Monthly Archives: June 2018

10 ways to measure your progress when learning a language

When you first start learning a new language and picking up new words it is fun, they seem easy to remember and it all seems wonderful. However, the more you discover about the language, the more difficult it can seem and the more difficult it is to keep track of everything you have learnt. This is why, having good ways to document your study is really important as it helps track your progress and keep you motivated.

In this blog post we will look at ways to document your study and track your progress. Continue reading

5 tips to help you choose the right resources to learn a language

When you are learning a language on your own it can be hard to know where to begin. There are so many resources available to language learners, especially with technology and language learning apps available today, it can be quite overwhelming.

In this blog post we will go through 5 points to take into account when you start learning a language and are wondering which resources you should use. The first thing you need to do is:

(1) Identify your goals

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6 Tips to Set Realistic Goals for Language Learning Success

Why is it important to set goals when learning languages?

One of the first things people ask me when they start to learn Spanish, is “How long will it take me to learn Spanish?” The problem with this question is that it is not clear what they are actually asking or what their expectations are. What do you actually need to learn the language for and what level of fluency do you need? Do you need to order a mean and drinks? Do you need to call a colleague, attend a business meeting? Are you planning to move to Spain? If you have a more definite idea of what you want to achieve and in what timescale this can help avoid disappointment when you feel you aren’t achieving what you hoped to and it can also help you plan your learning to suit your goals.

This blog post gives a few tips of how to set realistic but achievable goals so you get the most out of your language studies: Continue reading

The use of the verb “poder” in Spanish

‘Poder’ in Spanish means “to be able to” or “can”. It is the sixth most important verb in Spanish therefore very useful and one of the first verbs you should learn as a beginner. It is mostly used to express capability, ability and probability.

In this post we will look at the most common uses of ‘poder’:

The conjugation of ‘poder’ in the present tense is:

(Yo) Puedo – I can
(Tú) Puedes – You can (1 person)
(Él/Ella) Puede – He/She can
(Nosotros) Podemos – We can
(Vosotros) Podéis – You all can
(Ellos) Pueden – They can Continue reading