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Lesson 9: Assignment

"Saber" & "Conocer" Both Mean "To Know," so What is the Difference?

Common Spanish Verb Vocabulary

Learning How to Say "To Know" in Spanish

Before we get started with this Spanish lesson, let's look at the "common Spanish verb vocabulary" list. These verbs will take you a long way, so try to memorize as many as you can. Just remember to conjugate them whenever they are used in phrases. Feel free to review how Spanish verbs are conjugated at lesson 3 to quickly review how to conjugate Spanish verbs.

These words are ranked as the most common verbs that are used in Spanish. By learning these, you will be surprised at how much Spanish you uncover. Most of these are regular verbs, meaning they follow the same conjugation rules that we went over in lesson 3. However, whenever you come across a verb that is uniquely conjugated, such as pensar (pienso, piensas, piensa, piensan, and pensamos), then I recommend navigating to this Spanish verb conjugation website to help with conjugating these challenging verbs.

Here are some phrases that you should be able to translate by yourself after studying the vocabulary words. This is great practice.

I see it, it's over there
Lo veo, está allá
I think I'm going to leave
Pienso que voy a salir
They stay inside a lot
Ellos quedan dentro mucho
He calls Sarah each day
Él llama a Sarah cada día

Study Lesson 9 Spanish Vocabulary

Let's not over-estimate the difficulty of saber and conocer. It's simply put like this.

Saber and Conocer differences in Spanish

Saber Phrases

I want to know your name
Quiero saber tu nombre
He knows when they work
Él sabe cuándo trabajan
Do you know Spanish?
¿Sabes el español?

Conocer Phrases

He knows your mother
Él conoce a tu madre
I know your friend, José
Yo conozco a tu amigo, José
I know a good place to go
Conozco un buen lugar para ir

Saber (To Know Things)

Conocer (to Know People)

saber to know

¿Quién Sabe? (Who Knows?)

I know!
¡Yo sé!
He knows!
¡Él sabe!
She doesn't know it!
¡Ella no lo sabe!
We know it!
¡Lo sabemos!

You Have Finished Lesson 9

That's it for this Spanish lesson. I hope you are catching on. In the next lesson we will be discussing the last important Spanish topic that will be covered in the firest half of this Spanish course. You will be learning direct object pronouns.

"Saber" and "Conocer" Conjugation Quiz

This quiz will assess your ability of knowing when to use saber and conocer as well as knowing how they are conjugated.


  saber and conocer conjugation quiz answer key

Reviewing "saber" and "conocer"

Last updated: 2018

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