Ch 12: Spanish Word Choice

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Spanish Word Choice - Chapter Summary

This self-paced Spanish chapter examines verb concepts related to appropriate word choice. Through short and simple lessons, our instructors help you compare similar verbs, such as ''to begin'' and ''to commence'', and evaluate which verb is more appropriate to use based on sentence context.

Each lesson comes with a short practice quiz to help you solidify your understanding of these verbs and word choice considerations. If you get stuck, feel free to reach out to our expert Spanish instructors. The chapter is designed to help you evaluate several similar verbs in terms of appropriate word choice, including:

  • ''Terminar'' and ''acabar de''
  • ''Recordar'' and ''acordarse''
  • ''Caminar'' and ''andar''
  • ''Caer'' and ''caerse''
  • ''Empezar'' and ''comenzar''

7 Lessons in Chapter 12: Spanish Word Choice
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Acabar de vs Terminar

1. Acabar de vs Terminar

Both ''acabar'' and ''terminar'' mean 'to finish' or 'to end' something. However, the use of ''acabar'' has a different meaning when the preposition ''de'' accompanies it. This lesson teaches the difference and uses of both verbs.

Acordarse vs Recordar

2. Acordarse vs Recordar

Do you have any trouble distinguishing between ''acordarse'' and ''recordar'' ('to remember') in Spanish? These two verbs can be tricky even for native Spanish speakers! In this lesson we will analyze both of them with plenty of examples.

Andar vs Caminar

3. Andar vs Caminar

'Andar' and 'caminar' both translate as 'to walk'. However, while these dictionary definitions are accurate, you also need to learn about other uses for ''andar'', which this lesson gives you with practical examples.

Caer vs Caerse

4. Caer vs Caerse

'Caer' and 'caerse' translate as 'to fall.' You might use it to say that a person, animal, or object collapses on the ground. This lesson clarifies the difference between 'caer' and 'caerse' so you can use them appropriately.

Comenzar vs Empezar

5. Comenzar vs Empezar

''Comenzar'' and ''empezar'' are two Spanish verbs that translate into English as 'to begin' or 'to start.' This leads to confusion about when to use each verb, and this lesson clarifies the issue for you.

Oir vs. Escuchar

6. Oir vs. Escuchar

While it's not uncommon for some sources to translate the Spanish verbs ''oir'' and ''escuchar'' as 'to listen,' there is a huge difference between the two verbs. Let's learn the difference through a few practical examples.

Mirar & Ver

7. Mirar & Ver

'Ver' and 'mirar' are both often translated as 'to see'. However, there are distinct differences between the two verbs, which we'll explore further in this lesson, including seeing vs. looking.

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