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“El verbo Ser”: the verb “To be” in Spanish (I am, you are, he/she/it is, we are, you are, they are.) This is one of the most important Spanish lessons in any beginner Spanish course. Once you are able to get your head around your first Spanish verb and the way you have to conjugate it for each of the different people (I, you, he, she, it, etc) then you are well on your way to success. The verb “To be” is fundamental to English and Spanish. We use it all of the time. Don’t get disheartened if you find this first introduction to Spanish verbs a little mind boggling at first, that is completely normal. The key is to be relaxed and open minded. You are learning a foreign language and the nature of the game is that this new language will be very different to your own native language and cause you a few headaches along the way. But these headaches, or challenges as we should better call them, are what make the process interesting and are the most important lessons to tackle and conquer in our quest.

Lesson notes:

Ser: To be
(Yo) soy: I am
(Tú) eres: You are
(Usted) es: You are (formal)
(Él) es: He is
(Ella) es: She is
(Nosotros) somos: We are
(Vosotros) sois: You (group) are
(Ustedes) son: You (group) are (formal)
(Ellos/ellas) son: They are.
Soy Laura: I am Laura.
¿Eres Antonio?: Are you Antonio?
¿Sois Antonio y Ana?: Are you Antonio and Ana?
No soy: I am not.


Translate the following…

We are Javier and Pedro.
Is she Cristina?
Are you Gustavo?(formal)
They are Jose and Raquel.
He is Simon.

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