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02 Preterite AR verbs

Posted by Señor Jordan on Oct 6, 2008 in conjugation, grammar, preterite, verbs |

In this video lesson, we’ll be starting to learn how to do the preterite tense.  The preterite is a past tense that deals with finished actions.
The present tense = I talk, I am talking,
Preterite = I talked.

There will be plenty more videos on this verb tense coming!

Hope this was helpful.  Let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions!

Check out the preterite conjugation sheet if you’d like a summary of the preterite!

Conjugation chart:

preterite ayudar copy

ayudar – to help
bailar – to dance
cantar – to sing
enseñar – to teach
estudiar – to study
hablar – to speak, talk
nadar – to swim
necesitar – to need
tocar – to play (an instrument)
trabajar – to work
visitar – to visit

la abuela – grandmother
el dinero – money


Related video(s):

  1. Preterite -AR verbs: -GAR, -CAR, -ZAR
  2. Preterite regular -ER verbs
  3. Preterite regular -IR verbs

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Feb 26, 2009 at 6:50 pm

This is a great sight! I’m just starting off as a Spanish teacher and was looking for a song that practices “ir” in the preterite. There is a song called “El Taxista”. If your interested, I could find it for you.

Heidi Shaw
Nov 6, 2009 at 8:26 am

After years of trying to learn Spanish, i am finally learning because of you! And you make it fun! Thank you Heidi Shaw

jeff the dog
Nov 19, 2009 at 11:25 am

I know this is for intended for Latin American Spanish but i find this the best learning there is online.
Please could you add the vosotros as there are some european students here who will need this when travelling to Spain.
Many thanks

Mar 4, 2010 at 5:39 pm

The visuals …different colors and such are making my learning process 100x better. I really can’t express how much I appreciate it!

Jun 2, 2010 at 9:53 am

I don’t have any spanish subject in school but I was able to learn a little bit because of your videos. Good Job! :0

Aug 17, 2011 at 1:50 am

Great website…. ive been looking for something like this and this is better than any other i have seen. thanks!

cy kappelman
Nov 12, 2012 at 5:14 pm

your vocabulary list is in the wrong order from what you said. but anywase i realy like your videos; they actualy help me alot

Feb 3, 2014 at 4:19 pm

This is a great sight! I am having some trouble in Spanish 2, but once i started to watch your videos they helped me a lot.

Annalyn Reed
Apr 24, 2014 at 10:20 am

I love all of your vids, they are so easy to understand!! 🙂

Feb 11, 2016 at 8:09 am

How do we know the difference with canto, doesnt that mean both “i sing” and “he sang”

Sep 6, 2016 at 4:45 pm

Hey there! I’m so glad I stumbled across your page! I am actually a missionary in San Salvador, El Salvador! It’s so cool that you traveled there (recently?) as a translator! The church I work with here hosts around 15 mission teams from the States each year, and we use local youth as translators!

annnnyyywhoooo…I moved here in April (5 months ago!) with only super basic Spanish and I am learning 98% by immersion. My Spanish abilities have skyrocketed, but I definitely still need help. I have a lesson with a teacher once a week, but that doesn’t seem to be helping much with my verb conjugations. SO THIS IS AWESOME!

annnnyyywhoooo (again)…I don’t think the link under your video here for the preterite conjugation sheet is linking correctly. Ayudame porfa!!!

Gracias por todo!

Paula Michael
Oct 23, 2016 at 6:40 pm

Estimado Senor Jordan,
Me encantan sus videos. Soy profesora de castellano y sus videos me han ensenado como explicar la gramatica mejor! Siempre se los recomiendo a mis estudiantes, Muchisimas gracias por su excelente labor.
Muy agradecida,
Profesora Michael

Nov 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Senor Jordan, these videos are amazing! Thank you for sharing your love for Spanish and your ability to teach with the world. <3

Nov 17, 2018 at 11:53 pm

great videos



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