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This lesson is part of the Pre-Intermediate Spanish Course
(69 Spanish video or mp3 lessons. 4 hrs 41 mins)

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In this Spanish lesson we will learn how to use the Spanish future tense that is the equivalent to “Going to” in English – Ir + a + verb. We have already seen how to describe things that we do usually/always/never/occasionally/etc using the Spanish present tense and now we will learn how to dscribe future plans using one of the Spanish future tenses. This will open up many more possibilities when you are speaking in Spanish and will hopefully give you a lot more confidence to make conversation in Spanish. This Ir + a + verb Spanish future tense is a really nice tense to use as it translates easily to the English equivalent of “Going to” and is very easy to conjugate for all of the different persons, particularly as the verb never changes and always remains in its infinitive/base form. It is a good idea to review your Spanish verbs as soon as you can remember well how to construct this future tense.

Lesson notes:

Ir + a + verbo infinitivo: to go + to + infinitive verb
(yo) voy a ……..: I am going to……
voy a comer: I am going to eat
(tú) vas a ………: You are going to
¿vas a leer?: Are you going to read?
(usted) va a ………: You are going to….. (formal)
¿va a leer?: Are you going to read? (formal)
(él/ella) va a ………: He/she is going to……
Pedro va a comprar: Pedro is going to buy
(nosotros) vamos a ………..: we are going to……
vamos a nadar: We are going to swim
(vosotros) váis a ……….: You are going to….. (group)
¿Váis a escribir?: Are you going to write?
(ustedes) van a ……….: You are going to…… (group/formal)
¿Van a escribir?: Are you going to write? (formal/group)
(ellos/as) van a ……..: They are going to……
Carlos y Sonia van a cenar: Carlos and Sonia are going to dine


Translate the following…

We are going to write
Are you going to come? (formal)
Pedro and Sonia are going to eat in a restaurant
I am going to study
Are you going to watch TV? (group)

Here are the answers to the last activity:

273.654: doscientos setenta y tres mil seiscientos cincuenta y cuatro
203.634.547: doscientos tres millones seiscientos treinta y cuatro mil quinientos cuarenta y siete.
892.376.054: ochocientos noventa y dos millones trescientos setenta y seis mil cincuenta y cuatro.
383.746: trescientos ochenta y tres mil setecientos cuarenta y seis.
756.383.192: setecientos cincuenta y seis millones trescientos ochenta y tres mil ciento noventa y dos.

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