Los Reflexivos

 

This week we are talking about reflexive verbs.  "Reflexive" verbs means that it is an action that we do to ourselves (like a "reflection" in the mirror looking back at you.)  Many of these reflexive verbs show up in our daily morning and evening routines in actions like "despertarse" (wake-up), "levantarse" (get up), "vestirse" (get dressed), "lavarse la cara" (wash your face), "cepillarse los dientes" (brush your teeth), "acostarse" (go to bed), etc.  At first, these verbs seem a little tricky to conjugate because it is a two-part process: first we conjugate the verb as we usually do, then we add a reflexive pronoun (me, te, se, nos, or se).  But then we remember that we have been using reflexive verbs since day one of Spanish class!  Every time we introduce ourselves in Spanish, we say, "Me llamo..." which means "I call myself..."  That's a reflexive verb!  When we ask, "What's your name?" we say, "Como te llamas?"- that's a reflexive verb!  We've been doing this all along.  Now we just have a fancy name for it!

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