Language tips: hablar, decir, contar (A2)

Today we are going to see how the verbs  hablar (to speak)decir (to say)  and contar (to tell) are used, to help you not to confuse them:

Carlos habla 5 idiomas (Carlos speaks five languages).

El Presidente dijo que no iba a subir los impuestos (The President said he was not going to increase taxes).

Por favor, cuéntame que está pasado (Please, tell me what is going on).

1..The VerbHablar

  • “Articulating words” (the ability to speak)

Me duele la garganta. Casi no puedo hablar. (My throat hurts. I can barely speak.)

  • “To talk with someone”

Mañana hablamos, ¿vale? (We´ll speak tomorrow, okay?)

He hablado con tu profesor de tus notas(I´ve spoken with your teacher about your grades.)


2. The Verb “Decir”

  • “To express something with words”

Mis amigos me dicen que haga un curso de español (My friends tell me to do a Spanish course).

¿Perdona, qué (me) dices? (Pardon, what´s that you´re telling me?)

  • Common expressions used to express surprise and interest:

“¡No me digas!”  “¡Qué me dices!” (You don´t say!)


3. The Verb “Contar” 

  • “To count”

Vamos a jugar. Escóndete donde puedas. Contaré hasta tres: uno, dos… ¡y tres! (We´re going to play a game. Hide where you can. I´ll count to three: one, two… three!)

  • “Recount something”

¿Te he contado lo que me pasó ayer en el supermercado? (Have I told you what happened to me yesterday  in the supermarket?)

¡No, cuéntamelo! (No, tell me!) 

Check the conjugation of hablar, decir and contar,  and practice everything that you have learned with our quizzes. By the way, do you know what the idiomatic expression “hablar por los codos” means?

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