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Upper Intermediate Spanish Lesson 35: Different uses of Spanish word Como (Part 1)

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In this free Spanish lesson we will look at the different uses of the Spanish word Como and we will also continue the theme in the next Spanish lesson. Como is another of those words that we use a lot in everyday Spanish conversation and for that reason it is a good idea to become familiar with all of its meanings and uses. As we have mentioned before, it is very very rare that a Spanish word has one simple and straightforward translation into English, such as Como = Like. You have to keep an open mind and be prepared to deal with lots of different translations for any one Spanish word. Como, for example, can be translated to Like, As, About, or How in English depending on the specific moment it is used in. It takes time to pick up all of the little intricacies of the Spanish Language and patience, perseverance and an open mind are strong qualities in the most successful Spanish students. The best and easiest way to pick up all of the finer details is to live in Spain or Latin America and surround yourself with native speakers all day and every day. That way you will be learning Spanish and improving even when you are not aware of it. Even, if you don’t live in Spain or Latin America, however, you can still get all of the material you need from the wonderful invention that is The Internet! I am a firm believer that anyone of any age can learn a foreign language; it all depends on the time you can set aside to studying Spanish and practising Spanish and the dedication you have to achieving your goals.

Lesson notes:

To compare similar objects, people or actions in Spanish:

Mi bicicleta es como la tuya: Mi bicycle is like yours
Mi madre es como mi abuela: My mother is like my grandmother
Nadar en una piscina es como nadar en la playa: Swimming in a swimming pool is like swimming in the sea

Como + indicativo: To describe how we do an action in Spanish:

Voy a cocinar el pollo como Ana dice: I am going to cook the chicken as Ana says
Estudiaremos como nos recomienda el profesor: We will study as the teacher recommends us

Como + subjuntivo: To describe how we do an action in Spanish when the speaker doesn´t know how to do it yet:

Voy a cocinar el pollo como Ana diga: I am going to cook the chicken as Ana says
Estudiaremos como nos recomiende el profesor: We will study as the teacher recommends us

Activity:

Make your own sentences practising each use of the Spanish word Como…

To compare similar objects, people or actions
Como + indicativo: to describe how we do an action
Como + subjuntivo: to describe how we do an action when the speaker doesn´t know how to do it yet

Here are the possible answers to the last activity:

Esta película es super divertida
El libro era tan aburrido que me quedé dormido leyéndolo
Mi hermano es la mar de simpático
Sonia es guapísima

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