U3E2-5 - Saber v Conocer

Both "saber" and "conocer" mean "to know" - but they are used in different ways.

"Saber" is used to express knowledge that is intellectual or a skill. You "know" facts and skills.

"Conocer" is used to express less thorough or precise knowledge. It is more like "being acquainted with"

Examples: Sé esquíar. I know (how) to ski.
María sabe hablar español. Mary knows (how) to speak Spanish.

Conozco al señor García. I know Mr. Garcia.
John conoce la ciudad de Chicago.
John knows the city of Chicago

In general, use conocer with people and places.

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Chicago, IL

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