pillaba
-I was catching
The word pillaba is the imperfect form of pillar in the first person singular. There are other translations for this conjugation.
See the full pillar conjugation

pillar

De vez en cuando se despertaba y me pillaba.
Once in a while she'd wake up and catch me.
Dijo que si la pillaba en su jardín otra vez...
He said if he caught her in his yard one more time...
Me pillaba de camino al trabajo, no hay problema.
I'm on my way to work, it's not a problem.
A veces, Frank nos pillaba y nos echaba la bronca.
Sometimes Frank would catch us, give us an earful.
Me pillaba de camino, y me di cuenta de que olvidé... esto.
I got halfway here, and I realized I forgot... this.
Sí, bueno, me pillaba de camino.
Yeah, well, it was on my way.
¿Soy yo que no pillaba la broma?
Did I not get the joke?
Creí que a lo mejor te pillaba antes de que salieras.
I thought I'd catch you before your shift.
Te lo advertí, si te pillaba cerca de la frontera sin mi permiso,
I did warn you, if I caught you near the border without my permission,
¿no? Y lo que te pasaría si te pillaba.
You knew what would happen if you got caught.
Y la que no lo pillaba, no pasaba nada, porque no debía hacerlo.
And the people that didn't get it, that's okay, they weren't supposed to.
Le pillaba de camino.
It was on his way.
Yo no lo pillaba al principio, pero ahora sí.
I don't know if you get it. I didn't get it initially, but I
Y siempre pillaba algo.
I always got something.
Ya lo salvé, me pillaba de camino cuando fui a detener a unos ladrones de bancos.
I already saved it. It was on my way to stopping some bank robbers.
Eso cuando no nos pillaba tu padre.
What your father gave us!
Sabía que no te podía dar en un lugar importante, pero si te pillaba por sorpresa...
Now, I knew my aim wasn't good enough to hit you anywhere important. But if I caught you by surprise...
Así que tenía que vigilar más en esos momentos, porque la gata normalmente le pillaba desprevenido, era una golfilla.
So he needed to be on guard the, because the cat normally caught him off guard, she was very sly.
Hola, pensé que ya no te pillaba.
Hey, thought I missed you.
Y la gente que lo pillaba, lo pillaba y era feliz.
And the people that got it, they got it, and they loved it.
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