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Viajar Conjugation: Preterite & Imperfect

Instructor: Raychelle Heath

Raychelle has a BA in Spanish and an MFA in Writing. She has studied in Puerto Rico and currently lives in Mexico. She has taught Spanish in various settings.

The verb ''viajar'' means 'to travel' in Spanish. In this lesson, you will learn how to conjugate ''viajar'' in the preterite and imperfect tenses. You will also see examples of how to use this verb.

Let's Learn About Viajar

Ever wished you could travel to a new country? Or are you a seasoned traveler with passport stamps to prove it? The verb 'to travel' in Spanish is viajar.

In this lesson, we will learn how to conjugate the verb viajar in the preterite and imperfect tenses. We will also check in with Simon and María as they talk about their travels. Let's look at how to conjugate the verb viajar before seeing some examples.

All verbs in this lesson will be conjugated in the indicative. Also, remember that in Spanish, pronouns are only used when needed to specify who is speaking. For example, pronouns are necessary for the third-person singular (él, ella, usted), but not for the second person ().

Viajar in the Preterite Tense

The preterite tense is used to talk about things that happened in the immediate past. The verb viajar is regular in the preterite tense.

VERB: viajar (bee-ah-HAWR) to travel

Subject Pronoun Preterite Tense Pronunciation Translation
yo viajé bee-ah-HAY I traveled
viajaste bee-ah-HA-stay You (informal) traveled
él, ella, usted viajó bee-ah-HO He, she, you (formal) traveled
nosotros/nosotras viajamos bee-ah-HA-mose We traveled
vosotros/vosotras viajasteis bee-ah-ha-STAY-ees You (plural, informal) traveled
ellos, ellas, ustedes viajaron bee-ah-HA-rone They (male, female), you (plural, informal) traveled

Examples in the Preterite

Here are some examples of viajar in preterite tense:

  • El año pasado viajamos a las montañas. (Last year we traveled to the mountains.)
  • Ayer él viajó a España. (Yesterday he traveled to Spain.)

Yesterday he traveled to Spain.
Yesterday he traveled to Spain

  • ¿Cuando viajaron ustedes a la playa? (When did you all travel to the beach?)

Example Conversation

Simon and María are talking about their travels. Let's listen in:

María: Hola Simon. ¿Como estás? (Hi Simon. How are you?)

Simon: Bien, pero cansado. Ayer viajé a la playa y regresé esta mañana. (Good, but tired. Yesterday I traveled to the beach, and I returned this morning.)

María: ¿A cual playa viajaste? (To which beach did you travel?)

Simon: Playa del Cielo. ¿La conoces? (Heaven Beach. Do you know it?)

María: ¡Sí! Mi novio y yo viajamos allí el mes pasado. (Yes! My boyfriend and I traveled there last month.)

Viajar in the Imperfect Tense

The imperfect tense is used to talk about things that happened repeatedly in the past, or about things you used to do in the past. The verb viajar is regular in the imperfect tense. It follows the normal pattern for -ar verbs.

VERB: viajar (bee-ah-HAWR) to travel

Subject Pronoun Imperfect Tense Pronunciation Translation
yo viajaba bee-ah-HA-bah I used to travel
viajabas bee-ah-HA-bahs You (informal) used to travel
él, ella, usted viajaba bee-ah-HA-bah He, she, you (formal) used to travel
nosotros/nosotras viajábamos bee-ah-HA-bah-mose We used to travel
vosotros/vosotras viajabais bee-ah-ha-BAH-ees You (plural, informal) used to travel
ellos, ellas, ustedes viajaban bee-ah-HA-bahn They (male, female), you (plural, informal) used to travel

Examples in the Imperfect

Here are some examples of viajar in imperfect tense:

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