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Course Introduction

1. Nouns & Articles

2. Ser & Estar

3. Nouns & Adjectives

4. Regular Verbs

5. Ser/Estar (Past Tense)

6. Core Irregular Verbs (Present & Past)

7. Imperfect

8. Adverbs

9. Prepositions

10. Stem-changing Verbs - Part 1

11. Stem-changing Verbs - Part 2

12. Imperfect vs. Preterite

13. Syntax: Objects Overview

14. Past Participles & Present Perfect

15. Irregular and Go-verbs (Present)

16. Verbs with Irregular Yo-forms (Past)

17. Direct Object Pronouns

18. Indirect Object Pronouns, Direct & Indirect Object Pronouns Together

19. Reflexive Verbs

20. Verbs like Gustar

21. Present & Past Progressive

22. Past Perfect & Infinitive Constructions

23. Future Simple

24. Conditional

25. The Imperative

Episode #20

Verbs like Gustar

I. Intro: Gustar

A mí me gusta estudiar el español, ¿y a ti? ¿Te gusta también? We all know that “me gusta” means “I like it,” but we may also remember our Spanish teacher telling us that technically, “gustar” doesn’t translate to “to like.” Spanish has no verb “to like.” So, which is it?

The short answer is: both. Gustar loosely means “to like, ”but it doesn’t translate literally that way. The actual meaning of gustar is “to be pleasing.” So when we say “algo me gusta,” what we’re really saying is “something is pleasing to me.”

As we learned in a previous lesson, any time we say “to me” or “for me,” we are using the indirect object. This means that when we use gustar, we are always using an indirect object to refer “to whom” the thing is pleasing.

II. Breakdown

Let’s break down the uses of gustar with two example sentences: “I like the white shirt,” and “I like the black shoes.”

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