There are so many words in the Spanish language, that learning vocabulary often feels like an overwhelming task. It’s confusing. It feels like trying to find the right book at a library that is completely dark.
Wouldn’t it be easier if you had a clear path you could follow? If you could just have a list of words used in everyday conversations?
That’s the purpose of this post where you’ll find the 100 words used most often in spoken Spanish. Continue reading The 100 Most Common Words in Spoken Spanish
Reading words in Spanish is one thing, but learning how to pronounce them so that others can understand what you are saying, is an entirely different game.
In this Guide, we will go over the fundamentals to get you started on the right path with Spanish pronunciation, so you can hit the ground running and continue to improve as you practice. Before each section, you will find a link to a video where you will be able to listen to the pronunciation of words so you can play, pause, rewind and practice on your own as much as needed.
In fact, many of the most common questions I get from my students are related to the pronunciation of Spanish words, and that is why decided to create this resource; The Ultimate Guide to Spanish Pronunciation.. Continue reading The Ultimate Guide to Spanish Pronunciation (with Audio and Video!)
This section is divided in two parts. First, we will look at a few guideline related to the gender of nouns in Spanish. After that, we will review the use of the singular and plural forms of masculine and feminine nouns in Spanish. Let´s get started.
What is a “noun”?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a noun is defined as “a word that is the name of something (such as a person, animal, place, thing, quality, idea, or action)”. In Spanish, nouns are either masculine or feminine, and this mental shift is one of the most challenging aspects for English Speakers who are learning “Español”.
Masculine or feminine?
Although in English there is no need to think about whether a pencil is masculine or feminine noun, it is important in Spanish because the adjectives (i. e. pretty, ugly, small, big) and articles (the equivalents of “the” in Spanish, such as: el, la, los and las) of a sentence must match the gender and number of nouns. Continue reading How to know if a word is Masculine or Feminine in Spanish? (Differentiate the Gender of Singular and Plural Nouns)
The use of articles in Spanish is a topic that often troubles beginners who instinctively add or remove neutral articles in places where specific ones are required in terms of gender and number. Although this is one of those topics that is mastered with practice, knowing the overall structure of definite and indefinite articles will make things easier for you. Continue reading How to Use Definite and Indefinite Articles in Spanish
Walking around in a new city is one of the best ways to know more about the local culture and find interesting places to visit. But, what if you are in a Spanish speaking city? “No hay problema”, in this article we will learn words and phrases that will make the process of asking and giving directions in Spanish much easier and enjoyable.
Continue reading How to Pronounce Useful Phrases when Asking for Directions in Spanish (and giving directions in Spanish)
Visiting a foreign country is an eye opening experience that invites us to learn about ourselves as we open our minds to a different world. However, there are times where having a little extra preparation can be very useful. For example, when you visit Customs and Immigrations in a Spanish speaking country.
Continue reading Spanish phrases you can use at Customs and Immigration in a Spanish speaking Country
Some time ago I was having an interesting conversation with Umir, a friend of mine who I was helping learn Spanish. 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.
He asked me this question:
Continue reading How to Make Learning Spanish Easy and Fun?
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. Continue reading Why is learning a new language often seen as boring and difficult?
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 French fries even if I was still hungry after finishing them.
Although it was not a huge problem, this is something that troubled me for years because I couldn’t understand what was the cause of it.
. Continue reading Can Negative Mental Associations Affect you when Learning Spanish?
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 say this in Spanish?”
He continued by saying: “I already know a little about the present tense. But, how do I talk about the future in Spanish?”
I explained that an easy way to say “I am going to the bathroom” in Spanish is: “Voy a ir al baño”, and then continued to share a few basic tools to talk about the future in Spanish during lunch.
Today, we will review a few of the tools I shared with him that day, as well as additional ones that have been very useful for my students over the years.
In this article, we will review a few conversational shortcuts that will be useful for beginners who want to talk about the future in Spanish without having to memorize lots of conjugations.
Continue reading Easy Ways to Talk about the Future in Spanish