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
Many people studying Spanish do the same mistakes all the time without even realizing it. For them, these mistakes might seem minuscule, but when conversating with a native, things look differently. We must pay attention not to embarrass ourselves, or make the other person feel uncomfortable.
Here are seven mistakes any Spanish student should avoid. Continue reading
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
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.
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 subject pronouns in Spanish are:
yo – I
tú – you
él / ella – he / she
usted – you (formal)
nosotros / nosotras – we
vosotros / vosotras – you (plural)
ellos / ellas – they
ustedes – you (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
Perder is a useful verb in Spanish but the problem is it is one of those verbs that has different meanings according to the context. In this blog post we will look at the most common ways this verb can be used in everyday conversation. Continue reading
We all make mistakes so if you are learning to speak Spanish it would be a good idea to learn how to say sorry. When chatting with Spanish people you never know when you’ll need to say “sorry”. There are different types of meanings of “sorry” therefore there is a different word for each context. In this blog post we will look at when to use each one. Continue reading
When you are learning Spanish you soon come across grammatical jargon that just doesn’t make sense – things like, the ‘subject of the verb’, ‘object pronouns’, ‘possessive adjectives’ and the ‘subjunctive’! You panic as you don’t know what these all mean. The problem is most of us haven’t learnt English grammar at school so when faced with these terms it is natural to worry that you won’t understand. However, all these are, are names of parts of the language we speak all the time. For example, the subject of the verb is simply, “I”, “he”, “she”, “we”, “you” or “they”. A possessive adjective is just “my”, “your”, “his”, “her”, “our”, “their”. We use these all the time but we don’t know what they are actually called. Likewise, using the subjunctive is just the same. We use it without knowing that we are. Continue reading
If you are learning Spanish knowing the words for colours in Spanish is one of the first things you need to learn as they often crop up in everyday conversation and help us communicate with other people.
In this blog post we will look not only the words for colours but also how to use them correctly in sentences.
‘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