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This lesson is part of the Upper-Intermediate Spanish Course
(74 Spanish video or mp3 lessons. 4 hrs 3 mins)


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In this free Spanish video lesson we will look at the different uses and the different meanings of the Spanish verbs Parecer and Parecerse. We will continue the theme in the next Spanish lesson with further investigation; specifically into how we use the Spanish phrase Me parece… (I think…). It is very uncommon for a Spanish verb to have only one simple English translation and it takes time to get to know all of the subtle differences and when exactly to use one Spanish verb structure over another in any given moment. It is advisable at first to concentrate on familiarising yourself with the most commonly used Spanish verbs, such as Parecer / Parecerse. The most fluent and accurate foreign language speakers are those people who are open minded and relaxed enough not to fall into the trap of trying to translate everything back to their mother tongue. You should have the confidence to leave your own language aside and ride the rollercoaster of your new language wherever it may take you. Learning Spanish is not something that you will ever “finish”; there will always be new subtleties to appreciate and there will always be room for improving your choice of word or phrase. You can, of course, set your own goals and limits and be very proud once you achieve a good level of speaking, writing, listening and reading. I look upon learning a foreign language as a great adventure into the unknown; there is always a new peak to scale or a new river to cross, but the rewards along the way make all the challenges well worthwhile.

Lesson notes:

Parecer:

To talk about the appearance of something/someone:

Ana parece cansada: Ana seems tired
Pareces más joven de lo que eres: You seem younger than you are

Parecerse:

To talk about similarities:

Elena y Sonia se parecen mucho: Elena and Sonia look very alike
Yo me parezco a mi madre: I look like my mother

To ask and give opinions (third person of the verb with an indirect object pronoun):

¿Qué te parece la película?: What do you think of the film?
Me parece que es muy divertida: I think it is very entertaining

Activity:

Make your own sentences practising each use…

Describe the appearance of something or someone
Describe similarities
Ask and give opinions

Here are some possible answers to the last activity:

Antonio es un hombre muy bueno
Esta película no me gusta, es muy mala
Esta sopa está muy buena
Ayer no pude ir a trabajar porque estaba malo
Todas las actividades que has completado están bien
Tu vecino está mal, siempre dice “Buenas noches” por la mañana

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