This time I want to show you how to say that you don’t remember something. That way, if you’re in a Spanish speaking country and you suddenly forget the way back to your hotel, for example, you can tell others so they can help you! I think this is a very useful phrase to learn, even when you’re just a starting to learn Spanish.
Ill start by giving you the vocabulary, and then some simple and useful phrases so you can see these words in use.
*Remember that wherever there’s an accent, that syllable is to be pronounced firmer than the rest. That’s where the strength of the word is.
- Olvidar (ol-vee-dahr) To forget
- Se me olvidó (seh meh ol-vee-doh) I forgot
- Lo olvidé (loh ol-vee-deh) I forgot
- Recordar (reh-cor-dahr) To remember
- No lo recuerdo (noh loh -reh-coo-ehr-doh) I dont remember
- Con permiso, ¿me puede ayudar? Olvidé el camino de regreso al hotel. Excuse me, can you help me? I forgot the way back to the hotel. (*As you can see, you can omit the pronoun in Spanish when it is obvious. Usually when talking about yourself the pronoun yo (I) is dropped.)
- Olvidé mi licencia I forgot my license (*in this context, forgot means left behind. Similar to the usage of the word in English)
- No recuerdo cómo se pronuncia esa palabra I dont remember how that word is pronounced.
- Se me olvidaron los papeles. Tenía que entregarlos hoy. (*This is a plural version, followed by article los if one or all items are masculine nouns; its followed by las when all items are feminine.) I forgot the papers. I had to hand them in today. (*or they were due today.)
- Olvidé decirle I forgot to tell him/her
This is it for now! I hope you find this short lesson useful. Thank you for reading, and have a great day ?
Until next time!