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How to talk about your hobbies and free time in Spanish

Free time in SpanishWe all have activities we like to do in our spare time whether it is a sport or a club you attend or something more unusual. One thing is for sure, when you are chatting to people in Spanish and trying to get to know them one of the key topics you will want to talk about is what you enjoy doing in your leisure time.
By learning how to talk about what you like doing in Spanish you will be able to engage in small talk and develop your conversational skills in the language. It will also help you connect with people who like similar activities and help you make friends.
In this blog post we will give you some key phrases to help you chat easily to native Spanish speakers about your hobbies and pastimes.

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7 Creative Spanish Writing Practice Ideas

Writing in SpanishMany people think that writing in Spanish is too difficult and they will never get the hang of it. This is a complete myth. If you start small and build on that regularly then over time you will find that you find it easy.
People do not realise that being able to write in Spanish is a crucial part of improving your Spanish.
It teaches you to put into practice what you have learnt. It helps you try out your own sentences and helps you become fluent and eventually able to say whatever you want in Spanish.
In this blog post we will look at some creative ways that you can get good writing practice in Spanish.

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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

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

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

9 Simple Steps to Learn Spanish Grammar

Spanish courseWhen 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

12 Powerful Strategies to Improve Reading in Spanish

Reading Strategies in SpanishOne of the best ways to progress in Spanish (or any foreign language) is to do more reading. By reading a variety of different materials in the target language you will not only learn more words and phrases but you will see how the language is used in different contexts.
As well as simply reading, there are certain methods you can use to maximise your reading time to make even more progress in Spanish.
The aim of this blog post is to give you a few tips as to how you can read in Spanish to help you improve the fastest.

1) Decide what to read carefully

* Read about something that you enjoy, something that interests you and that you care about. If you start reading something you aren’t really interested in, you will be much less likely to check what the words mean and learn anything from it. Reading something that interests you is the key to staying motivated.

* Think about your end goal. Why are you learning Spanish? If it is to do business you need to read more formal language. If it is to fully immerse yourself in the language you would try tackling a novel or a magazine. Continue reading

How to talk about what you “usually do” in Spanish

Spanish verb SolerHow to use the Spanish verb “Soler”

When chatting to people in Spanish you often like to talk about what you usually do and your habits.

There are several easy ways to do this. You can just use words like, “Normalmente” (Normally), “Generalmente” (Generally) or other frequency terms such as:

A veces (sometimes)
Muchas veces (many times)
A menudo (often)
Siempre (always)
De vez en cuando (from time to time)

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Why is Twitter Perfect for Learning Spanish?

Twitter to learn SpanishSocial media is one of the most valuable language learning tools to use today. It is free to use and let’s face it we all spend a good while on various social media platforms every single day! Why not combine this with language learning and use some of that time to work on improving the language you are learning?

Why Use Twitter to Learn Spanish?

  • It is easy to use whenever you have a few spare minutes during the day.
  • You can use Twitter on any device including your smart phone, tablet or laptop.
  • It is perhaps the best social media app for learning Spanish.
  • You don’t have to be friends with someone to access their comments or posts. It is open to the world.
  • You can read tweets from Spanish celebrities, politicians, sports stars, actors, companies as well as anybody you know – friends and family.
  • You can tweet someone directly or mention them in a tweet.
  • It’s constantly updated so you get the latest information and up-to-date language.
  • Topics are organised by hashtags so you can easily find what you want to read about or find out about.
  • Tweets are short, up to 280 characters so you get the key information quickly and you don’t need to spend ages translating words.
  • You don’t need lots of followers to use Twitter effectively. You can still follow whoever you want to.

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