4 Things beginners should do to build their conversational Spanish skills

As a beginning Spanish student the first challenge you’re going to face is figuring out where to start, especially if you’ve decided to learn Spanish on your own.  This article is going to give you some initial direction to help you get started down the right track to achieving your goal of becoming a Spanish speaker. Let’s get started. In …

6 Spanish Phrases for checking into your hotel

If you’re going to be traveling to Spanish speaking countries and staying in hotels or hostels, these six Spanish phrases will make checking in a little easier. Here are two phrases you can use for checking into a hotel.   There are other variations, but these are the most common, in my experience. Hacer el check-in Registrarse en el hotel Let’s …

3 Awesome books to improve your conversational Spanish

As a self-taught Spanish speaker, organizer of a Spanish conversation group and a conversational Spanish language coach, I get a lot questions from people asking  for my advice on how to improve their conversational Spanish. Part of that answer is simply having conversations with as many Spanish speakers as possible, discussing a variety of topics and asking a lot questions.  …

How to say I’ll be right back in Spanish

Like many things in Spanish, I didn’t know I needed this until I was in the moment and it was too late. Once again I was caught speechless.   I know that eventually something is going to stump me, but I hate it when it’s something this simple. I don’t want to this to happen to you, so today I’m going …

How to ask for a ride in Spanish

Asking someone for a ride is one of those common everyday things that everyone does, and sooner or later you’re going to need to know how to ask for a ride in Spanish. Whether you’re asking a friend for a ride or asking a taxi or Uber driver, this bit of Spanish is going to be a lifesaver. To ask …

10 Ways to use dar like a native speaker

The verb dar means a lot more than to give.   Learn ten of the of most common ways to use dar like a native speaker and improve your conversational Spanish. You can sign up to be notified when a new podcast is released below or subscribe to it on iTunes or Google Play Music. Be sure to click here to …

Understanding the difference between Ven aquí and Ven acá

It’s not uncommon for my Spanish students or Spanish conversation group members to ask me what’s the difference between ven aquí and ven acá, so that’s exactly what I’m going to address today. But before we try to figure out what the differences are between them, we should probably talk about what they mean first. What does ven aquí and ven …

50+ Spanish Hotel phrases

I remember when I first started traveling to Spanish speaking countries I was foolish enough to believe that all the Spanish I needed to know for staying in a hotel was how to check in and check out.   Silly me. Several years and a few hotels later, I’ve built up a collection of phrases based on my hotel stays that …

Tener, The meanings beyond the classroom

You’ve been taught that the verb tener means to have, but there’s so much more your Spanish teacher left out.   If you really want to know how to use it like a native speaker, listen to this podcast and learn 10 of the most common uses of the verb tener. Subscribe to the podcast below or on SoundCloud, iTunes , …