Spanish word of the week: introducir

This week’s Spanish word of the week is introducir.

introducir VERB to introduce, to bring in; to insert

One of the meanings of introducir is to introduce:

Para introducir el tema, empezaré hablando de política exterior. To introduce the subject, I’ll begin by discussing foreign policy.

Esperan introducir un nuevo sistema de trabajo. They’re hoping to introduce OR bring in new working methods.

Introducir la nueva ley causó muchos problemas. Introducing the new law caused a lot of problems.

But be careful: it’s not in the sense of ‘introducing’ people, for which the verb is presentar:

Permítame que le presente al Dr Martín. Allow me to introduce you to Dr Martín.

Another basic meaning is one that you might see in instructions for using or assembling appliances: to insert.

Introduzca una moneda de diez pesos. Insert a ten-peso coin.

Remember that introducir, like any verb ending in ‘-ducir’, needs a letter ‘z’ before the ‘c’ in some cases.

Come back next week for another insight into Spanish vocabulary!

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