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How to Use ‘Tiempo’, ‘Hora’ and ‘Vez’ in Spanish – all meaning “Time”

In Spanish there are several words to use to say “time”; tiempo, hora and vez. They are not interchangeable, you use each one in a different context which makes learning them somewhat tricky. To further complicate matters, the word “tiempo” also can mean “weather”!

In this blog post you will learn how to know when to use each word for “time” whether it is talking about time in general, the time of the day or a time as in an occasion. Continue reading

20 Common Reflexive Verbs in Spanish

Reflexive verbs in Spanish often cause learners a real headache because they are so different to how we use the same verbs in English and because they can completely change the meaning of the verb when used with a reflexive pronoun. For example, ‘ir’ means ‘to go’ whereas ‘irse’ means ‘to leave / go away’.

The best way to get your head around Spanish reflexive verbs is to stick with the ones you will need to use most.

When are reflexive verbs used?

Reflexive verbs occur when the subject and the object are the same in a sentence. For example, when you wash yourself, when you look at yourself in the mirror, when you put clothing on yourself. Continue reading

The Pros and Cons of Language Learning Apps

Can you learn a language just from an app?

There are so many language learning apps available nowadays each claiming to help you learn a language easily in record time. Popular apps include Duolingo, Busuu and Rosetta Stone. Language learning apps use images, audio and activities such as matching up exercises, re-ordering words in a sentence to help you pick up the basic language. However, just how good are these apps when it comes to actually communicating in the language effectively in real life? This is what we will look at in this blog post. Continue reading

Teacher Language Training for Primary Schools

The ability to understand and communicate in foreign languages is becoming increasingly important nowadays. With the approach of Brexit the UK’s relationship with the countries whose languages are commonly taught in schools is going to make the supply of good foreign language teachers considerably more difficult.

A report by The British Council in March this year “Language Trends 2018: Language Teaching in Primary and Secondary Schools in England” found that ‘languages remain a marginal subject which primary schools find challenging to deliver alongside many other competing demands.’ Another problem which hinders pupils continuing to learn languages in secondary school is the lack of consistency amongst primary schools. Some children have been learning another language throughout primary school whereas others have not had any language learning. Continue reading

6 Benefits of Obtaining the Spanish DELE Certificate

There are over 437 million native Spanish speakers and a total of 572 million people who speak it as either a first or second language. It is estimated that there are around 21 million people studying Spanish worldwide.`If you can speak Spanish this will open up many opportunities for you both professionally and personally. For people learning Spanish, the DELE certificated is one of the best ways to make your ability to speak Spanish fluently officially recognised worldwide. I am currently helping to prepare several of my adult clients to pass the DELE exams.

Let’s look at what the DELE diploma involves and the benefits it offers you: Continue reading

When Do You Need to Use Subject Pronouns in Spanish

When should you use “yo”, “tú”, “él”, “ella” in front of verbs in Spanish?

What are Subject Pronouns?

The subject pronouns in Spanish are:

yo – I
– you
él / ella – he / she
usted – you (formal)
nosotros / nosotras – we
vosotros / vosotras – you (plural)
ellos / ellas – they
ustedesyou (formal, plural)

For people just starting to learn Spanish they often want to keep using these every time they say a verb, however this is often unnecessary as the ending of the verb tells you the subject of the verb. In this blog post, we will tell you when you should include the subject pronoun and when you shouldn’t. Continue reading

5 Easy Ways to Learn Spanish During Your Daily Commute

Language learning while commutingTravelling to work or college is the ideal time to learn Spanish or any other language you are studying. You do this on a daily basis, except perhaps at weekends so this helps you stick to regular learning. Whatever level you are at, this time can be a valuable part of your study schedule, especially if you are busy and struggle to find the time to fit in language learning every day. In this blog post we will share 5 tools you can use to learn Spanish on the train or in your car – most of which can be applied to any language. Continue reading

How to Think in Spanish – 6 Tips!

Being able to think in Spanish is an important step to becoming fluent. To get to this stage takes a lot of time, work and effort.

Even though you may have learnt the verb endings for all the key tenses, you can write and understand Spanish, when it comes to thinking in Spanish this is a whole different level.

The good news is there are a few simple tricks you can use to train your brain to think in Spanish. This is the aim of this blog post – to teach you the techniques to help you think in Spanish. Continue reading

8 Ways to Pick Up Learning a Language After a Break

When learning a language most people find they have to take a break from study at some point. This may be unavoidable if you become too busy with other things happening in your life or it could be through choice – maybe you lose motivation and study for less and less time each day, week or stop altogether. However, this is not always a bad thing as a break can be a good way of taking stock of where you are with the language, what you do know, what you don’t and what you need to work on.

The aim of this blog post is to help people who have taken a break from learning a language get back on track with the language. Continue reading

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