Episode 12: Verb Extravaganza

Hello there. Now that we’ve talked a lot about verbs, we’ve just got a bunch for you to learn. These all follow the same pattern of just using the verb driver cars we’ve already talked about. There are no new big ideas, so I thought I’d just make one big combo-pack podcast as a vocabulary booster so we can move on to other things.

You may want to use this podcast in one of several ways. I’ve broken the verbs up into 5 groups of 10. What I would suggest is that you learn them one list of 10 at a time. I’m not going to start integrating them all into the podcast reviews at once. I’ll start using the first group first and slowing mix them in by group, so that you can be learning these vocab words along with other new concepts as well. Or you might just want to take a break from listening to the next lesson until you have them all down. Whatever floats your boat.

You might want to listen to the whole list of 50 once, as you might find a word you’ve been wondering how to say. But after that, just focus on one list at a time or you’ll get overwhelmed and make yourself nuts.

I would suggest making flashcards with each word, with the root and then all the conjugations written below. This helps recognize them in conversation, because agueru sounds like a whole different word from pegueru. Then plant those flashcards anywhere you might have using while waiting a few minutes, in your purse or wallet, in your car, in your jail cell...


Group 1: Most Common
  1. gueru (ru): to bring. Che agueruta kesu. I will bring cheese. The command eru can be used to mean to pass, like "Pass the salt."
  2. gueraha (raha): to take. Elmer ogueraha kuri pizza escuelápe. Elmer took pizza to school. You can also use this to mean, "to wear."
  3. maña: to look at or to watch. Emañami. Look.
  4. heka: to search for something. Aheka hína che érmanope. I’m looking for my brother.
  5. me’ẽ: to give. Ha’ekuéra ome’ẽse ko ipod Juliope. They want to give this ipod to Julio.
  6. moĩ: to put. Moõ piko amoĩ ra'e che terere? Where did I put my terere?
  7. jogua: to buy. Eho ejoguave kesu. Go buy more cheese. This is sometimes used to mean "to look like."
  8. pyta: to stay or to be located, or to be left. La escuela opyta Paraguaype. The school is located in Asunción. Apytata ape ko kaárukue. I´m gonna stay during this afternoon
  9. guahẽ: to arrive. Laura oguahẽta ko’ẽrõ. Laura will arrive tomorrow. You will also here guahẽ used as like a word to tell people to enter. Peguahẽ.
  10. vy’a: to be happy or to have fun. Che avy’a Paraguaipe. I am happy in Paraguay. People will often as you: Revy’a piko Paraguaipe? Are you happy in Paraguay?

Group 2: Things you do during the day
  1. páy: to wake up. Epáyma! Get up already!
  2. pu'ã: to get up, like out of bed or stand up, or to figuaratively raise yourself up. Mba’e óra opu’ãta Pooja? What time is Pooja getting up? You'll see a Paraguayan bumper sticker: Ñamopu’ã Paraguay: We’re going to raise up Paraguay.
  3. rambosa: to eat breakfast. Eju, ñarambosátama. Come, we’re going to eat breakfast now.
  4. jahu: to shower or bathe. Ahata ajahu. I’m going to shower.
  5. ñemonde: to dress yourself. Ajahuta ha upéi añemondeta. I’m going to shower and then I’m going to get dressed.
  6. pytu’u: to rest. Che érmana opytu’usema. My sister wants to rest already. This is sometimes used during terere to mean you’re going to take a break from drinking for a minute.
  7. karu: to eat lunch or just to eat. Eju jakaru. Come let’s eat.
  8. cena: to eat dinner (from the spanish cenar). Mba’e ñacenata? What are we having for dinner?
  9. ñeno: to lay down. Sharon oñenota. Sharon’s going to lay down.
  10. ke: to sleep. Akesema. I want to sleep already.

Group 3: Stuff your body does
  1. jeroky: to dance. Jajerokyta ko pyhare? Are we going to dance tonight?
  2. guata: to walk. Aguatase escuelápe. I want to walk to school.
  3. purahéi: to sing. María opurahéise. Maria wants to sing.
  4. guapy: to sit. Peguapyke. Sit!
  5. hecha: to see. Rehecha piko che sapatu? Have you seen my shoes?
  6. hendu: to hear. Rehendúpa? Do you hear?
  7. puka: to laugh. Ha’ekuéra opuka ko pyhare. They laughed this morning.
  8. mboty: to close. Emboty la puerta. Close the door. Puerta is spanish for door. Because I couldn't say close the cheese.
  9. typei: to sweep. Etypeimi ko asaje. Please sweep this afternoon.
  10. johéi: to wash. Ejohéimina la guampa. Please wash the guampa. (Guampa is the cup used to drink terere.)

Group 4: Things you do to or with someone else
  1. hetũ: to kiss or to smell. Ahetũse Brad Pittpe. I want to kiss Brad Pitt. Or I want to smell Brad Pitt! (The pe is for receiving the action.)
  2. henói: to call. Ehenói Larape. Call Lara.
  3. nupã: to punish, to hit or beat. Ainupãse Suzype. I want to beat Suzy.
  4. mbo’e: to teach. Ambo’eta escuelápe. I’m going to teach in the school.
  5. ñeha’a: to try or to struggle to do something. As a response to someone asking if you speak Guaraní: Añeha’a hína.
  6. sapukái: to yell. Mava piko osapukái hína. Who is yelling?
  7. hayhu: to love. Ahayhu Jesuspe. I love Jesus.
  8. ha’arõ: to wait. Eha’arõke! Wait!
  9. tykua: to serve, like terere or maté. Nde retykuata ko’ára. You’re going to serve today.
  10. su’u: to bite or chew. Ani reisu’u ne érmanape. Don’t bite your sister.

Group 5: Random Leftovers
  1. ke: entrar (aireal) Peikeke! Enter!
  2. ñembo’e: to pray. Ahata añembo’e. I’m going to pray.
  3. kytĩ: to cut. Aikytĩ hína la mandi’o.
  4. topa: to find. Atopama che vaka. I found my cow already.
  5. pytyvõ: Eho eipytyvõ ne érmanape. Go help your sister.
  6. mbogue: to turn off, Embogue che ipod. Turn off my ipod.
  7. kotevẽ: to need. (aireal). Aikotevẽ terere! (You might say this on the hottest days.)
  8. pe’a: sacar or to open something: to take something out, remove something. Mba’e repe’a kuri? What did you open?
  9. porandu: to ask. Eporandu Oscarpe. Ask Oscar.
  10. scrivi: to write. Ascrivi hína che Messangerpe. I’m writing in my Messenger. (They use Windows Live Messenger a lot in Paraguay!)

Peho pestudiake!


  1. Mba'eichapa! Ahaihu nde blog. Rehechapiko ko website: http://quizlet.com/? Ojetopa rupi solamente mokõinte flashcard sets guaranirehe, hi'ã cheve terekrivi va'erã mas... :D

    Did I get that all right? I'm a bit rusty...

  2. Aguije, Ryan! Bookmarked the flashcards... ;)

  3. Is there any website that includes audio?

  4. Hey I like this block really much, but unfortunately the Podcast from the Itunes-store is not working :( I lived for one year in Paraguay and just learned a little bit of Guarani there. I would love to practice it! It would be great if you could fix the Podcast-problem!