Learn Spanish Online with Your Native Speaking Spanish Tutor – Learning Spanish Verbs: “to take”
I hope you enjoy our “Learning Spanish Verbs” series. We have covered 36 Spanish verbs so far:
- 3 Spanish verbs for “to add”
- 4 Spanish verbs for “to admit”
- 4 Spanish verbs for “to ask”
- 5 Spanish verbs for “to answer”
- 12 Spanish verbs for “to break”
- 4 Spanish verbs for “to meet”
- 4 Spanish verbs for “to play”
Please visit the Spandango blog page for our “Learn Spanish Online – Verbs” series if you wish to review these Spanish verbs.
In this blog, we will focus on the verb “to take”. “To take” can have a lot of different uses: to remove, to steal, to grab, to take a bus, to accept, to take one hour, not to be able to take it any longer. You need to remember that you can’t use the Spanish verb “tomar (to take)” in all the sames way that we do in English.
Which Spanish verb would you use in the following situations?
Let’s take a look at how you we translate the different uses of “to take” in Spanish. The trick to choosing the correct Spanish verb is to remembering the alternate verbs we use for “to take” in English. For example, the verb “to take” in the English sentence of “a man took my wallet on the street” can be replaced with the verb “to steal”. In Spanish you would you use “robar” in this case to mean “to steal”.
- When you want to take (as in, “to choose”) a shirt at a store or to take your friend home
llevar (to take someone or something)
– Me llevaré la camiseta azul. Esa me gusta más que la roja.
(I will take the blue shirt. I like it better than the red one.)
– Voy a llevarte a tu casa en mi carro. No te preocupes.
(I will take you home with my car. Don’t worry.)
- When a thief takes your purse
robar (to steal)
– El ladrón robó mi bolso y desapareció.
(The thief took my purse and disappeared.)
- When you take something from another person
quitar (to take away)
– Juan me quitó la carta de la mano.
(Juan took the letter from my hand.)
- When you take a seat
tomar asiento (to take a seat)
– Tome su asiento. La película comenzará en breve.
(Have a seat. The movie will start soon.)
- When the seat is taken
estar ocupado (to be taken)
– Lo siento. Estos asientos están ocupados.
(I am sorry. These seats are taken.)
- When you take a bus or a class
tomar (to take)
– Tomamos el tren y el bus cada día a la escuela.
(We take the train and the bus everyday to school.)
– Estoy tomando las clases de español nivel 2.
(I am taking level 2 Spanish classes.)
- When it takes one hour to get to the beach
tardarse (to take ‘time’)
– Me tardo una hora para llegar a la estación desde mi casa.
(It takes me one hour to get to the station from my house.)
- When you can’t take the situation any longer
aguantar (to take)
– No puedo aguantar más este problema.
(I can’t take this problem any more.)
You have learned 6 Spanish verbs for the English verb “to take” today. Let’s review them!
(1) llevar: to take with someone
(2) robar: to steal
(3) quitar: to take away
(4) tomar: to take (seat, bus, train, class)
(5) tardarse: to take (time)
(6) aguantar: to put up with
Memorizing these Spanish verbs and actually being able to use them in conversation take different skill sets. You need to say the above Spanish sentences out loud many times to feel comfortable and natural using them in a real conversation with Spanish speakers.
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Our next “Learn Spanish Online – Verbs” series will be about the verb “to throw”. Stay tuned!