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Entrar and Matar

Let’s learn two new regular Spanish verbs, Entrar and Matar. We’ll learn how to use these verbs in all kinds of contexts, in all their common forms, and we’ll get lots of spoken practice.

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Deberías entrar.

Intro: Join us on a rigorous, step-by-step journey to fluency. I’m Timothy and this is LearnCraft Spanish.

Today we’re going to learn two very simple Spanish verbs. Both of these are easy to translate between Spanish and English, and both don’t have any irregularities in how they’re conjugated.

Let’s start with Entrar, which means “to enter” (or “to go in” or “to come in”). Here are a couple of examples:

We let them come in.

Los dejamos entrar.

I arrived, but I wasn’t able to go in.

Llegué, pero no pude entrar.

When you’re talking about where you’re going in, you’ll often encounter the preposition en after Entrar. For example:

You should go in the house.

Deberías entrar en la casa.

It’s also possible to say entrar a, but both are common, so we’re going to do some work to get used to saying entrar en since it tends to be a bit trickier for English speakers.

Let’s get some quizzing practice with this verb. I’m going to throw a bunch of different forms at you, but you should be able to guess pretty well because Entrar is conjugated exactly like Hablar.

My uncle never enters her house.

Mi tío nunca entra en su casa.

Come in! There is a murderer outside!

¡Entra! ¡Hay un asesino afuera!

We didn’t enter the house, but we’ll find it.

No entramos en la casa, pero lo encontraremos.

Her girlfriend is entering the hospital now.

Su novia está entrando en el hospital ahora.

She already went in, so tell them to go in as well.

Ella ya entró, así que diles a ellos que entren también.

If you enter, you’ll see that they already entered.

Si entras, verás que ellos ya entraron.

Do you remember that I never enter through that door?

¿Recuerdas que nunca entro por esa puerta?

I didn’t enter and she hasn’t entered either.

No entré y ella no ha entrado tampoco.

You have to go in the house because they found something there.

Tienes que entrar en la casa porque encontraron algo allí.

When we go in the house, my husband always leaves his phone on the table.

Cuando entramos en la casa, mi marido siempre deja su teléfono en la mesa.

Next let’s work on the verb Matar, which means “to kill”. Just like in English, this can be used either literally or in a figurative or exaggerated way. Here are a few examples:

I don’t believe in killing animals without a reason.

No creo en matar animales sin razón.

No, you have to kill that idea.

No, tienes que matar esa idea.

She’s going to kill me when she realizes.

Ella me va a matar cuando se dé cuenta.

Remember that when a named person is the direct object in a sentence, you’ll put an extra preposition a before the person. For example:

Calm down(m), nobody is going to kill your grandmother.

Tranquilo, nadie va a matar a tu abuela.

Let’s practice a bunch of different uses of Matar. This verb is conjugated exactly like Hablar, so I’m just going to throw a bunch of forms at you freely. Try to guess the Spanish.

Don’t be silly, I don’t kill anything.

No seas tonto, yo no mato nada.

If she kills it, you know why.

Si lo mata, sabes por qué.

Kill it or it is going to kill me.

Mátalo o va a matarme.

They killed a black dog without meaning to.

Mataron un perro negro sin querer.

You killed it, so don’t let me find you.

Lo mataste, así que no dejes que te encuentre.

She has killed animals before as food.

Ha matado animales antes como comida.

I didn’t kill it, she killed it! I don’t like to kill.

Yo no lo maté, ¡ella lo mató! No me gusta matar.

I didn’t kill anyone, so if she finds something it’ll be strange.

No maté a nadie, así que si encuentra algo será extraño.

For more practice with any of this, feel free to dig deeper at LCSPodcast.com/172. Or if you’re ready, let’s go on to today’s final quiz.

They don’t find him because someone has killed him.

No lo encuentran porque alguien lo ha matado.

She doesn’t kill, so go in the house!

Ella no mata, ¡así que entra en la casa!

She didn’t enter the house because she isn’t an idiot.

No entró en la casa porque no es una idiota.

I want him to find the human who killed her.

Quiero que encuentre al humano que la mató.

I found my book.

Encontré mi libro.

She never enters when we enter.

Nunca entra cuando nosotros entramos.

Did you find him? I think he hasn’t entered yet.

¿Lo encontraste? Creo que aún no ha entrado.

If I enter my house, I’ll be free.

Si entro en mi casa, estaré libre.

You have to enter that place if you want to find it.

Tienes que entrar en ese lugar si quieres encontrarlo.

My grandmother wants me to remember that the white phone is free.

Mi abuela quiere que recuerde que el teléfono blanco es gratis.

I’ll find the animal, don’t worry, I remember where it was.

Encontraré al animal, no te preocupes, recuerdo dónde estaba.

She remembers that I entered the house with her.

Recuerda que entré en la casa con ella.

I don’t find my phone, but I need to find it soon.

No encuentro mi teléfono, pero necesito encontrarlo pronto.

Kill it or we’re not entering the house.

Mátalo o no entramos en la casa.

They came in through the back door with my grandfather.

Entraron por la puerta de atrás con mi abuelo.

I didn’t kill him, but they haven’t found him yet.

No lo maté, pero aún no lo han encontrado.

You have to remember that we didn’t find what we needed.

Tienes que recordar que no encontramos lo que necesitábamos.

If you find it, you can have it.

Si lo encuentras, puedes tenerlo.

It’s incredible that they enter the house.

Es increíble que entren en la casa.

Remember that she didn’t find what she needed.

Recuerda que no encontró lo que necesitaba.

You killed your enemy when he was entering your house.

Mataste a tu enemigo cuando estaba entrando en tu casa.

If we find it, we will give it to our aunt.

Si lo encontramos, se lo daremos a nuestra tía.

Find it or they are going to kill me!

¡Encuéntralo o van a matarme!

They killed her boyfriend and it was hard.

Mataron a su novio y fue duro.

I don’t kill special beings.

No mato seres especiales.

If you enter, they are going to kill you.

Si entras, te van a matar.

For more practice with all of this, go to LCSPodcast.com/172.

In tomorrow’s episode, we’ll learn some new numbers as well as a few colors.

This show is brought to you by LearnCraftSpanish.com. The Spanish voice in this episode was our coach Ximena Lama-Rondón. Our music was performed by the Seattle Marimba Quartet, and I’m Timothy, encouraging you to do the hard work of learning Spanish. Acquiring a second language is one of the most fulfilling things you can do, so start your fluency journey today at LCSPodcast.com.

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