We move on to talking about “doing”, with a focus on the continuous tense. Learn how to say things like “I’m running”, “she’s going” and more. Make sure that you’ve listened to the previous podcasts, because we step it up a gear in this podcast!
Rob: Spanish Obsessed Spanish from scratch, number eight. Hola Lis, ¿qué tal?
Lis: Bien, bien bien, Rob. ¿Qué estás haciendo?
Rob: Pues, no mucho. Estamos grabando un podcast!
Lis: Ese es el tema de hoy.
Rob: Yes. Today we’re going to talk about doing things. So we’re going to move on to talking about “action” type sentences. We’re going to look at how you can say you’re doing something, which is known as the continuous or the progressive tense. And in English, this is the -ing ending, and that’s what makes this tense continuous. So notice that in the phrase “I’m running”, or “he was running”, the -ING ending adds a sense of process and continuity to the meaning. Spanish uses something like this as well, and that’s what we’re looking at today. Before we start however, now is a good time to review the verbs. If you haven’t done your homework, now is a good time to do it. So we’ve covered around about 40 verbs so far in our podcast, so if you don’t know these very well now is a good time to spend a few minutes reviewing those. There’s a complete list on the notes to this podcast, so download those and come back in a little while when you’ve got those. Great, now you’ve memorised those we’re ready to start. So just as in English we add the ending “ing” to give a sense of process or continuity, Spanish has a similar ending as well. Now remember, there are three verb endings in Spanish. What are they Lis?