Author Archive | mosehayward

Negative Commands in Spanish, or Saying Your "Don't"s

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Do you feel bossy today?

Do you feel like telling someone what to do?

Or—better yet—what not to do?

I certainly hope so, since today we’ll talk all about how and when to use negative commands in Spanish.

Let’s not …

Here’s Looking at Yo: All About Spanish Verbs with Irregular Yo Forms

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Love talking about number one?

There’s one little quirk of Spanish that might get in your narcissistic way—those pesky Spanish verbs with irregular yo forms.

The Spanish yo form is what you need to talk all about me, myself

Spanish IR Verbs: Your First Guide to Conjugating and Using Them in Sentences

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Spanish verbs have three possible endings: –ar, –er and –ir.

Here we’ll shine our spotlight on the regular –ir verbs.

If that’s what you’re interested in now, you’ve probably already slogged through the regular …

How to Tame the Crashing Waves of Spanish’s E-to-I Stem-changing Verbs

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The waves of incomprehensible muck are coming at you, lapping at your ankles, picking up—

Hold up.

That’s no way to think of irregular Spanish verbs!

Rather, these guys are fun, lovely waves of muck which—however messy—can be sculpted …

Bachata + Spanish: The Best Songs for Winning Some Ravishing Lingual Skills with the D.R.’s Sultry Dance

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Dancing is like flirting or joking:

If you know how to do it well, you can charm people into tolerating your terrible Spanish for longer, and get in some great practice.

Bachata—which originated in the Dominican Republic—is …

You Say “Tomatoes,” I Say “They’re My Tomatoes!”: The Beginner’s Guide to Spanish Possessive Adjectives

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An anarchist communist friend in Spain tells me that someday we’ll all live together joyously without any concept of private ownership.

What’s mine will be hers, and yours, and theirs, and ours.

So, I asked, does that mean I can …

How to Use Spanish Demonstratives to Talk About This, That, These and Those

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At some point in your travels to Spain or Latin America, you’re going to be reduced to pointing to explain yourself.

Instead of accompanying that pointing with just wordless blubbering, you can class it up with a bit …