Author Archive | Francisco J. Vare

Time Flies: Hacer Time Expressions to “Make” Time Clear as Day


Most of the time, the Spanish verb hacer means “to do” or “to make.”

But there is much more to it than that.

SpanishDict includes over 30 different meanings for this verb, which may tell you about its importance for …

The Cheat-sheet to Pronominal Verbs in Spanish

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The Instituto de Verbología Hispánica (Hispanic Verbology Institute) includes in its online database a whopping 100,700 different Spanish verbs.

That is a lot of verbs!

On the other side of the coin, the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española

The Guide to the Spanish Pluperfect Tense You Had Been Wishing For


Did you know that there are over 50 thousand kanji in the Chinese language?

Or that the chance of winning the National Lottery jackpot is one in over 50 million?

Have you heard that there are 22.4 trillion digits

70 Nature Words in Spanish for Building an Environmentally Friendly Vocab


Oh, nature!

It surrounds us, it amazes us… It even terrifies us sometimes.

No matter our nationality, gender, religion or anything else that might set us apart, nature unites us.

That is why anyone learning the language of Cervantes should …

Learn All About Spanish Vowels with the Complete Guide to A Through Y


Did you know that the Ubyx language used to have only two vowels?

Or that Danish has over 40 vowel sounds?

It has even been proven that languages in drier climates use fewer vowels overall!

Vowels really are

9 Times When the Spanish Ya Will Come in Handy

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If you have a look at the 100 most common Spanish words (also known as a core Spanish vocabulary), the word ya comes in 36th place, right between me (me) and ver (to see).

Some learners may be surprised …

Spanish for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started in 9 Simple Steps


Starting to learn a language can seem like standing at the base of Mt. Everest and looking at the peak.

If you are a true beginner without any previous knowledge of the language, you might look up and think that …