The Spanish Verb DAR – Meanings and Everyday Uses

Today we’ll start with a high-level over view of one of the most essential verbs in Spanish: the verb “dar“, which is in English means “to give”.  The second part contains a handful of extremely useful common expressions used in everyday spoken Spanish – completely must-learns for the serious Spanish learners!

Yo doy – I give

Tú das – You give

Él/ella da – He/she gives

Nosotros damos  – We give

Ellos/ellas dan – They give

Ustedes dan – You(pl) give

For example:

  • Ella da una explicación al director.She gives an explanation to the principal.
  • Nosotros damos muchos regalos a los niños. – We give many gifts to the children.
  • das la tarea a la maestra.You give the homework to the teacher.
  • Yo doy las reglas a los estudiantes.  – I give students the rules.

Pretty basic stuff…

…But there are also Spanish expressions that use the verb “dar”, and once you have learned the above which shouldn’t take too long – the below is the more interesting and essential stuff about DAR.

Image

Continue reading

How to say I’m sorry in Spanish: Lo siento, Perdón y Disculpe

“I’m sorry” is an example of a word that can cause confusion especially when learning how to speak Spanish – since you normally say it on the fly, and abruptly.  Fortunately, the principles of “I’m sorry” in Spanish are pretty manageable, and not one to be a burden for the long-term.  The three Spanish expressions for “I’m sorry” / “Excuse me” can be used interchangeably for the most part as they have almost the same meaning.  Normally, there is no marked difference between Lo siento, Perdón and Disculpe as the context or the idea of the three is the same “apologize” for something we did wrong or some accident, or disturbance that we cause.

For example:

  • Lo siento por llegar tarde. – Sorry for being late.
  • Perdón por llegar tarde. – Sorry/Excuse me for being late.
  •  Disculpa por llegar tarde. – Sorry for being late.

As you can – the three words can be used in exactly the same way, and convey the same meaning.

Easy – right?  The good news is normally- yes!  The bad news is however there are situations that they can’t (shouldn’t) be used in the same way.

Image

Continue reading

What is the difference between SABER and CONOCER? – Breaking down the two “To Knows”

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!

Image

We’ll show you how we can distinguish these irregular verbs and differentiate the two “to knows” that exist in the Spanish language.

Continue reading

Lets TRY to learn Spanish! Tratar vs. Intentar vs. Probar vs…….

Like any language, many of the difficulties in learning Spanish is when there are multiple words for one single one in English (and vice versa)!

One word that comes up often is what we’d say “to try”.  There are actually several words in Spanish that equate to “to try” in English, today we will focus on the main ones that you will come across in coversation: Probar, Probarse, Intentar, Tratar de, Juzgar, Esforzarse.

Continue reading

Hola Spanish students!

Hola!

My name is Steve, co-owner of LetsGoSpanish which is an online-learning method that students use to learn how to speak Spanish with live tutors on Skype.

Our teachers all hail from the gorgeous town called La Antigua in Guatemala – a fantastic and comfortable place to visit and learn the Spanish language.

There is a big trend these days to learn languages online and not just in a classroom – why?  You can get an excellent experience learning the language for a very low cost speaking to not only native speakers, but trained and experienced as well.

Continue reading