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Lesson 7: Vamos a la playa. We are going to the beach.

In this lesson you will learn:

  • to tell where you are going
  • to discuss your future plans
  • to speak about your free time

What can be better than a day by the sea? Let’s imagine that we are going to one of the sunny Spanish beaches. Vamos a la playa… ¡y estudiamos español!

Spanish vocabulary


In this lesson, we will practice the following vocabulary. Read the words, listen to the audio and remember them:




cinema, movies

televisión / tele



film, movie















nos vemos

see you




great, excellent

de acuerdo

fine, ok



estar cansado

to be tired

¡Qué suerte!

Lucky you!



Lo siento

I’m sorry




to go


to see


to have


to rest / to have a day off


to know

Spanish dialogues


Listen carefully to the following Spanish dialogues. They will help you understand this lesson’s vocabulary in the right context:

Spanish text


Read the following text in Spanish. You can check the English translation if you need help. Also, listen to the audio and try to understand everything:

Spanish grammar

Spanish Grammar

We will now study the grammar used in this lesson:

How to say where we are going: the verb “ir” (to go) and the preposition “a”

To say where we are going, we need to know the forms of the irregular verb “ir”. Let’s have a look at the table and memorise them:

ir (to go)
yo voy
tú vas
él va
nosotros vamos
vosotros vais
ellos van

And now let’s add the place where we are going. In Spanish, we use the preposition “a” to express direction. Please note that when this preposition precedes the article “el”, it turns into “al”. The feminine article “la” doesn’t change:

  • Vamos a la playa. – We are going to the beach.
  • Martín va a la escuela. – Martin is going to school.

  • Voy al cine. – I’m going to the cinema.
  • Los turistas van al hotel. – The tourists are going to the hotel.

Pay attention to these sentences and remember their correct translation into Spanish:

  • ¿A dónde vas? – Where are you going?
  • Voy a casa. – I’m going home.

The verb “ir” to express future

When we speak about our future plans, we can use the verb “ir” (just like in English we use the verb “to go”). Have a look at the following examples:

  • Mañana vamos a trabajar. – Tomorrow, we are going to work.
  • ¿Qué vas a hacer mañana? – What are you going to do tomorrow?

New verbs: ver (to see), descansar (to rest), saber (to know)

Remember the forms of the verbs that we saw in this lesson:

ver (to see) descansar (to rest) saber (to know)
yo veo yo descanso yo sé
tú ves tú descansas tú sabes
él ve él descansa él sabe
nosotros vemos nosotros descansamos nosotros sabemos
vosotros véis vosotros descansáis vosotros sabéis
ellos ven ellos descansan ellos saben

Every time you see a new verb, try to come up with your own examples to illustrate its usage and remember it quicker. Here are some examples of the verbs from the table:

  • A veces veo películas españolas. – Sometimes, I watch Spanish movies.
  • Me gusta ver la tele. – I like watching TV.

  • Los abuelos quieren descansar. – The grandparents want to rest.
  • ¿Mañana descansas? – Are you off tomorrow?

  • No qué vamos a hacer hoy. – I don’t know what we are going to do today.
  • ¿Sábes cómo se llama este alumno? – Do you know this student’s name?

In a conversation, we sometimes have to answer “I don’t know”. Let’s learn how it say it in Spanish correctly:

  • – ¿Quieres ir al cine con nosotros? – No lo sé.
  • – Do you want to go to the cinema with us? – I don’t know. (in Spanish, we literally say “I don’t know it“)

The verb “saber” can be used in the meaning of “to know a language”.

In English, we can say “She speaks French” or “She knows French”. In Spanish, this meaning is also possible:

  • No inglés. – I don’t know English.
  • Mi profesor sabe alemán. – My teacher knows German.

How to say “I have…” in Spanish?

The verb “tener” (to have) is irregular in Spanish. Let’s have a look at its forms:

tener (to have)
yo tengo
tú tienes
él tiene
nosotros tenemos
vosotros tenéis
ellos tienen

Just like in English, we can use the verb “tener” with animate nouns (people and animals) as well as inanimate (things and places):

  • Mi hijo tiene muchos amigos. – My son has many friends.
  • ¿Tienes un coche? – Do you have a car?
  • España tiene playas muy bonitas. – Spain has very beautiful beaches.
  • Estos libros tienen textos interesantes. – These books have interesting texts.

We can say “Spain has beautiful beaches” or “In Spain, there are beautiful beaches. In this lesson, we’ve come across the Spanish word for “there is/there are”. Let’s see how to use it:

  • En nuestro hotel hay muchos turistas ingleses. – At our hotel, there are many English tourists.
  • En mi ciudad no hay trabajo. – In my city, there is no work.
Spanish test


Let’s check how well you know this lesson:

1. Mañana vamos ______ cine.
a el
a la

2. How to say “I have a family” in Spanish?
Tengo familia.
Hay mi familia.
En mi hay familia.

3. Voy a casa porque _____ muy cansado:

4. Finish the sentence: Mañana voy a _____ .
el hotel

5. _____ supuesto, voy a la playa _____ vosotros.
por, a
por, con
hay, con

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