Learn how to use the two verbs “ser” and “estar”, which both translate as “to be”. So, what’s the difference?


Rob: Spanish from scratch 7. In this podcast we’re going to introduce one of the most “Spanish” features of the Spanish language. We’re going to look at two verbs which both mean the same thing. We’re looking at the verbs “ser” and “estar”. These verbs are often very confusing for native English speakers because a simple translation of them is literally our verb “to be”. However, to native Spanish speakers these verbs are completely separate from each other. So, we’d better learn to use them as well. I’m here with Lis again, how are you Lis, ¿cómo estás?

Lis: Hola Rob. Muy bien, de nuevo acá haciendo lo que me gusta.

Rob: Excellent, doing what she likes. So, as always we’re going to start with a few mini dialogues. We’d like you to listen to these and see if you can guess what they’re about. Number one. 1:00

Lis: ¿Quién eres?

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Ser and estar take a little while to get to really understand, and as you come across them more often you’ll constantly be surprised at the choices for which verb is used. We’ve put together an in-depth guide to help you understand these two verbs better:

Ser vs estar

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