Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday July 7, 2010

contar, verb:
to tell; to count

Contar is a very important word for communicating with other people. Notice how the -o changes to -ue in some cases (technically, it’s a ‘radical-changing’ verb). You can ask someone to tell you something:

Cuéntame lo que pasó.
Tell me what happened.

Or ask them if they want you to tell them something.

¿Quieres que te cuente cómo fue?
Shall I tell you what it was like?

It also means to count:

Sabe contar hasta diez.
He can count to ten.

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