Author Archive | Francisco J. Vare

Perfect Form: The Present Perfect Tense in Spanish and How to Use It

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He perdido mi cartera. (I have lost my wallet.)

This simple sentence reveals so much information about what has happened. It is incredible!

By just uttering this sentence, I am letting you know:

1. I have lost my wallet (obviously!).…

This Pleases Me: How to Use Gustar Correctly in Spanish

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Spanish speakers like things with as much intensity as English speakers.

Only they express their likes… a bit differently.

See for yourselves:

Me gustan las películas de terror. (I like horror movies.)

Do you see any difference in the

Beyond “It”: The Spanish Lo and Its Many Flavors

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There are 98 two-letter words in the Spanish language.

You probably know some of them already: el (the, masculine), la (the, feminine), él (he), tu (your), (you).

But if you look closely, these little words normally have only one …

Why Is It Important to Learn Spanish? 14 Ways Spanish Will Improve Your Life

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Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world.

It is an official or national language in over 20 countries and the number of native Spanish speakers worldwide is a whopping 475 million!

In 2015, there were …

17 Ways to Learn Spanish as an Adult and Discover the Joys of Language Learning

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They say children’s brains are like sponges and that they are much better than adults when it comes to language learning.

I have heard a million times that the younger you are when you start learning a language, the more …

#SorryNotSorry! How to Say Sorry in Spanish

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They say that sorry seems to be the hardest word. But is it, really?

For some of us, apologizing can be a little bit of a punch to our egos.

But have you ever considered it is not about …

35 Words You Should Know How to Use in Spanish and English

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Once upon a time there was a man called Juan Ponce de León.

He was a natural conquistador, or that is what we are told.

But either way, the truth is that he was one of the first Spanish …