Common Spanish Verbs: “Ser” And “Estar” – Learn Them At Best By Watching 3 Easy Videos!

common Spanish verbsHere are 3 insightful videos that clearly explain the differences between these two very common Spanish verbs: “ser” and “estar”. Their  meaning is (in general):

Ser = to be

Estar = to stay

But this is their basic meaning, you have to learn how to use them correctly in the videos below.

Video #1 – How to Use “SER”

The Present Indicative of These 2 Common Spanish Verbs

Yo soyI amYo estoyI stay
Tu eresYou areTu estásYou stay
Él/Ella esHe/She isÉl/Ella estáHe/She stays
Nosotros/Nosotras somosWe areNosotros/Nosotras estamosWe stay
Vosotros/Vosotras soisYou areVosotros/Vosotras estáisYou stay
Ellos/Ellas sonThey areEllos/Ellas estánThey stay

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The SIMPLE PAST (Preterite) of These 2 Common Spanish

Yo fuiI amYo etuveI stayed
Tu fuisteYou areTu estuvisteYou stayed
Él/Ella fueHe/She isÉl/Ella estuvoHe/She stayed
Nosotros/Nosotras fuimosWe areNosotros/Nosotras estuvimosWe stayed
Vosotros/Vosotras fuisteisYou areVosotros/Vosotras estuvisteisYou stayed
Ellos/Ellas fueronThey areEllos/Ellas estuvieronThey stayed

Video #3 – “SER” VS. “ESTAR”: Rule of Thumb

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What is the difference between Ser and Estar?

Here’s an article that explains the difference between “ser” and “estar”:

There are two verbs that mean “to be” in Spanish, ser and estar.

  • Ser is used in a simple way, to talk about WHAT something is (permanent state). To describe characteristics that are an essential part of the thing we’re talking about.

  • Estar is used to talk about HOW something is, so we use it for conditions, locations, emotions, and actions (temporary states).

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