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Spanish Lesson Eighty-One: The Verb Tratar

Updated on March 31, 2014

Hey Friends!

Welcome back to Monday as we work on some more Spanish lessons. These are the last few lessons in my repertoire. We've been learning together for almost two years now. Can you believe it? It's just amazing how fast time goes by. Back then, I knew very little of what I was doing. However, now, I'm much more confident about teaching others the Spanish language. Anyway, let's talk about some things.

Last week we discussed the Present Perfect Subjunctive. We're very close to the end of the Compound Tenses now. We'll have a final review and a few other lessons before lesson one hundred. At that point, I will be taking a two month break from Foreign Language. We'll pick up with Portuguese by that time. I'm excited!! :) Now, let's talk about this week.

Today's Goals

  • To Be Able to conjugate and define the verb tratar
  • To Be Able to recognize situations that call for the verb tratar
  • To Learn new vocabulary in addition to today's grammar.


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Tratar(se) Means Many Things

Hey Friends,

Today we're going to discuss a pretty important Spanish verb that is known for its versatility. It can mean a variety of things and I believe it is essential to speaking the Spanish language. Note that I have (se) in parenthesis. This verb, like many other, has a reflexive form in addition to its regular form. i will discuss the usage of both forms once we get to the lesson. So yeah, thanks for reading.

By the way, this will be the last lesson to ever focus on the usage of one verb, so keep that in mind. At the end of this lesson, I will divulge the list of final lessons and when they'll be posted.

English Word
Spanish Equiv
To Read
La Salud
To Allow/To permit/To Indulge
La Fecha
To Have A Premonition
El Azúcar
To Scratch
La Sangre

Today's Vocabulary

Hey Friends!

From here on out, there won't be too many more of these lists to share unless they pertain to the final themes I have set for the remainder of this run. It's taken me two years to write one hundred Spanish Lessons. So yeah, from here on out, I'll be posting some more useful things that surround this topic. Don't worry, you'll know what those are. For now, bask in this list. The words with an asterisk next to it are words that I didn't know before I received the Word of The Day.

I highly suggest you sign up for it. It's a great way to learn some new words and get acquainted with the language a bit more. So yeah, go online and search for a service that sends you one a day. Good luck with today's lesson! It won't be too hard, I promise!

The Verb Tratar(se) (Present Indicative)


Uses of Tratar(se)

  • Used to express treatment of someone (medical or in a particular manner)
  • Used to express speaking to or addressing someone
  • Used to express "trying" to do something
  • Used to express speaking about or having something as a subject
  • Used to express trade or doing business with someone
  • Used to express being on speaking terms with someone

Using The Verb Tratar

Hey Friends,

So as you can tell, Tratar(se) has quite a few uses in the Spanish language. Today, I'm just going to go over all of them one by one. That way, you can recognize the versatility and effectiveness of this particular verb. Below the lesson, I'll have the list of the final lessons that will take place and their subject matter.

Treating Someone

Ella se trató con antibióticos. She was treated with antibiotics. When the object and subject are the same, use the reflexive form of tratar. Note that tratar is a regular -AR verb and has no irregularities.

Addressing Someone

Trataban a Ella en la entrevista. They addressed her in the interview. When talking about people or animals, make sure you have the personal "a" before the personal or animal you're specifying.

"Trying" To Do Something

Estoy tratando de escribir una lección de Español. I am trying to write a Spanish lesson. Tratar can be made into a gerund and participle just like all other verbs. The formula for this particular usage is Tratar + De + Inf. Make sure you follow it in this case.

Having Something As A Subject

La Película se trata una chica esperando para el amor. The movie movie is about (discusses/talks about) a girl waiting for love. In this case you can also use Tratar + De to talk about subject matter of books, movies, etc.

Expressing Trade/Being On Speaking Terms

Manuel tiene que tratar con su hermano. Manuel has to trade with his brother. Use Tratar + Con to utilize this usage. Use Tratarse + Con to use the second usage.

Oh! Thanks for reading today! Next week we'll discuss Childhood Things. Also, take a look after the video for a detailed list of the final twenty (well now it's nineteen) lessons.

Upcoming Lessons

Spanish Lesson Eighty-Two: Childhood Things (4/7)

Spanish Lesson Eighty-Three: Double Object Pronouns (4/14)

Spanish Lesson Eighty-Four: Spanish Slang (4/21)

Spanish Lesson Eighty-Five: Pontential Compuesto (4/28)

Spanish Lesson Eighty-Six: How To Find A Penpal (5/19)

Spanish Lesson Eighty-Seven: How To Immerse Yourself in Spanish (5/26)

Spanish Lesson Eighty-Eight: The Largest Spanish Speaking Countries (6/2)

Spanish Lesson Eighty-Nine: Inexpensive Ways To Travel Internationally (6/16)

Spanish Lesson Ninety: Pluscuamperfect de subjuntivo (6/23)

Spanish Lesson Ninety-One: Winter (Activities) (6/30)

Spanish Lesson Ninety-Two: Spring (Activities) (7/1)

Spanish Lesson Ninety-Three: Summer (Activities) (7/14)

Spanish Lesson Ninety-Four: Fall (Activities) (7/21)

Spanish Lesson Ninety-Five: Compound Tense Review (7/28)

Spanish Lesson Ninetey-Six: Vocabulary Review #1 (8/4)

Spanish Lesson Ninety-Seven: Vocabulary Review #2 (8/11)

Spanish Lesson Ninety-Eight: Vocabulary Review #3 (8/18)

Spanish Lesson Ninety-Nine: The Benefits of Being Bilingual (8/25)

Spanish Lesson One Hundred: Farewell Spanish Learners! (9/1)

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      A.E. Williams 3 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks so much! What a nice message to come home to after a long day. I just finished this lesson earlier today, lol. Umm... I can't think of a faster way. They're all numbered and you'll just have to search through them. Obviously, those aren't as well structured as the one you read today. I've been writing them for two years now... so I've learned a lot along the way. I'm so glad you'll find use with these lessons. I'm passionate about the language. You can actually go to my profile, click the category (should be Education and Science) and all my Spanish lessons should be listed there. All of them are featured. If not, then just let me know if you need help with anything.

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      Tina Truelove 3 years ago

      Hello CrazedNovelist. You have no idea how happy I am to have come across this lesson. I started home-schooling this year - a high school sophomore! We are using Rosetta Stone but it has it's limitations. I think my daughter will benefit from your lessons. Is there a way I can access a list in order without searching through all your hubs and youtube videos? - although your hubs are great, I'm just anxious to get access to all your Spanish lessons.

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