Do you know how to express would, could and should in Spanish?
In this tip we will be looking at the Spanish conditional tense. We will give a few examples of how to form this conjugation. And we will give a few common situations where the conditional tense should be used.
The two big positives of this Spanish tense: it’s relatively easy to form and it’s relatively easy to use.
The negatives are that it can be a little bit tongue twisty. And there are some situations where it gets complicated to use.
But, in general, the use of Spanish conditional tense is very similar English. For example, I would like to travel, could you help me?, etc.
I often say to Spanish students that they should focus on vocabulary ahead of grammar. But, as you work your way to a conversational level, today’s tense will be extremely useful.
It is useful because you can ask about peoples dreams and desires. This is a great conversation starter because everybody has a dream or a desire.
If you can use today’s tense well you can open up a whole range of topics with the people you find to practice with.
Other podcast episodes mentioned in today’s tip:
Examples from the episode:
The Spanish conditional conjugation of ‘gustar’:
I would like – Me gustaría.
You would like – Te gustaría.
He would like – Le gustaría.
We would like – Nos gustaría.
You-all would like – Os gustaría.
They would like – Les gustaría.
We would like to travel – Nos gustaría viajar.
The conditional conjugation of ‘comer’:
I would eat – Yo comería.
You would eat – Tú comerías.
He would eat – Él comería.
We would eat – Nosotros comeríamos.
You-all would eat – Vosotros comeríais.
They would eat – Ellos comerían.
The conditional conjugation of ‘poder’:
I could – Yo podría.
You could – Tú podrías.
He could – Él podría.
We could – Nosotros podríamos.
You-all could – Vosotros podríais.
They could – Ellos podrían.
I could do this – Yo podría hacer esto.
I could do something – Yo podría hacer algo.
Spiritual retreat – Retiro Espiritual.
I would like to see animals from a far – Me gustaría ver a los animales de lejos.
Crutches, Pause words – Muletas.
You can get access to the Spanish podcast transcripts and English translations here.
How else could you use the Spanish conditional tense?