Llegar, llenar, y llevar: how to remember them

I was having a really difficult time remembering llegar, llenar, and llevar. Then I found this cool trick online. Just remember, "I arrive at the store, I fill my bag, and I carry it to the car." In Spanish this would be "Llego a la tienda, lleno la bolsa y la llevo al carro." Easy!

*I adapted this trick from something I found here.
April 6, 2015


"Llego a la tienda, lleno mi bolsa y la llevo al coche, pero llueve, así que lloro." =D Let's put in all the verbs that start with ll!

Maybe we should call ahead, then something needs to go up in flames.

I know! "Llego a la tienda, lleno mi bolsa y la llevo al coche, pero llueve, así que lloro, pero mi coche llamea, así que llamo a los bomberos." =D

April 6, 2015

No olvides lo que podría hacer el fuego. Es posible que el fuego te llague (en cual caso se permite lloriquear), pero también, si llevas levadura in tu mochila, la podría lleudar. Y al fin, si empieza lloviznar, ¡el fuego se apagará pronto!

(All Spanish words matching /^ll.*[aei]r$/: llagar, llamar, llamazar, llamear, llantar, llantear, llapar, llar, llegar, llenar, lleudar, llevar, llorar, lloriquear, llotrar, llover, lloviznar, according to my wordlist. I couldn't find translations for all of them.)

Here, have my upvote for that regex (and for the funny reply). :D

lleno is easy for me. I think chili re lleno which is a re filled chili. As you travel you'll find it can be filled with anything, not just cheese. Also lleno is what you say when you want the car filled with gas,or estoy lleno if you are too full and don't want to buy someone's food.

True! And, well, my friends in college taught me a pithy phrase I won't mention here involving lleno that I can never forget. =D

Great. Now I'll always wonder what the phrase was.

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    Hi, how is that sentence helpful? I don't get it... Also, the link is dead...

    I think it's supposed to be easy to remember because the sentence puts the Spanish verbs in alphabetical order. It's not super clear though, what the mnemonic is.

    Edit: This page looks like the original source of the tip.

    Also, thinking of similar words in the context of a sentence is easier on the memory than trying to remember them in isolation.

    What if we tweak it further by linking the "g" in llegar, the "n" in "llenar" and the "v" in llevar with the things that are arrived at, filled, and carried? Something like this (forgive the mashing of English and Spanish):

    Llego a la grocery, lleno mi napsack y lo llevo cuando yo voy.

    I arrive at the grocery, I fill my napsack (a kind of bag), and I carry it when I go.

    ...maybe it needs some work. Thanks for the suggestion and inspiration, m-tastic! Llegar and llevar are tricky for me.

    Good trick, though it's technically knapsack ;) But the k is silent so still works! Might need a little more work on the 'trick' for me, I don't think I can remember it like that. There MUST be some kind of way! :)

    Drat, you're right! So either that makes it more memorable for me, or I'll start spelling "llenar" as "lleknar."

    The whole point of the mnemonic is that it works for you personally, so I don't think we're going to come up with something universal. But we can pool lots of ideas, as we're doing!

    Very good trick!

    agreed! thanks for this handy little trick! :)

    That's the easy bit. Wait till you grapple with the 12.879 different meanings of llevar in colloquial Spanish. Llegar is also tricky. For example, you say "¡No llego!" when you rush out the door, meaning "I'm gonna be late!"

    thank you! they confuse me, too :)

    Thanks, I still confuse llegar and Llevar.

    I haven't run into llenar yet, but for llegar and llevar I remember that something that is heavy needs to be carried. So v goes with carry. The other means to arrive.

    Thanks so much, I am always tangled up with these three. :) Tosses an ice cold lingot

    And to remember the order of the words, so that I don't think llevar is 'to carry', for example, I use the alphabet: lleGar, lleNar, lleVar if that helps

    Thanks, this is great!

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