Do You Know How to “be” in Spanish?

Do You Know How to “be” in Spanish?

by Lingoda Team

Updated November 4, 2022

Did you know that there are two different verbs in Spanish for the verb to be?

Well, now you do! Here’s Teresa, one of our Spanish language experts, to tell you the differences between ser and estar.

Confused? Watch the video and in one minute… you won’t be!

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Let’s start

Both verbs ser and estar are translated with the same verb in English but also in most other languages…

Oh, dear… why two? Well… let’s better focus on when you use one or the other. It’s easier than you think!


When we want to express location, we use the verb estar:

Yo estoy en Barcelona. I am in Barcelona.


On the other hand, we use the verb ser for descriptions:

Mi profesora de Lingoda es muy simpática. My Lingoda teacher is nice.


We also use ser when referring to someone’s nationality or to introduce someone:

Nosotros somos de Alemania. We are from Germany.

When we are referring to personal or family relationships, the verb ser is used as well:

Juan y tú sois mis mejores amigos. Juan and you are my best friends.


To sum up: remember to use the verb estar to express location and the verb ser mainly to express identity:


See? Not that hard! Now you wish you had two verbs to say “to be” in English, don’t you?

Head over to our website today to practise with a native speaking teacher. You’ll be surprised by how good you are!

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