Why It Matters: ¿Cómo pasas tu tiempo libre?

In this module, we will learn how to describe what we like to do in our free time!  This will, of course, include a lot of verbs.  Think about what you like to do when you have free time. Do you sleep in?  Go out to eat?  Play sports?  Watch TV?  All of these are verbs!  They are also topics that we are very likely to talk about in our day to day life.

Read the following conversation:

Ana:  Hola, Juan. ¿Qué quieres hacer hoy?

Juan:  Hola, Ana.  Hoy quiero jugar al futból con mis amigos.  ¿Y tú?

Ana:  Yo voy de compras con mi hermana.  Me gusta comprar ropa nueva.

Juan:  ¿Dónde vas de compras?  ¿Al centro comercial?

Ana:  Sí, hay muchas tiendas con ropa bonita.

Juan:  ¡Que lo pases bien!

Juan and Ana are able to talk about what they like to do by using the verb gustar, which we will also learn in this section.  People love to talk about what they like and enjoy doing.  Finally, we will learn to talk about how we do things using adverbs.

The following music videos include some of the verbs we are going to learn in this module:

Querer – to want

Gustar– to be pleasing to

Check out the videos and listen for these two verbs!

Ozuna – Dile Que Tú Me Quieres
Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado, known simply by his surname Ozuna, is a Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer. (Wikipedia page on Ozuna)

You can view the transcript for “Dile Que Tú Me Quieres” here (opens in new window).

Manu Chao – Me Gustas Tu
Manu Chao is a French musician of Spanish descent. He sings in French, Spanish, English, Italian, Arabic, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, Greek and occasionally in other languages.

You can view the transcript for “Me Gustas Tu” here (opens in new window).

We will learn adverbs with the suffix or ending -mente. Adverbs in English end in –ly and modifies or quantifies verbs. For example, the word rápidamente is rapidly in English. Another example is the title of the song below:

Elvis Crespo – Suavemente
Elvis Crespo Díaz (born July 30, 1971 in New York City) is an American singer and songwriter of the Merengue genre. He has won multiple awards, including a Grammy and a Latin Grammy Award in merengue.

You can view the transcript for “Suavemente” here (opens in new window).


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