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Welcome to Vol. 46 of the Spanish Online Newsletter! Your weekly Spanish learning with mp3 files, as well as links to Spanish travel places and more. While I took an extended Spring Break from writing these letters, I'm hoping to get back into the routine again - sorry about the long wait for this newsletter. This week we complete the lesson from the last newsletter, which taught you to discuss what would happen if a certain condition existed. For example, "if I were a bird, I would fly." Last week we looked atht the "if this" portion, or the imperfect subjunctive. another intermediate grammar concept: the imperfect subjunctive. Now let's examine the easier portion, the "would" part - which is called the conditional.


Would...The Conditional

This tense works hand in hand with the imperfect subjunctive from last week in order to create situations that can be characterized by “if this, then that.” For example, "if I were from Mexico, I would speak Spanish." Now we look at this conditional —the “then that ” part.

 
conditional verb patterns
future root + ÍA
 

hablar

hablaría
hablarías
hablaría
hablaríamos
hablarían

vender

vendería
venderías
vendería
venderíamos
venderían

escribir

escribiría
escribirías
escribiría
escribiríamos
escribiría

For regular verbs, the future root is the same as the infinitive (i.e. hablar, tomar, vivir, etc). But as you can see below, for conditional or the “WOULD ”form, you use exactly the same root as the future, then add the conditional ending you find in the box below.

hear audio mp3Click to hear an mp3

the conditional in Spanish

Worksheet: Spanish Conditional Verbs

Quiz: Conditional


Travel Spot of the Week

visit Valparaíso and practice your Spanish!

Valparaíso, Chile

The largest port in Chile, founded in the 1500s, with unique architecture and lifts known as ascensores that take residents to many of the otherwise unreachable hillside homes. Valparaíso was a booming port town for hundreds of years, suffering a decline in strategic importance only after the construction of the Panama Canal.

This historic port is also known to Antarctic history buffs as the scene of a huge welcoming celebration at the safe arrival of Shackleton & his crew after the legendary British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1916.

Spanish Learning Tool of the Week

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