10 Ways to use dar like a native speaker

The verb dar means a lot more than to give.   Learn ten of the of most common ways to use dar like a native speaker and improve your conversational Spanish. You can listen to the All About Spanish Verbs Season 1 podcasts for free. Season 1 includes the verbs dar, tener, hacer, ver, faltar, poner, pasar, conocer, bajar, llevar, saber, …

Understanding the difference between Ven aquí and Ven acá

It’s not uncommon for my Spanish students or Spanish conversation group members to ask me what’s the difference between ven aquí and ven acá, so that’s exactly what I’m going to address today. But before we try to figure out what the differences are between them, we should probably talk about what they mean first. What does ven aquí and ven …

50+ Spanish Hotel phrases

I remember when I first started traveling to Spanish speaking countries I was foolish enough to believe that all the Spanish I needed to know for staying in a hotel was how to check in and check out.   Silly me. Several years and a few hotels later, I’ve built up a collection of phrases based on my hotel stays that …

Tener, The meanings beyond the classroom

You’ve been taught that the verb tener means to have, but there’s so much more your Spanish teacher left out.   If you really want to know how to use it like a native speaker, listen to this podcast and learn 10 of the most common uses of the verb tener. You can listen to the All About Spanish Verbs Season …

29 Spanish Movie Recommendations

If you’re wondering why I created a list of Spanish movies, it’s because I get asked for recommendations about movies in Spanish all the time and nothing ever comes to mind when the question comes up.   So I figured why not make a list I can point people to and not have to reveal that my memory is awful. The …

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. You can listen to the All About Spanish Verbs Season 1 podcasts for free. Season 1 includes the …

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. You can listen to the All About Spanish Verbs Season 1 podcasts for free. Season 1 includes the verbs dar, tener, hacer, ver, faltar, poner, pasar, …

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 …