Mini Spanish Lesson:
Conocer vs. Saber.
Conocer means to know, to be familiar with or to meet. It is ALWAYS used with people and places.
Yo Conozco-I am familiar with, I know
Tú conoces-you are familiar with, you know
Él/Ella Conoce-He/She is familiar with, He/she knows
Nosotros conocemos-We are familiar with, we know
Ellos/Ellas conocen-They are familiar with, they know
Saber means to know, how to do something, or to know information.
Yo Sé-I know
Tú sabes-You know
Él/Ella sabe-He/she knows
Nosotros sabemos-We know
Ellos/Ellas saben-They know
They can be confused for one another. The trick is to replace the word "know" with "to be familiar with."
If it works, then you can use Conocer. If not, use Saber.
Yo conozco a ella. I know her. I am familiar with her.
Yo sé cocinar. I know how to cook. NOT i'm familiar with cooking.
Ella sabe español. She knows Spanish.
Ella conoce Francia. She is familiar with France.
Finally a trick:
Nosotros sabemos su nombre, pero no la conocemos.
We KNOW her name (information), but we aren't FAMILIAR with her (person).
I hope this mini lesson helped you! Have a great day!
Brittany is a bilingual Spanish teacher who has lived in Spain and Argentina. Through this blog, she hopes to relate her travels, insights, and Spanish speaking journey!