Have you ever wanted to do something or tell someone you can do it? These are the times when the Spanish verbs "querer" and "poder" will come in handy.
Before we get too far with this lesson, let's first start out with a Spanish vocabulary list. It's time to learn where things can be located. If you remember from school, these words are called "prepositions." Let's study your preposition word list and get to know it by heart and then we can move on.
After studying this vocabulary list, try to challenge yourself by saying these phrases.
Keep in mind that whenever you say "can" in Spanish, you are really actually saying "to be able to." If you think about it, "can" and "to be able to" mean the same thing. For example: in English we can either say "I am able to write" or "I can write." The difference is that in Spanish, there is no way to say "can." Instead, Spanish speakers always say "to be able to." Poder is a verb in Spanish that means "to be able to."
(Can you + to read + this?)
(You are able + to read + this?)
This lesson teaches the verbs "poder" (to be able to) and "querer" (to want.) These are stem changing verbs, so there is no better way to learn them other than examining each conjugated form individually. You will feel so proud of yourself once you learn them all.
Translate the following can and want phrases to Spanish.
Remember that knowing a lot of Spanish vocabulary words is just as important as knowing Spanish grammar. It is your job to learn vocabulary words (especially nouns) as much as you can. Learn words that are not even part of this Spanish course. Make flash cards, memorize them from lists, quiz yourself, or play Spanish vocabulary games online. Do what you must, because there will be times in your future where you will be so proud of yourself for learning new Spanish words.
Last updated: 2017
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