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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 22nd 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 I will give you the chance to review and practice more about how to use one of the most important Spanish verbs El verbo Poder: the Spanish Can. 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 ask you to make sentences using El verbo Poder along with two other very important Spanish modal verbs that we have looked at in depth in recent lessons in this course: Tener que (Have to) and Deber (Must).

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 22: More about using Spanish Can El verbo Poder from my Pre-Intermediate Spanish Course.

Lesson notes:

Responde las siguientes preguntas diciendo que no puedes y explica por qué usando “tener que” o “deber”:

Answer the following questions saying that you cannot do what I am asking and explain why using “tener que” or “deber”:

1. ¿Quieres ir a la playa conmigo?
2. ¿Vamos de compras al centro comercial?
3. ¿Cenamos en un restaurante esta noche?
4. ¿Quieren ir al cine con nosotros?
5. ¿Vamos a estudiar a la biblioteca?
6. ¿Tomamos un café después del trabajo?
7. ¿Vamos al monte este fin de semana?
8. ¿Queréis ir a Italia este verano?

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 estudiar, es que me duele la cabeza
2. No podemos ir al cine, porque tenemos mucho trabajo
3. Ana no puede ver muy bien porque no lleva sus gafas
4. No puedo beber alcohol, es que voy a conducir




(Possible answers)

1. No puedo, porque tengo que trabajar
2. No puedo, es que no tengo dinero
3. No puedo, es que debo cenar con mi familia porque es el cumpleaños de mi padre
4. No podemos, porque debemos limpiar la casa
5. No puedo, es que en la biblioteca no puedo estudiar. Tengo que estudiar solo
6. No puedo, es que tengo que trabajar hasta muy tarde hoy
7. No puedo, porque tengo que visitar a mi hermana este fin de semana
8. No puedo, porque tengo que estudiar este verano

1. I cannot study, I have a headache
2. We cannot go to the cinema, because we have a lot of work
3. Ana cannot see very well because she is not wearing her glasses
4. I cannot drink alcohol, I am going to drive

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