One of the first things you need to do to communicate with other people is introduce yourself. Of course! The problem is, if your level of Spanish is not as good yet, you might find it difficult to make that first contact. Here I’m going to show you six verbs that will help you in that first introduction.
Those six verbs are to be, to live, to have, to study, to work and to call (be named). That is, in Spanish: SER, VIVIR, TENER, ESTUDIAR, TRABAJAR y LLAMARSE. Let’s have a look, first, at the verb conjugation of each of them (in present tense) and then we’ll be looking at some practical examples.
The verb SER means TO BE. But be careful, because the verb to be is equivalent to two different verbs in Spanish, ser and estar. I explain the uses of these two verbs in this post. Check it out!
That’s the verb to live, and as you can see it is regular. If you need to go over how to conjugate regular verbs in Spanish, have a look at this lesson
You might be thinking, “why do I need the verb to have to introduce myself?” Well, because in Spanish we say, literally, “I have 25 years”. So the verb TENER turns out to be essential at this stage
I should probably have started by this one, because the first thing you will want to say is your name! And you need this verb to do that. It is a regular verb; however, you need to learn those particles (me, te, se…) to sound good. Yo me llamo Jose. Y tú, ¿cómo te llamas?
You’re lucky, because both to work and to study are regular verbs. TRABAJAR means to work, so if that’s what you do, you might want to say that during your presentation (but to do this you can also use the verb SER, as we’ll see in the examples later on.
And if you’re a student, this is the verb you will need to use. ¿Estudias español?
If at this stage it’s too much to study the whole conjugation, you can focus on the first and second person, which are you ones you’re really going to use. You’ll be using the first person to speak about yourself and the second one to ask questions to the person you’re speaking to.
Now, time to see these verbs in action
In the following examples, I’ll put the subject in brackets just to make it easier for you. Using the subject or not is optional most of the times. However, you may sound more natural if you omit it.
[Yo] Me llamo Laura, ¿y tú?
[Yo] Estudio arquitectura en la Universidad
[Yo] Soy de Valencia
[Yo] Tengo veinte años
¿Cuántos años tienes [tú]?
¿[Tú] Estudias o [tú] trabajas?
[Yo] trabajo en una tienda de ropa
[Yo] Vivo en el centro de la ciudad
¿Dónde vives [tú]?
¡Hola! [Nosotros] Somos Ana y Pedro
[Yo] Soy de Madrid pero [yo] vivo en Vigo
[Yo] Me llamo Manu y [yo] soy carpintero
¿Qué estudias [tú]?
Thanks for reading and happy learning! Remember that the more you practise, the more chances you have to see some progress. And if you really want the satisfaction of being able to communicate in another language, you do need to practise every day. It can be writing, reading, listening, doing exercises… it’s your choice, but do it every day.