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Basic Spanish Lesson 69

Review

Let’s review some of the most common
Spanish verbs

Most Common Spanish Verbs

English Spanish
To want Querer
To arrive Llegar
To give Dar
To talk Hablar
To come Venir
To bring (away from onself) Llevar
To bring (closer to oneself) Traer
To eat Comer
To exit, to leave Salir
To return Volver

Lesson objectives

1

Asking somebody out on a date in Spanish

Dating

Many of us are familiar with the formula for
how to act and the questions to ask when we
meet someone we are romantically interested in

But that’s in our own language and culture

How can we do this in Spanish?

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Here are some easy questions we might ask
someone to see if they might like to go
out with us sometime:

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Do you want to go out with me?


Note: Just as in English, this is a very
direct way of asking

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Do you want to go out with me?


To want = Querer
You want (informa) = (Tú) quieres
To go out = Salir
With =
Con

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Do you want to go out with me?

We know that with =
Con

However, whenever we use it as ‘with me’
the translation changes

Prepositional object pronouns

Any preposition always needs an object
to complete its meaning

Eg: For me, To her, To Madrid, etc..

Most of the pronouns used with prepositions
in Spanish are the same as the subject pronouns
(usted, él, ella etc) but they are different in
the first- and second-person singular

Prepositional object pronouns

me =
It is a gift for me
Es un regalo para mí
We don’t say ‘para yo/ para me’

you (singular familiar) = ti
They are talking about you
Hablan de ti
we don’t say ‘de tú’

Prepositional object pronouns

Rest of the pronouns remain same

Eg:
For us = para nosotros
For her = para ella
For him = para él
For them =
para ellos

Using ‘with me’ and ‘with you’

Now when used as ‘with me’ and ‘with you’

with = con

When used with ‘con’ the forms conmigo
and contigo are used instead of con mí
and con ti, respectively

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With me = Conmigo
Just as in English, this is a
very direct way of asking

Do you want to go out with me?
¿Quieres salir conmigo?

Using ‘gustar’

The verb gustar (which can be translated
literally as "to be pleasing" ) can
similarly be used in the conditional form,
gustaría, to make gently worded requests

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To have a drink = Tomar

Would you like to have a coffee with me?
(Does going out for a coffee with me please you?)
¿Te gustaría tomar un café conmigo?

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Notice that there are two verbs in
this sentence - ir (to go) and cenar
(to have dinner)

Would you like to go have dinner with me?
¿Te gustaría ir a cenar conmigo?

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Here a some examples of how such
conversations might go:

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Let us break up this conversation
to understand each part

Speaker English
John Would you like to go out with me?
Claudia I don’t know
John We can have a coffee this evening
Claudia Well, ok

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John - Would you like to go out with me?

Would you like = Quieres
To go out = Salir
with me =
Conmigo

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John - Would you like to go out with me?
John - ¿Quieres salir conmigo?

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To know = Saber
I know =

Claudia - I don’t know
Claudia - No sé

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John - We can have a coffee this evening

Can (To be able to) = Poder
We can = Podemos
Have a coffee =
Tomar un café

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John - We can have a coffee this evening
John - Podemos tomar un café esta tarde

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That is fine/That is ok literally
become ‘is fine’/ ‘is ok’

Claudia - Well, ok
(Well, that is fine)
Claudia - Bueno, está bien

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Speaker English Spanish
John Would you like to go out with me? ¿Quieres salir conmigo?
Claudia I don’t know No sé
John We can have a coffee this evening Podemos tomar un café esta tarde
Claudia Well, ok Bueno, está bien

Dating

Let us now look at another
conversation

Dating

Speaker English
Mary Would you like to have dinner with me?
Felix Why yes, I would like to
Mary Perfect We can go to the Greek Restaurant nearby Is that ok?
Felix Yes, that’s great

Dating

Mary - Would you like (to go) to
have dinner with me?

Would you like = Te gustaría
To go = ir
To have dinner =
cenar

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Mary - Would you like (to go) to have dinner with me?
Mary - ¿Te gustaría ir a cenar conmigo?

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Felix - Why yes, I would like to


Why = Pues sí
I would like =
Me gustaría

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Felix - Why yes, I would like to
Felix - Pues sí, me gustaría

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Mary - Perfect We can go to the Greek
Restaurant nearby Is that ok?


We can = Podemos
To go = ir
Nearby = Aquí cerca (literally: here near)

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Mary - Perfect We can go to the Greek Restaurant
nearby Is that ok?
Mary - Perfecto Podemos ir al Restaurante Griego
aquí cerca Está bien?

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Felix - Yes, that’s great
Felix - Sí, está muy bien

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Speaker English Spanish
Mary Would you like to have dinner with me? ¿Te gustaría ir a cenar conmigo?
Felix Why yes, I would like to Pues sí, me gustaría
Mary Perfect We can go to the Greek Restaurant nearby Is that ok? Perfecto Podemos ir al Restaurante Griego aquí cerca Está bien?
Felix Yes, that’s great Sí, está muy bien

Dating

Here are some other questions and statements
that you might wish to use with someone you
are romantically interested in:

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Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
¿Tienes novio / novia?

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This literally means “you please me”

I like you
Me gustas

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Bonito/a is usually used to
describe the appearance of a woman

You are beautiful
Eres bonita

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Guapo/a is usually used to
describe the appearance of a man

You are handsome
Eres guapo

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So let’s see how we might use what we’ve
learned so far:

Dating

Speaker English
María Bob, why did you invite me to have dinner with you?
Bob Because I like you
María Really?
Bob Yes You are very beautiful

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María: Bob, why did you invite me to have
dinner with you?
Literally: Bob, why you invited me to have
dinner with you?

Why = ‘por qué’
You invited (informal) = invitaste
To have dinner = a cenar
with you =
contigo

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María: Bob, why did you invite me to have
dinner with you?
María: Bob, ¿por qué me invitaste a
cenar contigo?

Dating

Because = porque
I like you = Me gustas (you please me)

Bob: Because I like you
Bob: Porque me gustas

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María: Really?
María: ¿Sí?

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Bob: Yes You are very beautiful
Bob: Sí Eres muy bonita

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Speaker English Spanish
María Bob, why did you invite me to have dinner with you? Bob, ¿por qué me invitaste a cenar contigo?
Bob Because I like you Porque me gustas
María Really? ¿Sí?
Bob Yes You are very beautiful Sí Eres muy bonita

Grammar tip

Notice the difference between ‘por qué’
which means ‘why’ and ‘porque’ which
means ‘because’

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Let us look at some
more conversations

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Speaker English
Anne Diego, do you have a girlfriend?
Diego No, why?
Anne Because I like you. Do you want to go out with me tonight?
Diego Yes, but I can’t

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girlfriend = novia

Anne: Diego, do you have a girlfriend?
Anne: Diego, ¿tienes novia?

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why? = ¿por qué?

Diego: No, why?
Diego: No, ¿por qué?

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because = porque
tonight = this night =
esta noche

Anne: Because I like you Do you want to go
out with me tonight?
Anne: Porque me gustas Quieres salir
conmigo esta noche?

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but = pero
I can = Puedo
I can’t =
No puedo

Diego: Yes, but I can’t
Diego: Sí, pero no puedo

Dating

Speaker English Spanish
Anne Diego, do you have a girlfriend? Diego, ¿tienes novia?
Diego No, why? No, ¿por qué?
Anne Because I like you Do you want to go out with me tonight? Porque me gustas Quieres salir conmigo esta noche?
Diego Yes, but I can’t Sí, pero no puedo

Try yourself

I like you

1

Me gustas

2

Te amo

3

Te quiero

Solution

I like you

1

Me gustas

2

Te amo

3

Te quiero

Try yourself

He is a handsome man

1

Él es un
hombre bonito

2

Él es un
hombre guapo

3

Él es un
hombre lindo

Solution

He is a handsome man

1

Él es un
hombre bonito

2

Él es un
hombre guapo

3

Él es un
hombre lindo

Try yourself

I like you because you are beautiful

1

Me gusta
tu bonita

2

Te gusta
porque eres bonita

3

Me gustas
porque eres bonita

Solution

I like you because you are beautiful

1

Me gusta
tu bonita

2

Te gusta
porque eres bonita

3

Me gustas
porque eres bonita

Dating - Review

As always, the possibilities are endless,
but let’s review some of the phrases that
we learned and that might be useful when
asking someone out on a date

Dating - Review

English Spanish
Do you want to go out with me? ¿Quieres salir conmigo?
Would you like to… with me? ¿Te gustaría….. conmigo?
Have a coffee Tomar un café
Go have dinner Ir a cenar
Do you have a boyfriend / girlfriend? ¿Tienes novio / novia?
I like you Me gustas
You are beautiful (to a woman) Eres bonita
You are handsome (to a man) Eres guapo

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Credits

Content
Team Culturealley, Aroa Rubio

Voice Over
Gonzalo Paoli

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