Being 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
One 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
In Spanish-speaking countries most of the New Year traditions are aimed at bringing good luck for the following year. Most of these rituals take place amongst friends and family either during the day or around midnight on New Year’s Eve (la Nochevieja). Continue reading
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
When 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
Why 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
When it comes to learning grammar people often panic and are put off from learning languages. They often think that learning grammar is boring and you don’t need to learn silly grammar rules to be able to speak a foreign language. You couldn’t be further from the truth! Everything we say is made up of some sort of a grammar rule.
In this blog post we will give you some tips to help you get to grips with learning Spanish grammar. Continue reading
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Learning Spanish on your own is hard.
Without a teacher or classmates it is easy to lose motivation.
You have no-one to make sure you are on the right track.
There are so many different resources and you don’t know which ones are good.
You don’t have time to research different resources.
This is why I created online Spanish courses to help people to teach themselves Spanish on their own!
My first online course “Study Spanish Solo” has been two years in the making. Continue reading
Learning a new language is as easy as human nature for a newly born child. As we grow older, we become much less experimental and less accustomed to picking up new language skills. That doesn’t mean that we cannot become motivated towards learning a new language if we wanted.
College students need to start becoming a little more experimental in learning a new language. Making mistakes is the only way to learn a new language. The first time we make a mistake, somebody will be there to correct us, and it becomes a part of the learning process. Continue reading
The Spanish verb “tardar” is one of the most used verbs in everyday conversation, therefore it is really worthwhile spending the time to study the different ways you can use this verb.
Firstly it is a regular –ar verb in Spanish so the good thing is, there are no irregular verb forms to learn in any tense.
There are 3 main uses of tardar:
1) To talk about the time it takes to do something.
2) To talk about delay.
3) To say “at the latest”.
In this blog post we will explain how to use tardar in these 3 contexts with example sentences. Continue reading