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Welcome to Vol. 61 of the Spanish Online Newsletter! Part of the Spanish Learning Blog - your weekly lessons with mp3 files, as well as links to Spanish travel spots and more. I'd like to thank all of you who wrote me kind emails of sympathy & support about my dog Bo - I'm sorry that I didn't have time to respond to all of them yet - but they were greatly appreciated! Muchisimas gracias a todos.

I guess the holidays are really, really over! Caramba looks like most of the lights around town have come down. Oh well, back to studying Spanish :) While the newsletters have been quite sporadic lately, I'm back to work now and will hopefully get back into the routine of doing them each week. Thanks for your patience during the downtime - and sorry about the long delay. May those of you in the blizzard areas of the NE USA be safe in the cold week ahead!


The Conditional Form of Poder: Could

The use of "could" in Spanish is pretty straightforward. The only major difference from English is that you have to conjugate the verb for different people. You create "could" from the conditional Spanish tense, which uses the ROOT + ÍA pattern.

hear mp3 Click to hear an mp3 of the pattern

(you can find a present tense refresher for PODER here)

Could: the conditional of the verb poder

hear mp3Click to hear an mp3

¿podrías llamar? could you call?
¿me podría ayudar? could you help me?
¿podríamos sentarnos allí? could we sit there?
¿te podría ayudar? could I help you?

Worksheet: Conditional Use of Poder

Quiz: Conditional of Poder

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