Category: Verbos

No se me da…

The verb dar is a power verb and one of the first that Spanish students learn. In its most basic form it translates as “to give,” as in the sentence Yo le doy a la manzana a mi madre. As with any hyper-used verb, however, it carries a seemingly endless array of meanings. While this […]

Llevar – Part II

Last post, we examined some of the most common uses of the Spanish verb llevar. Today we’ll dig a little deeper and discover what other things we can say with this versatile little word. We’ll start first with one of its most common meanings, which is somewhat related to the concept of “carrying something” we saw last time. In this […]


Today I thought I’d start a short series on the power verb llevar. As this word crops up over 100 times in the 250+ pages of notes I took while living in Mexico, I feel that it deserves special examination. Llevar gets a lot of mileage in the Spanish language and one might llevarse un buen susto by […]


Today we’ll explore the nuances of the relatively common verb manifestar, another Spanish word which gets more use than its English equivalent. Although manifestar is a true cognate for the verb “to manifest”, better translations include “to express”, “to exhibit” or “to appear.” Its reflexive form, manifestarse, can also mean “to appear”, “to declare” or even “to protest.” Let’s take each definition […]


Learning vocabulary in Spanish is often a breeze. After all, English and Spanish share thousands of words in common, thanks to the influence of Latin on both languages. That said, words with similar meanings rarely have identical meanings, and one of the challenging parts of mastering the language is understanding all the nuances behind cognates […]

That pesky “se”

One of the most challenging aspects of Spanish can be spelled with two letters: “se”. This pesky little word seems to crop up in almost every other sentence and has innumerable meanings. I thought I’d dedicate this article and the next to some of its most common uses… 1) “Sé” of saber: We’ll start with this one […]

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