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In this Spanish lesson we are going to look more at opinions, evaluations and confirmations in Spanish with the Present Subjunctive – El presente de subjuntivo. This is the second in a series of three Spanish video lessons about expressing opinions in Spanish and how to agree and disagree in Spanish using the Spanish Present Subjunctive. Here we will see some phrases using the Indicative also, such as Creo que + indicativo (I believe that …) and Pienso que + indicativo (I think that …). Phrases using the Present Subjunctive include No creo que + subjuntivo (I don´t believe that …) and No me parece que + subjuntivo (It doesn´t seem to me that …). With these useful structures you will be well prepared to give your opinions and debate matters in Spanish. Spanish people love having “discussions”. We will discuss anything and everything and it is usual for the volume levels to get high, even over very trivial matters. I know many people who have mistaken these noisy outbursts for arguments (and I can see why!), but it is usually just that we are quick to get animated and love the theatre of debating. The points outlined in this series of three Spanish video lessons are very useful if you feel confident enough to join in with one of these debates. They really are great fun and a fantastic way to let off steam!

Lesson notes:

Creo que + indicativo: I believe that:
Creo que Ana es muy simpática: I believe that Ana is very friendly

Pienso que + indicativo: I think that:
Pienso que Ana es muy simpática: I think that Ana is very friendly

Me parece que + indicativo: It seems to me that:
Me parece que Ana es muy simpática: It seems to me that Ana is very friendly

No creo que + subjuntivo: I don´t believe that:
No creo que Ana sea muy simpática: I don´t believe that Ana is very friendly

No pienso que + subjuntivo: I don´t think that:
No pienso que Ana sea muy simpática: I don´t think that Ana is very friendly

No me parece que + subjuntivo: it doesn´t seem to me that:
No me parece que Ana sea muy simpática: It doesn´t seem to me that Ana is very friendly

Para mí + opinión (afirmativa o negativa) en indicativo: For me:
Para mí, Ana es muy simpática: For me, Ana is very friendly
Para mí, Ana no es muy simpática: For me, Ana is not very friendly

A mi modo de ver + opinión (afirmativa o negativa) en indicativo: From my point of view:
A mi modo de ver, Ana es muy simpática: From my point of view, Ana is very friendly
A mi modo de ver, Ana no es muy simpática: From my point of view, Ana is not very friendly

Activity:

Make up sentences using the following structures and your own opinions…

Creo que
No me parece que
Para mí
A mi modo de ver
No pienso que

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Me parece fatal que sigan funcionando las centrales nucleares
Está claro que tenemos que hacer más a favor del medio ambiente
Es indudable que debemos usar más el transporte público
Es una pena que no reciclemos más productos

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