Spanish course in Valencia

Spanish course in Valencia

‘No lo entiendo’, ‘no lo sé’, ‘¿Puedes repetir por favor?’, ‘¿Hables Inglés?’

These are the sentences you must know at the beginning of your Spanish course in Valencia. These sentences will be the first sentences the teacher will tell you and you will use them a lot.

When I first came to Valencia and into the classroom I thought I already knew a lot and I would understand a many things. Offcourse I recognised words, but speaking goes so fast. It is almost funny. (I had had one year Spanish at my university.)

To repeat is one of the most important things in learning a language, so at first, the teacher told about the verbs ‘ser’ and estar’.

Yo                                          soy                                        estoy

Tú                                          eres                                      estás

Él/ella                                  es                                          está

Nosotros                             somos                                  estamos

Vosotros                             sois                                       estáis

Ellos/ellos                          son                                        están


This means ‘to be’, and I am going to tell you about these verbs.

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Ser is used by descriptions, so the time, date, where someone was born, the occupation of someone, relationship etc.

I am a girl who follows a Spanish course in Valencia.

Soy una chica que sigue un curso de español en Valencia.

(Yes I am able to make sentences in Spanish, since I do a Spanish course in Valencia.)


Estar is used by temporal things like the weather or when you are ill.

I am ill.

Estoy enfermo.


Not that difficult, right?


But then there is the past tense. In Spanish there are two kinds of past tenses. Pretérito indefinido and pretérito imperfecto. It means the same, but is used in different cases.


So if you ate, yesterday, last year, three months ago or when you were eating while something happened, you use indifinido.


When you are describing a situation in the past, but the time does not matter, you must use imperfecto. You must also use imperfecto when the situations in the past were always the same.


So if that is not hard enough, the words ‘ser’ and ‘estar’ are strong verbs.

So we have, ser:


Indifinido                            imperfecto

Yo                                          fui                                          era

Tú                                          fuiste                                   eras

Él/ella                                  fue                                        era

Nosotros                             fuimos                                 éramos

Vosotros                             fuisteis                                erais

Ellos/ellos                          fueron                                 eran



And we have, estar:

Indifinido                            imperfecto

Yo                                          estuve                                 estaba

Tú                                          estuviste                            estabas

Él/ella                                  estuvo                                 estaba

Nosotros                             estuvimos                          estábamos

Vosotros                             estuvisteis                         estabais

Ellos/ellos                          estuvieron                         estaban



So good luck with figuring out, when to use which verb.

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