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

Upper-Intermediate Spanish Course

In this free Spanish lesson we will look at how to use Spanish Indirect Object Pronouns and Spanish Direct Object Pronouns together. This is the final video lesson in a series of four Spanish lessons on the topic of Direct and Indirect Spanish Object Pronouns. At first glance Spanish Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns can seem a little tricky, but give yourself time and you will soon see that they are quite straightforward. The key, as ever, is lots of practice! A “Pronoun” is basically a shorter and quicker substitute for a noun. English pronouns include “he” and “she” and “what” and “that”, which would be replaced by more words or much longer words if pronouns weren’t available. Direct Object Pronouns are those pronouns that represent the noun directly acted upon by the verb and Indirect Object Pronouns represent the noun that is the recipient of the verb’s action. One of the biggest challenges to the Spanish Student is distinguishing between Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns as they have similar functions and are themselves the same in the first and second person familiar forms. Spanish Pronouns as very similar to English Pronouns, except for the major difference that Spanish Pronouns have gender. They can fulfill any similar role in a sentence to a noun and some vary in form depending on whether they’re used as a subject or an object.

Lesson notes:

Ayer te escribí una carta: Yesterday I wrote a letter to you
Ayer te la escribí: Yesterday I wrote it to you

Le/ les – Se

Ayer escribí una carta a Juan: Yesterday I wrote a letter to Juan
Ayer se la escribí: Yesterday I wrote it to him

Ayer escribí una carta a Juan y Ana: Yesterday I wrote a letter to Juan and Ana
Ayer se la escribí: Yesterday I wrote it to them

Se la voy a escribir / Voy a escribirsela: I am going to write it to him
Se la estoy escribiendo / estoy escribiéndosela: I am writing it to him
Escríbesela: Write it to him
No se la escribas: Don´t write it to him

Activity:

Translate the following sentences…

He said it to me
I am going to read it (a magazine) to him
We are writing them (letters) to you (formal-group)
I have put it (a coat) on her

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Le estoy explicando el problema / Estoy explicándole el problema
Me dijo muchas cosas
Les vamos a vender nuestra casa / Vamos a venderles nuestra casa
Venderles el coche

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