First of all, even though our blog is fairly new, we always appreciate the comments and emails that we have received from our students and blog-readers. We are always looking for great ideas and unique topics to write about to help people learn Spanish online. Of course, we’d love for our readers to try our conversational Spanish lessons for free – we’d still love to hear from you either way. Today we are going to discuss a typical, yet essential topic for Spanish students, which leave them asking: Exactly, what is the difference between ser and estar?
SABER and CONOCER are two verbs that many of our students confuse easily. Why? Because in English we just have just one verb “to know”. I know him. I know the time. I know how to do that. I know this city like the back of my hand. It’s all the same in that we say “to know” for each example. However, in Spanish, there are two verbs that exist, and it is important that any student differentiates them. The good news if you have a look at a few of our examples below – it’s really not that hard to learn!
We’ll show you how we can distinguish these irregular verbs and differentiate the two “to knows” that exist in the Spanish language.
When learning Spanish, you are more likely to learn words that are simple in nature, but help convey the idea that you are wishing to express.
For example – antes (before), and despues (after) are words that can be used to express the timing of something that happened, or will happen.
- Voy a hacerlo despues de mi trabajo – I will do it after my work.
- Ella le dio a él los boletos antes del concierto – She gave him the tickets before the concert.