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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 second 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 second Spanish lesson about The Present Continuous in Spanish we will look at irregular Spanish gerundios such as “pudiendo”, “riendo” and “leyendo”. In the previous lesson we looked at how to construct the verb endings for the regular Spanish gerundios. 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 gerundios in Spanish are verbs that end in either -ando or -endo.

Lesson notes:

O-U
Poder – pudiendo: being able to
Dormir – durmiendo: sleeping
Morir – muriendo: dying
E-I
Mentir – mintiendo: lying
Reir – riendo: laughing
Servir – sirviendo: serving
Decir – diciendo: saying
Preferir – prefiriendo: preferring
Seguir – siguiendo: continuing
I-Y
Leer – leyendo: reading
Construir – construyendo: building
Traer – trayendo: bringing
Oir – oyendo: hearing
Ir – yendo: going

Activity:

Translate the following…

Laughing:
Saying:
Bringing:
Sleeping:
Reading:

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Cantando
Perdiendo
Ganando
Empezando/Comenzando
Discutiendo

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