35 Capítulo 4: Sección 1: El sistema de dos apellidos

Section Goal

In this section, students will learn how last names are used in Spanish-speaking countries.

Actividad 2.

¡A hablar!

Actividad 3. Mis compañeros de clase

Instructions: Gather the names of three classmates and rewrite the names of all three classmates according to the two-last-name system.

Step 1: Get the first name of the classmate, the last name of the father, and the maiden name of the mother from three classmates. Use the following questions to get the needed information.

  • ¿Cómo te llamas?
  • ¿Cómo se apellida tu padre?
  • Sin casarse, ¿cómo se apellida tu madre?

Step 2: In a small group, discuss the two-last-name system. How is it beneficial? Are there any similarities or differences?


  1. The text and activities in this section are from "Spanish I: Beginning Spanish Language and Culture: 2.8 Para estudiar en casa" by Matthew Dean is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0.


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