With ¿Qué tiene?, a video in the Spanish Words Kids Love series, kids practice tener and everyday vocabulary.
The Spanish Words Kids Love videos teach essential Spanish words with beautiful images of Mexico and in the context of full sentences. See the other videos, print picture cards and read more about Spanish Words Kids Love in these posts: Las frutas and Los juguetes del mercado.
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Below the video you will find vocabulary, cultural notes, activity suggestions and printable picture cards for games.
Spanish Words in the Tener Video
estas – these
personas – people
tienen – have
las cosas – things
diferentes – different
tiene – has
bicicleta – bicycle
caballo – horse
guantes de box – boxing gloves (See Cultural and Language Notes below.)
balón – ball (See Cultural and Language Notes below.)
lagartija – lizard (See Cultural and Language Notes below.)
globos – balloons
jugo de naranja – orange juice, glass of orange juice
popote – straw (See Cultural and Language Notes below.)
pescado – fish (See Cultural and Language Notes below.)
ella – she
novio – boyfriend (See Cultural and Language Notes below.)
él – he
novia – girlfriend (See Cultural and Language Notes below.)
¿qué? – what
Tener Video Culture and Language Notes
El box / el boxeo
In this tener video, there are kids wearing boxing gloves. In Mexico, boxing is a major sport and Mexico has produced more amateur and professional world champions than any other country. The word el box correct in Mexico and Ecuador according to the Real Academia Española. Both hese countries and the rest of the Spanish-speaking world also use el boxeo.
In this tener video, kids hear the word balón. Balón and pelota both translate as the English word ball. Pelota can be any ball, including small balls: pelota de ping pong, pelota de tenis, pelota de golf. Usually, bigger, inflated balls are un balón in Mexico.
This tener video uses the word lagartija. Mexico has many, many lizards. They appear in everything from toys to art because they are so common.
Kids hear the word popote in this tener video. In Mexico, a straw is a popote, but other countries use different words. See an infographic with 11 Spanish words for straw.
Un pescado is a fish that has been caught. Pescado is the past participle of the verb pescar (to catch, to fish). A fish that has not been caught is a pez. Although we often distinguish between fish that are food (pescado) vs alive (pez), that is not completely accurate. There are peces muertos, when fish die in oceans and lakes from oil spills, for example.
El novio / la novia
In this tener video, kids hear the words novia and novio. Mexico, like much of Latin America and Spain, use novio and novia for boyfriend and girlfriend. Once a couple is engaged, prometido and prometida are most common. One notable exception is Peru, where boyfriend and girlfriend are enamorado and enamorada.
Tener Video Extension Activities
– Use objects to practice the vocabulary and the verb tiene. You can use un balón, un globo, guantes, un popote, un caballo (a toy). Dolls like Barbie and Ken work well for el novio and la novia. Ask ¿Qué tiene (child’s name)? or ¿Quien tiene (objeto)?
– Play a guessing game with the objects or the picture cards in the third person. Have children guess what another child has. Ask ¿Qué tiene (child’s name)?
– Look at and learn more about largartijas in Mexico. You can get a sense of the amazing variety by doing an image search for lizards of Mexico.
– Color the picture cards. Talk about the vocabulary as you color.
– Use the picture cards to play memory and other games. Here is a list of 25 activities using picture cards. The list refers to animal picture cards, but you can do many of the activities with any vocabulary.
– Describe a card. Have children identify the card you are describing.
– Give each child a set of cards. Lay your cards out, saying them as you put them down. Children should put their cards out in the same order as they listen. Then, tell the kids to switch two cards: Cambia de lugar al pescado por el caballo. Do that several times and then have one of the children say the cards and everyone can check the order.
Tener Video Picture Cards
With this tener video there are lots of ways to practice the verb form tiene. Let us know how you used the video with your students!