How to tell someone you forgot what you were going to say

It never fails. You’re in middle of  a conversation and you lose your train of thought.  Maybe you got distracted, or maybe you’re like me and the mind just isn’t as sharp as it used to be. Regardless of the reason, you’re going to have to explain why you have you that confused look on your face. Let’s get to …

13 Subjunctive expressions for everyday use

The subjunctive mood in Spanish is going to be a major thorn in your side when it’s time to buckle down and learn it.  And if your goal is to be conversational or fluent one day, you’re going to have to learn it. But guess what?  Even if you don’t know anything about the subjunctive you can still use it …

Beyond Cómo te llamas

Your Spanish teacher taught you how to tell someone your name and ask for theirs.   The problem is when it comes to real world conversations, that’s hardly enough.   In today’s podcast I’m going to take your Spanish beyond “¿Cómo te llamas?” and teach you what everyone else left out. Here are a few more episodes of the Real Life Spanish …

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How to order chips and salsa like a true Mexican

We all love getting those free chips they give us in Mexican restaurants, and today we’re going to learn what they’re actually called in Spanish, or at least in Mexican Spanish.   I’m also going to share something with you that you might find disappointing. How to order nachos/chips Let’s start with what these tasty things are actually called. The terms …

El Sofá más grande del mundo

I took a short vacation to Cuba not too long ago, and I have to say it was an awesome experience.   The classic cars, the famous boardwalk, Habana Vieja,  lots of rum and Cuban cigars. It was a great cultural and linguistic experience.   Being able to speak Spanish with the locals is always something I enjoy immensely, it really motivates …

3 Ways to say you’re going grocery shopping in Spanish

When it comes to shopping in Spanish, “ir de compras” is about as far as your Spanish book is going to take you.  Ir de compras means to go shopping, but not for groceries.    It’s used to refer to going shopping for clothes, shoes, etc. When it comes to going grocery shopping, you need a different way to say …

Aseré qué bola and other Cuban Spanish terms

Cuba is a beautiful island with a lot of unique cultural aspects, and it’s Spanish is no different.  I took a short vacation to La Habana, and today I’m going to share some of the Cuban Spanish I learned while I was there. I doubt you’ll find many expressions more Cuban than this one: ¿Aseré qué bolá? So what exactly …

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 …