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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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This is the first Spanish lesson in a series of five lessons about The Present Continuous in Spanish – El Presente Continuo (estar + gerundio) – which we use to say what we are doing at the moment. In this course we have already looked at three 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 and the Present Perfect in Spanish to describe things we have done in the past. This new Spanish grammar tense, El Presente Continuo, is a really easy tense to learn and use. Its use translates well to English and it is structured in a very similar way. The key 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 first Spanish lesson about The Present Continuous in Spanish we will look at how to construct the verb endings for the regular Spanish gerundio verbs. El Presente Continuo is formed with Estar + gerundio in a similar way that The Present Continuous in English is formed with Verb “To be” and a gerund. Gerunds in English are verbs that end in -ing and regular gerundios in Spanish are verbs that end in either -ando, -iendo or -iendo. There are also irregular Spanish gerundios which we will see in the next lesson.

Lesson notes:

Gerundio (-AR): -ando
Hablando: speaking
Trabajando: working
Llamando: calling
Bailando: dancing
Gerundio (-ER): -iendo
Comiendo: eating
Bebiendo: drinking
Rompiendo: breaking
Comprendiendo: understanding
Gerundio (-IR): -iendo
Saliendo: leaving
Viviendo: living

Activity:

Translate the following verbs in the present continuous tense…

Singing:
Losing:
Winning:
Starting:
Arguing:

Here are some possible answers for the last activity:

Coja esa calle y gire a la izquierda.
Estudiad durante una hora.
Duerme ocho horas al día.
Perdonen, ¿tienen hora?
Coge un pastel, por favor.

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