Monday, 14 July 2014

Who Teaches You Spanish?


This post showcases/ highlights a typical use of the verb dar*.


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague about your Spanish and how you are making progress learning it.

At some point, the other person says: "who teaches you Spanish?"

In Spanish, he/she could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Quién te da clase de español?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Quién le da a usted clase de español?


Answering this question should be straightforward. Indicating or naming a person(s) might well be sufficient. However, the question includes an expression (dar clase) which you could use to make your answer more informative.

Here are some examples of how you could use that expression:
  • Me da clase de español Pedro López (Pedro López teaches me Spanish);
  • Me da clase de español María García (María García teaches me Spanish);
  • Me dan clase de español Pedro López y María García (Pedro López and María García teach me Spanish);

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Quién te da clase de español?

*See uses of verb dar below

*Verb Dar - Typical Uses/ Expressions

Dar alcance a To catch up with someone/ something
Dar apuro To cause embarrassment/ to make one feel embarrassed
Dar asco To cause nausea/ to make one feel nauseated
Dar calabazas To reject/ to give the brush off
Dar caña To hurry/ to harry/ to speed up
Dar celos To cause jealousy/ to make one feel jealous
Dar clase de To teach a subject
Dar corte To cause embarrassment/ to make one feel embarrassed
Dar cosa To cause fear/ unease/ discomfort
Dar de alta To discharge/ To give the all clear (medical)
Dar de baja To give leave (medical)
Dar de sí To be elastic/ stretchable
Dar envidia To cause envy/ make one feel envy
Dar ganas de To feel like doing something
Dar lástima To be in a sorry state/ to move someone to feel pity
Dar miedo To cause fear/ to make one feel frightened
Dar pena To cause pity/ sadness
Dar rabia To anger/ to make one mad
Dar vergüenza To cause embarrassment/ to make one feel embarrassed
Darse cita To meet/ to come together
Darse prisa To hurry up
No dar abasto To be overloaded/ To be unable to cope

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