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01 Present Tense – Poder (can)

Posted by Señor Jordan on Jan 13, 2011 in -ER, conjugation, grammar, present, stem-changers, year 1 |

Hola.  In this lesson we’ll be learning about the verb poder in the present tense.  Poder means “can” or “to be able”.  This video uses a wide array of vocabulary from previous videos.  You might watch previous videos before watching this one or just check the wordbank below.

Leave any questions, comments or suggestions below!

Thanks for watching! 🙂

Verb conjugation:

sustantivos (nouns)
dinero – money
el arroz – rice
el brócoli – broccoli
el centro comercial – the mall
el cine – to go to the movies
el chocolate – chocolate
el concierto – the concert
el domingo – Sunday
el examen – test
el jamón – ham
el jueves – Thursday
el lunes – Monday
el martes – Tuesday
el miércoles – Wednesday
el parque de diversiones – the amusement park
el profesor – teacher
el viernes – Friday
el sábado – Saturday
la secretaria – secretary (female)
las fresas – strawberries
las zanahorias – carrots
los chicos – boys
mi amiga – my friend (female)
sus libros – his/her books
sus papás -his/her parents
tiempo – time

verbos (verbs)
comprar – to buy
escribir – to write
enseñar – to show, to teach
está enfermo – he is sick
está en problemas – he/she is in trouble
estudiar -to study
hablar en español – to speak in Spanish
ir (a) – to go (to)
ir de pesca – to go fishing
ir de vacaciones – to go on vacation
jugar (al) béisbol – to play baseball
le duele la mano – his/her hand hurts
no lo comprende – he/she doesn’t understand it
quiere decir… – it means …
salir con – to go out with
tener que – to have to (do something)
trabajar – to work

otro (other)
porque -because
con – with
para – for, in order to

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  3. Present Tense – IR (part 3): Ir + a + infinitive
  4. Vocabulario – El cuerpo (parte 2): el dolor
  5. Vocabulario: – Los colores (parte 1)

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Mary Jo bussell
Jan 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I think someone put the wrong chart on this video.
You are talking about what people eat, and the chart
has peoples favorite colors.
Hey, Señor Jordan, thanks for the videos.

Señor Jordan
Jan 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Sorry if that was a little confusing! I explain in the video that the “following people can only eat certain foods based on their favorite color”.

-Sr. Jordan

Jan 27, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Hola Senor Jordan,

Why is the “las” in the sentence? “No. Hector no LAS puede comer…”

Señor Jordan
Jan 27, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Great question. Las means ‘them’ and it refers to ‘las fresas’.

I could say “Héctor no puede comer las fresas’
or shorten the sentence (since we know we’re talking about ‘fresas’ to ‘Héctor no las puede comer’

Jan 30, 2011 at 5:38 am

Dear Sr. Jordan,
What is it that sounds like “taytocah” or maybe “kaytocah”? This is in several videos, and I haven’t been able to figure it out.

Feb 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm

what dose lo mean?

Señor Jordan
Mar 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

Thanks for your question. You might watch the video on Direct Objects. Lo and La both can mean ‘it’. In this video, I use lo to mean “it”.

-Sr. J

Dave Kramer
Mar 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I like when you give the lesson in spanish with it written as well.

Jun 24, 2012 at 5:16 am

I am so happy I found you. You are a pefrect teacher. It is apleasure to learn Spanish with you, it doesn’t seem so overwhelming! Thanks!

Michael S
Jul 5, 2012 at 4:12 am

Hi Señor Jordan,
Thank you very much for your time and efforts. Your videos are a fantastic learning resource.

Nov 8, 2012 at 3:29 am

Could you please explain the “las” in “No. Hector no puede comerlas.”

May 29, 2013 at 10:21 am

I love your website but one thing do you like “Pepsi”? I do!! Long live pepsi!

Ben Piche
Oct 9, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Hola Senor Jordan. About your example “Si puedo ir de vacaciones a Mexico.” This is the first time I have seen a statement where the preposition “a” does not immediately follow “ir.” Is this because “vacaciones” is not a specific destination such as “escuela” or “tienda”? Such as in English we se “going on vacation,” or “going on a journey” whereas “going to school” or “going to the store.”

Sep 6, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Hola Senor Jordan. I have been taking Spanish classes for 5 years now and your videos have really helped me learn. Thank you!!!!!!!!



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