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Upper Intermediate Spanish Lesson 31: Different uses Spanish verb Parecer Parecerse (Part 2)

This lesson is part of the Upper-Intermediate Spanish Course
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In this free Spanish video lesson we will look into how we use the very useful and commonly used Spanish phrase Me parece… (I think…). This continues the theme from the previous Spanish lesson which analysed the different uses and the different meanings of the Spanish verbs Parecer and Parecerse. 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:

Me parece + adjective + que + subjuntivo:

Me parece muy bien que vayas a Barcelona: I think it’s great that you are going to Barcelona
Me parece fatal que Antonio no haya estudiado nada: I think it’s awful that Antonio hasn´t studied at all
Me parece fantástico que hayas ganado la lotería: I think it’s fantastic that you have won the lottery

Me parece + adjective + infinitive:

Me parece aburrido ir a la playa: I think going to the beach is boring
Me parece interesante estudiar Medicina: I think studying Medicine is interesting
Me parece maravilloso vivir en España: I think living in Spain is marvellous

Activity:

Make your own sentences practising both uses…

Me parece + adjective + que + subjuntivo
Me parece + adjetive + infinitive

Here are some possible answers to the last activity:

Pareces extranjero ¿de dónde eres?
Mi hermana y yo nos parecemos mucho
¿Qué les parece la fiesta?

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