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Conjugating the Reflexive Spanish Verb Llamarse (to Call Oneself)

Spanish verbs fall into different groups, and each group is conjugated a little differently. If you’re going to master Spanish verbs like llamarse, you need to be able to identify which group a verb belongs to: regular (follows regular conjugation rules for -ar, -er, and -ir verbs), stem-changing (morphs depending on how you use it in a sentence), spelling-changing (has consonant-spelling changes in some forms to follow pronunciation rules), or reflexive (reflects the action back on the subject of the sentence).

Llamarse (yah-mahr-seh) (to call oneself) is a regular reflexive -ar verb; remember that reflexive verbs require reflexive pronouns. Here’s the present tense conjugation:

The Present Tense of Llamarse
ConjugationTranslation
yo me llamo I call myself
tú te llamas You (informal) call yourself
él/ella/ello/uno se llama He/she/one calls him-/her-/oneself
usted se llama You (formal) call yourself
nosotros nos llamamos We call ourselves
vosotros os llamáis You all (informal) call yourselves
ellos/ellas se llaman They call themselves
ustedes se llaman You all (formal) call yourselves

Though llamar can also mean “to phone,” its reflexive form means “to call oneself” in the sense of stating one’s name. The following examples show you llamarse in action:

  • Me llamo Fred. (I call myself Fred. [My name is Fred.])

  • Se llama Antonio. (His name is Antonio.)

Need to know how to conjugate llamarse in another tense? The following tables show you the preterit, imperfect, and future forms.

The Preterit Tense of Llamarse
ConjugationTranslation
yo me llamé I called myself
tú te llamaste You (informal) called yourself
él/ella/ello/uno se llamó He/she/one called him-/her-/oneself
usted se llamó You (formal) called yourself
nosotros nos llamamos We called ourselves
vosotros os llamasteis You all (informal) called yourselves
ellos/ellas se llamaron They called themselves
ustedes se llamaron You all (formal) called yourselves

You use the preterite tense like this:

  • ¿Te llamaron de la oficina? (Did they call you from the office?)

  • Sí. Me llamaron para darme los boletos. (Yes. They call me to give the tickets.)

The Imperfect Tense of Llamarse
ConjugationTranslation
yo me llamaba I used to call myself
tú te llamabas You (informal) used to call yourself
él/ella/ello/uno se llamaba He/she/one used to call him-/her-/oneself
usted se llamaba You (formal) used to call yourself
nosotros nos llamábamos We used to call ourselves
vosotros os llamabais You all (informal) used to call yourselves
ellos/ellas se llamaban They used to call themselves
ustedes se llamaban You all (formal) used to call yourselves

Here are some examples of the imperfect tense:

  • ¿Se llamaban ustedes por teléfono? (Did you used to call each other by phone?)

  • Si. Nos llamábamos por teléfono. (Yes. We used to call each other by phone.)

The Future Tense of Llamarse
ConjugationTranslation
yo me llamaré I will call myself
tú te llamarás You (informal) will call yourself
él/ella/ello/uno se llamará He/she/one will call him-/her-/oneself
usted se llamará You (formal) will call yourself
nosotros nos llamaremos We will call ourselves
vosotros os llamaréis You all (informal) will call yourselves
ellos/ellas se llamarán They will call themselves
ustedes se llamarán You all (formal) will call yourselves

The following samples put the future tense to work:

  • ¿Me llamarás esta noche? (Will you call me tonight?)

  • No. Rosa te llamará mañana. (No. Rosa will call you tomorrow.)

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