The right way to say I had a good time in Spanish

I love to help people with their Spanish.  Every week I’m exposed to many beginners and people just starting their journey down the road to Spanish fluency.  With that said, I hear a lot of the same errors over and over again.  So this is the first of a new series of posts called Spanish Blunders to help you identify …

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 to think of translating “I …

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 …

I want to learn Spanish. Now what?

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 the answer quite surprising. Soy …

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 that question with the verb …

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 WOULD HAVE IN SPANISH   …

How to say should have in Spanish

Today we’re going to talk about how to say should have in Spanish. There are two ways to say should have in Spanish, but you’ve probably only been taught one, and both ways use the verb deber. The first way to say “should have” in Spanish is by using deber in the conditional tense: deber (conditional) + haber + past …

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. HOW TO SAY COULD HAVE …

Learning Spanish Reflexive Verbs for Beginners

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 to try and put on …

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 …