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02 Present: Saber vs. Conocer (to know)

Posted by Señor Jordan on Jan 2, 2009 in conjugation, grammar, present, verbs, year 2 |

Here’s lesson 3 of this series on Saber vs. Conocer.  Both mean ‘to know’, but each has different uses.  In this lesson you’ll have to use your knowledge of both to figure out the answers in the exercise in the end.

Uses of Saber: information, facts, ‘know how to’

Uses of Conocer: people & pets, places, ‘to be familar with’


Let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this video below.

conjugation charts:

present conocer copy

present saber copy

la hora – time
jugar al fútbol – to play soccer
¿Cómo se llama? – What is his/her name    /  What is your (formal) name?
el profesor – the professor; teacher
el restaurante – restaurant
favorito – favorite
mi – my
los libros – books
de – of, from, about
las respuestas – answers
en – in, on
el examen – test, exam
la piscina – pool
jugar ajedrez – to play chess
conducir – to drive
bailar – to dance
los poemas – poems
los estudiantes – students
quién – who
la edad – age
la abuela – grandmother, grandma
nadar – to swim

Related video(s):

  1. Present: Conocer (to know)
  2. Present: Saber (to know)

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Jan 2, 2009 at 4:39 pm

porque se necesita ‘a’ en el ejemplo “Ellos no conocen A Shakira”?
In the example “Yo conozco los libros de Potter” DE means OF or ABOUT?
I haven`t get the sense of the sentence “nosotros conocemos la piscina” What does it mean to know the swiming pool? What IS the s.pool? or WHERE the s.pool is?

Jan 2, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Gracias, pero esto es muy dificil para mi mente Ruso. Necesito mas ejemplos a aprender la leccion bien.

Señor Jordan
Jan 2, 2009 at 4:42 pm

you have to have an ‘a’ when the person is the object of the verb. There is no translation in English. That’s why we call it a ‘personal a’. Just something we do in Spanish. Eventually there will be a year 1 video on it.

To ‘know the pool’ means you’ve spent time there, you’ve been there. You’re ‘familiar with’ it. If you ‘know where the pool is’, that is ‘a fact/information’ which would be the other verb: saber.

Jun 2, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Nos. no sabemos cómo se llama el professor. Does this sentence mean “We don’t know the name of the professor “?

Señor Jordan
Jun 3, 2010 at 7:36 am

It shouldn’t be ‘Nos’… rather ‘Nosotros’… however you don’t need to use ‘Nosotros’ since you have the verb in the ‘nosotros’ form.

(Nosotros) Sabemos. We know who knows based on the ending of the verb. (we).

But yes. Otherwise, ‘(Nosotros) No sabemos cómo se llama el profesor’ would be what you said.

Muy bien.

-Sr. Jordan

Dec 20, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Thanks sooooo much this video was extreamly helpful!!!!!!!!

Nov 13, 2011 at 3:37 pm

when he pronounces his b’s it look and sounds like a v. i thought the spanish language didnt have that

Vishesh Chugh
Jun 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Hola sr.jordan

Your videos are amazing but please upload a few videos of future tense as i have my examinations in july. Please respond to my mails.

Tom Nguyen
Dec 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Yo tengo ayudando espanol y yo le gusta muy mucho. Muchos gracias por la lecciones.

Kathleen Kramer
Feb 13, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Why is the example “Ellas concocen los poema de Becquer” not using” saben” as facts they would know about the poems.

Christine Lord
Apr 14, 2015 at 8:35 am

Has the video been taken down? I can’t seem to find it on this site.

Señor Jordan
Apr 14, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Fixed, thanks for the heads up!

Señor Jordan
Apr 14, 2015 at 12:58 pm

They are familiar with the poemas, thus “conocer”.

If they know them by heart (as information), then it is “saber”.



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