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

Pre Intermediate Spanish Course

Pre-Intermediate Spanish Lesson 44: Spanish Past Simple El Pretérito Indefinido (Part 2)

This is the second Spanish lesson in a series of five Spanish video lessons about the Spanish Past Simple El Pretérito Indefinido. In this course we have already looked at four other Spanish grammar tenses: the Present Tense in Spanish to describe things we usually do, the Future Tense in Spanish that is the equivalent to Going to… in English, the Present Perfect in Spanish to describe things we have done in the past and the Present Continuous in Spanish which we use to say what we are doing at the moment. We will now learn more about how to be able to talk about things we did in the past in Spanish using the very useful and fundamentally important Spanish grammar tense El Pretérito Indefinido. The key at this stage is to have lots of Spanish verbs up your sleeve and to be clear on the different verb endings according to whether the verb ends in -ar, -er or -ir. In this second Spanish lesson about the Spanish Past Simple El Pretérito Indefinido we will look at key words used with El Pretérito Indefinido such as Hace… (…ago) and …pasado (last…). In the previous Spanish lesson about the Spanish Past Simple El Pretérito Indefinido we looked at how to construct the verb endings for the regular Spanish verbs and in the next lesson we will see the irregular verbs.

Lesson notes:

Ayer: yesterday
Anteayer: the day before yesterday
Anoche: last night
Anteanoche: the night before yesterday
El otro día: the other day
Hace (…): …ago
Hace dos días: two days ago
(…) pasado: last…
El mes pasado: last month
La semana pasada: last week
En (año/mes/estación): in (year/month/season)
En enero: in January

Activity:

Translate the following…

Five days ago I read that book
Last night we didn´t work
Yesterday Sonia and José dined in a restaurant
Last Friday this shop didn´t open
Did you use my computer the other day?

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Trabajamos
Bebieron
Viví
Salió
¿Leiste?

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