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Stop Studying Spanish Vocab Like A Beginner!

Do you feel like you're stuck on a learning plateau, unable to boost your vocab past the beginner level? One of the main culprits is probably your vocab study habits. This post will help you to change your study methods from the beginner's mentality to the advanced student's approach. How...

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The Spanish Fluency Formula

I can read your mind. You’re studying Spanish, or you’re planning to start soon. One of your goals is to speak fluently. That would be a fantastic goal, except it doesn’t mean much. What does “speaking fluently” even mean? The dictionary defines fluency as “the ability to speak or...

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The cheap way to study Spanish abroad that people don't think about

Many of my students say that they want to go study Spanish in a foreign country. ¡Excelente! They ask me if I have any tips. You can read all about how I got to live in Spain for 2 years here through student visas (and other ways you can do it through work visas). But in this email I wanted...

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Top 3 Ways to Practice Spanish Where You Live Right Now

Spanish is the second major language on our globe. No matter where you live, you most likely have even a small population of Spanish speakers in or near your community. Why does this matter to you? Because connecting with real people and speaking real Spanish with them is the most dynamic...

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How I lived, worked and studied in Spain (you can too!)

In 2009 at 18 years old, I made the momentous decision to step on a plane alone to go alone to the capital city of Spain to start my college career. Five years later, I was back in Spain to earn my Master’s degree and work as an English Assistant Teacher. This article is all about my...

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How to Use Grammar While Speaking Spanish

It's such a common problem. Spanish learners study, study, study grammar. They can do exercises, but when it comes time to speak... They make grammar mistakes! Or it takes them too long to think about the grammar rules when speaking, so they get tripped up. Does this sound like...

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El pretérito versus el imperfecto

The preterit and the imperfect are the 2 main Spanish past tenses. For many Spanish learners they are a nightmare - mostly because we don't have exact equivalents in English grammar. That always makes it harder to learn because there isn't anything you can go off of in your native language to...

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Learning Spanish: Less Pain, More Gain

So, you're learning Spanish. You feel like your head is full of gobbledygook. You try to understand and wrap your mind around this new communication system. When you try to use the language your brain freezes, goes blank. Or you just make mistake after mistake. This is stressful,...

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The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Spanish Speakers

Here’s one of the most embarrassing moments of my time learning Spanish… When I was 14 or 15 in high school I volunteered at this local community center to help Latino immigrant kids with their homework. I had started studying Spanish at age 13, so I didn't have a strong grasp of the language...

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Spanish Verb HAY

The verb 'hay' is a special form of the verb 'haber'. It means "there is/there are" in English. There is no difference between the singular and plural form. This means that for the two sentences: There is one cat. There are 2 cats. They are both translated like this: Hay un...

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