“Dar” vs. “Darse” in Spanish

Using the Spanish Verb "Dar": A Comprehensive Guide

Hello, friends, how are you? Today I bring you a video podcast about the comparison between “Dar” vs. “Darse” in Spanish, but not only that. What does this mean? We always talk about “Dar” and “Darse”, but the truth is that there are two different structures when using the Spanish verb “Dar” that you might not be aware of. These structures are causing confusion about why natives include a “le” in one sentence but not a pronoun in another. I understand your confusion; you’re missing some crucial information. This video aims to provide you with that missing information. I’ll also present examples of sentences using both “Dar” and “Darse” with their respective structures. Will you join me?

This is a complete video podcast, a full lesson with an exercise to practice, the transcripts, translation, and even a list of the vocabulary words that you can find here. 

This is actually a full video lesson (podcast version with an exercise, transcripts, translation, and vocab word list available by clicking here).


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“Dar” and “Darse” in Spanish: Unraveling the Mystery

When diving deep into the Spanish language, many learners find themselves pondering the difference between certain verbs. One such common point of confusion is “dar” vs. “darse”. Both verbs have their place in the Spanish lexicon, and understanding their distinctions is vital.

What Does “Dar” Mean in Spanish?

Simply put, “dar” means “to give” in English. It’s a versatile verb used in numerous contexts, from giving a gift to providing information. And yes, the verb ‘dar’ translates to ‘to give’ in English, that’s true. However, saying just that is incomplete and won’t help you much. The reality is that depending on the structure you’re using with this verb and the words accompanying it, it can have meanings such as ‘to take a walk’, ‘to hit yourself’, ‘to realize’, and many more.

The Nitty-Gritty: “Dar” Conjugation

Like all Spanish verbs, “dar” conjugation changes based on tense and the subject. In the video, I will also cover the conjugation in the video lesson above. In fact, they conjugation matters, because in the three options that I will show you you will see three different structures.

Diving into “Darse”

“Darse” is a reflexive verb, which means the action reflects back to the doer. In essence, when you use “darse,” you’re doing something to or for yourself. This means the conjugation is going to be different, and in combination with specific words, the meaning changes. In this video lesson you will see different examples in context.

When to Use “Darse”

The key to understanding when to use “darse” is recognizing when an action is reflexive. For instance, “darse cuenta” means “to realize.”

E.g., Me di cuenta del error (I realized the mistake).

But again, this is only one of the examples you can see in this video lesson.

“Dar” acting like the verb “Gustar”

Did you know this? This happens, and it might be reason why you don’t use it correctly at all times.

Me da igual todo ahora mismo (I don’t car about anything right now).

This is why in the video, I will explain this use, and the importance of not confusing the indirect pronouns “me”, “te”, “le”, “nos”, “os”, “les” con “me”, “te”, “se”, “nos”, “os”, “se”. These last ones are reflexive pronouns. 

Navigating the Differences: Comparison Between “Dar” and “Darse”

At the core, the comparison between “dar” and “darse” boils down to whether an action is reflexive or not. Think of “dar” as outward giving and “darse” as something you give to yourself. However, again, we still need to distinguish when “Dar” works as a “normal” verb, and when it works as the verb “gustar”, with an indirect object pronoun, followed by something which is either singular and plural. 

Best Resources to Learn “Dar” and “Darse”

This video pretends to be a good resource to learn how to use the three structures I will explain, along with the different meanings, the different commons sentences we can build with the three structures. 

Common Misconceptions about “Dar” and “Darse”

Many learners confuse when to use each verb, often interchanging them inappropriately. By continuously practicing and referring to the resources mentioned, you can overcome these pitfalls.


Understanding “dar” vs. “darse” is a critical step in mastering Spanish. By recognizing the difference between giving and reflexive actions and immersing oneself in the language, any learner can differentiate between the two conjugations and the three structures I am explaining in the vdieo with ease. Dive into the resources suggested, practice often, and soon the distinction will become second nature.

Remember this is a complete video podcast, a lesson with an exercise to practice, the transcripts, translation, and even a list of the vocabulary words that you can find here