Spanish: Verbs “saber” vs. “conocer” - Presentation  
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This lesson explains verbs “saber” vs. “conocer” . The verb “saber” is used when we talk about the abilities or capacities that one has and the verb “conocer” when we are acquainted with something or with someone in particular.Just take a look at the presentation explained by the instructor with the help of video. This will make your learning simpler. (More text below video...)
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English: Hello, today we are going to study the difference between two very useful verbs: “saber” and “conocer”.
Spanish: Hola, hoy vamos a estudiar la diferencia entre dos verbos muy útiles: “saber” y “conocer”.
English: We use the verb “saber” when we talk about the abilities or capacities that one has. For example, I know how to swim, I know how to rollerblade, I know how to dance salsa, and also I know how to cook a little bit.
Spanish: Usamos el verbo “saber” cuando hablamos de las habilidades o capacidades que uno tiene: Por ejemplo, yo sé nadar, sé patinar, sé bailar salsa y también yo sé cocinar un poquito.
English: We also use the verb “saber” to say that we have information in our mind: I know my students’ names and I know by heart the phone numbers of my best friends.
Spanish: También usamos el verbo “saber” para decir que tenemos información en nuestra mente: Yo sé el nombre de mis estudiantes y sé de memoria los números de teléfono de mis mejores amigos.
English: Now, we use the verb “conocer” when we are acquainted with something or with someone in particular. For example, I know my students and my friends as well, but I would like to know Penelope Cruz. I know who she is but I am not acquainted with her.
Spanish: Ahora, usamos el verbo “conocer” cuando estamos familiarizados con algo o con alguien en particular. Por ejemplo, conozco a mis estudiantes y a mis amigos, pero me gustaría conocer a Penélope Cruz. Sé quién es ella pero no la conozco.
English: In terms of places, I know New York city but I would like to know Tokio. I know that Tokyo is in Japan but I don’t know this city yet. One day I will have the opportunity to get to know Penelope Cruz and Tokyo city!
Spanish: En cuanto a lugares, conozco la ciudad de Nueva York pero me gustaría conocer Tokio. Sé que Tokio está en Japón pero aún no conozco esta ciudad. ¡Algún día tendré la oportunidad de conocer a Penélope Cruz y la ciudad de Tokio!
English: Try to answer this questions!
Spanish: ¡Trata de contestar estas preguntas!
English: Do you know how to play the guitar?
Spanish: ¿Sabes tocar la guitarra?
English: Do you know who Penelope Cruz is?
Spanish: ¿Sabes quién es Penélope Cruz?
English: Do you know when your Spanish class is?
Spanish: ¿Sabes cuándo es tu clase de español?
English: Do you know London?
Spanish: ¿Conoces Londres?
English: Are you acquainted with many people? at your school? at your office?
Spanish: ¿Conoces a muchas personas? ¿En tu escuela? ¿en tu oficina?
English: Do you know many cities in the United States?
Spanish: ¿Conoces muchas ciudades en los Estados Unidos?
English: Congratulations, Let’s practice!
Spanish: ¡Felicitaciones, Vamos a practicar!
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