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02 Preterite – Irregulars – Song!

To help you with remembering quite of few of those irregular verbs, I’ll share a song I learned back in high school! This song is also on page 2 of the preterite conjugation sheet.

This song helps you remember the yo forms of some of the common irregular verbs in the preterite. If it sounds familiar that is because it is to the tune of ‘La cucaracha‘.

HD version with newer titles:

*Note* in this video on a verb chart, the Él / ella / usted form should not have an accent on “ió” and should read “io” since “vio” and “dio” do not have accents.

old version (2008):

¡sí­ se puede!
– ‘yes you can!’ (literally: Yes, it can [be done])
– there to be 
– there is /are
– there was /were

Related videos:

  1. Preterite regular -AR verbs
  2. Preterite -AR verbs: -GAR, -CAR, -ZAR
  3. Preterite regular -ER verbs
  4. Preterite regular -IR verbs
  5. Preterite Irregulars hacer
  6. Preterite Irregulars decir
  7. Preterite Irregulars poder
  8. Preterite Irregulars querer
  9. Preterite Irregulars estar
  10. Preterite Irregulars saber
  11. Preterite Irregulars poner
  12. Preterite Irregulars tener
  13. Preterite Irregulars venir
  14. Preterite Irregulars ver & dar
  15. Preterite Irregulars traer, traducir, conducir
  16. Preterite – pedir, servir, traer

18 Responses

  1. Muchas gracias por compartir tus videos. Felicidades por tan buen trabajo. Exitos!

  2. Could you please tell me what DVD’s would be good teaching ones for my husband and I. Of course, we like the rating of Y7. Thank you.

  3. Jeremy,

    I am loving your videos! I am referring some friends to them to help them learn Spanish. Also, we are impatiently waiting for your preterite vs. imperfect video! 🙂

    P.S. How are you? Still coming to Kville regularly?


  4. Thank you so much for your videos and lessons! They are wonderfully amazing.
    Is there any way you would be able to put this video on teachertube? My school blocks you tube and I think that my students would really benefit from this song!

  5. you should try to put your songs on itunes or amazon(or free download)…it would be helpful so people like me can walk to class and listen to these to listen to it. i know i would get them

  6. hey man thanks so much for all your videos!

    So much help! : ) Thanks again for all the great free videos and information man!

  7. Fantastic best way of learning yet fun and refreshing brings the bits together that other courses miss out love watching them.

  8. Hola Señor Jordan,

    Asisto a una clase de español en Meramec Community College en Saint Louis, y esta semana la profesora jugó este video en clase. Me sorprendió a reconocer Ud. He mirado muchos videos de suyo en el pasado. Me han sido de gran ayuda a mí. ¡Gracias por su buen trabajo!


  9. I think you should say tener is tuve,otherwise people may start saying estuve every time they mean to say tuve.

  10. ¡Hola Señor Jordan!

    muchas gracias por hacer el video. Me ayudó mucho con mi prueba de español. La canción está grabada en mi cabeza jaja 🙂

    ¡gracias de nuevo!

  11. Hola señor Jordan,
    Nosotros somos la clase de español de la señora Franklin en Lisgar en Ottawa, Canada.
    Hemos mirado algunos de tus videos y nos gusta el video de la canción de los verbos irregulares del preterito mucho. ¿Puedes venir a visitarnos?

    Te queremos,

    La clase LWSCU

  12. I took 4 years of Spanish in high school, and I am now returning to college. It’s amazing how much of this you forget if you don’t use the language regularly! I was struggling in my online Spanish 2, until I found these videos.

    Thank you so much!

    I also had trouble with the audio for this and a few other videos. Same issue when I search them on Youtube.


  13. Hola Sr. Jordan,
    Muchas gracias por los videos. A mis estudiantes les gusta el video sobre las formas irregulares del pretérito. Cantamos la canción en clase todos los días. Tiene una versión instrumental que puede publicar o mejor mandarme? Lo apreciaría mucho.


  14. En tu nuevo video, tienes una gráfica con las terminaciones de los verbos irregulares. En la forma Él, ella y usted, tú tienes ió como una opción. Yo sé que dar y ver usan io. Tal vez estoy equivocada, pero yo no sé ningún verbo irregular en el pretérito con esa terminación.

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