English Spanish Parallel Texts – The Spanish verb Ser Posted by on Aug 17, 2021 in Language, Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this lesson of our English Spanish Parallel Texts course and we are going to practice using the Spanish verb Ser (To Be). Start by reading the texts in Spanish below. The English translations are provided later but please try not to look at them until you have read the Spanish versions various times and tried your best to understand them.

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:

The Spanish verb Ser

The Spanish verb Ser

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Spanish Text


José: Hola, buenos días. ¿Quiénes sois?
El equipo de fútbol argentino: Hola, somos el equipo de fútbol argentino.
José: ¿Tú eres el entrenador del equipo?
El entrenador argentino: Sí, yo soy el entrenador de este equipo magnífico. Me llamo Alberto Gutiérrez.
José: Mucho gusto. Yo soy José Blanco. Soy el entrenador del equipo de fútbol español.
El entrenador argentino: Mucho gusto José. ¿Entonces ellos son los jugadores españoles?
José: Sí, ellos son mi equipo. Son muy buenos futbolistas.
El entrenador argentino: ¿Quién es tu capitán?
José: El capitán del equipo de fútbol español es Pedro Muñoz.
El entrenador argentino: ¿Quién es Pedro?
José: ¡Oye Pedro!
Pedro: Sí jefe.
José: Hola Pedro, este señor es Alberto Gutiérrez, el entrenador del equipo argentino.
Pedro: Encantado Señor Gutiérrez. Sois un equipo excelente.
El entrenador argentino: Gracias, vosotros también.



English Text


José: Hello, good morning. Who are you?
The Argentine soccer team: Hello, we are the Argentine soccer team.
José: Are you the coach of the team?
The Argentine coach: Yes, I am the coach of this magnificent team. My name is Alberto Gutiérrez.
José: Nice to meet you. I am José Blanco. I am the coach of the Spanish football team.
The Argentine coach: Delighted to meet you José. So they are the Spanish players?
José: Yes, they are my team. They are very good footballers.
The Argentine coach: Who is your captain?
José: The captain of the Spanish football team is Pedro Muñoz.
The Argentine coach: Who is Pedro?
José: Hey Pedro!
Pedro: Yes boss.
José: Hi Pedro, this man is Alberto Gutiérrez, the coach of the Argentine team.
Pedro: Delighted to meet you Mr. Gutiérrez. You are an excellent team.
The Argentine coach: Thanks, you too.


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.


  1. Margarita Beck:

    I understood the text perfectly with one reading.

  2. Michael Klein:

    Once I knew what entrenador and equipo meant it was facil.

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