The 44 Most Important AR Verbs in Spanish

The 44 most important AR verbs in Spanish

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As you probably know by now, learning Spanish requires you to memorize a lot of verbs.

There are over 37,000 Spanish verbs, to be (somewhat) exact.

In this post, we are going to cover the 44 most common AR verbs in Spanish that beginner students should focus on learning first. We’ll list the top 30 regular AR verbs first, and then we’ll list the top 14 irregular AR verbs in Spanish. As always, we’ll provide example sentences using each verb right after each Spanish AR verbs list.

What are the 6 different endings for AR verbs?

While we won’t cover conjugations for all AR verbs in this post (as we’d be here all day), we should say that if you don’t already know the simple present tense conjugation, then learning that should be a priority. In the following table we present the regular AR endings in Spanish for the simple present tense.

In this case we’re using trabajar, which means to work.

To conjugate a regular Spanish AR verb in the simple present tense, we simply remove the -AR ending from the infinitive, and add the appropriate ending to the root trabaj-.

Subject AR ending Spanish conjugation English equivalent
yo -o trabajo I work
-as trabajas you work
él, ella, usted -a trabaja he works, she works, you (formal) work
nosotros -amos trabajamos we work
vosotros -áis trabajáis you (informal plural) work
ellos, ellas, ustedes -an trabajan they work, you (plural)

Now let’s dive into the top 44 Spanish AR verbs that you should know.

The 44 most common AR verbs in Spanish

In the following two sections, we are going to list the most common regular and irregular AR verbs that you’ll come across.

Regular AR Verbs in Spanish

# English Spanish
1 To talk Hablar
2 To look Mirar
3 To hear Escuchar
4 To scream Gritar
5 To have breakfast Desayunar
6 To dine Cenar
7 To buy Comprar
8 To lend Prestar
9 To give away Regalar
10 To help Ayudar
11 To love Amar
12 To hate Odiar
13 To walk Caminar
14 To drive Manejar
15 To travel Viajar
16 To visit Visitar
17 To rest Descansar
18 To study Estudiar
19 To work Trabajar
20 To save money Ahorrar
21 To clean Limpiar
22 To take, To drink Tomar
23 To cook Cocinar
24 To wash Lavar
25 To cry Llorar
26 To sing Cantar
27 To draw Dibujar
28 To paint Pintar
29 To cut Cortar
30 To order Ordenar


1. To Talk – Hablar

  •  She talks to her daughter – Ella habla con su hija

2. To look – Mirar

  • We look at the landscape – Nosotros miramos el paisaje

3. To hear – Escuchar

  • He hears the birds every morning – Él escucha las aves todas las mañanas

4. To scream – Gritar

  • They scream because of the horror movie – Ellos gritan debido a la película de terror

5. To have breakfast – Desayunar

  • Carlos has breakfast at the hotel – Carlos desayuna en el hotel

6. To dine – Cenar

  • Ana dines at her grandma’s home – Ana cena en casa de su abuela

7. To buy – Comprar

  • You buy the food, I buy the tickets – Tu compras la comida, yo compro los boletos

8. To lend – Prestar

  • I lend you my car, no problem – Te presto mi carro, no hay problema

9. To give, To gift – Regalar

  • My mom gives away food on Christmas – Mi mamá regala comida en Navidad

10. To help – Ayudar

  • They help at the community center – Ellos ayudan en el centro comunitario

11. To love – Amar

  • I love this book – Yo amo este libro

12. To hate – Odiar

  • I hate that song – Yo odio esa canción

13. To walk – Caminar

  • Jorge and Diana walk in the park – Jorge y Diana caminan en el parque

14. To drive – Manejar

  • I don’t like to drive when it rains – No me gusta manejar cuando llueve

15. To travel – Viajar

  • We travel on every vacation – Nosotros viajamos en todas las vacaciones

16. To visit – Visitar

  • Claudia visits her family every weekend – Claudia visita su familia cada fin de semana

17. To rest – Descansar

  • José rests after each class – José descansa después de cada clase

18. To study – Estudiar

  • María studies mathematics – María estudia matemáticas

19. To work – Trabajar

  • We work at the mall – Nosotros trabajamos en el centro comercial

20. To save money – Ahorrar

  • He saves money for college – Él ahora dinero para la universidad

21. To clean – Limpiar

  • We clean after the party – Nosotros limpiamos después de la fiesta

22. To take – Tomar

  • I can take a cab, there’s no problem – Puedo tomar un taxi, no hay problema

23. To cook – Cocinar

  • I cook in that restaurant – Yo cocino en ese restaurant

24. To wash – Lavar

  • Juan washes his car every fifteen days – Juan lava su carro cada quince días

25. To cry – Llorar

  • She cries every time she sees that movie – Ella llora cada vez que ve esa película

26. To sing – Cantar

  • They sing in a band – Ellos cantan en una banda

27. To draw – Dibujar

  • I draw portraits in my free time / Dibujo retratos en mi tiempo libre

28. To paint – Pintar

  • She paints her office every year – Ella pinta su oficina todos los años

29. To cut – Cortar

  • She cuts articles from the magazine – Ella corta artículos de la revista

30. To order – Ordenar

  • We order pizzas when we don’t want to cook – Nosotros ordenamos pizzas cuando no queremos cocinar

Irregular AR Verbs In Spanish

Let’s continue with a list of the most common irregular AR verbs in Spanish.

# English Spanish
31 To be Estar
32 To start Comenzar
33 To deny Negar
34 To give Dar
35 To play Jugar
36 To approve Aprobar
37 To tell Contar
38 To wake up Despertar
39 To show Mostrar
40 To think Pensar
41 To remember Recordar
42 To sit Sentarse
43 To dream Soñar
44 To fly Volar

31. To be – Estar

  • I’m very tired – Estoy muy cansado

32. To start – Comenzar

  • She starts college next month – Ella comienza la universidad el próximo mes

33. To deny – Negar

  • He denies it, but I know he did it – Él lo niega, pero sé que lo hizo

34. To give – Dar

  • I give thanks every morning – Doy gracias cada mañana

35. To play – Jugar

  • They play football on Saturdays – Ellos juegan fútbol los sábados

36. To pass, To approve – Aprobar

  • If I pass the admission I’ll be very happy – Si apruebo la admisión, seré muy feliz
  • I don’t approve of his decision to cancel the event – No apruebo su decisión de cancelar el evento.

37. To tell, To recount – Contar

  • The old man tells stories at the city square – El anciano cuenta historias en la plaza de la ciudad

38. To wake up – Despertar

  • I wake up late on sundays – Yo me despierto tarde los domingos

39. To show – Mostrar

  • He shows his comics at the event – Él muestra sus cómics en el evento

40. To think – Pensar

  • They think about what happened – Ellos piensan en lo que sucedió

41. To remember – Recordar

  • I remember that story, it’s really funny – Recuerdo esa historia, es muy graciosa

42. To sit – Sentarse

  • He sits in the front row of the class – Él se sienta en la primera fila de la clase

43. To dream – Soñar

  • She dreams of becoming a surgeon – Ella sueña con convertirse en cirujana

44. To fly – Volar

  • We fly home after the storm – Volamos a casa después de la tormenta

Bonus tip: Nosotros AR verbs in the past tense

Up until this point, we reviewed the most important Spanish AR verbs in the simple present tense.

However, a helpful tip to know is that in Spanish, when we conjugate these verbs in the simple present tense, the conjugation for the nosotros form is exactly the same in simple past tense, also known as the preterite.

Let’s take a look at two examples:

  • Simple present: We play basketball every afternoon –  Nosotros jugamos baloncesto todas las tardes
  • Simple past: We played basketball last week – Nosotros jugamos baloncesto la semana pasada

Normally, the context will give you a clue about which tense the speaker is using. Also keep in mind that this rule applies to all regular AR verbs in Spanish, but only to some irregular AR verbs.

Practice: AR Verbs in Spanish

Identify the infinitive form of the AR verbs in the following sentences and see how well you understand the vocab. The answers and translations are below.

  1. Me gusta caminar en la playa
  2. Vamos a viajar el próximo verano
  3. Él no puede trabajar mañana
  4. Carla quiere pintar un cuadro
  5. A ustedes les gustaría comprar esa casa?
  6. Nos gustaría ordenar una pizza
  7. Nunca pensé en estudiar esta carrera
  8. Necesitamos descansar, hemos trabajado todo el día
  9. Ella quiere ahorrar para pagar sus estudios
  10. Me gusta cantar en la ducha
  11. A los niños les gusta jugar en el parque
  12. Al terminar podemos tomar un taxi
  13. Necesitas comenzar el trabajo
  14. Quieres visitar el zoológico el fin de semana?
  15. Ayúdanos a cortar los vegetales


  1. Me gusta caminar en la playa – I like to walk on the beach
  2. Vamos a viajar el próximo verano – We are going to travel next summer
  3. Él no puede trabajar mañana – He can’t work tomorrow
  4. Carla quiere pintar un cuadro – Carla wants to paint a picture
  5. A ustedes ¿les gustaría comprar esa casa? – Would you like to buy that house?
  6. Nos gustaría ordenar una pizza – We would like to order a pizza
  7. Nunca pensé en estudiar esta carrera – I never thought to study this career
  8. Necesitamos descansar, hemos trabajado todo el día – We need to rest, we’ve been working all day
  9. Ella quiere ahorrar para pagar sus estudios – She wants to save in order to pay for her studies
  10. Me gustar cantar en la ducha – I like to sing in the shower
  11. A los niños les gusta jugar en el parque – The children like to play in the park
  12. Después de terminar podemos tomar un taxi – After finishing we can take a taxi
  13. Necesitas comenzar el trabajo – You need to start the job
  14. ¿Quieres visitar el zoológico el fin de semana? – Do you want to visit the zoo on the weekend?
  15. Ayúdanos a cortar los vegetales – Help us to cut the vegetables

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