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Spanish Lesson: Twenty-Three: Saying What You Like

Updated on September 22, 2013

¡Bienvenido! Welcome! I hope you're here to learn! If you're coming in for the first time, start from the beginning with Lesson One. If you've been be following this whole time, I hope you're excited for this week's lesson. :). The weekend is here and now it's time to relax and read a good book. However, if you're like me, you'll want to learn some Spanish! lol. I use my Sunday to relearn some things I've lost. Hopefully you all will regain that knowledge or learn it for the first time! Last week our Spanish knowledge grew even further by discussing Formal and Informal Commands.

Remember, these lessons are designed for you to be able to go at your own pace and learn Spanish "A Little At A Time". I recommend that everyone go back to previous lessons and review them occasionally to help the information penetrate successfully. The link to those lessons is provided below, after the explanation of this week's lesson.

Last week we discussed Formal and Informal Commands. If you'd like to review that lesson before going on click--->here. In today's lesson we will be discussing Saying What You Like. This involves using the verb, Gustar.

Previous Lessons

Today's Vocabulary

Today's vocabulary will consist of a hodgepodge of words that may or not be useful to you in this lesson. Today's lesson will focus on Saying What You Like. Take a look at today's vocabulary and partake in the warm up!

After today's vocabulary list and the warm-up, take a glance at the chart below. It will be your new set of conjugation notes for the verb Gustar. It will specifically show how to conjugate based off the subject.


To Drink: Beber

To Bless: Bendecir

To Erase/To Cross Out: Borrar

To Yawn/To Gape: Bostezar

To Fling/To Launch: Botar

To Bronze/To Tan: Broncear

To Boil/To Stir/To Hustle: Bullir

To Look For/To Seek: Buscar

To Be Contained/To Fit Into: Caber

To Fall: Caer

To Heat (Up)/ To Warm(Up): Calentar

To Wear(Shoes)/To Put On(Shoes): Calzar

To Change/To Exchange: Cambiar

To Walk/To Move Along: Caminar


Desk: El Escritorio

Laptop: El Ordenador

Telephone: El Telefono

Paperweight: El Pisapapeles

File Cabinet: El Gabinete

Computer Chair: La Silla

Assistant: El Asistente


Greedy (Material Things): Ávido(a)

Greedy (Food): Glotón(a)

Prideful: Orgulloso(a)

Angry: Enojado(a)

Lazy: Perezoso(a)


Take a look at the following chart. Use it to conjugate the verb Gustar which is the infinitive verb meaning "to be pleasing to".

Also consider other ways to incorporate Spanish into your daily lives. Take a moment to review some previous lessons or read up on some articles. The Spanish language is a living language, so it's not going anywhere anytime soon. If you need any help, shoot me an email. I'll be happy to help you.

The Verb Gustar

Indirect Object Pronoun
Singular Object
Plural Object

Saying What You Like

Alright guys!! Here it is! The verb Gustar. It's a bit different than your normal -AR verb. In fact in one of several verbs that have the word "to" at the end of its definitely. Like, Encantar which means to be pleasing to. When you have a definition like that, you need to use it a bit different. Automatically those kinds of verbs need to have an Indirect Object Pronoun. Remember those from Lesson Nineteen? If you look at the chart above, you'll notice that there is only two ways to conjugate the verb. Gusta for singular objects, and Gustan for plural objects. Use the Indirect Object Pronouns to reflect the subject. Here is an example.

Me gustan comer galletas. I like to eat cookies. Me indicates "yo" as the I.O.P. and gustan reflects that the object is plural. Get it? Simple right? Here's a simpler sentence.

Me gusta el libro. I like the book. Singular object, use gusta. Remember that Gustar means "to be pleasing to." Use the I.O.P.... Me, Te, Le, Nos, Les. Don't forget! That works for other such verbs that are similar. Let's read up on those in the next section.

Other Notes

Just like I.O.P. you can be more specific when using Gustar. If the Indirect Object of the sentence is in question, add a Pronoun/Noun to be more specific:

A él le gusta el libro. He likes the book.

A ella le gusta el libro. She likes the book.

A Jorge le gusta el libro. Jorge likes the book.

Other Verbs Like Gustar

Apasionar: To cause Passion

Faltar: To Be Lacking Something

Fascinar: To Fascinate

Encantar: To Be Delightful To

Importar: To Be Important To

Interesar: To Be Interesting To

Molestar: To Be A Bother

Paracer: To Appear To Be

Picar: To Itch

Quedar: To Be Left Over

Note: There are other verbs that can be added to this list, check out the links before to get a larger list of verbs that behave just like Gustar. The verbs on this list and others require an Indirect Object Pronoun to maintain a proper meaning.


Your homework for today is to view a video based off of Lesson Twenty-Two. Take a look at it! Senorbelles is my favorite Spanish teacher online and he has a great deal of clarity when discussing a certain topic. Listen closely to his tips.

Also in the coming lessons we'll be discussing a great deal more about grammar and visiting other themed topics in Spanish. Stick around for that. :) Here are some lessons that will be coming soon:

  • Family and Relationships
  • What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?
  • Here, There, and Everywhere
  • What Kind of Person Are You?

Next week we will discuss Reflexive Verbs You Gotta Check it out!


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