The 100 Most Used Verbs in Spanish

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 in Learning Tools |

accept aceptar close/shut cerrar
allow permitir/dejar organize organizar
ask preguntar pay pagar
believe creer play jugar
borrow prestar put poner
break romper rain llover
bring traer read leer
buy comprar reply responder
can/be able poder run correr
cancel cancelar say decir
change cambiar see ver
clean limpiar sell vender
comb peinar send enviar
complain quejarse sign firmar
cough toser sing cantar
count contar sit sentarse
cut cortar sleep dormir
dance bailar smoke fumar
draw dibujar speak hablar
drink beber spell deletrear
drive conducir spend gastar
eat comer stand ponerse de pie
explain explicar start/begin comenzar
fall caerse study estudiar
fill llenar succeed tener exito
find encontrar swim nadar
finish terminar take * tomar
fit caber talk hablar
fix reparar teach enseñar
fly volar tell decir
forget olvidar think pensar
give dar translate traducir
go ir travel viajar
have tener try intentar
hear oir turn off apagar
hurt dañar, herir turn on encender
know saber/conocer type escribir a máquina
learn aprender understand entender
leave salir/marcharse use utilizar/usar
listen escuchar wait esperar
live vivir wake up despertar
look mirar want querer/desear
lose perder watch mirar
make/do hacer work trabajar
need necesitar worry preocuparse
open abrir write escribir


Some Questions asked by our students:
1.  Uses o “por” and “para”:
How does one say “for” in Spanish?

Simple question, huh?

Not really. In fact, understanding the answer to that seemingly simple question is one of the more difficult problems facing many Spanish students.

Por and para, frequently are used for the English word “for.”  Here are the basic rules for por and para uses:

Uses for por:

Indicating means of transportation: Viajo por avión. I  travel by plane.

Introducing the agent of an action after a passive verb: Leo un libro escrito escrito por Dr. Oz

Expressing movement along, through, around, by or about: Decido caminar por el parque. I decide to walk through the park.

Denoting a time or duration when something occurs. Camine por dos horas. I walked for 2 hours.

Expressing the cause (like “due to”, or “because of”, not the purpose) of an action:Me caí por la nieve. I fell down because (due to) of the snow.

Meaning per: Perdi Diez por ciento de mi peso. I lost 10 percent of by weight.

Meaning supporting or in favor of: Trabajamos por los derechos humanos. We work for human rights.

Used in numerous expressions: Por ejemplo. For example. Por favor. Please.

Uses for para:
Meaning for the purpose of or in order to: Para bailar la bamba, se necesita una poca de gracia. In order to dance the bamba you need a little grace.

With a noun or pronoun as object, meaning for the benefit of or directed to: Es para usted. It’s for you.

Meaning to or in the direction of when referring to a specific place: Voy para Europa. I’m heading to Europe.

Meaning by or for when referring to a specific time: Necesito el regalo para mañana. I need the gift for tomorrow. Vamos a la casa de mi madre para el fin de semana. We’re going to my mother’s for the weekend.


Some ideas to make it easier to remember words:
1. English words ending in “tion”, like construction, imagination, nation, relation, solution,, etc… would be ending in “cion” in Spanish.  For example,  Construccion, imaginacion, nacion, relacion, and they are always female words (isn’t it nice to have an “always” rule in Spanish? Cool) So:  La construccion, la inaginacion, la nacion, relacion, la solucion.



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