Present Tense

Catalan Lesson 13 (Present Tense & Survival)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in Catalan. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Catalan Classes.


The present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Catalan, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Present Tense in Catalan

Present Catalan
I see youEt veig
I write with a penEscric amb ploma
You love applesT'agraden (molt) les pomes
You give moneyDónes diners
You play tennisJugues a tènis
He reads a bookLlegeix un llibre
He understands me(Ell)M'enten.
She has a cat(Ella) Té un(a) gat(a)
She knows my friend(Ella) Coneix el meu amic.
We want to learnVolem aprendre
We think Spanish is easyCreiem que el castellà és fàcil
You (plural) work here(Vosaltres) Treballeu aquí?
You (plural) speak French(Vosaltres) Parleu francès?
They drive a car(Ells) Condueixen un cotxe.
They smile(Ells) Somriuen


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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in Catalan

Headachemal de cap
Heart attackAtac de cor
Help meajudeu-me
Stomach achemal de panxa


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Daily Conversation in Catalan

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Catalan Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Catalan

Are you okay?estàs bé?
Call a doctor!truca al metge!
Call the ambulance!truca a una ambulància!
Call the police!truca a la policia!
Calm down!Tranquil·litza't!
I feel sickestic marejat/marejada
It hurts hereEm fa mal aquí
It's urgent!És una urgència!
Where is the closest pharmacy?on és la farmàcia més a prop?
You look beautiful! (to a woman)Estàs preciosa! ( a una dona)
You have a beautiful nameTens un nom molt maco
This is my wifeAquesta és la meva dona
This is my husbandAquest és el meu marit.

Fun Facts

Language Quote: ❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞ ‒Charlemagne

Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in Catalan about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Catalan Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Catalan homepage.

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