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Pre-Intermediate Spanish Practice CourseA video lesson from the Pre-Intermediate Spanish Practice Course which practices the 69 topics of the Pre-Intermediate Spanish Theory Course.

This is the 21st Spanish lesson in the Pre-Intermediate Spanish Practice Course. This is an interactive Spanish video where you have the opportunity to practice Spanish at pre-intermediate level with a native Spanish speaker.

In this interactive Spanish video lesson we will practice using one of the most useful Spanish verbs El verbo Poder, which translates to the verb Can in English. Can is a modal verb that is used to indicate modality – likelihood, ability, permission, or obligation – and, like all modal verbs, it functions slightly differently to other general verbs. In this video lesson I will give you the opportunity to practice conjugating El verbo Poder Can for all of the different persons. Conjugating simply means modifying a verb from its base/infinitive form, for example: yo puedo, tú puedes, el puede, etc.

Please try to watch the video first before looking at the lesson notes. Answers to all tasks involved in the lesson will be given at the end of the post. Try not to look at the answers until you have tried a good few times to give your own responses.

This lesson practices the information taught in Pre-Intermediate Spanish Lesson 21: How to use El verbo Poder Can in Spanish from my Pre-Intermediate Spanish Course.

Lesson notes:

Crea frases con El verbo Poder y con la persona y el verbo que te doy:

Create sentences with the verb Poder and the person and the verb I give you. For example, if I say “Yo/estudiar”, you should say “Puedo estudiar” which means “I can study”. If I say “question” then you should make the intonation of a question. For example with “Tú/ver” (question) you should say “¿Puedes ver?” which means “Can you see?”:

1. Yo/beber alcohol

2. Vosotros/ir al cine (question)

3. Ella/hablar con María

4. Tú/estudiar mañana (question)

5. Nosotros/trabajar

6. Ellos/ver la televisión

7. Ustedes/salir con los amigos (question)

8. Usted/jugar al tenis (question)

Voy a decir algunas frases en español utilizando “poder” y quiero que me digas en inglés lo que he dicho:

I am going to say a few sentences in Spanish using the verb “poder” and I would like you to tell me what I have said in English:

1. No puedo ir a la playa

2. Podemos cenar en este restaurante

3. ¿Puedes llamar por teléfono a María?

4. ¿Pueden ustedes venir con nosotros?




1. Puedo beber alcohol
2. ¿Podéis ir al cine?
3. Ella puede hablar con María
4. ¿Puedes estudiar mañana?
5. Podemos trabajar
6. Ellos pueden ver la televisión
7. ¿Ustedes pueden salir con los amigos?
8. ¿Usted puede jugar al tenis?

1. I cannot go to the beach
2. We can have dinner in this restaurant
3. Can you call María?
4. Can you come with us?

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