Spanish Sayings

For Andrew Gray's intermediate Spanish course, students complete an activity using Spanish sayings to improve knowledge of the language and popular oral culture. The only prerequisite for this activity is intermediate knowledge of Spanish.

At the beginning of class, the instructor hands out refranes, sayings encapsulating popular wisdom of the "the early bird gets the worm" variety, on slips of paper. Gray uses 24 different sayings. He prints them out individually, then separates the subject in the sentence from the predicate and has the students find which subject goes with which predicate. After the activity, the class talks about the meaning of the sayings.