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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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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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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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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