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)

Expressing accidental actions in Spanish
While I don’t consider myself a teacher by any stretch of the imagination, today I’m going to try and simplify a concept that can be a sticking point for many learners of Spanish, expressing accidental actions. Let’s pretend you accidentally broke a glass and need to fess up to it in Spanish.  You may be tempted… (0 comment)

Improving your conversational Spanish
In my last post, I want to learn Spanish, now what?, I explained what autodidacta is, as well as my idea of a foundation course and how I used them as a part of my learning process to teach myself Spanish.  If you haven’t read that post or don’t know what autodidacta is, click here. At about the… (1 comment)

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and learn Spanish.   That’s fantastic, but you may find yourself asking the question many people ask.  Where do I start?  What’s a wanna-be Spanish speaker supposed to do? Every week I meet Spanish students and speakers that ask me “How did you learn Spanish?”.  Nearly everyone finds… (0 comment)

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)

How to say would have in Spanish
My previous two post covered how to say could have and should have in Spanish.  Here are the links for those posts: How to say Should Have in Spanish How to say Could Have in Spanish Today we’ll finish off this series by looking at how to say Would Have in Spanish. HOW TO SAY… (4 comments)

How to say should have in Spanish
In my last post I talked about how to say could have in Spanish.  Today we’re going to talk about how to say should have in Spanish.  Let’s get to the task at hand. HOW TO SAY SHOULD HAVE IN SPANISH To say should have in Spanish, you need the verb deber.  Deber means should… (1 comment)

How to say could have in Spanish
There are tons of articles about many aspects of the Spanish language, but I rarely see anything written about how to say would have, could have and should have, so over the next couple of posts we’re going to take a look at this.  We’ll start with learning how to say could have in Spanish.… (1 comment)

In my last post I wrote about Tips for learning the Spanish Subjunctive Tense.  Today we’re going to take a look at reflexive verbs. I remember having boatloads of problems with reflexive verbs in the beginning of my Spanish studies. I can’t say I’ve mastered the subject, but I’ve certainly learned a lot. Today I’m going… (0 comment)