English words with more than one Spanish equivalent
Otra vez– again (repetition)
¿Queréis escuchar el audio otra vez?
Do you want to listen to the audio again?
De nuevo– over again (from the beginning)
He perdido mi tarea de español, necesito hacerla de nuevo
I lost my Spanish homework, I need to make it again
Volver a + infinitive– to do something again
Volví a pagar la cena
I paid for dinner again
Aparecer-to appear ( in the physical sense)
Estabamos hablando de Pedro y apareció en el bar
We were talking about Pedro and he appeared at the bar
Parecer- to seem, to appear (in the figurative sense)
Parece que se divierte
She seems to enjoy herself
Preguntar-to ask a question
¿Puedes preguntar a Paula si va a venir a la fiesta?
Can you ask Paula if she is coming to the party?
Pedir– to ask for something, to request
José me pidió dinero
José ask me for money
Pedimos unas cervezas al camarero
We asked the waiter for some beers
hacerse– to become (enter a profession)
Julio se hizo abogado
Julio became a lawyer
Volverse- to become ( to change into, to turn into)
Juan se volvió grosero cuando se mudó a Londres
Juan became rude when he moved to London
Ponerse– to become (condition or state)
Carla se ha puesto enferma y no viene a la fiesta
Carla has become sick and she is not coming to the party
Me pusé pálida al escuchar las noticias
I became pale when I heard the news
Llegar a ser– to become (achieve after effort)
Espero que Patricia llegue a ser directora un día, se lo merece.
I hope Patricia becomes director one day, she deserves.
Poder-to be physcanlly able to, may (referring to permission)
Puedo correr 5 kilómetros en media hora
I can run 5 kms in half an hour
¿Puedo abrir la ventana?
May I open the window?
Saber-to know how to
Ángela sabe bailar salsa
Ángela can dance salsa
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