Trouble with entender conjugation? Learn it with chunks, never forget it again!

Trouble with ENTENDER? Learn it with CHUNKS, never forget it again!

Hello, beautifuls! Welcome to Spring Spanish. Today, we are going to understand everything related to the verb entender and learn entender conjugation effectively.

The Spanish verb entender translates to “to understand” in English. Entender is used when someone comprehends or grasps the meaning of something, whether it’s a concept, language, instruction, or situation. Additionally, entender is used in various other tenses and moods, similar to llegar or other regular verbs.

I’m Paulísima, your Spanish teacher at Spring Spanish.

1. Entiendo (I understand)

The verb “entender” means, in general terms, to understand. Pay attention to the following:

Actor 1
No le entiendo a Pau cuando habla. Habla demasiado rápido.
(I don’t understand Pau when she speaks. She speaks too fast.)

Actor 2
Yo sí le entiendo, pero llevo mucho tiempo escuchándola. Al principio yo tampoco le entendía.
(I do understand her, but I have listened to hear for a while. At the beginning I didn’t understand her either.)

CHUNK Alert! No le entiendo. (I don’t understand.) We use this chunk, in this case, we’re saying that we don’t understand what someone is saying.

Now, if what you want to say that you don’t understand someone, We say: No LA entiendo. If it’s a woman or No LO entiendo, if we’re talking about a man or a thing.

Actor 1
¿Te cae bien Pau?
(Do you like Pau?)

Actor 2
Sí, me cae bien, pero la verdad no LA entiendo.
(Yes, I like her, but to be honest I don’t understand her.)

Actor 1
¿A qué te refieres?¿Por qué no la entiendes?
(What do you mean? Why don’t you understand her?)

Actor 2
Es que a veces, me saca de onda. Por ejemplo, dijo que tenía muchas ganas de ir a la playa. Ya que estábamos en la playa, se la pasó todo el tiempo quejándose. Del sol, de la arena, de los niños, de todo. ¡No la entiendo!
(It’s just that sometimes, it throws me off. For instance, she said she was really looking forward to going to the beach. But once we were at the beach, she spent the whole time complaining. About the sun, the sand, the kids, everything. I don’t understand her!

Actor 1
Ok, ok. Te entiendo, te entiendo. A veces es así Pau.
(Ok, ok. I understand, I understand. Sometimes Pau is like that.)

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2. Tú entiendes (You understand)

Now, a great Chunk Alert! To learn the conjugation of entender for the second person, you: ¿Me entiendes? (Do you know what I mean?)

Now, this chunk is used a lot in Mexico. However, some people find it a bit condescending. As if the other person is not capable of getting to the point.

Actor 1
No le entiendo a este aparato. Se supone que la cámara está aquí, pero aprieto la tecla y no pasa nada. Mira.
(I don’t understand this device. The camera is supposed to be here, but I press the key and nothing happens. Look.)

Actor 2
Es que lo estás haciendo todo mal. Tienes que apretar duro la tecla. ¿Me entiendes?
It’s just that you’re doing it all wrong. You have to press the key hard. Do you know what I mean?)

Actor 1
Ah… no, no te entiendo.
(Ah… no, I don’t understand.)

Actor 2
Mira, así.
(Look, like this.)

Actor 1
Ah, ya entendí.
(Oh, I got it.)

Another Chunk Alert: ¡Ya entendí! It’s the equivalent of I got it. ¡Ya entendí! (I got it!)

3. Él entiende, ella entiende (He understands, she understands)

For he or she, él o ella, the verb understand is conjugated as: entiende. But of course it’s much better to learn it with a chunk.

Learn this wise saying:

No des explicaciones a quien no entiende razones. (Don’t give explanations to those who don’t understand reason.)

In Spanish, saying that somebody “no entiende razones” means that they are impossible to talk to. Like you can’t reason with them.

Do you know someone who doesn’t understand reason? Tell me in the video’s comments. Now let’s practice some more the conjugation: ENTIENDE.

Actor 1
Anoche de nuevo me fue imposible dormir. Es que mi vecina pone su música demasiado fuerte.
(Last night again was impossible for me to sleep. My neighbor plays her music too loud.)

Actor 2
Supongo que ya has intentado hablar con ella.
(I suppose you had already tried talking to her.)

Actor 1
Sí, pero es una persona que no entiende razones. Es imposible hacerla entender.
(Yes, but she’s someone who doesn’t understand reason. It’s impossible to make her understand.)

4. Nosotros entendemos (We understand)

Before we continue, I just wanted to remind you that: We, the teachers at Spring Spanish, are here to help you understand Spanish in a more effective way.

We understand that Spanish is hard. We understand that learning a new language can be challenging, but with practice and dedication, you will achieve it.

Here at Spring Spanish, we understand your needs, but the most important part is that we understand you.

5. Ustedes entienden (You understand)

Now let’s talk about you, our students. You understand the importance of consistency in your learning.

You understand that every step you take in your Spanish learning journey brings you a little closer to fluency.

¡Oh, no! Creo que estoy hablando demasiado rápido. (Oh, no! I think that I’m talking too fast.)

But… you do understand me? Let me know in the video’s comments.

6. Ellos entienden (They understand)

Actor 3
¡Oh, no! Estoy leyendo los comentarios de Spring Spanish y parece que los estudiantes no me entienden. Dicen que hablo muy rápido.
(Oh, no! I’m reading the comments from Spring Spanish and it seems that the students don’t understand me. They say I speak too fast.)

Actor 2
A ver.
(Let’s see.)

Actor 3
Sí, mira, dos dijeron que no me entienden. Qué triste.
(Yes, look, 2 said that they don’t understand me. How sad.)

Actor 2
Sí, pero quince dijeron que sí te entienden. Y también dijeron que les encantó la lección.
(Yes, but 15 said that they do understand you. And also said that they loved the lesson.)

Actor 3
O sea… sí, pero dos no me entendieron. ¡Dos! ¡Qué tragedia!
(I mean… yes, but 2 didn’t understand me. 2! What a tragedy!)

Actor 2
¡Ay, Pau! ¿¡Quién te entiende!?
(Oh, Pau! Who gets you!?)

7. 7. Entender conjugation chart

Now, for those of you who like to see conjugations on a table:

entender conjugation table

¿Entendieron todo? Espero que sí. (Did you understand everything? I hope you did.)

Now, continue learning more verbs conjugation with the playlist about the most important Spanish verbs that’s coming up next.

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