Spanish Lesson: Twenty-Three: Saying What You Like
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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.
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)
Take a look at the following chart. Use it to conjugate the verb Gustar which is the infinitive verb meaning "to be pleasing to".
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The Verb Gustar
Indirect Object Pronoun
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.
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!
Links Used As References
- Verbs Like Gustar
Spanish grammar. Discussion: verbs like gustar.
- Gustar and similar type verbs
- Verbs like Gustar | SpanishDict Answers
Overview Some verbs in Spanish use an indirect object pronoun instead of the subject that would appear in an English translation. The subject in an English sentence becomes the indirect object in Spanish. The most recognizable verb in this category i