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How to Study Spanish When You Have No Time

You want to learn Spanish so badly, but you're struggling to organize your time or even to have enough free time to study? Have no fear! I'm here to help! So, you really have like no time? Yeah, I believe it because - guess what - me neither! I know how it is to be up and at 'em from the moment...

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Learn Spanish with Laughter

Laughter really is the best medicine isn't it? Or as they say in Spanish, la risa es la mejor medicina. Laughter can also help you to learn Spanish! One of the biggest obstacles for people learning another language is fear, lack of confidence, and a negative attitude. Laughter clears all of...

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El Internet en español

A fun way to practice Spanish is to change a website you're familiar with into the Spanish version. Here are some new vocab words to help you out: bold = en negrita italicized = en cursiva underlined = subrayado strikethrough = tachado heading = encabezado CAPITALIZED = en...

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How to Learn Spanish

How to learn Spanish Teach yourself! But how? Just read this and download our guide! There are hundreds if not thousands of different programs and techniques for language learning. So many people have problems with finding the one that “fits” with them. So why not just invent your...

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The Spanish Subjunctive

Why we use the subjunctive In general, the subjunctive is a verbal mood - not a verb tense. It's an alteration of a verb tense. The verb tenses are altered to the subjunctive when 1) the thing hasn't happened yet, 2) it's not going to happen, 3) someone wants it to happen, OR 4) someone isn't...

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Qué vs. Cuál

If you’ve taken any any basic Spanish course (including ours), you will have learned that aside from ¿Cómo te llamas? (how do you call yourself?) another way to ask for someone’s name is ¿Cuál es tu nombre? (Which is your name?) Hmm… “which” is your name. That’s a little weird. So when do we...

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How to Speak Spanish More Naturally

“Las muletas” are “crutches”. “Las muletillas” are verbal crutches. We use verbal crutches all. the. time. when we speak in English. (Record one of your casual conversations and count how many times you say words like, uh, well, I mean…, right when you hesitate, rephrase or begin or end a...

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Tú / Usted / Vos / Ustedes / Vosotros / Vosotras…

There are a bunch of ways to say “you” in Spanish. You’ve probably heard that tú is informal and usted is formal, but you still may be having trouble understanding WHEN and HOW to use them. Even if you ask a native speaker, what out for their answer! The use of all of...

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5 mistakes to avoid when speaking Spanish

Here is a list of 5 common mistakes that English speakers make when speaking Spanish. These are focused on the beginner level. 1. Overusing the personal pronouns Most of the time, native Spanish speakers don’t use personal pronouns “yo, tú, nosotros”, etc. So, instead of saying “Yo estudio...

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Oddball Spanish Study Techiniques

Here’s a few oddball ways to practice your Spanish! Games Digital Dialects has some really fun games for practicing Spanish grammar and vocabulary. I especially recommend their math games to practice numbers – speak each equation out loud to force yourself to practice those...

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