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A1 - Expressing like and dislike in Spanish

Expressing like and dislike in Spanish.

This  ought to be an incredibly easy lesson because in English you just have to say "I like" or "I don't like".

However, it is much more complicated mainly because the verb "gustar" can be a little tricky for English speakers.
There is a fuller explanation of the verb "gustar" here 

I will attempt to explain this in the simplest way possible. 

It is best to consider that the verb "gustar" means "is pleasing" 

So "me gusta el queso" =  I like cheese = cheese is pleasing to me or in Spanish syntax. To me - it is pleasing - cheese. 

In Spanish we have. 
The person it is pleasing to (me te le os les) + the correct conjugation of the verb gustar refering to the thing being liked + (optionally)  the thing being liked.

Sorry this sounds very complicated. 
At A1 level you don't have to understand all the possibilities but you should know the following.

Expressing like for a singular object. 
Me gusta la cerveza - I like beer. 
Me gusta el chocolate- I like chocolate.

Expressing like for a plural object. 
Me gustan las manzanas.
Me gustan  los gatos - I like cats.

Asking someone if they like a singular object. 
¿Te gusta el chocolate- Do you like chocolate? 
¿Te gusta Ej juego de Tronos? - Do you like game of thrones?

Asking someone if they like a plural object. 
¿Te gustan las manzanas? - Do you like apples?
¿Te gustan  los gatos?  - Do you like cats?

Using "gustar" with a verb. 
Me gusta bailar - I like to dance
¿Te gusta descansar?  - Do you like to rest?

Another verb which is similar to "gustar" is "encantar".
It is used to express strong like. 
Me encanta la ciencia - I love science.
Me encanta el teatro - I adore the theatre.

The other verbs we can use to speak about likes and dislikes are easier to use. 
odio los mosquitos - I hate mosquitos.
detesto la política- I hate politics.
Aborrezco la guerra - I abhor war.

I have thrown a couple of curve balls at you in the examples with:
Me gustas and Te gusto. 
I wonder if you can work out their meaning using my explanation above. 

I have also included some simple statements like.
Este vino es excelente - This wine is excellent.

Included in this lesson is contradictions and agreements:
I have put them in a dialogue format between Susana and Pedro. 
So you will see: 
A mí también. - Me also
A mí tampoco. -  Me neither
A mi si. -  I do
A mi no. I don't

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The first  line is an example word  in English 
The second line is and example word in Spanish.
Use this lesson to learn how to use the time adverbials in Spanish.
Tutorial about the verb gustar.

The Contents

Do you like paella?
¿te gusta la paella?
I hate spiders.
odio las arañas.
I like to dance.
Me gusta bailar.
The food in this restaurant is bad.
La comida en este restaurante es malo.
You like sports
te gustan los deportes
They like concerts.
les gustan los conciertos.
I like trips.
Me gustan los viajes.
Do you like to swim?
¿Te gusta nadar?
I do not like coffee
no me gusta el cafe
I love to go on holiday.
me encanta ir de vacaciones
I do not like cars, I like walking more.
no me gustan los coches, me gusta más ir andando.
I do not like broccoli
No me gusta el brócoli
Susana: I like chocolate. Pedro: Me too
Susana: Me gusta el chocolate. Pedro: A mí también
Do you like me?
¿te gusto?
I like girls
Me gustan las chicas.
Susana: I do not like it. Pedro: I do.
Susana: No me gusta. Pedro: A mí sí
Your car is very good
Tu coche es muy bueno
This wine is excellent
Este vino es excelente
Do you like the cinema?
¿Te gusta el cine?
Smoking too much is not good.
Fumar demasiado no es bueno.
No, I do not like it at all.
No, no me gusta para nada.
Is the wine to your liking, sir?
¿Es el vino de su agrado, señor?
Susana: I like parties. Pedro: I do not
Susana: Me gustan las fiestas. Pedro: A mí no
Drinking a lot every night is not very good
Beber mucho todos los noches no es muy bueno
I like the theater.
Me gusta el teatro.
I do not like the food in this restaurant.
No me gusta la comida en este restaurante.
I like to eat cakes.
Me gusta comer pasteles.
I like to read the newspaper every day.
Me gusta leer el periódico todos los días.
I hate heavy music.
Odio la música heavy.
The service in this restaurant is terrible.
El servicio en este restaurante es pésimo
Yes, I like it a lot.
Sí, me gusta mucho.
Do you like animals?
¿Te gustan los animales?
I detest Italian food.
Detesto la comida italiano.
I hate working in this office.
Aborrezco trabajar en esta oficina.
He likes to walk.
Le gusta caminar.
Do you like that?
¿Eso te gusta?
I really like the cinema.
me gusta muchísimo el cine.
Blue cheese is good
El queso azul es bueno
Susana: I do not like hard rock. Pedro: Me neither
Susana: No me gusta el rock duro. Pedro: A mí tampoco
I like you.
Me gustas.
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