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English Spanish Parallel Texts – El verbo Tener Posted by on Sep 21, 2021 in Language, Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this lesson of our English Spanish Parallel Texts course and we are going to practice more using the Spanish verb Tener (To Have). Start by reading the text in Spanish below. The English translation is provided later but please try not to look at it until you have read the Spanish version various times and tried your best to understand it.

There may be some words and phrases in the text that you are unfamiliar with, but you should be aiming to capture the main essence of what is happening. There will always be words and phrases popping up in real-life situations that you have never heard before, so it is important never to get too distracted by details.

If you want to investigate some of the words you don’t know with a dictionary that would be great, please do, but do this after trying your best to understand with what you already have in your head.

Check out this video lesson with information relevant to this topic:

El verbo Tener and the family

El verbo Tener

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Spanish Text


Lola: Hola Fernando. ¿Qué tal?
Fernando: Bastante bien ¿y tú? Tengo un descanso ahora. Tengo clase en tres horas.
Lola: Muy bien. Yo también tengo un descanso ahora. Mira mi coche.
Fernando: ¡Guau! ¡¡Tienes un Ferrari!!
Lola: Bueno, no es mi coche. Es el coche de mi padre.
Fernando: ¿Y tu padre sabe que tú tienes el Ferrari hoy?
Lola: Por supuesto. Uso el Ferrari cuando quiero.
Fernando: Esto es increíble. Mi padre tiene un Seat y no tengo permiso para usar su coche. Siempre ando en bicicleta.
Lola: ¿Quieres ir conmigo en el Ferrari ahora?
Fernando: ¡Claro!
Lola: Vamos.
Fernando: ¡Qué bonito! ¡Qué coche! Oh no, no tengo mi mochila.
Lola: ¿Dónde está?
Fernando: No sé. Creo que está en la universidad. Dentro de la mochila esta mi teléfono móvil, un poco de ropa y unos libros.
Lola: Qué pena.
Fernando: Si, una gran pena. Pero vamos otro día por favor Lola ¿vale?
Lola: Vale. Hasta otro día Fernando.



English Text


Lola: Hello Fernando. How are you?
Fernando: Pretty good, and you? I have a break now. I have class in three hours.
Lola: Very good. I also have a break now. Look at my car.
Fernando: Wow! You’ve got a Ferrari!!
Lola: Well, it’s not my car. It’s my father’s car.
Fernando: And your father knows that you have the Ferrari today?
Lola: Of course. I use the Ferrari when I want.
Fernando: This is incredible. My father has a Seat and I do not have permission to use his car. I always ride a bicycle.
Lola: Do you want to go with me in the Ferrari now?
Fernando: Sure!
Lola: Come on.
Fernando: How beautiful! What a car! Oh no, I don’t have my rucksack.
Lola: Where is it?
Fernando: I don’t know. I think it’s in the university. Inside my rucksack is my mobile phone, some clothes and some books.
Lola: What a pity.
Fernando: Yes, a great pity. But please let’s go another day Lola, okay?
Lola: Okay. See you another day Fernando.


So, how did you get on? How much did you understand of the original text before checking the translation? Please let me know in the comments section below…

Don’t worry if you didn’t understand that much, practice makes perfect! Be patient and keep reading, hearing, writing, and speaking Spanish. See you next time!

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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.