Jugar, Saber, and Conocer

April 9, 2018

 

This week, we'll be learning about some verbs in Spanish.  First, we'll talk about the verb "jugar" which means "to play."  It is a slightly tricky verb to conjugate because a sneaky "e" shows up in the middle of words.  We learned that if the "e" doesn't show up, we might say "I juice (jugo) soccer" instead of "I play (juego) soccer!"  We also learned that we need to use "al" after the verb "jugar" when we talk about the sports we play.  For example: "Juego al tenis."  (I play tennis.)  We also used the verb "jugar" with "Me gusta" to talk about the sports we like to play: "Me gusta jugar al futbol.  No me gusta jugar al beisbol."

 

We also talked about two verbs that mean "to know": "saber" and "conocer."  "Saber" is used when we want to talk about a fact or a skill that we know.  For example, "Sabes jugar al tenis." (You know how to play tennis.)  We use "conocer" when we are talking about something we are familiar with such as a person or a place.  "Conozco a tu madre."  (I know your mother.)  These two can be a little confusing, so we are practicing using them as we talk about famous Spanish speaking athletes.

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