Preterite vs Imperfect - Narrative
Updated: 4/5/2017
Preterite vs Imperfect - Narrative
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Spanish Past Tense: Preterite vs. Imperfect

Lesson Plans by Lourdes Fernandez

Learning the difference between the preterite and imperfect tenses in Spanish is a lengthy, challenging, and often frustrating task. Students must first master regular conjugations for each, and then the irregulars. Next, students must understand the basic concept behind using the preterite versus using the imperfect. The following activities aim to help students grasp these concepts and put them into practice with visual aids!




Preterite vs. Imperfect

Storyboard Description

Spanish Past Tense - Preterite vs Imperfect - Spanish Imperfect tense

Storyboard Text

  • Habitual
  • De niño...
  • La niñez
  • Age / Description
  • De niño, siempre jugaba con coches y motocicletas de juguete.
  • Vrro... vrrooo... vrroooom
  • La niñez
  • Me llamo Juan. Me encantan los coches.
  • Specific Time / Mental State
  • Cuando tenía siete años, mi mejor amigo era Juan.
  • Completed Action
  • Un día estuve en casa de Juan. Estábamos contentos, jugando.
  • El hermano mayor de Juan entró. Él me robó mi juguete favorito.
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