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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 third 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 third Spanish lesson about The Present Continuous in Spanish we will look at some example sentences illustrating the use of El Presente Continuo. In the previous lessons we looked at how to construct the verb endings for the regular Spanish gerundios and irregular Spanish gerundios such as “pudiendo”, “riendo” and “leyendo”. 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:

¿Qué estás haciendo?: What are you doing?
Estoy comiendo: I am eating
Estoy estudiando en España: I am studying in Spain
Estamos viviendo en Madrid: We are living in Madrid
¿Qué tiempo está haciendo en tu país?: How is the weather in your country at the moment?
Está lloviendo: It is raining
Está nevando: It is snowing
Está haciendo buen tiempo: The weather is good at the moment
Está haciendo mal tiempo: The weather is bad at the moment

Activity:

Translate the following…

I am singing.
They are not eating
Are you listening?
He is crying
Where are they living?

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Riendo
Diciendo
Trayendo
Durmiendo
Leyendo

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