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"Useful" verbs list

There are thousands of "useful verbs lists" online. A good first question could be: Are they really useful? YES! Of course, but that depends more on how you use those lists.
One of the first things to consider can be what to do with these kinds of lists.
I like to begin with activities that involve several skills. For instance, have your students choose 4 or 6 verbs and sketch the meaning of it. No translations, just pictures. This allow our students understand the power of visuals. It is really easier for them to understand things with an image than a translation.

I assume verb conjugations are not fun, and if you are not determined to memorize them some students can get to think it's boring. So I always consider "games" to practice conjugations in my class. For example Battleship:

Sequence
  • Students each receive two papers with 20 x 20 grids.
  • The rows and columns on the grid are labeled with letters for the rows and numbers for the columns.
  • On one of the grids, each places five ships – one that covers five spaces, one four, two three, and one two. This grid shows the placement of their own ships and should remain hidden from the other player.
  • Once both players have placed their ships, play begins.
  • The first player guesses a grid location (ex. B-5).
  • If the other player has that square colored in, he/she says “Tocado” (and the guesser colors in the block on the second grid page). If the square is blank, he/she says “Agua” (and the guesser puts an X in the square). If a player has guessed all of the squares for a ship, the other player says “Tocado y hundido” because that ship has been sunk.
  • The other player then takes a turn guessing a location.
  • The first player to sink all five of the other player’s ships wins.
Tip: Diversify your verbs as much as you can and pleaseeeee, avoid overusing: hacer, tener, pensar, querer.

- A –
Abrir – to open
Acercarse – to approach
Aceptar – to accept
Acompañar a – to accompany
Acordarse de – to remember
Adquirir – to acquire
Aguantar – to put up with
Aislar – to isolate
Alcanzar – to reach
Alejarse – to move away from
Apetecer – to feel like
Apoyar – to support
Aprender – to learn
Aprovechar – to make the most of
Atender – to serve
Asegurar – to ensure
Asistir a – to attend
Asustar – to shock, frighten
Averiguar – to find out
- B –
Bailar – to dance
Beber – to drink

- C –
Caber – to fit
Cambiar – to change
Cancelar – to cancel
Cerrar – to close
Comer – to eat
Comprar – to buy
Comenzar – to start
Comprender – to comprehend
Conducir – to drive
Conocer – to know
Conseguir – to achieve
Contar – to count
Continuar – to continue
Correr – to run
Crear – to create
Creer – to believe
Cumplir – to fulfill

- D –
Dañar – to hurt
Dar – to give
Darse cuenta de – to realize
Decir – to say
Desaparecer – to disappear
Destacar – to highlight
Despertar – to wake up
Desviar – to deviate
Dibujar – to draw
Dirigirse a – to address someone
Dormir – to sleep
Dudar – to doubt

- E –
Empezar – to start
Enfatizar – to emphasize
Encontrar – to find
Entender – to understand
Enterarse de – to hear about something
Entregar – to give in
Enviar – to send
Equivocarse – to be mistaken
Escuchar – to listen
Escribir – to write
Esperar – to wait
Estudiar – to study
Evitar – to avoid
Exigir – to demand
Explicar – to explain

- F –
Firmar – to sign
Fomentar – to foment, to foster

- G –
Gastar – to spend
Gozar – to heartily enjoy

- H –
Hablar – to speak
Hacer – to make/do
Hallar – to find somewhere
Herir – to hurt

- I –
Ignorar – to not know
Impedir – to prevent
Intentar – to try
Interrumpir – to interrupt
Ir – to go

- J –
Jugar – to play

- K -
- L –
Leer – to read
Levantarse – to stand up
Limpiar – to clean
Lograr – to achieve

- LL –
Llover – to rain

- M –
Manejar – to drive
Mirar – to look

- N –
Nadar – to swim
Necesitar – to need

- Ñ -
- O –
Ocurrir – to occur, to happen
Oir – to hear
Olvidar – to forget
Organizar – to organize

- P –
Pagar – to pay
Parecer – to seem
Pensar – to think
Perder – to lose
Permanecer – to remain
Permitir – to permit, to allow
Poder – to can, be able
Poner – to put
Ponerse de pie – to stand up
Preguntar – to ask
Preocuparse por – to worry about
Pretender – to hope to achieve
Prestar – to borrow
Prevenir – to warn
Probar – to try out
Proporcionar – to provide

- Q –
Quejarse – to complain
Querer – to want

- R –
Reparar – to fix
Responder – to reply
Romper – to break

- S –
Saber – to know
Sentarse – to sit
Señalar – to point out
Sonreír – to smile
Soportar – to put up with
Subrayar – to underline

- T –
Tener – to have
Tener éxito – to succeed
Terminar – to finish
Tocar (un instrumento) – to play (an instrument)
Tomar – to take
Traducir – to translate
Traer – to bring
Tratar – to attempt, to try

- U –
Utilizar – to utilize
Usar – to use

- V –
Valer – to be worth
Ver – to see
Vender – to sell
Viajar – to travel
Vivir – to live
Volar – to fly

- W –

- X -
- Y -
- Z –




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