Brainstorm in English…
• What comes to mind with the
term “reciprocal action”?
• How would the term
“reciprocal” be related to a
reflexive verb?
VERBOS RECÍPROCOS
Analyze the following sentence
and DRAW what you think is
happening.
•Lorenzo y Laura se
miran en el espejo.
• Laura y Lorenzo se miran en
el espejo.
• This could be a REFLEXIVE
action.
• It can also be a
RECIPROCAL action.
• A REFLEXIVE action is
something done to oneself.
• A RECIPROCAL action is
something done to each
other.
• A RECIPROCAL verb looks
and works exactly like a
REFLEXIVE verb…
• Except it ONLY uses the
nosotros, vosotros and
ellos/ellas/ustedes forms.
Jorge y yo nos abrazamos.
Vosotros os habláis.
Isabel y Fernando se casan.
• WHY is that?
• A small amount of
reflexive verbs can also
have reciprocal meanings.
To marry oneself off
CASARSE
To marry each other
To take one’s leave
DESPEDIRSE
To say goodbye to each other
Common verbs that take on
reciprocal meanings with “se”:
• Abrazarse
• Ayudarse
• Besarse
• Encontrarse
• Hablarse
Change your drawing if you
need to.
•Lorenzo y Laura se
miran en el espejo.
Traduce:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
I talk to myself.
Jorge and I talk to each other.
You help yourself.
Y’all help each other. (España)
Jorge finds Julio’s house.
Jorge and Julio find/meet up with
each other.
7. We see you.
8. We see each other.
Actividad
• Pick a verb that may have a
reflexive and reciprocal
meaning.
• Write a sentence using that
verb and illustrate the
reciprocal meaning.
Traduce estas frases:
• Furio and Shannon hug when they
see each other at the museum.
• Luciano prefers to talk to himself,
but we talk to each other sometimes.
• Katniss and Peeta kiss when they
know that they don’t have to kill
(matar) each other.
• Furio y Shannon se abrazan
cuando se ven (se miran) en el
museo.
• Luciano prefiere hablarse, pero
nosotros nos hablamos a veces.
• Katniss y Peeta se besan cuando
saben que no tienen que matarse.
VERB LADDERS 
• Furio and Shannon hug when
they see each other at the
museum.
• Katniss and Peeta kiss when they
know that they don’t have to kill
(matar) each other.
• Luciano prefers to talk to himself,
but we talk to each other
sometimes.
• My sister and I brush each other’s
hair because we like to have fun
(enjoy ourselves) at 3AM.
• I prefer to look at myself in the
lake (el lago). But today,
mermaids (las sirenas) are putting
makeup on each other so I have
to use a mirror.
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RECIPROCAL verb - GT Academy Spanish