Spanish Language

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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

Describing character in Spanish – beyond “nice”

Over 40 words to describe personality!

You are bound to meet lots of interesting people when you travel abroad. If you want to describe someone accurately you need to know more words than just “interesting” or “nice”.

Beginners of the language find it difficult to be able to describe someone in detail so you cannot get a true idea of someone’s real personality. Often they rely on “fun”, “good”, “bad” and similar easy, general words.

This post will teach you more specific descriptive words to describe people and their unique personality – we will include positive traits, negative traits and those that are inbetween and could be classed as good or bad depending on the situation. Continue reading

Chatting about the weather in Spanish – a great icebreaker!

A great way to strike up conversation in Spanish with a local is to ask a question about the weather or say something about the weather at the time. Weather is something that we all talk about either with people we know well or complete strangers therefore it is the ideal topic area to learn in Spanish to chat to anyone you meet.

What a nice day!

How hot it is!

Do you know if it’s going to rain tomorrow?

The key tenses you need to know are present, future and maybe past.

In this blog post we will look at some key phrases you could learn so that you can use them on your next holiday to chat with native Spanish speakers. Continue reading

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

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

Beginner’s Spanish: Months of the year

Los meses del año

The months of the year in Spanish are one of the most important things to learn as a beginner. The good thing is that they are very similar to the English months, all except January (enero).

You will also notice that they are all masculine and do not have capital letters, just like the days of the week in Spanish: Continue reading

How to say “Let’s …” in Spanish

If you want to invite someone out in Spanish or suggest going out to do something the easiest way is just to say “Let’s go to the beach”, “Let’s have a coffee”, “Let’s dance” and so on. Once you learn how to say this in Spanish, you will sound a lot more natural and native like rather than a textbook. This blog post explains how to form this phrase, “Let’s …”: Continue reading

Power verbs in Spanish: Gustar (to like)

When you first start learning Spanish you need to learn the most common verbs to help you form questions and basic needs and wants. One of the most important verbs to know is “gustar” (to like) so that you can express what you like, what you don’t like and ask other people what they like. This verb works a bit differently to most verbs as you also need the pronoun in front to say who likes the thing.

In this blog post we will look at how to use this important Spanish verb “gustar”: Continue reading

Spanish Power Verbs – Querer (to want)

When you first start learning Spanish you just need to learn a handful of verbs that will allow you to form the most important questions to express your needs and wants to get by. These include words like want, need, looking for, have. In this post we will look at how to express what you want in the present tense.

querer = to want

(Yo) quiero = I want
(Tú) quieres = you want (informal)
(Usted) quiere = You want (formal)
(Él) quiere = He wants
(Ella) quiere = She wants
(Nosotros) queremos = we want
(Vosotros) queréis = you all want (informal)
(Ustedes) quieren = you all want (formal)
(Ellos) quieren = they want Continue reading

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