Common Mistakes: How to Say You Know How to Do Something in Spanish



Hey this is Joel from http// In this lesson, I want to talk about a common mistake that a lot of Spanish students make. Now, we tend to think in English and translate it literally from English to Spanish.

So, if I say, “I know how to dance,” in Spanish I would think that it’s “Sé como bailar” but in Spanish they don’t have that word “how” or that word “como.” They just say, “I know to dance” – “Sé bailar.”

So, you have the verb saber and then the infinitive of the verb that you know how to do. Alright, so I’ll give you some examples now.

So if I ask the question, “Do you know how to drive?” – “¿Sabes manejar?” It is not “¿Sabes como manejar?” it’s “¿Sabes manejar?”

Now I can say, “I know how to dance well” – “Sé bailar bien”

I can say, “My parents know how to swim” – “Mis padres saben nadar”

I can say, “My baby knows how to walk” – “Mi bebe sabe caminar”

I can say, “My cousins know how to ski” – “Mis primos saben esquiar”

Alright, well I hope that this was helpful for you and that you have improved your Spanish after watching this. If you want to see more of my lessons, you can go to my website http// I also have a great mp3 conversational course for download. And there are native Spanish speakers there who you can practice your Spanish with to improve and get corrections.

Alright, thanks for watching.



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