How do I start learning Spanish?
I talk to a lot of people who’ve made the decision to learn Spanish and the question they always ask is “How do I get started?”. Some people immediately gravitate towards grammar books and start doing all sorts of written exercises.  Well, that approach has its place, but in my opinion it’s best to jump… (0 comment)

9 Uses of the word cuenta
Recently a friend of mine asked me to write something about the word cuenta and being the blogger that I am agreed to it without hesitation.  And for a brief moment I thought “the word cuenta is pretty straight-forward, what is there to write about?” A few days later when I really sat down and… (0 comment)

Your Spanish book will most likely tell you the verb Llevar means to take, and it does.  But the verb Llevar has several uses that your Spanish book might have left out.  Let’s take a look at a few of them. 1.  To talk about what you’re wearing No llevo gorras I don’t wear ballcaps… (2 comments)

15 Spanish phrases every beginner should know
Here is a short list of phrases that every beginning Spanish learner should know.  Let’s get to it. One of the biggest challenges you’ll face as a beginner is understanding what’s being said to you, because everything sounds like one huge run-on sentence.  You might actually understand what’s being said to you if they just… (0 comment)

Informal Spanish Greetings
If you’re completely new to Spanish, then you should learn the basic greetings, and here’s a great lesson to help you with that:  Basic Spanish Greetings While knowing the basic greetings is really important, they aren’t very exciting.  In this post I’m going to talk about some very colloquial greetings that your Spanish book or… (1 comment)

Welcome to the first in a series of posts I’m going to call All About Verbs.  I’ll be discussing the real life use of a montón (a ton) of Spanish verbs.  We’ll get things started with hacer, so let’s get to it. Your Spanish book will tell you the verb hacer means to make or… (1 comment)

Tengo que lavar los trastes
Sometimes there are things that we just have to do.  Well, if you ever need to tell someone what that something you have to do is in Spanish, then you’ll need the expression tener que. Tener by itself means “to have”. Tengo 21 años I’m 21 Tengo dos coches I have two cars Add the… (2 comments)

Using Hacer to talk about the past in Spanish
I run a Spanish Meet Up group and every week the same question comes up, “How long have you been studying Spanish?”  And my answer is always the same: Llevo casi 10 años aprendiendo español I’ve been learning Spanish for almost 10 years Some of you may be surprised to see that you can answer… (2 comments)