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How to Start Learning Spanish as a Beginner – and Succeed!

Spanish courseMost people who learn a language often haven’t studied anything since they were at school! Maybe you have studied Spanish on and off for several years and you are just coming back to it again after a break and you’re telling yourself, right, this is it – this is the year I am finally going to become fluent in Spanish.

In this blog post we will look at how to get started learning Spanish.

The three tips we will look at are:

1) How to make good connections
2) Identifying your learning style
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8 Speaking Exercises You Can Do On Your Own to Improve your Spanish

Language TutorSpeaking is the most important skill to master to become fluent and communicate effectively with people. However it is also the most difficult skill to improve compared with reading and writing.

Myths about improving speaking

1) You have to be in a classroom.
2) You have to live in a Spanish-speaking country.

This is just not true. Thanks to technology today you can easily improve speaking a foreign language from the comfort of your own home on your own.

8 speaking activities you can do on your own:

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How to Learn Spanish with Instagram – Top Tips!

As you already know Instagram is a social media platform known for sharing photos and short video clips.

Why is Instagram good for learning Spanish?

Visual: As it is a visual app it is a brilliant way to learn a language. Seeing an image related to the Spanish word is a great way to make it stick out in your mind and you will find that you will memorise words more easily this way and also retain them in your long term memory. Continue reading

5 More Common Spanish Phrases Using “Pasar”

Last week we looked at some common uses of the Spanish verb “Pasar”.

  • to happen
  • relating to a place
  • to spend time
  • change of state or condition
  • to pass something to someone
  • adapting to a situation

However, this is only scratching the surface of the many uses scattered throughout the Spanish language. In this week’s blog post we will look at some further uses of this verb that Spanish people use in their every day lives. Continue reading

7 Common Uses of the Spanish Verb “Pasar”

The verb pasar in Spanish is one of the most used verbs in Spanish. It is used in many different situations so can seem tricky to use and therefore cannot be translated in one word easily. However, the good thing is that it is a regular verb, so it is easy to conjugate in any tense.

In this blog post we will look at the 7 most common uses of pasar:

1) To spend time

2) To happen

3) Relating to a place

4) Change of state or condition

5) Accepting and adapting to a situation

6) To pass an object to someone

7) Experience something good or bad Continue reading

How to Make Comparisons in Spanish

When you are learning Spanish one of the things that you will want to learn is how to compare things. Even if you don’t like judging things or people, in everyday life you often need to compare things to make simple decisions.

For example, you may be discussing with friends which bar you want to go to, which meal you want to order or suggest to someone else to order.

Here are the rules to make comparisons in Spanish: Continue reading

Online Spanish Courses Launch Today!

Online Spanish courseLearning Spanish on your own can be hard.

Without a teacher or classmates you can lose motivation.

You have no-one to check you are on the right track or check you are pronouncing words correctly.

You feel overwhelmed with how many resources there are and don’t know which will work for you and which won’t.

You don’t have the time to research resources or try out different activities that may not work.

This is why I decided to create online Spanish courses to help people who are learning on their own because the truth is YES, YOU CAN LEARN SPANISH ON YOUR OWN! Continue reading

Essential Spanish Phrases to Ask For and Understand Directions

Directions in SpanishOne of the first things that beginners of Spanish who regularly travel to Spain want to learn is how to ask for directions and how to understand the answers you might get.

For some reason, people either love or hate this subject in Spanish.

It is just a case of learning the key verbs and words, you don’t need to understand long complex sentences. With the whole topic of asking for and understanding directions abroad, the most important thing is to be able to understand what the Spanish words mean and to be able to listen to them and interpret into English rather than learn to say them in Spanish, unless of course you are mistaken for a local and know the area really well so you can give directions. Continue reading

5 Tricks to Sound Like a Native Spanish Speaker

Speak Spanish like nativesPlus free sample of “Beginner Spanish Toolkit” mini course:

5 Common Spanish Slang Expressions!

When speaking in Spanish the last thing you want is to sound like a ‘gringo’ or a ‘guiri’.

What is a gringo or a guiri?

A gringo is a foreigner in Latin America or in Spain the equivalent is a guiri. A gringo or a guiri is someone who really sticks out as being out of place.
Clearly you don’t want to sound like one of these and you want to fit in with the locals. Here is a quick and easy guide to the best ways to fit in and sound more like a local in a Spanish speaking country. Continue reading

Why Learning Spanish is Hard and How to Make it Easier

Learning a new language can be frustrating, especially when you start from scratch; but if you are determined enough to do the hard work, it is totally worth it. Anyone can learn how to pronounce words in Spanish, communicate adequately, and start a conversation with a stranger – all you need is courage to make the first step.

According to a study conducted by the Mimic Method, the most difficult task for most Spanish students is understanding native speakers. In the end, how can that be false? Spanish is the second fastest language (somewhere near 7.82 syllables per second) after Japanese (7.84 syllables per second).

Acquiring new language skills means getting out of your comfort zone. If you are willing to do that, 20% of the work is already accomplished. Determination, perseverance, and openness are key elements in this equation. Now that we’ve cleared things up, let’s get down to business, Damas y Caballeros! Let’s see how we can make Spanish an easier learning process for you.

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