Monthly Archives: April 2018

When do you need to use an infinitive verb in Spanish? – 10 tips!

What is the infinitive?

The infinitive is the simplest form of a verb. An infinitive tells you what the action is but not who is doing it nor when they are doing it. It translates into English as “to …” In Spanish there are 3 patterns of infinitive; those that end in -ar, -er or -ir. Examples are:

hablarto speak

comerto eat

vivirto live

There are several common structures in Spanish that need the use of the infinitive. In this post we will look at these uses: Continue reading

24 Unique British Slang Terms You May Not Have Heard of

The English language is easily one of the most interesting languages in the world. By far one of the most complicated languages to learn thanks to the infamous silent letters, uncertain rules and funny phrases, it’s still one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.

However, travel to the UK itself, England in particular, and you may find you discover a whole new language that you’ve never heard before. This even happens to individuals who live in the UK and travel to another part of it!

I’m talking about British slang. But, British slang is easily one of the most humorous, funny and witty languages in the world and no matter what area you live in or are travelling too, it’s worth brushing up on your slang so you can use it with the locals.

To help you get started, here are 24 of the most common, awesome and downright hilarious slang terms that you need to learn today! Continue reading

How to say what is hurting you in Spanish – using the verb “doler”

If you are ever unlucky enough to be in Spain and feeling ill and have to go to the doctor’s it would be a great help if you could describe what is hurting you in Spanish. The key verb that you need to know is “doler” (to hurt) which, unfortunately is not a straightforward verb to use.

Firstly, it needs to be used with an indirect object pronoun depending on who is hurting:

(Meme, teyou, lehim/her, nosus, osyou (plural), lesthem). Continue reading

When should you use articles in Spanish?

When people first start to learn Spanish they first need to learn the basics such as how to say “the” in Spanish. This is called the definite article and in Spanish there are four different articles depending on whether the noun is masculine, singular, feminine or plural:

  • Masculine, singular nouns use “el”:

el libro = the book

  • Feminine, singular nouns use “la”:

la casa = the house

  • Masculine, plural nouns use “los”:

los chicos = the boys

  • Feminine, singular nouns use “las”:

las chicas = the girls

The problem comes when you start to see these words used everywhere often when we wouldn’t need to say “the” in English.

In this blog post we will look at when you need to remember to use the definite articles in Spanish: Continue reading