INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED SPANISH VERBS
Having a wide knowledge of Spanish verbs can really help expand your vocabulary and unlock the obstacles to gaining true conversational Spanish fluency. The challenge for many Spanish students is that Spanish verbs often have more than one meaning. One of the best ways to overcome that challenge is by getting as much exposure as you can to real Spanish conversations.
At Doorway To Mexico, we dedicated a lot of time in our lessons to reviewing recorded conversations and examining how native Spanish speakers use the language. In our podcasts and bonus learning materials, we paid special attention to the world of Spanish verbs and how people use them in real life situations.
In today’s review, we bring you more Spanish verbs with examples of how to use them.
Me tengo que amarrar las agujetas.
I have to tie my shoelaces.
In this context, the verb amarrar means to tie or tie up. It’s one of the Spanish verbs featured in:
Dating & Relationships Podcast
Se le derramó su tequila.
His tequilla spilled. (Or) He spilled his tequila.
In this context, the verb derrarmarse means to spill. It’s one of the Spanish verbs featured in:
Cleaning Lady Podcast
Mi ex novio era guapísimo, pero siempre apestaba a cigarro.
My ex-boyfriend was gorgeous, but he always reeked of cigarettes.
In this context, the verb apestar means to reek or smell bad. It’s one of the Spanish verbs featured in:
The Metro Podcast
A esos pobres niños, no les alcanza ni para comprar un balón decente con qué jugar.
Those poor kids don’t even have enough to buy a decent ball to play with.
The verb alcanzar generally means “to reach” but it can also be used as a way to say “to be enough/have enough” of something. In this example, it refers to the boys not having enough money … No les alcanza. It’s one of the Spanish verbs that we examine in greater detail in:
Street Market Podcast
Me quemé ayer (por el sol).
I got sunburned yesterday.
To refer to getting sunburned, we can use the verb “quemarse” or say, “quemarse por el sol” which is like saying “to get burned by the sun.”
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Beach Store Podcast!
Estoy pensando en tronar con mi novio.
I’m thinking about breaking up with my boyfriend.
The Spanish verb tronar generally means “to thunder/crackle” but it’s also used colloquially to refer to a break up in a relationship.
You can hear the verb tronar in action in the ,
Doctor Visit Podcast!
El suelo está un poco resbaloso.
The ground’s a little slippery.
Resbaloso means “slippery,” stemming from the Spanish verb resbalar (to slip).
Resbalar is another one of the Spanish verbs that we feature in the Doctor Visit podcast, where Michael explains to the doctor in Spanish how he slipped and fell on his wrist.
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¿Cuál de estas salsas pica menos?
Which of these salsas is the least spicy? In a context like this, the Spanish verb picar is often used as a way to say “spicy.”
Picar actually has a wide range of other definitions including: push/bite/sting/scratch and several others. To get more examples of how to use the verb picar in Latin America, check out the free Spanish study guide available on our website.
We talked about the Spanish verb picar in much greater detail in the Street Food podcast.
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