Using Vos – Another Way to Say You in Spanish

This learn Spanish post is about the use of “vos,” which you may have heard of. It’s most commonly heard of and used in Argentina. Just like English has its different variations as used in the United States, England, Australia, etc., Spanish is also spoken differently throughout the various Spanish-speaking countries around the world. The […]

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Common Mistake with Spanish Verbs like Gustar

Students learning Spanish often find a bit of initial difficulty with verbs like Gustar, which literally means “to give pleasure,” but is actually translated as “to like” something. In Spanish, to say that you like something, you end up essentially sayig hat something gives you pleasure. For example: “Me gusta jugar al tenis” means “I like to […]

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Quedar vs. Quedarse – How to use these Spanish verbs

The Spanish verbs Quedar and Quedarse (reflexive) have different meanings and uses. Let’s take a look at them: Quedar: to remain 1. Yo fui al kiosco, pero no quedaba Coca-Cola. I went to the kiosk, but there wasn’t any Coca-Cola left. In this sense, the Spanish verb Quedar is used to describe what is remaining […]

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Spanish Verbs – Comparing Tomar vs. Llevar

In Spanish, there are two common verbs that can mean “to take”:  Tomar and Llevar. However, these two Spanish verbs aren’t used interchangeably. Note that Tomar can also mean to drink (ex. tomar vino – to drink wine) and Llevar can also mean to wear (ex. llevar ropa – to wear clothes). When you think of […]

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How To Learn Spanish Grammar For Free

If you want to learn Spanish, then you’ll have to learn Spanish grammar. There’s no way around it. Granted, there are native Spanish speakers who never learned proper Spanish grammar because they never went to school, and so, yes, it is possible to learn how to speak Spanish without ever studying Spanish grammar. In fact, there […]

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How To Say Become In Spanish

Many Spanish students are dumbfounded when they find out that Spanish doesn’t have a single word to mean “become” as it is in English. Check out these two examples: 1. I become frustrated when I don’t know how to do something. 2. I want to become a doctor. In English, it’s nice and simple. But […]

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Spanish Grammar and Translation Analysis – 1

Today we’re going to analyze a few paragraphs in Spanish from an article published on BBC Mundo about the invention of the radio. “En efecto, entusiastas de la nueva tecnología pusieron presión y el 14 de noviembre de 1921 se inauguró el primer servicio diario de radio en Inglaterra. La radio capturó la imaginación del […]

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Lesson 15 – How to Say There is or There are in Spanish

It is important to be able to know how to say “there is” or “there are” in Spanish because it will be the basis upon which you can start describing places. In Spanish the verb to use is Haber. This verb, however, is irregular. For now, though, you don’t need to worry yourself with the […]

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Learn Spanish With Flash Cards!

A great way to memorize new Spanish vocabulary and verbs is with flash cards. As you learn new words and Spanish verbs, create a flash card for them. And try practicing both ways – meaning, read in English and guess at the Spanish translation, and also read in Spanish and guess at its meaning in […]

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The 2 Spanish Verbs That Mean: To Know – Which To Use – Saber or Conocer?

In Spanish, there are two different verbs that mean to know – Saber and Conocer. So the critical question becomes when do you use Saber and when do you use Conocer, because these two Spanish verbs aren’t the same! Saber: The Spanish verb Saber is used to express knowledge of information, facts and the ability to […]

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Lesson 14 – The Spanish Irregular Verb Poder – to be able to

Time to learn another very handy Spanish verb, Poder, which means “can or to be able to.” Poder, being an irregular verb, means it’s not conjugated the normal way, rather, there is a stem-change: o –> ue (except with nosotros) Here is how to conjugated Poder: Yo puedo (I can, or I am able to …) […]

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Lesson 13 – Another Irregular, But Useful Spanish Verb – Tener (to have)

Another VERY useful Spanish irregular verb is the verb Tener, which means to have. However, note that “tener” is not to be used in the sense of saying, “I have eaten a lot.” There is another Spanish verb, the verb Haber that is used for this purpose, which you will learn much much much later. […]

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Lesson 12 – The Spanish Irregular Verb Ir- To Go

It’s time to start learning one of the most useful Spanish verbs – the Spanish verb “Ir,” which means “to go.” You will find that being able to properly conjugate and use the verb Ir will help you learn Spanish very quickly, as this verb is used a lot! Ir is an irregular verb because the […]

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Lesson 11 – Spanish Regular Verbs with Irregular First-Person Conjugation In The Present Tense

In the past two learn Spanish lessons, we have learned how to conjugate Spanish regular verbs – the AR, ER and IR verbs in the present tense. Now there are a handful of verbs that are conjugated like any regular Spanish verb, except for in the first-person (“Yo” form) conjugation. Here is the list of […]

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Lesson 10 – Conjugating ER & IR Spanish Regular Verbs In The Present Tense

Now it’s time to learn how to conjugate Spanish regular verbs in the present tense that end in either “ER” or “IR.” But hey, there’s some good news here! Both “ER” and “IR” ending verbs in Spanish have the same root conjugations except for Nosotros. Here are the root endings that you will replace the […]

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Learn Spanish By Making Errors

Wait, did I just say to learn Spanish by making errors??? Yes, it’s true! But let me clarify what I mean. Like learning anything new, the best way to learn Spanish is to simply do it — speak Spanish, practice it, listen to it, write it and read it. And you will make errors. You will […]

4 Comments | Sep 19 06

Lesson 9 – Conjugating AR Spanish Regular Verbs In The Present Tense

In Spanish, all verbs end in either -ar, -er or -ir. In this lesson, we are going to learn how to conjugate regarlar Spanish verbs ending in -AR in the present tense. I say “regular” because there are irregular verbs in Spanish, in which either the stem or the root of the verb changes differently. Spanish regular […]

2 Comments | Sep 18 06

Lesson 8 – The Present Progressive in Spanish

In the last lesson about the Spanish verb Estar, you learned that the present progressive is formed by using Estar. In this lesson, we will learn how conjugate the gerund or the “ing” form a verb. (When I say “ing,” I’m referring to when the verb in English ends in “ing,” like eating, watching, calling, […]

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Lesson 7 – The Spanish Verb Estar

Now that you’ve learned the Spanish verb “ser,” which means “to be,” it’s time to learn the other Spanish verb that means “to be” — Estar. Here are the present tense conjagations: Yo estoy (I am) Tú estás (you are) Él/Ella/Usted es (he/she is, you are) Nosotros estamos (we are) Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes están (They/You are) Now, let’s talk […]

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Improve Vocabulary Through Reading

One of the best ways to improve your Spanish vocabulary when learning Spanish will be to read whatever you can get your hands on. Make it a mix of literature and news articles in Spanish. For literature, start with a book in which you’ll feel comfortable reading without having to look up every other word […]

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Lesson 6 – How to Tell Time in Spanish – Use Ser

Another important use of the Spanish verb Ser is to tell time. When telling time in Spanish, there are only two conjugations of Ser that you will use: Es (singular) Son (plural) Here’s how to you tell time in Spanish: Es la una (It’s 1 o’clock) Son las dos (It’s 2 o’clock) Son las tres […]

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How to Say It’s You in Spanish

A common mistake Spanish learners make when speaking Spanish is directly translating what they would say in English into what they want to say in Spanish. And one of the most common mistakes I see is when Spanish learners want to express: it’s me/you/him/her/us/you all/ them. The common error I see is the following: Es […]

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Improve Your Spanish – Find a Language Exchange Partner!

When it comes to learning Spanish, or any foreign language for that matter, practice makes perfect. There’s nothing more to say. And the best way to do this is find a language partner. But caution yourself in finding a fellow classmate who is also learning Spanish with you. Because he/she will be around the same […]

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Watch Movies, Learn Spanish!

A great way to learn Spanish is to simply watch Spanish movies. For those who don’t get the chance to spend time in a Spanish-speaking country, the key is to surround yourself as much as possible with those who speak Spanish. Remember – it’s all about repetition! This is where movies come in. With subtitles, […]

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Lesson 5 – Where are you from? Another Use of Ser

You have previously learned how to use the verb Ser to describe people, places and things, and also how to ask how or what someone, something or some place is like. Another use for the Spanish verb Ser is to describe where someone or something is from. Note: We’re not talking about someone or something’s […]

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Develop Listening Comprehension Through Music

A really great way to improve your Spanish listening comprehension skills is by listening to Spanish music. The goal, however, is to be able to listen to it and write out the song lyrics in Spanish. This may take some time, and you may become frustrated as you listen to the same part a million […]

2 Comments | Sep 9 06

Learn Spanish By Getting Organized – Make Lists

What I recommend is purchasing a notebook with dividers and start organizing lists of spanish verbs, spanish adjectives, spanish prepositions, spanish idiomatic phrases as you come across them. This way you’ll always have a reference to go back to. And the best part of doing this is that you’ll start remembering that you had previously […]

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Why Learn Spanish?

For starters, by learning Spanish, you can improve your understanding of English. Yes, that’s right! A lot of the vocabulary of English has Latin origins, much of which came to English by way of French. Since Spanish is also a Latin language, you will notice that as you study the language you will gain a […]

1 Comment | Sep 8 06

Learn Spanish – It’s All About Repetition

When it comes to learning Spanish, or any language for that matter, it’s all about repetition just as if you were learning to play a musical instrument or improve your backhand in tennis – the more you do it, the better you’ll become. It’s all a matter of muscle memory, in this case the muscle […]

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Lesson 4 – Describing People, Places and Things in Spanish

Okay, it’s time to start forming sentences in Spanish! 🙂 In Spanish, when describing nouns (people, places and things) – the inherent characteristics of them – we use the verb Ser, which means “to be.” (** Note that in Spanish, there are two verbs that mean “to be,” something we will get into later.) The […]

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Lesson 3: Who is that? – Spanish Subject Pronouns

We’re slowly now going to start discussing Spanish grammar, which is critical to learning Spanish. Now, vital to every communication is knowing the subject (or noun) of whatever is being said or written, right? Are we talking about Mexico or Jane from the apartment below or iPods? These are all examples of nouns – person, […]

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Lesson 2: Learn Spanish – Start Speaking – Meet and Greet

Now that you’ve developed good Spanish-alphabet pronunciation skills and feel confident in reciting the Spanish alphabet, it’s time to move on to speaking Spanish. At this point, it would logically seem like you should start learning Spanish grammar, but I advise against that. Learning a language is like learning anything else that is new and […]

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Knowing How To Do Something – The Verb Saber

I wanted to make a quick note about the verb Saber, which means to know, but to know in terms of knowing information or knowing how to do something — as opposed to the verb Conocer, which means to know also, but in terms of being familiar with a place, or knowing a person, or […]

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Location of Events – Ser or Estar?

The verb “to be” can be expressed two different ways – Estar and Ser. And when it comes to location, the general rule is to use Estar. However, a common mistake individuals learning Spanish make is using Estar to describe the location of an event. This is a mistake. The location of an event is […]

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Lesson 1: Learn Spanish – Make Pronunciation Your Priority

Many Spanish students make the mistake of rushing into this new language. Well, I can’t blame them. It’s exciting to learn Spanish! However, there’s no point to learning a new language if no one is going to understand you. In some languages, just being slightly off can change the meaning of what you want to say. For example, […]

1 Comment | Sep 5 06