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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 when to use Spanish Indirect Object Pronouns. This is the third in a series of four Spanish lessons on the topic of Indirect and Direct 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 escribí una carta a Juan: Yesterday I wrote a letter to Juan
Ayer le escribí una carta: Yesterday I wrote a letter to him

Ayer escribí una carta a Ana: Yesterday I wrote a letter to Ana
Ayer le escribí una carta: Yesterday I wrote a letter to her

Voy a escribir una carta a Antonio: I am going to write a letter to Antonio
Le voy a escribir una carta / Voy a escribirle una carta: I am going to write a letter to him

Estoy escribiendo una carta a Antonio: I am writing a letter to Antonio
Le estoy escribiendo una carta / estoy escribiéndole: I am writing a letter to him

Escríbele una carta: Write him a letter
No le escribas una carta: Don´t write him a letter

Activity:

Translate the following sentences…

I am explaining the problem to her
She told me many things
We are going to sell our house to them
Sell the car to them

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Lo leo todos los días
Lo llamamos anoche
¿Me vas a visitar?/¿Vas a visitarme?
No la compres todavía

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