Giving your condolences in Spanish

Tarde o temprano (sooner or later) the time will come when you need to give someone your condolences in Spanish.   Thankfully it hasn’t been something that I’ve needed to do often, but not having the words to do it makes that situation even more uncomfortable, so today I’m going to share with you some of the basic vocabulary and phrases …

8 Uses of Hacer to improve your conversational Spanish

If you want to achieve conversational fluency in Spanish, knowing how Spanish speakers use the verb hacer in everyday situations is a must. Listen to this podcast to learn 8 uses of the Spanish verb Hacer that go beyond your Spanish textbook. Subscribe to the podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes , Google Play Music or Stitcher You can also listen to …

30+ Spanish Travel Phrases for catching the bus

Whether you’re an expat catching the local bus across town, a tourist traveling across the country on luxury bus or a back packer riding on one of the famous chicken buses, this collection of phrase for catching the bus in Spanish will make your journey much easier. If you’d prefer to skip the fluff and just download the phrases, here’s …

6 Uses of the Spanish verb Ver you need to know

You’ve probably only been taught that Ver means to see, but it has 6 other uses  you need to know.    Listen to this podcast to learn the most common uses of the verb ver. Subscribe to the podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes , Google Play Music or Stitcher Subscribe to the newsletter to get the transcripts and download links for this …

3 Spanish grammar books that don’t suck

You can find a dozen Spanish grammar books on the shelves of your local bookstores and probably hundreds on Amazon.  How is a budding Spanish speaker to know which one to choose? I’ve certainly bought my share of grammar books on my journey to becoming  fluent in Spanish.   But to be honest, most of those sat on my bookshelf collecting …

Translating If I were you to Spanish

How to say If I were You in Spanish

This is a handy expression that’s good to know if you ever find yourself giving advice to someone in Spanish.   And it’s probably a good idea to recognize this phrase so you know when someone is giving you advice. Let’s take a look at the ways to say “If I were you” in Spanish. Using the verb ser, you can …

Learn the 10 most common meanings of the verb poner

You learned that poner means to put, but what about all the other meanings? In this podcast you’ll learn nine additional meanings of the verb poner that will make you sound like a native speaker. Subscribe to the podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes , Google Play Music or Stitcher

How to say I can’t wait in Spanish

Sooner or later you’re going to be really anxious about something you really want to do or someone you really want to see and you’re going to want to express that excitement to your Spanish friends.   In this post you’re going to learn how to do just that. There a number of ways we can skin this cat, so let’s …

How to say I’m excited to see you

Sooner or later you’ll need this one.    Maybe you’re catching up with an old friend you haven’t seen in a long time or maybe you’re going on a date.    It doesn’t matter what your reason is, this phrase is something you’ll want to have in your Spanish toolbox. The first thing you need to know is the verb excitar …

7 Ways to say traffic in Spanish

For many years I thought I knew the only word there was for traffic in Spanish.  Well, turns out I was wrong.  Spanish has a funny way of surprising you with these things. Here are 7 ways to say traffic in Spanish that will have you sounding like a native speaker. 1. Tráfico This is the literal translation for the …