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Updated: Feb 10

How do you say “Don't BECOME jealous” or “GET happy” in Spanish?

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This is a nice question 🙂

In Spanish, we use the verb PONERSE in many different ways… In this first case, the meaning of PONERSE is “TO BECOME”:

  • No te pongas celoso (Negative Imperative here).

  • Don’t become jealous.

As you can see, the verb here is in it’s reflexive form, so in the PRESENT:

  • yo ME pongo

  • TE pones

  • el/ella/usted SE pone

  • nosotros/as NOS ponemos

  • vosotros/as OS ponéis

  • ellos/ellas/ustedes SE ponen


  • I become, you become…, etc…

For a more comprehensive answer, we can dive into the whole topic of TRANSFORMATION VERBS. Let’s see how all these work in all possible contexts:

1. PONERSE (temporary effect) / VOLVERSE (longer effect) + “ADJECTIVES”

- Cuando te veo, me pongo contento

- When I see you, I become happy

- El cielo se está volviendo gris

- The sky is becoming grey


2. HACERSE (ideology and profession)

- Matías se ha hecho budista

- Matías has become buddhist

- Laura se está haciendo siempre más pacifista

- Laura is becoming always more pacifist


3. LLEGAR A / LLEGAR A SER (fruit of hard work and perseverance)

- Tú llegarás a ser fluente en español

- You will become fluent in Spanish :)



- La iglesia se ha convertido en una discoteca

- The church has become a disco

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And that’s it! Now you just have to try to use them in your conversations, so you can assimilate them and feel more and more confident speaking Spanish!

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Qué tengas un maravilloso día!


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