3 Ways to say you’re going grocery shopping in Spanish

When it comes to shopping in Spanish, “ir de compras” is about as far as your Spanish book is going to take you.  Ir de compras means to go shopping, but not for groceries.    It’s used to refer to going shopping for clothes, shoes, etc. When it comes to going grocery shopping, you need a different way to say …

Saber vs Saberse: To know and To know something by heart


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When you start learning Spanish, it doesn’t take long before you’re taught the verb saber.   The problem is you aren’t fully taught all of it’s uses, so you only develop what I describe as a passing acquaintance with the verb.   It has a lot more meanings and uses than you think, and today we’re going to get into some of …

Orar and Rezar: Two ways to pray in Spanish

If you’ve been learning Spanish long enough (and it doesn’t take long), you’ve already discovered there are often multiple verbs that have the same meaning.  Or appear to on the surface.  Orar and Rezar are two of those verbs. They both mean to pray, and although many Spanish  speakers use them as synonyms, there is a difference between the two.  …

What’s the difference between vegetales and veduras?

If you don’t know, there are two words for the English word vegetables in Spanish, vegetales and verduras. As you might imagine, I get the question “what’s the difference?” a lot.   In fact, if you’re reading this, you probably have the same question.   I certainly did, so I started asking my Spanish speaking friends. How my friends explained it When …

Understanding the difference between Ven aquí and Ven acá


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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 …