I’ve got a small house!



Photo credit: Mickey Løgitmark  ……..I HAVE A HOUSE : TENGO UNA CASA! 

We’ve all got stuff. Being able to talk about our stuff, about what we’ve got and what we haven’t got, is an enormous area in language, and the best bit is that it’s so easy to do in Spanish.

Even though you may not consider yourself  the biggest show-off in the world, there may come a time when you need to talk in Spanish about the stuff you have (or you haven’t got, for that matter.)

Just think about how often you use ‘I have’ , ‘I’ve got’, ‘I don’t have’ or ‘I haven’t got’ in a normal day speaking English.

Once you master this basic  verb in Spanish, there will be no holding you back in your language learning!

To have (when it means possessing or owning something) = TENER e.g., To have or not to have = Tener o no tener

I have /  I’ve got =  TENGO   (to remember this unusual word, associate it with ‘TANGO’ and you could try to imagine yourself  having a TANGO  lesson! That would be fun to watch!) 

NOTE TO SELF:  TENGO means both ‘I have’ and ‘I’ve got’! How simple is that? Easy!

Some examples you might find useful to memorise and repeat the ones that make sense in your life: 

As usual we will concentrate on the FEMININE FORM  nouns which we saw in a previous  post: Gender issues. Go back and have a quick look to remind yourself what they looked like. 

Note: UNA also means ONE, as in the number one. 

Tengo una amiga   I have/ I’ve got …a  friend (who is a girl) / one friend

Tengo una casa       I have/ I’ve got …a house / one house

Tengo una flor        I have/ I’ve got… a flower / one flower  

Tengo una falda      I have/ I’ve got… a skirt / one skirt

Tengo una mesa      I have/ I’ve got…  a table / one table

Tengo una bolsa       I have/ I’ve got bag / one bag

Tengo una nieta        I have/ I’ve got…a grand-daughter / one grand-daughter 

Make up at least five more of  your very own sentences using TENGO which are truthful and which apply to YOU personally. 

Now look how easy it is in Spanish to say that I DON’T HAVE / I HAVEN’T GOT something! Simply add a ‘NO‘ in front of the word ‘TENGO‘ = NO TENGO…

 No messing about with ‘DON’T’ OR ‘DOESN’T’ or ‘HAVEN’T’. It’s simple.

So if you are feeling a bit down and sorry for yourself and you need to complain about what you HAVEN’T GOT, (just kidding) then it’s so logical: 

No tengo una amiga   I don’t have/ I haven’t got …a  friend (who is a girl) / one friend

No tengo una casa       I don’t have/ I haven’t got…a house / one house

No tengo una flor        I don’t have/ I haven’t got… a flower / one flower  

No tengo una falda      I don’t have/ I haven’t got… a skirt / one skirt

No tengo una mesa      I don’t have/ I haven’t got… a table / one table

No tengo una bolsa      I don’t have/ I haven’t got…  a bag / one bag

No tengo una nieta       I don’t have/ I haven’t got… a grand-daughter / one grand-                                                                                                                                              daughter 

Make up at least five more of  your very own sentences using  NO TENGO which are truthful and which apply to YOU personally. 


Once you have got your own personal list of sentences, using TENGO and NO TENGO,  practise them by repeating them as often as possible aloud. (See previous post about the value of REPETITION)

Please let me know in comments below if this has helped, or how else  I could help with your Spanish learning experience.

More next time… 


      1. Estoy muy bien Marie. No he visitado Estepona durante much tiempo -echo de menos miss amigos alli. Espero que Las costs van bien Para vosotros. Intento Leer este pagina web y practicar mas xx

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