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Beyond the Gist: How You Can Understand Spoken Spanish in 5 Simple Steps


Do you have pesky “what ifs” floating in your mind before every Spanish conversation?

What if this native Spanish speaker throws down words quicker than Busta Rhymes?

What if they have an accent that you’re totally unfamiliar with?

What if …

40 Highly Important Spanish Verbs You’ll Hear Used All the Time


Playing charades to communicate gets really old, really fast.

Acting out some words can be difficult and, in some circumstances, even awkward.

I know, it isn’t easy.

Learning verbs in Spanish is something that doesn’t always come naturally for …

5 Famous Short Stories in Spanish Whose Language and Culture Pack a Powerful Punch


Do you know what happened to the soon-to-be-wed mouse?

Or why the crying woman is trapped between the living and the dead?

If not, it sounds like we have the pleasure of introducing you to famous short stories in Spanish

Masculine and Feminine Spanish: 3 Deets You Oughta Know


Why are frogs feminine in Spanish?

And, for that matter, why are bras masculine?!

Getting the hang of using gender in the Spanish language really can be hard at first, as it’s a relatively unfamiliar concept for native English

Listen and Learn: 7 Hit Spanish Songs You’ve Gotta Download


Find yourself daydreaming about traveling the Spanish-speaking world?

All set to a vivacious soundtrack of salsa, bachata, merengue and reggaeton?

Meanwhile in real life, your teacher is saying, “Open up your textbooks to page 72. Read the …

40 Spanish Nicknames to Express Affection for Friends, Family, Lovers and Strangers


Pumpkin, Toots, Snookums—nicknames can be cheesy or just plain weird.

And these are not even the worst of them.

We really do not realize how bizarre the nicknames we use every day are until we actually take a second

How to Learn Spanish in a Month in 7 Steps

how to learn spanish in a month

A lot can happen in 30 days.

But to learn Spanish in a month? You’re an ambitious one! That’s quite a task.

You’ll have 43,200 minutes and you’ll have to make every one of them count.

Did you know …