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Levantarse Conjugation in Present Tense

Instructor: Valerie Patrick

Valerie has a Master's Degree in Foreign Language Education and has previously taught Spanish as well as Education courses.

The Spanish verb 'levantarse' is a reflexive verb meaning 'to get up' or 'to stand up.' In this lesson, we will look at the present tense conjugations of 'levantarse' including the appropriate use of the pronoun.

Introducing the Verb Levantarse

''What time did you get up?'' ''Please stand up.'' These are phrases we say often without giving much thought to them. In Spanish, we use the same verb in both of these instances. That verb is levantarse (lay-vahn-TAR-seh), meaning 'to get up' or 'to stand up'.

This verb is part of a group of verbs known as reflexive verbs, which means that the action of the verb - in this case getting/standing up - is done to oneself, or reflected back on oneself.

Levantarse in the Present Tense

In the present tense, levantarse is treated just the same as any regular verb ending in -AR. The first step in conjugating a reflexive verb such as levantarse is to take off the reflexive ending -se. This reflexive pronoun will move to before the conjugated verb and we will simply conjugate levantar as normal.

Subject
Pronoun
Present Tense of Levantarse Pronunciation Meaning
yo me levanto may lay-VAHN-toe I get up/I stand up
te levantas tay lay-VAHN-tas you get up/you stand up
él/ella
usted
se levanta say lay-VAHN-tah he/she gets up; you (formal) get up/ he/she stands up; you (formal) stand up
nosotros/as nos levantamos nos lay-VAHN-tah-mos we get up/we stand up
vosotros/as os levantáis os lay-vahn-TICE you all (Spain) get up/stand up
ellos/as ustedes se levantan say lay-VAHN-tan they get up/stand up; you all get up/stand up
  • Los chicos se levantan para que puedan ver. (The boys stand up so they can see.)
  • A veces mi hija se levanta demasiado temprano. (Sometimes my daughter gets up too early.)
  • Me levanto cuando oigo el himno nacional. (I stand up when I hear the national anthem.)
  • Mi hermana y yo nos levantamos temprano los sábados para correr. (My sister and I get up early on Saturdays to run.)
  • Mis amigos se levantan demasisado tarde para desayunar juntos. (My friends get up too late to eat breakfast together.)
  • Siempre me levanto cuando escucho mi alarma. (I always get up when I hear my alarm.)

Translation: The girl wakes up in the morning.
wake up

Example Conversation

Read the conversation below between a teacher and her student. Pay attention to the boldface conjugations of levantarse.

La Profesora: Juana, ¿A qué hora te levantas por la mañana? (Juana, what time do you get up in the morning?)

Juana: Generalmente, me levanto a las siete. (Generally, I get up at 7:00.)

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