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

Last Updated on November 17, 2021 by Kunthida

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 soy I am Yo estoy I stay
Tu eres You are Tu estás You stay
Él/Ella es He/She is Él/Ella está He/She stays
Nosotros/Nosotras somos We are Nosotros/Nosotras estamos We stay
Vosotros/Vosotras sois You are Vosotros/Vosotras estáis You stay
Ellos/Ellas son They are Ellos/Ellas están They stay

Video #2 – Use “SER” or “ESTAR”

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The SIMPLE PAST (Preterite) of These 2 Common Spanish

Yo fui I am Yo etuve I stayed
Tu fuiste You are Tu estuviste You stayed
Él/Ella fue He/She is Él/Ella estuvo He/She stayed
Nosotros/Nosotras fuimos We are Nosotros/Nosotras estuvimos We stayed
Vosotros/Vosotras fuisteis You are Vosotros/Vosotras estuvisteis You stayed
Ellos/Ellas fueron They are Ellos/Ellas estuvieron They 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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