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#156 – Irregular Verbs in Spanish e-i stem-changing

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Irregular verbs in Spanish e-i stem-changing


Post 156/365
Martes, 29 de agosto de 2017







Hello and welcome to Spanish Blog 365 – Getting you to the excitement of conversation faster!

Hey, we are on the home stretch with irregular verbs in the present tense!  It is so exciting to be here. I like to go broad with the present tense before we get into other tenses.
As we’ve said before, the present tense accounts for approximately 60% of our daily conversations. That’s why I think it’s a great idea to really build this foundation strong.
When we get into other verb tenses, you’ll already have a solid vocabulary base and understanding of how verbs work.

Here we go on our last group of stem-changing verbs. This group changes the ‘e’ to an ‘i‘.


You’ve already been using these verbs since week one of Spanish class.

Everyday phrases such as…Repita, por favor and ¿Cómo se dice? … use these verbs.

repetir – Repita

decir – dice


Stem-changing e-i verbs

-Notice that these change e-i. That’s different from the e-ie verbs we studied a couple of weeks ago.
-Notice how all of these verbs end in -ir.
-Just like the other stem’changing verbs, the ‘nosotros’ and ‘vosotros’ forms do not change. (Irregular verbs are really very regular) 😉


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*conseguir – to get  (yo consigo)
*seguir – to follow or to continue (yo sigo)

*decir – to say or to tell (yo digo)

* These 3 verbs are also irregular in the ‘Yo’ form.


medir – to measure

pedir – to request or to order

reír – to laugh
sonreír – to smile

repetir – to repeat

servir – to serve


Modelo: decir

yo digo
tú dices

ella dice

nosotros decimos
vosotros decís

ellas dicen



Se dicen que va a llover mañana. – They say it’s going to rain tomorrow

¿Cómo dices ‘tomato‘ en español? – How do you say ‘tomato‘ in Spanish?
Yo digojitomate‘. – I say ‘jitomate.’



Modelo: pedir

yo pido
tú pides

ella pide

nosotros pedimos
vosotros pedís

ellas piden



Yo siempre pido los chiles rellenos – I always order the chile rellenos

¿Qué pides? – What are you ordering? or What do you order?

¿Pedimos los nachos? – Shall we order the nachos?



Práctica: Unas preguntas y ejercicios para ti

1. ¿Qué sirve tu restaurante favorito?

2. ¿Cómo se dice to ‘smile‘ en español?

3. Repita lo siguiente – repeat the following

medir, sonreír, servir, conseguir, reír, seguir, pedir y decir

4. ¿Cómo se dice to ‘measure‘?  ¿to ‘laugh‘?,  ¿to ‘get‘?, ¿to ‘order’?


Action steps:
-Memorize this short list of 9 verbs.
-On a sheet of paper in your Spanish Blog 365 Journal, conjugate out 3 of them saying them aloud.
-Do the Práctica
-Come back tomorrow!


Gracias y hasta muy pronto,