of these tenses:
"Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different."
- Stephen King
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