Common -AR Verbs in Spanish

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  • 0:31 Vocabulary List
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Instructor: Danielle Geary

Danielle teaches at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She holds a Doctor of Education with research concentration in Study Abroad and Foreign Language Acquisition.

-AR verbs! Spanish is full of them and conversing is impossible without them. Learn how to say study, dance, draw, walk, and much more, in this vocabulary lesson.

-AR Verbs

-AR verbs! Spanish is full of them, and conversing is impossible without them. Vamos! Let's learn the words for study, dance, draw, walk and many more in this vocabulary lesson.

Bien! Take a look at our list of words for today. Note that there are many, many -AR verbs in the Spanish language. This list is just a core group of some of the most common.

Vocabulary List

  • hablar
  • estudiar
  • tocar
  • usar
  • bailar
  • practicar
  • enseñar
  • dibujar
  • caminar
  • cantar
  • escuchar
  • comprar

They all end in -AR, don't they? As you can imagine, this is why they're called -AR verbs, and note that the -AR has its own meaning: 'to.'

So, what do we know now? We know that all of the words on this list mean 'to something.' To what? Let's see.


Hablar (ah-BLAR) means 'to talk.' Remember that the H is silent. It's like it's not even there.

Estudiar (es-too-dee-AR) means 'to study.' There are several vowels in this one. Remember to say them all, each as a syllable. It's also a cognate, sort of. You can almost see the word 'study' in there.

Tocar (toe-CAR) means 'to play an instrument.' Remember the C in this one is a hard C sound because it is followed by A.

Bailar (bah-ee-LAR) means 'to dance.' Notice the A and I together here. Make sure to hit both of them.

Usar (oo-SAR) means 'to use.' Another cognate!

Practicar (prahk-tee-CAR) means 'to practice.' A definite cognate here. Almost the same word in both languages, when written.

Enseñar (en-sen-i-AR) means 'to teach.'

Dibujar (dee-boo-HAR) means 'to draw.' Let's use alliteration to remember this one. Draw begins with D; dibujar begins with D.

Caminar (cahm-ee-NAR) means 'to walk.'

Cantar (cahn-TAR) means 'to sing.' And have you ever heard of a cantata? That same root is in cantar.

Escuchar (es-koo-CHAR) means 'to listen.'

Comprar (cohm-PRAR) means 'to buy' or 'to shop.'

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