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Practising Your Spanish ABCs

To learn a new language you need to develop a foundation of skills and then build upon that foundation. One of the first skills to master is learning the alphabet. Here is the Spanish alphabet, together [more…]

Seven Ways to Say 'How Are You' in Spanish

‘How are you?’ is one of the most common ways to start a conversation. Here are seven different ways in which you can say ‘How are you?’ in Spanish: [more…]

Useful Spanish Expressions

This list gives you 11 of the most commonly used Spanish phrases to master. Many of these can come up in the course of a conversation, so make a point of knowing them. [more…]

Useful Questions to Be Able to Ask in Spanish

Even if you may not want to become fully fluent in the language, certain questions are always worth memorising if you’re visiting Spain or in the company of Spanish speakers: [more…]

Very Formal Introductions in Spanish

Just as with English speakers, Spanish speakers introduce each other differently according to whether a formal or informal approach is needed. Use these phrases when being introduced to an important or [more…]

Spanish Words for When You Need Help

Everyone needs a bit of help at times, and sometimes you need it quite urgently. Knowing these few words enables you to get attention should something bad happen. [more…]

Conjugating Regular Verbs in Spanish

Regular verbs in Spanish end in -ar, -er or -ir. To conjugate them, in the present tense, you take off those endings (-ar, -er or -ir) from the infinitive form and add any of the following endings to the [more…]

Spanish For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Learning a foreign language is an exciting and challenging experience. Here you will find words of wisdom on everything from learning the Spanish alphabet to conjugating regular verbs… and much else in [more…]

How to Form Participles of Regular Spanish Verbs

Verbs are what breathe life and action into Spanish and every other language. Forming present and past participles in Spanish lets you talk in active present tense to say, “I’m dancing,” and about what [more…]

How to Conjugate Regular Spanish Verbs

As in almost every language, in Spanish you have to conjugate verbs because you use a different form of the verb depending upon who you’re talking to, who you’re talking about, and when the action took [more…]

How to Ask Questions in Spanish

When you’re trying to master a new language such as Spanish, you have a lot of questions. Plus, you need question words if you just want to ask for general information. The following table lists the questions [more…]

Spanish Alphabet

The alphabet is the building block of any language, Spanish included. The following table goes through the pronunciation of each of the 27 letters of the Spanish alphabet, which is the same as the English [more…]

Spanish Subject Pronouns

When speaking Spanish, the pronoun you use depends upon the person you’re speaking to and the person you’re speaking about. And, just as in English, you change pronouns according to person — I, you, he [more…]

Spanish All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Spanish is a language that requires verb conjugation according to the person you’re speaking to and speaking about, so starting with present and past participles and the range of subject pronouns, you [more…]

How to Ask Questions in Hebrew

To master Hebrew — or any language — you need to be able to ask questions. The following table lists the common question words and a few common questions that can come in useful if you’re in a Hebrew-speaking [more…]

Common Greetings and Phrases in Hebrew

Being able to greet people in Hebrew and say simple phrases helps you feel comfortable in the language and leads to conversations through which you can further expand your Hebrew proficiency. The following [more…]

The Hebrew Alphabet

The Hebrew alphabet is comprised of 24 letters and a point system that denotes vowel sounds because the alphabet itself has no vowels. The following table lists the letters and their sounds followed by [more…]

A Basic Blessing in Hebrew

You can use this great all-purpose Jewish blessing in Hebrew any time you experience something new (such as eating the first fruit of the season), or experience something wonderful — a wedding, a new job [more…]

Hebrew For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The ancient language of Hebrew is still spoken today and if you want to speak it, you need to know common greetings, basic questions, and the Hebrew alphabet. A Jewish blessing in Hebrew shows the language [more…]

How to Pronounce the Dutch Alphabet

It’s best to begin with the basics, so here’s the Dutch alphabet which shares the same format as English, but pronounces the letters slightly differently. Take a look at the phonetic tips next to each [more…]

Useful Dutch Expressions

Here are some useful everyday Dutch phrases you’ll find yourself using all the time. Take a look at the following expressions and how to pronounce them. [more…]

Useful Questions in Dutch

Here are some useful Dutch questions to ask when out and about day to day, complete with their pronunciations. However, make sure that you don’t get too comfortable with the first one though! [more…]

Dutch Phrases for Emergencies

If an emergency ever arises you’ll want to be able to express yourself. Therefore it’s important to learn these Dutch phrases as you’ll never know when you might need them. [more…]

The Dutch Calendar

Knowing months and days is a major point on your Dutch list to learn. Here’s every day of the week and every month of the year listed with pronunciation. [more…]

How to Count in Dutch

Learning to count in Dutch is just as important as learning the alphabet. Here are some vital numbers from 0 to 1000. You’ll soon be counting from één to tien in no time. [more…]

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