What is Voseo?

I was several years into my Spanish studies when I started hearing and seeing things like: Hola, ¿Cómo estás? Bien, ¿y vos? ¿De dónde sos? ¿Vos qué hacés? Vos?  Sos? Hacés?  Say what?  I couldn’t help but think, is that even Spanish?  How could I have gone all these years and never have heard these terms before? So what is …

A list of podcasts to help you learn Spanish

I’m constantly on the look out for new learning Spanish resources to help me improve, refresh my memory and sometimes just to entertain myself.  In fact, most Spanish learners are doing the same thing, so I thought why not share my collection of learning Spanish podcast links to help out my faithful readers. This list of learning Spanish podcasts is far …

22 Colombian Spanish Words You Should Know

A lot of people say Colombian Spanish is the “best Spanish in the world”. Well, I don’t know about all of that, but I will say based on my experiences in Colombia and talking to Colombianos in general, the people from Medellín and Bogotá speak pretty clearly and are relatively easy to understand. However, if you don’t understand the local …

4 Idiomatic Expressions With the Verb Tener

Today we’re going take a look the verb tener and some of it’s many uses.  As a beginner, this is a verb you need to get really familiar with, and some of it’s uses just might surprise you. While you’ll find these four idiomatic expressions with tener helpful, the verb tener has many more uses you need to know. I …

3 Uses of the Spanish verb faltar you need to know

The verb falter is one of the many verbs you’ll need to have in your Spanish toolbox,  so today we’ll take a look some examples to give you the basics of how to use the verb faltar. Faltar is a very useful, high frequency verb, meaning that you’ll hear it a lot, so it’s important to really understand this verb.  …

6 Uses of llevar

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 Ella decidió llevar la blusa …

¡Tardaste mucho!

The verb tardar is is really useful and will make a great addition to your Spanish tool box.   If you want to talk about how long it takes to do something, then this is the verb you need.  Let’s look at some examples. You can use it to talk about how long it will take you or someone else to …

How I learned to conjugate verbs

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 another article I give you some practical advice that will add some clarity and direction in your efforts to learn how to conjugate verbs in Spanish, making the process more efficient, focused …