10 Common Mistakes NOT to Make in Spanish

mistakes in SpanishI have noticed that beginners of Spanish often make the same kinds of mistakes. If you learn about these easy to make blunders from the beginning you will be more likely to avoid making them yourself.

Spanish is a different type of language to English therefore the grammatical structure and phrases are often very different to how we say things in English. Learners of Spanish often want to transfer something in English directly into Spanish, however this does not always work!

In this blog post we will point out the most common mistakes to avoid as a beginner of the Spanish language: Continue reading

10 Common Uses of the Spanish Verb “Poner”

Uses of ponerPoner is one of those verbs that has many different uses that you come across in everyday speech which causes confusion amongst learners of Spanish.

If you want to learn conversational Spanish and become fluent, “poner” is one verb that you will really want to get to grips with and learn its multiple uses well.

In this blog post we will look at the most common 10 uses of the verb poner: Continue reading

7 Clever Ways to Fit Language Learning Into Your Busy Schedule

Fitting language study in busy lifeSo many people say, especially at the beginning of a new year that they would love to learn a new language but they just don’t have enough time. Most people are busy enough just trying to fit in their work, home life, socialising as well as all the other daily chores like shopping, washing and house work. They think they couldn’t possibly add anything else into their busy schedule.

However if you break down how long you spend doing different tasks you will start to see how you could actually fit in a little language study each day. With a little planning and creativity you can easily fit in language learning into your busy day.

In today’s blog post we will look at 7 ways to help you fit in language learning every day. Continue reading

How to say Thank You & You’re Welcome in Spanish

Thank you in SpanishBeing able to say “thank you” and “you are welcome” is perhaps one of the first things anyone wants to learn to say in another language. It is the best way to show that you have good manners and appreciate what someone has done for you.

When you are learning Spanish and go to Spain on holiday you might need to say, “thank you” at the hotel when talking to the receptionist, when asking someone for directions in the street or when the taxi driver helps you with your luggage.

In this blog post we will teach you the most common ways to say thank you in Spanish: Continue reading

The Most Useful Languages to Learn in 2020!

Useful languages in 2020One of your new year plans may be to learn a foreign language and you are wondering which language would be most worth learning.

Some people choose to learn a particular language because they have friends or family who are native speakers and they would like to speak to them in that language.

Another good reason to learn a language is to create more job opportunities for yourself or if your company has offices in other countries and you would like to work abroad.

Other people are simply interested in the country and the culture of where they speak that language.

However, if you just want to challenge yourself or do something new and are not sure which is the best language for you to learn, read on – in this blog post we will try to inspire you with the best languages to learn in 2020: Continue reading

The Correlation Between Talent and Hard Work in Language Learning

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How many times have you heard, or even said yourself, that somebody’s talented when it comes to learning languages? After all, there are those children or people who seem to have it all figured out. What they hear and read in class is enough and don’t even have to open their books afterwards. It sticks with them and they’re ready to use it in practice straight away. Then there are those who have to work really hard to reach the same result, often doubting themselves and whether they can actually do it. Hence, it’s only natural for them to wonder if working hard can compensate for the lack of what they view as talent in some people. Here is some insight on the topic. Continue reading

How to say that you don’t understand or are unsure in Spanish

Don't know in SpanishWhen you are a beginner language learner you are often unsure about what you are saying and whether a) it is correct and b) if you are pronouncing it correctly. It is probably the first time you have actually spoken the words that you have learnt to a native speaker. It is only natural for language learners to have these doubts when they first start speaking in the target language.

Similarly, when you listen to their reply you may think you’ve understood what they’ve just said to you, however you may not be 100% sure. You will probably find it difficult to keep up with what they are saying – as we all know how quickly Spanish people speak!

In this blog post we will go through some useful expressions for you to say that you don’t understand or are unsure of what someone has said to you. If you learn some of these phrases they will help you keep the conversation going. There is nothing to be embarrassed about when saying that you don’t understand or asking for clarity – Spanish people like helping learners improve their Spanish! Continue reading

Popular Spanish Grammar Resources

Spanish grammar resourcesWhy is it important to study Spanish grammar?

Grammar is the backbone of a language. It is said that, “It is the glue which binds a language together.”

Often people think they can learn a language without studying any grammar, mainly because they think it’s too hard and boring. To start with, yes you can quite happily do this, you could memorise a few phrases to just get by on holiday but to have a natural conversation with someone and to be able to say whatever you want to, you really need to study the key tenses, understand where adjectives and pronouns go and so on. This would help you understand how the language works.

Without studying grammar you will sound like you are just reciting phrases from your travel book. If you don’t understand how the sentences are structured you will find it more difficult to make up your own sentences and to memorise phrases.

In this blog post we will recommend to you the best Spanish grammar resources for learners: Continue reading

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