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Stem-changing verbs in Spanish o-ue

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Post 149/365
Es martes, el 22 de agosto de 2017

Hello and thanks for stopping by today!



Last week we started a series on stem-changing (irregular verbs) in Spanish.

We learned e-ie verbs in this group.
a. vocabulary 

b. how to conjugate them

c. We pulled out a verb with special uses – ‘tener‘.



Today we start a series looking at stem-changing verbs: o-ue.  I know it sounds dry, but keep reading.

If we talk about Spanish conversation and communication, it would be hard to get along without stem-changing verbs! e-ie, o-ue or e-i.

I think you’ll really like the verbs in this group. They are sure to move your conversational skills forward!


Today: vocabulary in this group
Tomorrow: how to conjugate them and get them into context.


Spanish verbs that change o-ue


-ar verbs

almorzar – to have lunch
aprobar – to approve, to pass (a test)
colgar – to hang up
contar – to count or to tell
costar – to cost
encontrar – to find
jugar – to play a sport or game
mostrar – to show
probar – to try or to taste, to sample
recordar – to remember
sonar – to ring
soñar – to dream
tostar – to toast
volar – to fly



-er verbs

devolver – to give something back, to return something (a thing)
llover – to rain
morder – to bite
oler – to smell
poder – to be able to
soler – to be in the habit of/acostomed to doing something
resolver – to resolve
volver – to return (a person)



-ir verbs

dormir – to sleep
morir – to die



a. You’ve been using these verbs since week 1! ‘No recuerdo
b. ‘jugar’ fits in this group even though it does not have an ‘o to change to ‘ue’. the ‘u changes to ‘ue
c. notice how similar these 2 verbs are: sonar vs. soñar
d. ‘volver’ is a person returning. ‘devolver’ is to return a thing, such as an item purchased at a store that you return.
e. ‘nevar’ (e-ie) is to snow and ‘llover’ is to rain. Hook them up and learn them together. They both only conjugate in the 3rd person singular (he-she-it)
f. ‘soler’ is a bit more Spain, Spanish, but you do hear it in Latin America.



Here are some examples in Context – o-ue stem-changing verbs


En Contexto


1. Vamos a almorzar con Laura el sábado. – We’re going to have lunch with Laura on Saturday.

2. ¿Cuánto cuesta el collar? – How much is the necklace?

Cuesta 12,5 (doce cincuenta)


3. ¿Quieres jugar al billar con nosotros? – Do you want to play pool with us?


4. Llueve mucho en la primavera. – It rains a lot in the spring.


5. ¿Puedes llamarme mañana? – Can you call me tomorrow?



Action steps:
1. Review the list of verbs above so you are somewhat familiar with them for tomorrow.
2. Say the En Contexto aloud several times.
3. Answer these questions:

¿Cómo se dice…en inglés?


¿Cómo se dice…en español?

-play a sport or a game
-ring (the phone)
-return something

Thanks again for stopping by!

Hasta mañana,