This 14th lesson deals with the past tense in Spanish. 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 Spanish Classes.
The past tense (preterite) in Spanish is used mainly in 3 cases:
To be able to conjugate a verb properly in Spanish, you need to know 2 things:
Here are examples about both:
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, Spanish, 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.
|I saw you||Te vi|
|I wrote with a pen||Escribí con pluma|
|You loved apples||Te gustaron las manzanas|
|You gave money||Diste dinero|
|You played tennis||Jugaste tenis|
|He read (past tense) a book||Él leyó un libro|
|He understood me||Él me entendió|
|She had a cat||Ella tenía un gato|
|She knew my friend||Ella conoció a mi amigo|
|We wanted to learn||Queríamos aprender|
|We thought Spanish is easy||Creíamos que el español era fácil|
|You (plural) worked here||Ustedes trabajaron aquí|
|You (plural) spoke French||Ustedes hablaban francés|
|They drove a car||Manejaron un auto|
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Below is a list of 18 words and expressions related to colors.
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Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Spanish Phrases page. Enjoy!
|Black is his favorite color||el negro es su color favorito|
|I have black hair||yo tengo el cabello negro|
|Red is not his favorite color||el rojo no es su color favorito|
|She drives a yellow car||ella maneja un auto amarillo|
|The sky is blue||el cielo es azul|
|Your cat is white||tu gato es blanco|
|I enjoyed myself very much||Me divertí mucho|
|I agree with you||estoy de acuerdo contigo|
|Are you sure?||¿estás seguro?|
|Be careful!||¡ten cuidado!|
|Would you like to go for a walk?||¿te gustaría ir a dar un paseo?|
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Congratulations! You finished your 14th lesson in Spanish about the past tense, and a vocabulary list about colors. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Spanish Lesson 15. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Spanish homepage.