Commmon Spanish Verbs
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Useful & Common Spanish Verbs

What are the most common verbs that are used in the Spanish language? We have taken the time to list them for you here so that they are available for you whenever you might need to check up on them or learn them for the first time. Some of the examples that we have included might just catch you out because they use unusual verb forms or because they sound like they might mean something else, but you will hear them in many set phrases and sayings, so it is important that you start to learn what they mean as soon as possible! You will hear them used so often that once you have learnt them, you are not likely to forget what they mean again.

Verbs are very useful, and they form the most important part of most sentences in many cases. If you want to go out somewhere, if you need to get something to eat, or if you just want to be – all of these phrases require the use of verbs! Because we may speak in different tenses, such as the past, present, and future, the words will change according to the context, just as they do in English – and one of the trickiest parts of learning a new language is figuring out the patterns of how to change the verbs. Our highly trained Spanish tutors know all about how to make sure that you are able to learn this in depth in a short space of time, however, so if you are going to study with us on one of our courses then you do not need to worry about being able to pick it all up by the end of your stay!

These verbs are the ones which have the most basic and versatile use, so you will be able to get by in many situations by using them, and you will hear them every day in Spain! Make sure that you keep a copy of this list to hand if you want to be able to quickly remember some of the most important verbs which you may need to use in conversation – and at the beginning of your stay, if you are not sure about how to use the words in the correct tense, try just using them in this basic form and see if you can get native speakers to understand you.

Bailar
Beber
Buscar
Cambiar
Caminar
Cantar
Cocinar
Comer
Comprar
Decidir
Despertar
Escuchar
Esperar
Estudiar
Hablar
Hacer
Ir
Limpiar
Llegar
Llorar
Mirar
Necesitar
Oir
Poder
Querer
Salir
Tocar
Trabajar
Ver
Viajar

to dance
to drink
to look for
to change
to walk
to sing
to cook
to eat
to buy
to decide
to wake up
to listen
to wait/hope for
to study
to speak/talk
to do/make
to go
to clean
to arrive
to cry
to look at
to need
to hear
to be able
to want
to leave/go out
to touch
to work
to see
to travel