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The Spanish “How Are You?” and 8 More Ways to Say It


“Hey, what’s up?”

“How’s it going?”

“How have you been?”

In our everyday encounters with other people, we use these phrases over and over.

They aren’t just simple questions—in fact, sometimes they aren’t really questions at all—but variations on a …

Thi Theñor: The Spanish Lisp and Its Use


In my Spanish classes in the U.S., we never dealt much with European Spanish.

I have distinct memories of students asking what vosotros meant, and teachers responding: “Oh, you don’t have to worry about that!”

So when I …

The Complete User’s Guide to Volver A: How to Master the Phrase


One of the first Spanish-language musicians I started listening to was Juanes.

This was largely due to the fact that my high school Spanish teacher was a passionate Juanes fan. She frequently had us listen to and translate Juanes …

Spanish Conversation Topics: 7 Ways to Break the Ice


“What’s your name?”

“How are you?”

“Where are you from?”

Conversation exchanges are a great way to practice speaking Spanish.

But sometimes, especially in a group setting, you might find yourself repeating the same basic information over and over: …

Spanish Learning Motivation in Your Backyard: 7 Intriguing Facts About Spanish in the USA


Did you know that the U.S. has no official language?

That’s right—not even English!

America may not lead the world in bilingual education—only 25 percent of Americans can hold a conversation in a second language. But that doesn’t change …

8 DIY Spanish Translation Exercises with the Answers Built Right In


Just be glad you’re not a Spanish learner from 100 years ago.

Back then, translation was the primary method of foreign language instruction in much of the Western world. And it wasn’t always fun.

Usually you’d get a grammar rule, …

Beyond Nice: 30 Precise Spanish Personality Adjectives to Really Describe People


You’re bound to meet lots of cool, interesting people in your lifetime.

With big, bright personalities that strike you the second you meet them.

Especially when you’re learning Spanish or traveling in Spanish-speaking countries.

But have you ever tried …