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Beginner Spanish Review Lesson 10 To have in Spanish El verbo Tener with Spanish family vocabulary Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Learning, Spanish Culture, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary, Videos

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Today we are going to practice El verbo Tener – the verb to have in Spanish – and how we use it in relation to the family, with lots of useful Spanish family vocabulary.

Answers to all tasks involved in this lesson will be given at the end of the post and you can also follow a link with this post to watch the original theory video lesson.

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The verb to have in Spanish El verbo Tener with Spanish family vocabulary

To have in Spanish El verbo Tener with Spanish family vocabulary

1. First, let´s see if you remember the Spanish verb El verbo tener I will say a person (yo, tú, nosotros, etc) and you have to make the correct conjunction of the verb Tener. For example: “Nosotros” = “Tenemos”:

– Ella
– Yo
– Vosotros
– Usted
– Tú
– Ellos

2. Please answer the following question:

¿Cuántos años tienes?

3. Now, translate the following sentences from English to Spanish, using el verbo Tener:

– I am 33 years old
– He is 25 years old
– We are 46 years old
– They are 21 years old
– Are you 18 years old? (asking one person /informal)
– My grandfather is 80 years old
– How old is your father?
– How old are your grandparents?

3. Next, let´s see if you understand these sentences in Spanish:

– Tengo 27 años
– Mi padre tiene 63 años
– Mi prima tiene 35 años
– ¿Cuántos años tiene tu sobrino?
– Él tiene 15 años
– ¿Cuántos años tienen tus hijos?
– Mis hijos tienen 3 y 5 años
– Nuestra madre tiene 55 años

4. Please answer the following questions:

– ¿Tienes hijos?
– ¿Cuántos hermanos tienes?
– ¿Tus amigos tienen hijos?
– ¿Tienes primos?
– ¿Cuántos nietos tienen tus abuelos?
– ¿Cuántos hijos tiene tu madre?
– ¿Cuántas hermanas tienes?
– ¿Tienes sobrinos?

This is all for today´s lesson.

I hope you feel confident now using the verb to have in Spanish – El verbo Tener – and talking about the family in Spanish.

Have a fantastic week and see you next time with another interactive Spanish review lesson.

¡Hasta luego!

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– Ella tiene
– Yo tengo
– Vosotros tenéis
– Usted tiene
– Tú tienes
– Ellos tienen

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(eg: Tengo treinta y tres años)

– Tengo treinta y tres años
– Tiene veinticinco años
– Tenemos cuarenta y seis años
– Tienen veintiún años
– ¿Tienes dieciocho años?
– Mi abuelo tiene ochenta años
– ¿Cuántos años tiene tu padre?
– ¿Cuántos años tienen tus abuelos?

– I am 27 years old
– My father is 63 years old
– My cousin (female) is 35 years old
– How old is your nephew?
– He is 15 years old
– How old are your children?
– My children are 3 and 5 years old
– Our mother is 55 years old

Free answer.
This is the translation of the questions…
– Do you have any children?
– How many children have you got?
– Do your friends have children?
– Have you got cousins?
– How many grandchildren have your grandparents got?
– How many children has your mother got?
– How many sisters have you got?
– Do you have nephews and nieces? / Do you have nephews?

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Laura & Adam have been blogging and creating online Spanish courses for Transparent Language since 2010. Laura is from Bilbao in northern Spain and Adam is from Devon in the south of England. They lived together in Spain for over 10 years, where their 2 daughters were born, and now they live in Scotland. Both Laura & Adam qualified as foreign language teachers in 2004 and since have been teaching Spanish in Spain, the UK, and online.


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