Describe what and where you study in Spanish.

PHRASES:

Estudié la licenciatura.I worked on my bachelor’s degree.
Llevé cursos de periodismo.I took courses in journalism
Planeo hacer el doctorado en Rusia.I plan to do my Ph.D. in Russia.
El rector de la universidad se llama Larry Gómez.The president of the University is named Larry Gómez.
Comparto mis datos con tres estudiantes.I share my data with three students.
Mi hermano realizó su maestría en periodismo.My brother received his master’s degree in journalism.
El rector de la universidad decidió reducir el número de profesores en nuestro departamento.The president of the university decided to reduce the number of professors in our department.
Los estudios universitarios son mucho más rigurosos.University studies are much more rigorous.

GRAMMAR:

Modal verbs

Some verbs are called “modal verbs” or “helping verbs” because they are used in front of the main verb. For example PODER (“to be able to” or “can”), DEBER (“should”) and QUERER (“to want”) are used in front of the infinitive form of the main verb, e.g., “I am able to sing. Mary can speak. You should go. They want to cry.” If you do not know how to conjugate the main verb, sometimes it helps to put a modal verb in front. The conjugations for PODER, DEBER and QUERER are as follows.

puedo, puedes, puede, podemos, podéis, puedencan
debo, debes, debe, debemos, debéis, debenshould
quiero, quieres, quiere, queremos, queréis, quierenwant(s)

Examples:

Yo puedo ayudar a su mamá.I can help your mother.
Carlos puede comer después.Carlos can eat later.
Yo debo estudiar más.I should study more.
Ustedes deben llamar a la policía.You should call the police.
María quiere visitar a su amiga.Maria wants to visit her friend.
Ellas quieren sacar el dinero del banco.They want to take the money out of the bank.

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