Past Tense

Catalan Lesson 14 (Past Tense & Colors)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 14th lesson deals with the past tense in Catalan. In addition I included a vocabulary list about colors, as well as some basic phrases. 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 past is one of the 3 tenses (present, past, 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 past 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.

Past Tense in Catalan

Past Catalan
I saw youEt vaig veure
I wrote with a penVaig escriure amb ploma
You loved applesT'agradaven (molt) les pomes
You gave moneyVas donar diners
You played tennisVas jugar a tènis
He read (past tense) a book(Ell) Va llegir un llibre
He understood me(Ell) Em va entendre
She had a cat(Ella) Tenia un(a) gat(a)
She knew my friend(Ella) Coneixia el meu amic
We wanted to learn(Ells/Elles) Volien aprendre
We thought Spanish is easyPensàvem que el castellà era fàcil
You (plural) worked here(Vosaltres) Treballàveu aquí
You (plural) spoke French(Vosaltres) Parlàveu francès.
They drove a car(Ells/Elles) conduïen un cotxe.
They smiled(Ella/Elles) Van somriure


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List of Colors in Catalan

Below is a list of 18 words and expressions related to colors.

Colors in Catalan

Colors Catalan
Dark colorcolor fosc
Light colorcolor clar


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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

English Catalan
Black is his favorite colorel negre és el seu color preferit
I have black hairTinc els cabells negre
Red is not his favorite colorel vermell no és el seu color preferit
She drives a yellow carElla condueix un cotxe groc
The sky is blueel cel és blau
Your cat is whiteel teu gat és blanc
I enjoyed myself very muchM'ho he passat molt bé.
I agree with youEstic d'acord amb tú
Are you sure?Estàs segur?
Be careful!Ves amb compte!
Would you like to go for a walk?Vols venir a caminar?

Fun Facts

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

Congratulations! You finished your 14th lesson in Catalan about the past tense, and a vocabulary list about colors. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Catalan Lesson 15. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Catalan homepage.

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Linguistic Catalan Vocabulary
Culture Catalan Phrases
Structure Catalan Grammar