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101 Verbs in Spanish – Essentials for Surviving Everyday Communication

101 Verbs in Spanish – Essentials for Surviving Everyday Communication

When you are learning a language, you often find yourself scrambling to build vocabulary first. Shortly thereafter you realize that you need to string that vocabulary together into meaningful thoughts and phrases that help you communicate.

Verbs are the glue that stick vocabulary together and bring life to your communication. Learning verbs in Spanish is essential for surviving everyday communication. The very first time a student of mine opens their course book and sees a full page of verbs categorized by AR, ER & IR – they literally flip out. Some of them ask “do I have to learn all of these”?

It’s funny actually, how situations predict the reactions of learners. My medical Spanish classroom students’ jaws drop when they see the list, yet my Spanish immersion students salivate over verbs because it means they can actually communicate what they’re trying to say and charade all day long.

This is a list of 101 verbs in Spanish that is extremely useful for anyone trying to have real conversations. Enjoy!




Acabar
Aceptar 
Andar 
Aprender 
Ayudar 
Bailar 
Beber 
Buscar 
Caber 
Caerse 
Cambiar 
Caminar 
Cancelar 
Cantar 
Comer 
Comprar 
Conducir 
Conocer 
Contar (o-ue) 
Contestar 
Correr 
Cortar 
Creer 
Dañar 
Dar 
Deber 
Decir (e-i) 
Dejar 
Desear 
Dibujar 
Doler (o-ue) 
Dormir (o-ue) 

Empezar (e-ie) 
Encontrar (o-ue) 
Enseñar 
Escuchar 
Esperar 
Estar 
Estudiar 
Explicar 
Guardar 
Gustar 
Haber 
Hablar 
Hacer 
Herir 
Ir 
Jugar (u-ue) 
Lavar 
Leer 
Limpiar 
Llamar 
Llegar 
Llenar 
Llevar 
Llorar 
Manejar 
Mirar 
Mostrar (o-ue) 
Necesitar 
Oír 
Olvidar 
Pagar 
Pasar 
Pedir (e-i) 
Peinar 
Pensar (e-ie) 

Perder (e-ie) 
Poder (o-ue) 
Poner 
Preguntar 
Prestar 
Quedarse 
Quejarse 
Querer (e-ie) 
Reparar 
Romper 
Saber 
Sacar 
Salir 
Seguir (e-i) 
Sentirse (e-ie) 
Ser 
Soñar (o-ue) 
Tener (e-ie) 
Terminar 
Tocar 
Tomar 
Toser 
Trabajar 
Traer 
Usar 
Valer 
Vender 
Venir (e-ie) 
Ver 
Vestir (e-i) 
Viajar 
Vivir 
Volar (o-ue) 
Volver (o-ue)

If you want to see how these verbs conjugate in various tenses, check out this page to see Spanish verb conjugations

 

Find the meaning of the 101 verbs in Spanish on the next page…





Acabar (To finish)
Aceptar (To accept)
Andar (To go)
Aprender (To learn)
Ayudar (To help)
Bailar (To dance)
Beber (To drink)
Buscar (Look for / To search)
Caber (To fit)
Caerse (Fall down)
Cambiar (To change)
Caminar (To walk)
Cancelar (To cancel)
Cantar (To sign)
Comer (To eat)
Comprar (To buy)
Conducir (To drive)
Conocer (To know)
Contar (o-ue) (To count)
Contestar (To answer)
Correr (To run)
Cortar (To cut)
Creer (To believe)
Dañar (To damage)
Dar (To give)
Deber (To must / Have to / To owe)
Decir (e-i) (To say)
Dejar (To let / To leave / To stop / To allow / To quit)
Desear (To wish)
Dibujar (To draw)
Doler (o-ue) (To hurt / To ache)
Dormir (o-ue) (To sleep)

Empezar (e-ie) (To start)
Encontrar (o-ue) (To find)
Enseñar (To teach)
Escuchar (To listen)
Esperar (To wait)
Estar (To be / To stay / To stand)
Estudiar (To study)
Explicar (To explain)
Guardar (To save / To keep)
Gustar (To like)
Haber (To have)
Hablar (To speak)
Hacer (To do / To make)
Herir (To hurt / To injure)
Ir (To go)
Jugar (To play)
Lavar (To wash)
Leer (To read)
Limpiar (To clean)
Llamar (To call)
Llegar (To arrive)
Llenar (To fill in / To fill out)
Llevar (To carry / To take / To bring)
Llorar (To cry)
Manejar (To drive / To manage)
Mirar (To look / To look at / To watch / To see)
Mostrar (o-ue) (To show)
Necesitar (To need / To require)
Oír (To ear / To listen)
Olvidar (To forget)
Pagar (To pay)
Pasar (To pass / To go / To move)
Pedir (e-i) (To ask for / To request)
Peinar (to comb hair)
Pensar (e-ie)

Perder (e-ie) (To lose)
Poder (o-ue) (To be able to / Can / May)
Poner (To put / To add / To set)
Preguntar (To ask)
Prestar (To lend / To loan)
Quedarse (To stay / To remain)
Quejarse (To complain / To moan)
Querer (e-ie) (To want / To love / To wish)
Reparar (To repair / To fix)
Romper (To break / To smash)
Saber (To know / To taste)
Sacar (To take out / To bring out / To extract)
Salir  (To leave / To get out / To go out)
Seguir (e-i) (To follow / To continue)
Sentirse (e-ie) (To feel)
Ser (To be)
Soñar (o-ue) (To dream)
Tener (e-ie) (To have / To keep / To own / To possess)
Terminar (To finish)
Tocar (To touch / To play)
Tomar (To take / To drink / To catch)
Toser (To cough)
Trabajar (To work)
Traer (To bring / To bring in / To carry)
Usar (To user)
Valer (To cost / To avail)
Vender (To sell)
Venir (e-ie) (To come)
Ver (To see / To watch)
Vestir (e-i) (To wear / To dress)
Viajar (To travel)
Vivir (To live)
Volar (o-ue) (To fly)
Volver (o-ue)  (To come back / To go back / To return)

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