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Beginner Spanish Review Lesson 39 Practice using The Past Simple in Spanish El Pretérito Indefinido Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Basic, Learning, Pronunciation, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary, Videos

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Today we are going to practice how to talk about things we did in the past using the Past Simple in Spanish El Pretérito Indefinido.

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:

Practice using The Past Simple in Spanish El Pretérito Indefinido

1. First, let´s practice conjugating some regular Spanish verbs with the Past Simple in Spanish El Pretérito Indefinido. I will say a person (yo, tú, usted etc) and a regular verb and I would like you to conjugate the verb in the correct way for El Pretérito Indefinido: (For example: Ellos / comprar: Compraron)

Nosotros / comer
Tú / hablar
Ellas / escribir
Ustedes / trabajar
Ella / beber
Vosotros / comprender
Él / salir
Ellos / amar
Yo / correr
Usted / encontrar

2. We will practice now some useful Spanish vocabulary related to describing time. These words and phrases are all commonly used with the Past Simple in Spanish El Pretérito Indefinido. Please tell me what the following things mean:

El otro día
En 1983
El año pasado
Hace un mes
El viernes pasado
La semana pasada
En septiembre

3. Next, let´s practice some irregular Spanish verbs and El Pretérito Indefinido. I will say a person (yo, tú, usted, etc) and an irregular verb and I would like you to conjugate the verb in the correct way for the El Pretérito Indefinido: (For example: Nosotros / decir: Dijimos)

Ser / yo
Ir / nosotros
Dar /ustedes
Estar / ella
Tener / tú
Hacer / yo
Decir / ella
Ir / ellos
Estar / usted
Tener / vosotros

4. Do you understand what these Spanish sentences mean?

Ayer fuimos a la playa.
¿En qué restaurante cenaste el domingo?
Mi madre hizo una tarta la semana pasada.
Hace dos días vi a tu hermano en el supermercado.
¿Estuvisteis en Barcelona el año pasado?

5. Finally, please translate the following sentences from English to Spanish:

Sonia bought a car last month.
I had a cold last week.
Carlos worked the day before yesterday.
We went to my parents´ house last weekend.
I didn´t eat much yesterday.

Esto es todo por la clase de hoy.

This Spanish grammar tense is very important, so make sure you remember well the verb endings and the important irregular verbs we have practiced in this class. It is a good idea to watch the original theory video lesson various times in order to memorise all of the endings. It can be a bit boring at first, but when you know them well, you will realize how much more you can say in Spanish.

Nos vemos la próxima semana. ¡Adiós!

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The other day
In 1983
Last night
Last year
A month ago
Last Friday
The day before yesterday
The night before yesterday
Last week
In September


Yesterday we went to the beach.
In which restaurant did you have dinner last Sunday?
My mum made a cake last week.
I saw your brother in the supermarket two days ago.
Were you in Barcelona last year? (group / friendly)

Sonia compró un coche el mes pasado.
Tuve un resfriado la semana pasada.
Carlos trabajó anteayer.
Fuimos a la casa de mis padres la semana pasada.
Ayer no comí mucho.

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I am from Bilbao in northern Spain. I qualified as a Spanish Language Teacher in 2004. I have taught Spanish in England and Spain and now really enjoy teaching the Spanish Language via my website The Spanish Blog to students from all around the world. I love my job and the intricacies of the Spanish Language. My main personal interests are music, reading and cooking. I studied music for twelve years in Bilbao and I play the piano. I also enjoy singing and I try my best to sing more in English now. I hope very much that you enjoy my posts and welcome any comments.


  1. hi:

    Hi,cada dia recibo los ejercicios para la práctica del español a través tweeter,me gustaría colaborar contigo,ayudándote a preparar ejercicios.tengo amplia experiencia en la enseñanza ELE.
    Si me quieres hacer alguna prueba,no tengo ningún problema.
    Mi nombre es jose antonio.
    Gracias,que pases un buen dia

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