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Expressing Spatial Directions in Spanish

Certain Spanish words allow you to describe where people or things are in relation to other people and things. Expressing these spatial directions in Spanish — and thus creating more accurate and engaging [more…]

Defining Family Relationships in Spanish

In Latin America, the family is the basic unit of Spanish society. People work, live, and function in consonance with their families. When visiting your Spanish-speaking neighbors, you’ll be more comfortable [more…]

How to Use Spanish Interrogative Pronouns

The famous “five Ws” (who, what, when, where, why) are all considered interrogative pronouns because they’re pronouns used to ask a question. Their Spanish equivalents may not have a cute mnemonic device [more…]

Differentiating between Por and Para in Spanish

The prepositions por (pohr) and para (pah-rah) in Spanish cause a lot of problems when you’re trying to learn the language, because both words mean for [more…]

Asking How, When, Where, and Why Questions in Spanish

When you need to know how, when, where, or why, you turn to a special set of question words called interrogative adverbs. This is true both in Spanish and in English. Your interrogative adverb choices [more…]

Using the Preterit Verb Tense in Spanish

The preterit tense in Spanish enables you to put the past behind you. This verb tense describes a completed past action — something that happened yesterday, last night, last week, last year, or at some [more…]

Forming Spanish “Yes” and “No” Questions by Using Intonation, Tags, and Inversion

You can easily form Spanish questions by changing your voice intonation, adding a tag phrase to a sentence, or inverting the order of the subject and verb. Here’s how. [more…]

Omitting Articles in Spanish

In the Spanish language, articles are often useful to indicate a subject’s number and gender. However, in some cases, dropping Spanish articles is more efficient, which can make knowing when to leave them [more…]

Forming Sentences in Spanish with Demonstrative Pronouns

Demonstrative pronouns can make your Spanish flow more naturally in both writing and conversation. So how exactly can you go about forming sentences with demonstrative pronouns? First, you need to understand [more…]

Paying the Bill at a Spanish-Speaking Restaurant

You’ve finished enjoying a meal at a Spanish or Latin American restaurant, and you’re ready for your check. Following is a typical conversation as restaurant patrons ask their server for the bill and pay [more…]

Finding Hidden Pronouns in Spanish Sentences

Pronouns are pretty easy to find in English sentences, but Spanish pronouns often seem hidden from view. Fortunately, finding this elusive part of speech in Spanish is actually pretty easy if you know [more…]

Getting to Know Spanish Possessive Adjectives

Using Spanish possessive adjectives is just one of the ways you can stake your claim on everything from loved ones to last night’s tuna casserole. Placing a Spanish possessive adjective before the noun [more…]

When Everything Counts: Using Spanish Numbers

After you know the Spanish numbers, you can sound like a native Spanish speaker by paying attention to the nuances of pronouncing and writing the numbers. Here are the rules to remember when using cardinal [more…]

Operating an ATM Using Spanish Instructions

Some ATMs are bilingual; they flash their signals in both Spanish and English. Others give you instructions only in Spanish. In case you happen upon a machine that displays its messages in Spanish, here [more…]

Acting in the Now with the Present Progressive in Spanish

What are you doing right now? You are reading about Spanish verbs. The verb phrase “are reading” uses the present progressive tense. The present progressive tense expresses an action that’s taking place [more…]

Knowing When to Use the Spanish Tú and Usted

Spanish speakers use (too) and usted (oos-tehd), which both mean “you,” to convey the formality of a relationship. is less formal than usted.

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Spelling-Changing Spanish Verbs and Pronunciation

As a Spanish verb is conjugated, changes in its spelling may alter the way the word is pronounced, so additional spelling changes are necessary to ensure that the resulting pronunciation of the word matches [more…]

Using the Four Definite Articles of Spanish

In the number-of-definite-articles game, the Spanish language trumps the English language four to one. What’s more is that the four forms of the Spanish [more…]

Creating Contractions with Articles in Spanish

Believe it or not, the entire Spanish language features only two contractions. And unlike English contractions, which never include the definite article [more…]

Knowing the Names of Latin American Currencies

Some Latin American countries use the same name, peso(peh-soh), for their currency. However, other countries have their own Spanish word for the name of their money. Here are the names of many currencies [more…]

How to Use the Spanish Preposition A

Using the Spanish preposition a(ah) correctly in a sentence can be tricky because a (which translates to to or atin English) can show a number of things. So how exactly can you figure out what the Spanish [more…]

Quickly Understanding Spanish Adverbs

Adding adverbs to your Spanish vocabulary can help your audience better understand how or to what degree or intensity an action is being performed. Spanish has a few different ways to express adverbs: [more…]

Forming the Future Tense in Spanish

Some people get anxious about the future because it’s unknown and uncertain. When you’re studying Spanish verbs, however, you may get anxious because you don’t know how to form the future tense or use [more…]

Forming Spanish Questions from Declarative Sentences

So you want to ask a Spanish question but aren’t sure how to form it? Just turn your declarative Spanish sentence into a question with these easy steps and ask away. [more…]

Choosing between Future Perfect and Conditional Perfect in Spanish

Conceptually speaking, the future and conditional perfect verb tenses in Spanish are similar — each tense expresses completed action in a future time. The similarities end there, however, because the future [more…]

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Spanish Introductions (Video)

Introducing yourself or someone else in Spanish requires more than "Hola. Me llamo…" Spanish has informal and formal greetings and introductions. This video tutorial lets you hear pronunciation and explains the rules for using formal and informal greetings and introductions. [more…]

Spanish Vowels

Spanish Vowels (Video)

In Spanish, vowels don't change the way they are pronounced based on the other letters around them. Every vowel has a single pronunciation nearly every time. This video guides you through those vowels and how they are pronounced. Practice pronouncing the letters and example words as you hear them. [more…]

Spanish Consonants

Spanish Consonants (Video)

All but a handful of consonants sound the same in Spanish as they do in English. This video guides you through the consonants that are pronounced or used differently in Spanish. Practice pronouncing the letters as you hear them. [more…]