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 right in and start learning …

How I learned to conjugate verbs

I run a Spanish conversation group and one of the questions I routinely get from beginners is “What’s the best way to learn to conjugate verbs?”.  Good question right? Verb conjugation is one of the most brutal parts of learning Spanish because there are no shortcuts, you have to put in a lot of hard work.   In this post I’m …

Improving your listening skills

A critical part of being able to speak Spanish is being able to understand it when you hear it.  Easier said then done right?  Sure it’s hard, but there are things you can do to improve those wanna-be Spanish ears of yours. Let’s look at some of the ways you can improve your listening skills. Movies, Television and video Turn …

6 Places to find someone to practice your Spanish with

At about the 2 year point in my learning Spanish journey, I had two short trips to Mexico under my belt.   The first trip served to rekindle the desire I had to learn Spanish and the second trip taught me that the I was learning a lot, but what I was learning wasn’t nearly enough. I was building a really …

4 Tips to make learning the Spanish subjunctive mood easy

Learning the subjunctive can be hard. There are so many rules, a whole new set of verb conjugations and tons of subjunctive triggers. It’s a lot to deal with and I still have occasional night terrors from my experiences working towards getting a firm grasp on the subjunctive. In this article I’m not going to teach you the subjunctive, but …