8 Cuban Spanish words to talk about money in Cuba

I took a short vacation in La Habana, Cuba, and I’m going to share the Cuban Spanish words I learned about the currency (moneda) used in Cuba. In most other Spanish speaking countries the only term you really need to know is pesos, but money in Cuba is somewhat of a different animal. Let’s get started. When you get to …

A more effective approach to learning Spanish verb conjugations

Conjugating verbs in Spanish involves learning hundreds of verbs and over a dozen conjugations for each one. Needless to say, the process can sometimes feel overwhelming. Once you’ve learned the mechanics of verb conjugation, you’re left with the tremendous task of learning hundreds of verb conjugations, and many beginners start down a random path of trying to learn how to …

9 Ways to use the word YA in conversational Spanish

The Spanish word YA is widely used.   Learn when and how Spanish speakers use it in daily conversation.   It isn’t hard to understand, but it can be confusing because it’s used in a variety of situations. Here are a few more episodes of the Real Life Spanish podcast series to help you improve your conversational Spanish and understanding of the language. Qué …

Saber vs Saberse: To know and To know something by heart

When you start learning Spanish, it doesn’t take long before you’re taught the verb saber.   The problem is you aren’t fully taught all of it’s uses, so you only develop what I describe as a passing acquaintance with the verb.   It has a lot more meanings and uses than you think, and today we’re going to get into some of …

Orar and Rezar: Two ways to pray in Spanish

If you’ve been learning Spanish long enough (and it doesn’t take long), you’ve already discovered there are often multiple verbs that have the same meaning.  Or appear to on the surface.  Orar and Rezar are two of those verbs. They both mean to pray, and although many Spanish  speakers use them as synonyms, there is a difference between the two.  …

What’s the difference between vegetales and veduras?

If you don’t know, there are two words for the English word vegetables in Spanish, vegetales and verduras. As you might imagine, I get the question “what’s the difference?” a lot.   In fact, if you’re reading this, you probably have the same question.   I certainly did, so I started asking my Spanish speaking friends. How my friends explained it When …

11 Responses to “Cómo estás” that will make you sound like a native speaker

When it comes to answering the question “¿Cómo estás?”, your Spanish book typically only offers you a limited number of responses: Estoy bien I’m fine Estoy mal I’m not well Those responses are pretty boring, right?   I’m going to share some simple but very common ways to respond to “cómo estás” with you. Enough chit-chat, let’s get to it. Use …