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Boning Up on Irregular Past Participles in Spanish

The Spanish language has a hefty collection of verbs that have irregular past participles. Not all verbs can be as structured and disciplined as the regular [more…]

Conjugating the Spanish Verb Caminar (to Walk)

Spanish verbs fall into different groups, and each group is conjugated a little differently. If you’re going to master Spanish verbs like caminar, you need to be able to identify which group a verb belongs [more…]

Knowing Your Rights and Lefts: Describing Relative Positions in Spanish

If you know the right words, you can use Spanish to describe something or someone’s position in relation to your body. Follow these guidelines to correctly use Spanish to identify the space around your [more…]

Reflecting on Two Past Perfect Tenses in Spanish

Spanish has two past perfect verb tenses: the pluperfectand the preterit perfect. These verb tenses use the imperfect and preterit conjugations of haber [more…]

Knowing Where to Put Adjectives in Spanish Sentences

Placing adjectives in the right spot can be tricky in Spanish because different types of adjectives are positioned differently in a sentence. To help solve the mystery of Spanish adjectives, follow these [more…]

Forming Spanish Questions with “¿Qué?” and “¿Cuánto?”

Spanish question words like ¿cuánto? and ¿qué? help you ask questions when you need to know how many or which of something to use. The following sections give you a crash course in using these helpful [more…]

Conjugating the Irregular Spanish Verb Entender (to Understand/Know About)

Spanish verbs fall into different groups, and each group is conjugated a little differently. If you’re going to master Spanish verbs like entender, you need to be able to identify which group a verb belongs [more…]

Conjugating the Spanish Verb Vender (to Sell)

Spanish verbs fall into different groups, and each group is conjugated a little differently. If you’re going to master Spanish verbs like vender, you need to be able to identify which group a verb belongs [more…]

Taking Command in Spanish with the Imperative Mood

Sometimes you just can’t help but order people around by giving a command. You use the imperativemood when you tell a Spanish waiter to bring you water, ask a dinner guest to please pass the salt, or order [more…]

Ordering Up Ordinal Numbers in Spanish

Spanish speakers use ordinal numbers — those used to express numbers in a series — far less frequently than cardinal numbers, but ordinals still have some very important applications in everyday life. [more…]

Understanding French Articles and How They Indicate Gender and Number

Articles are small words that you use only with nouns. They both present a noun and indicate the gender and number of a noun. French has definite, indefinite, [more…]

Conjugating the Spanish Verb Escuchar (to Listen)

Spanish verbs fall into different groups, and each group is conjugated a little differently. If you’re going to master Spanish verbs like escuchar, you need to be able to identify which group a verb belongs [more…]

Making Past Participles Out of Regular -ar, -er, and -ir Verbs in Spanish

Every Spanish verb has a past participle that expresses a completed action, such as taken, spoken, and danced.Forming the past participle in English has probably become second nature to you. In Spanish [more…]

What Is the Subjunctive Mood?

In any language (Spanish or otherwise), the subjunctive isn’t a tense, which tells when an action took place: present, past, or future. Rather, the subjunctive is a [more…]

Pronouncing the Spanish Letter ñ

The consonant ñ gives the Spanish alphabet one more letter than the English alphabet. When you see a wiggly line — called a tilde(teel-deh) — on top of the letter [more…]

Forming the Subjunctive of Regular and Irregular Spanish Verbs

Forming the subjunctive mood of Spanish verbs is pretty easy, despite the subjunctive’s bad reputation among many Spanish students. The following sections show you how to turn regular and irregular present-tense [more…]

Conjugating the Spanish Verb Esperar (to Wait)

Spanish verbs fall into different groups, and each group is conjugated a little differently. If you’re going to master Spanish verbs like esperar, you need to be able to identify which group a verb belongs [more…]

Making Comparisons of Inequality in Spanish

Comparisons of inequality show that two things or people are not the same. It doesn’t matter whether you’re using an adjective or an adverb in Spanish; you make the comparison the same way. You create [more…]

Reciting the Spanish Alphabet

The Spanish and English alphabets are almost identical, with just a few exceptions. The Spanish alphabet includes all of the letters in the English alphabet but it adds [more…]

Stressing the Right Syllable in Spanish Words

In Spanish, one syllable is stressed in every word. Stress is the emphasis that you put on a syllable as you speak it. One syllable always gets more emphasis than the others. With single-syllable words [more…]

Staying at a Japanese Hotel

Choosing the right hoteru (hoh-teh-roo; hotel) can make any trip you take more enjoyable. Each day of your adventure starts and ends at the hotel.

In the morning, a good hotel offers you a refreshing breakfast [more…]

Placing Spanish Object Pronouns Correctly

Adding object pronouns to your Spanish vocabulary can spice up your language skills in no time. A pronoun is basically a replacement word for a noun. This pronoun helps you avoid unnecessary, continuous [more…]

Expressing Desire and Suggestion with the Spanish Subjunctive Mood

Making suggestions and indicating desire are two important functions of the Spanish subjunctive mood. Everyone gives advice or asks for what they want; one of the coolest features of the subjunctive mood [more…]

Conjugating the Irregular Spanish Verb Estar (to Be)

Spanish verbs fall into different groups, and each group is conjugated a little differently. If you’re going to master Spanish verbs like estar, you need to be able to identify which group a verb belongs [more…]

Making Equal Comparisons in Spanish

Comparisons of equality show that two things or people are the same. In Spanish, whether you’re using an adjective or an adverb, you make the comparison the same way. [more…]

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