Verbo Tener (Verb to Have)

The verb ‘tener’ is a key verb.  It is also necessary to be able to talk about your family.  Always learn verbs in the same order – I, you, he / she / you (formal), we, you (pl), they / they / you (formal pl).  Try chanting it to a rhythm or singing it in time with a tune!

yo tengo – I have
tú tienes – you have
él tiene – he has
ella tiene – she has
usted tiene – you have (polite)

nosotros tenemos – we have
vosotros tenéis – you have (pl)
ellos tienen – they have (masc or mixed)
ellas tienen – they have (fem)
ustedes tienen – you have (polite pl)


January 31, 2011. Tags: , , , . family, verbs, vocabulary. Leave a comment.

¿Tienes hermanos? – Do you have brothers or sisters?

Q:  ¿Tienes hermanos?   – Do you have brothers or sisters?
A:  Tengo un hermano    – I have a brother
A:  Tengo una hermano  – I have a sister
A:  No tengo hermanos    – I don’t have any brothers or sisters

*Note that you use ‘un’ for the masculine word and ‘una’ for the feminine word.
*  Hermanos = brothers or brothers and sisters.    Hermanas = sisters.
*To make the sentence negative simply add ‘no’ before the verb.
Now Look at the prompts below and write a sentence for each saying how many brothers and sisters you have.
Now click on the thumbnail below to check your answers.

January 30, 2011. Tags: , , , . family, verbs. Leave a comment.

Deberes para el 5 de noviembre

Homework over half term is to learn your spelling bee words (see previous post) and to memorize the verb ‘ser’ (to be):

I am                            we are

you are                     you are (pl)

he/she is                  they are
you are (pol)          you are (pol pl)

October 21, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . grammar, homework, verbs. Leave a comment.

Verbos – Comer (to eat), Beber (to drink) y Tomar (to have food or drinks)

Comer – to eat
yo como                                                  –  I eat
tú comes                                                 – you eat
él / ella / usted come                         – he / she / you (polite) eats
nosotros comemos                             – we eat
vosotros coméis                                   – you (plural) eat
ellos / ellas / ustedes comen          – they / you (polite plural) eat

Beber – to drink
yo bebo                                                    –  I drink
tú bebes                                                   – you drink
él / ella / usted bebe                          – he / she / you (polite) drinks
nosotros bebemos                              – we drink
vosotros bebéis                                    – you (plural) drink
ellos / ellas / ustedes beben           – they / you (polite plural) drink

Tomar – to have (food or drink)
yo tomo                                                    –  I have
tú tomas                                                   – you have
él / ella / usted toma                          – he / she / you (polite) has
nosotros tomamos                              – we have
vosotros tomáis                                    – you (plural) have
ellos / ellas / ustedes toman           – they / you (polite plural) have

*Remember ‘tomar’ only means ‘to have’ when you say you have something to eat or drink, otherwise you need to use the verb ‘tener’.*

June 9, 2009. Tags: , , , . food and drink, grammar, verbs, vocabulary. Leave a comment.

Radically Changing Verbs – Extra Practice

Click on the ‘languages on line ‘ link on the right hand side of the blog.  Select ‘espanol’ and then select ‘Caminos 2 Unidad 6’.  Work through exercises 1 – 10.

May 12, 2009. Tags: , , , , . grammar, verbs. Leave a comment.

Deberes – Radical Changing Verbs (E – IE) (Test 29/04/09)

Some verbs change the vowel in the ‘stem’.  Below are examples of 2 verbs that change from ‘e’ to ‘ie’:

Pensar – to think

pienso – I think
piensas – you think
piensa – he / she / you (polite) thinks
pensamos – we think
pensáis – you (plural) think
piensan – they / you (polite plural) think

Preferir – to prefer

prefiero – I prefer
prefieres – you prefer
prefiere – he / she / you (polite) prefers
preferimos – we prefer
preferís – you (plural) prefer
prefieren – they / you (polite plural) prefer

April 28, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . homework, verbs. Leave a comment.

Me Gusta(n) / No me gusta(n) – I like it/them / I don’t like it/them

If we are saying we like or dislike one thing we use:

me gusta / no me gusta

If we are saying we like or dislike more than one thing, we use:

me gustan / no me gustan

Some school subjects like ‘maths’ and ‘science’ are plural in Spanish (las matematicas / las ciencias), therefore we have to me gustan with those nouns.

Look at the table below and make sentences giving your opinion for each subject:


March 13, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . school, verbs. Leave a comment.

Describir una Persona – Verbo Ser (to be)

We usually use the verb ‘ser’ (to be) to describe people’s appearance and character.  This verb is a ‘key verb’ which means that it is very important and you need to learn it off by heart.  Always learn verbs in the order shown below (I, you, he/she/you polite, we, you pl., they/they/you polite pl.)

Learn the verb ‘ser’ and then translate the sentences below into Spanish:



1.      I am tall

2.      She is short

3.      We are young

4.      He is good-looking

5.      They are boring

6.      I am stupid

7.      You are funny (sing. friendly)

8.      You are funny (pl. friendly)

9.      We are intelligent

10.  I am thin


Click on the link to check the answers   verb-ser-tanslation-answers


February 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , . descriptions, verbs. Leave a comment.