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Intermediate Spanish Review Lesson 15 The differences between Por and Para Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary, Videos

¡Hola! ¿Qué tal?

Hoy vamos a practicar las diferencias entre Por y Para. Today we are going to practice the differences between the very useful Spanish words Por and Para.

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.

To go back and watch the original video lesson please follow this link:

Intermediate theory video lesson 15

1. First, I will say some sentences in Spanish. I will say each sentence in two different ways – one using POR and one using PARA – but only one will be correct. I would like you to tell me which sentence is the correct one:

Este regalo es por mi madre / Este regalo es para mi madre.
El restaurante está por allí / El restaurante está para allí.
Ana compró ese vestido por 20 dólares / Ana compró ese vestido para 20 dólares.
Te voy a enviar un documento por email / Te voy a enviar un documento para email.
Estudio español por comunicarme mejor con mis amigos españoles / Estudio español para comunicarme mejor con mis amigos españoles

2. Next, can you translate these sentences from English to Spanish using POR or PARA?:

I will finish my studies around July.
Sonia changed her jacket for this T-shirt.
We are heading for Madrid.
All has to be done by Friday.
For me, this is a very boring book.

3. Please tell me if the following Spanish sentences using POR and PARA are correct:

Mañana voy por Barcelona.
Hemos comprado esto para ti.
Por mí, esta situación es estúpida.
Carlos ha venido por ti.
Tenemos que terminar todo por mañana.

4. Finally, I would like you to tell me what these sentences mean:

¿Para ti es difícil estudiar español?
Para hablar bien español, tienes que practicar mucho.
Estudio español por mi familia.
Vamos por aquí, el camino es más corto.
Mañana vamos para Valencia.

Esto es todo por la clase de hoy.

When exactly to use Por and Para is something that takes a lot of practice. So if you don´t feel very confident with it at first, don´t worry, most people who study Spanish feel the same. Take it slowly and every time you wonder about using Por or Para refer to the pointers in this video lesson to choose the correct one. Little by little the right option will sound correct to you and you will get better at it. So the key is patience and perseverance.

Que paseis una fantástica semana y hasta pronto!

I hope you are enjoying my weekly interactive Spanish lessons. Follow this link for many more great resources to help you learn and practice Spanish.


Este regalo es para mi madre.
El restaurante está por allí.
Ana compró ese vestido por 20 dólares.
Te voy a enviar un documento por email.
Estudio español para comunicarme mejor con mis amigos españoles

Terminaré mis studios por Julio.
Sonia cambió su chaqueta por esta camiseta.
Vamos para Madrid.
Todo tiene que estar terminado para el viernes.
Para mí, este es un libro muy aburrido.


Is it difficult for you to study Spanish?
To speak Spanish you have to practice a lot.
I study Spanish because of my family.
Let´s go around here, it is a shorter route.
Tomorrow we are heading for Valencia.

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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.