Hablar Verb Conjugation in Spanish

If are looking to learn Spanish as a foreign language, or just hone your Spanish speaking skills, you might want to study the conjugation of a rather indispensable verb: to speak. Yes, the word hablar translates to ‘‘to speak,” ‘‘to talk,” and ‘‘to converse’’ in English. Luckily for any Spanish learner, the conjugation for hablar is pretty easy because it is a regular verb.

Some examples of the verb hablar in use:

Extraño mucho a mi hermano, y es por eso que hablo con él por teléfono todos los días. -- I miss my brother a lot, which is why I phone him every day.

Tu jefe habló con el supervisor acerca de la nueva estrategia de la compañía para aumentar las ventas. -- Your boss talked with the supervisor about the new strategy of the company to increase sales.

Todos los días hablamos de nuestros sueños y esperanzas. -- We talk about dreams and hopes every day.

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Present Tense Conjugation of Hablar

Yo

hablo

Nosotros

hablamos

hablas

Vosotros

habláis

Ella/Él/Ud.

habla

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

hablan

Example sentence:

Yo ya no hablo con ella después de lo que me hizo. -- After what she did to me, I don’t talk to her anymore.

Imperfect

Yo

hablaba

Nosotros

hablábamos

hablabas

Vosotros

hablabais

Ella/Él/Ud.

hablaba

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

hablaban

Example sentence:

hablabas más cuando estabas pequeño, ahora eres muy reservado. -- You used to be more talkative when you were little; now you are very reserved.

Preterite

Yo

hablé

Nosotros

hablamos

hablaste

Vosotros

hablasteis

Ella/Él/Ud.

habló

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

hablaron

Example sentence:

Mis compañeras de clase hablaron con el profesor de biología, pero él no está dispuesto a cambiar la fecha del examen. -- My classmates talked to our biology teacher, but he is not willing to change the test date.

Notice how the conjugation of hablar with the pronoun we is the same in both the present and preterite tense.

Future

Yo

hablaré

Nosotros

hablaremos

hablarás

Vosotros

hablareis

Ella/Él/Ud.

hablará

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

hablarán

Example sentence:

Mi mamá hablará en mi ceremonia de graduación y es algo bastante especial para mí. -- My mom is going to give a speech at my graduation ceremony, and it is something really special for me.

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Conditional

Yo

hablaría

Nosotros

hablaríamos

hablarías

Vosotros

hablaríais

Ella/Él/Ud.

hablaría

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

hablarían

Example sentence:

Yo hablaría con tu hermano si él no estuviera molesto conmigo. -- I would talk to your brother if he weren’t mad at me.

Idiomatic Expressions with Hablar

Speak, speak, speak. That is all we want to do when we are learning a new language; or at least that is what we should do! In Spanish, there are a number of idiomatic phrases that use the verb hablar and will you make sound like a native. Here are some examples:

  1. Hablar por los codos: This is literally translated as “talk nineteen to the dozen.” Have you ever met anyone who talks incessantly? Well, this is the phrase you want to use. It is used to refer to someone who talks a lot.
  2. Hablar en Chino: This means the same as the English idiom “it’s all Greek to me.” This expression is used to talk about things that are not understandable.
  3. Hablar del rey de Roma (y este que se asoma): This is similar to the phrase “speak of the devil.” It is used when the person you were talking about appears unexpectedly.

Notes on the Verb Hablar

Besides being pivotal in everyday communication, hablar is an easy verb to remember, especially in terms of conjugation. Whether you are talking, speaking, or conversing with someone, hablar is a verb you definitely want to master.