The passive voice in Spanish

Studied any grammar recently? Chances are you haven’t unless you’ve been getting your Spanish together because you’re planning on going abroad soon. What about your English grammar? Does the term passive voice sound familiar? Perhaps not, but you definitely use  passive structures on a daily basis when you speak and write. As you can imagine, the passive voice also exists in the Spanish language. Today we’re going to take a look at it.  ...

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Regular Verbs in Spanish: the Conditional

As we’ve mentioned on numerous occasions, what makes Spanish such a difficult language to learn for English speakers is not the vocabulary or pronunciation, but rather the grammar, and in particular, the verbs. Conjugating verbs in Spanish can be an absolute nightmare for Americans, as the English language typically has only one or two conjugations for any verb in any tense. As seen in a previous post, the future tense in Spanish in perhaps the...

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Professions in Spanish

As we’ve discussed before, one of the most complicated aspects of the Spanish language is learning the verbs and their seemingly endless conjugations. We shan’t forget, however, that possessing a wide vocabulary is just as necessary when communicating with others in said language. In our previous post, we gave a brief overview of the terms needed for a ski trip; today, however, we would like to focus on vocabulary which is applicable in more...

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Skiing Vocabulary in Spanish

When you think of skiing, what are the first places that come to mind? Aspen? Jackson Hole? The Alps? But what about Spain? Most people are unaware of the fact that Spain is one of the most mountainous countries in Europe and as a result has excellent skiing. Of course, everyone is familiar with the country’s mild climate on the coast and sandy beaches, but few know about the possibility of skiing in the Pyrenees or Sierra Nevada during the...

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Verbs in Spanish: the Future Simple

As you’re well aware of, one of the most difficult aspects of mastering the Spanish language is learning the verbs. In previous posts, we’ve discussed regular present simple verbs, as well as regular past simple verbs, both of which are quite challenging tenses. Today, however, we’d like to take a look at a tense which, in fact, is rather easy — the future simple. After having memorized verb conjugation after verb conjugation, it will come as a...

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Ordinal Numbers in Spanish

As we’ve discussed on several previous occasions, being able to use numbers properly in a foreign language is an integral part of gaining fluency. Whether it is merely a phone number, an address, a price, telling time, saying the date, or what have you, it is impossible to function is society without being able to express these concepts linguistically. For those that find numbers to be difficult in any language (the case of the author), this...

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Christmas vocabulary

Even though in America ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ has long since passed, Spaniards are surely lamenting the end of their holiday season. Just like the song, in Spain there really are twelve days of Christmas (or thereabouts) with the festivities culminating on the 6th of January; as the holiday season stretches from Black Friday until Christmas Day — New Year’s not having a true ‘Christmas vibe’ — the Christmas season in Spain lasts...

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Telling Time in Spanish

Ever have any trouble telling time when you were a child? For those of you belong to the digital clock generation, it may have been a bit difficult to learn to use a traditional analog timepiece. Due to the proliferation of digital technology, many Americans had the experience of already having understood time perfectly in the digital format, only to be taught in school how to do things the analog way. For those math geniuses out there this may...

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12 common errors americans make in Spanish

Spanish is an easy language, right? Just ask your classmates from your high school Spanish 1 class — or ask an English-speaking tourist who has been on several package holidays to the Costa del Sol. They will tell you, “¡Sí!” Although it is true that gaining basic knowledge of the language is not as difficult as say, learning Russian, but to get beyond a basic ‘survival’ level takes more than just a few secondary school classes and vacation...

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Saying the Date in Spanish

As we mentioned in a previous post, dealing with numbers in a foreign language is not as easy as one, two, three. Of course, the tendency when studying Spanish is to focus on the seemingly infinite amount of verb conjugations, thus leaving the numbers for ‘another day’, so to speak. When living abroad, however, knowing how to express basic numerical expressions changes from simply being a page in a language textbook to an everyday necessity;...

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