3 mistakes made in Spanish by Spaniards

As you’re well aware of, mastering a foreign language is a difficult task. Have you ever thought, though, about the extent to which you have mastered your own? Of course, being a native speaker of any language essentially gives one the right to butcher it. Also, the errors made are usually not individual ones, but rather, mistakes made by the general populace, and therefore are validated. Although ‘Spain is Different’, in this case it isn’t, as...

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Numbers in Spanish

As we’ve discussed on many occasions, learning a language — any language — to fluency is a long, arduous process. Learning how to express everything you want to say with other words, and/or in a different order is not an easy task. What is even more difficult, however, is having to ‘relearn’ what you already know. This is certainly the case with numbers in Spanish: learning how to say the date, tell time, give your phone number to someone, and...

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4 Spanish sayings with a double meaning

As we’ve talked about on previous occasions, learning sayings and expressions is an important part of mastering the Spanish language. Thus far we’ve discussed several different types of Spanish expressions in prior posts; we’ve mentioned common sayings, funny expressions, and must-know phrases, as well. One aspect of such sayings that we haven’t addressed, however, is those that have a double meaning. Often times, it’s this type of phrases that...

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Regular Past Simple Verbs in Spanish

As mentioned in our previous post about regular verbs, learning Spanish is a difficult task; without memorizing conjugations and mastering usage, speaking the language is impossible. Due to the extensive use of the present simple, as well as the complications in the forming it, a great deal of study and practice is necessary just to maintain a basic, grammatically-correct conversation. For better or worse, the past simple in Spanish is no...

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Regular Present Simple Verbs in Spanish

By far the most difficult aspect of the Spanish language is learning the verbs. As an English speaker, one is accustomed to a language which is very noun-specific; every object and concept has a name. Spanish on the other hand, is verb-specific, placing emphasis instead on this part of speech. In addition to the verbs in Spanish being so specific, and therefore, numerous, there is often a separate conjugation for each person, often resulting in...

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The Verbs Ser and Estar

To be, or not to be… that is the question which we will be contemplating today in this post. We won’t be discussing Shakespeare, though, but rather, the way the verb ‘to be’ is expressed in Spanish. Of all the concepts to be learned in the language, perhaps this is one of the least familiar and most challenging. As opposed to many Western European languages, Spanish has two verbs that translate to the verb ‘to be’ in English: the verbs ser and...

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The Verbs hacer and echar

As we all well know, mastering a language is a very difficult task — and Spanish is no different. Despite most Americans believing the language to be easy, reaching fluency requires a great deal of time and effort. Fortunately, though, there are aspects of the language that are very manageable, such as vocabulary. Due to the heavy influence of Latin-based words in both English and Spanish, there many words that English speakers will...

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5 Must-Know Spanish Phrases

Recently we’ve been focusing quite a bit on Spanish sayings and expressions. Thus far, we’ve talked about the humorous side of them, as well as discussed others which are used frequently (take a look at our posts ‘5 Funny Spanish Expressions’ and ‘4 Common Spanish Sayings’ for the details). Today we would like to take a slightly different approach on this aspect of language learning, highlighting rather those phrases which are necessary for...

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4 common Spanish sayings

As we mentioned in our previous post, learning expressions is an integral part of mastering the Spanish language. In many cases, such sayings may seem strange — or even humorous, as we discussed in our most recent entry. Funny or not though, expressions are often used to express concepts that are familiar and common knowledge, or conversely to say something in a more delicate manner. In this post we are going to talk about four common sayings...

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5 Funny Spanish Expressions

For certain, one of the most entertaining parts of learning Spanish is mastering all the expressions that come along with the language. Not only is this fun, but Spaniards are especially fond of teaching foreigners all the colloquialisms because for some reason it’s more comical when someone from another country utters a phrase that supposedly only a local would say. In many cases, Spanish expressions have a literal English equivalent, but this...

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