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01 Present Tense – Poder (can)

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.

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Verb conjugation:

poder conjugated present

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

Related videos:

  1. Days of the Week
  2. Present Tense IR + places vocabulary
  3. Present Tense IR (part 3): Ir + a + infinitive
  4. Vocabulario El cuerpo (parte 2): el dolor
  5. Vocabulario: Los colores (parte 1)

14 Responses

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Hola Senor Jordan,

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

  4. 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’

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

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

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

  9. 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.”

  10. 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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