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This lesson is part of the Pre-Intermediate Spanish Course
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In this Spanish lesson we are going to learn more about how to manage at the doctor’s in Spanish and specifically the verb “to hurt” in Spanish (el verbo “doler”). In the previous Spanish lessons we learned how to describe pain in Spanish and exactly where you are feeling pain in your body with sentences such as: “Me duele la cabeza” (My head hurts) and “Tengo dolor de cabeza” (I have a headache) and useful vocabulary related to the parts of the body in Spanish. I recommend that you review those lessons before proceeding. This is a series of four Spanish video lessons about how to manage in Spanish at the doctor’s. This is really important for anyone travelling to Spain or Latin America. You never know when you might fall ill and need to describe the pain you are feeling in certain parts of the body. It is vital to learn and remember lots of Spanish vocabulary as well as Spanish grammar and Spanish expressions. You cannot get by with only grammar for example and neither can you get by with only vocabulary. You should try to learn a wide range of key words and structures that you can then apply to any situation you find yourself in.

Lesson notes:

(a mí) me duele la cabeza: My head hurts
(a ti) te duele la cabeza: Your head hurts
(a usted) le duele la cabeza: Your head hurts (formal)
(a él/a ella) le duele la cabeza: His/her head hurts
(a nosotros) nos duele la cabeza: Our heads hurt
(a vosotros) os duele la cabeza: Your heads hurt (group)
(a ustedes) les duele la cabeza: Your heads hurt (group/formal)
(a ellos) les duele la cabeza: Their heads hurt
No me duele la cabeza: My head doesn´t hurt
Me duelen los brazos: My arms hurt


Translate the following, changing the endings according to the person…

Does your head hurt? (friendly/one person)
My neck hurts
Our feet hurt
My belly doesn´t hurt
Their back hurts

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Tengo dolor de garganta
Me duelen los dedos
¿Tienes dolor de oídos?
Me duelen los brazos
No tengo dolor de espalda

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