Easy Ways to Talk about the Past in Spanish:

“At one point, I thought I was not going to be able to learn Spanish. There just seemed to be so many words and so many things to learn. I didn’t know how to get started” said Sonia one day while we were having lunch. Then I asked: “Remember when we reviewed the past tenses…

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Why is learning a new language often seen as boring and difficult?

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It was a sunny day of summer, the sky was blue, Lake Chelan’s (Washington State) water was a little cold, and the boat’s engine sounded like a lion that was getting ready to devour its prey. I was not entirely sure about what I was doing, but I was already in the water and according…

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Can Negative Mental Associations Affect you when Learning Spanish?

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For many years I hated mayonnaise while I was growing up. If someone made me a sandwich and it had mayonnaise in it, I just would not eat it. If I ordered a sandwich at a restaurant and I forgot to request a mayonnaise-free version (which often slipped my mind), I would just eat the…

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Easy Ways to Talk about the Future in Spanish

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It was almost lunch time, when Umir came to my desk and asked me this: “How do I say: “I am going to the bathroom?” “Why do you want to know that?” I asked. He replied: “Because I was on my way to the bathroom, I got curious and I started thinking:  “How would I…

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How to Make Learning Spanish Easy and Fun?

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  Some time ago I was having an interesting conversation with Umir, a friend of mine who I was helping learn Spanish a few years ago. He was just getting started but he had an inquisitive mind and was curious about finding ways to make things easier, and one of those things was learning Spanish.…

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