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In this Spanish video lesson we are going to learn how to use reflexive Spanish verbs in the Spanish present tense. In the previous Spanish lesson we introduced some commonly used reflexive Spanish verbs, such as “despertarse” (to wake up), “levantarse” (to get up) and “vestirse” (to get dressed) and I recommend that you review that lesson before proceeding with this class. Here we will use the verb “levantarse” to show we conjugate (modify a verb from its base form) reflexive Spanish verbs in the present tense. As I explained previously, reflexive Spanish verbs are those verbs where the subject of the verb is also its object. Verbs are used the same way in English, however reflexive Spanish verbs are often called for when a different way of wording the sentence would be applied in English and this can make things a little complicated. Try not to translate everything literally and give yourself time to get accustomed to the different way that the Spanish language works. An example sentence using a reflexive Spanish verb is “John se duchar” (John is showering himself). Here John is both the subject (the one showering) and the object (the one being showered). “Se” is the reflexive pronoun and typically precedes the verb.

Lesson notes:

Levantarse: to get up.
(Yo) me levanto: I get up
(Tú) te levantas: you get up
(Usted) se levanta: you get up (formal)
(Él/ella) se levanta: he /she gets up
(Nosotros) nos levantamos: we get up
(Vosotros) os levantáis: you get up (group)
(Ustedes) se levantan: you get up (group/formal)
(Ellos) se levantan: they get up

Activity:

Conjugate (modify from its base form) the reflexive Spanish verb “Ducharse” (to shower) correctly for all persons (yo, tú, usted, él/ella, nosotros, vosotros, ellos)…

I shower:
You shower:
You shower (formal)
He/she showers:
We shower:
You shower (group):
You shower (group/formal):
They shower:

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Ducharse
Ponerse
Levantarse
Acostarse
Vestirse

 

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