When students learn the perfect tenses for the first time, they can definitely be confusing. Once you know the basic rules about how to form the perfect tenses and how to use participles you can talk about some pretty silly topics. A fun activity in some of our classes is to play a game called, “Have you ever…?” During this game, students ask each other questions about things they have and have not done and they can also guess information about their classmates. For example, you could say, “I think Kyung Woo has never surfed.” Kyung Woo could reply, “You’re right! I’ve never surfed, but I have swum in the ocean.”
In Mark’s class, they learned about the perfect tenses a while ago and they used some interesting questions to practice. As you can see from the picture they discussed, “Have you ever eaten frog’s legs?” We decided to ask some staff around EC Miami to use the perfect tenses and tell us whether they have ever eaten frog’s legs. We also asked them, “What is the most interesting thing they have eaten recently?” Here are their responses:
Elisa – Academic Director: “I have never eaten frog’s legs, but I have eaten some interesting things. Although it wasn’t recently, I have had guinea pig. I ate it when I was in Peru.”
David – Accommodation Coordinator: “Frog’s legs? No. The most interesting thing I have ever eaten is definitely iguana soup. That’s as crazy as it gets. I had it in Curacao awhile back.”
What about you? What is the most interesting thing you have eaten recently? As you can probably see, we use the perfect tenses a lot in English, so it’s always good to practice. Next time you are talking to your EC friends start asking some perfect tense questions like, “What have you already done since you have been in Miami?” “Have you ever seen a shark?” “Have you ever overslept?” The more you practice, the better you will get and the more you will find our surprisingly things about your friends and classmates!