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Beginner Spanish Review Lesson 38 Practice using Spanish verbs of movement with prepositions Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Videos

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Today we are going to practice important Spanish verbs of movement and the Spanish prepositions which accompany them, such as Ir + a, Llegar + de and Venir + a.

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 on the same topic.

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Practice using Spanish verbs of movement with prepositions

1. First, please tell me what these Spanish verbs of movement mean in English:


2. Let´s now review the prepositions we use with these Spanish verbs of movement. There are three. Do you remember them?

3. Next, I will say some sentences in English and I would like you to translate them to Spanish using the verb “Ir” with the correct preposition and using “Irse” when it is necessary:

I go to Madrid every week.
We leave by car.
Do you go to Barcelona by plane? (one person / friendly)
Sara is leaving Sevilla.
They are not leaving.

4. Now, please translate these sentences from Spanish to English:

Nos vamos de aquí.
¿Os vais? ¿Por qué?
Voy a París en tren.
¿No vas en avión?
Pedro se va del trabajo.

5. Next, we will practice various Spanish verbs of movement together. Do you understand what these Spanish sentences mean?

Mis padres llegan a Barcelona a las cinco.
Venimos de Bilbao.
Mi hermana vuelve a Mallorca todos los años.
¿De dónde vienes? (one person / friendly)
Mañana regresamos de Berlín.

6. Finally, please translate the following sentences to Spanish:

I am arriving in Madrid on Tuesday.
When is Carmen coming back?
Are you coming with us? (group / formal)
We are going with you. (group / formal)
My brother arrives from Bilbao at 2 in the afternoon.

This is all for today´s class.

I hope you are clear now on when to use the prepositions “a”, “de” and “en” with Spanish verbs of movement. Remember not to translate literally from English. For example in English you say “to arrive in a place” whereas in Spanish we wouldn’t say “llegar en un lugar”, we would say “llegar a un lugar”. In this case for example, the best thing is to remember that in Spanish when don´t use “en” when we are talking about directions. We use “a” to say where we are going to and “de” to say where we are coming from.

Have a lovely week!

¡Hasta pronto!

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Regresar: to return
Ir: to go
Venir: to come back
Llegar: to arrive
Volver: to return


Voy a Madrid todas las semanas.
Nos vamos en coche.
¿Vas a Barcelona en avión?
Sara se va de Sevilla.
No se van.

We are leaving from here.
Are you leaving? Why?
I am going to París by train
Aren´t you going by plane?
Pedro is leaving work.

My parents are arriving in Barcelona at 5.
We come to Bilbao.
My sister goes back to Mallorca every year.
Where are you coming from?
Tomorrow we return from Berlín.

Llego a Madrid el martes.
¿Cuándo vuelve Carmen?
¿Vienen con nosotros?
Vamos con ustedes.
Mi hermano llega de Bilbao a las dos de la tarde.

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