Author Archive | mosehayward

All Aboard! Important Vocabulary for Spanish Train Travel

I’ve always found train travel to be a delight. Whether I’m rolling along the Costa Brava on a small cercanías (local suburban train) and gazing at the waves, or hurtling between the cosmopolitan heartthrobs Barcelona and Madrid on an AVE…

No Need to Shout: All About Negative Commands in Spanish

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 …

The Beginner’s Guide to Spanish Possessive Adjectives

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 Form the Spanish Present Progressive in 3 Steps

What are you doing right now? What’s happening around you? To answer these questions in Spanish, you’re going to need a tense called the present progressive (a.k.a. the present continuous). It’s the tense you use when you want to …

19 Gestures for Talking Spanish with Your Hands

Sure, maybe you’ve got some Spanish coming out of your mouth. But what are your hands doing? Are they still gesticulating like they belong to an English speaker? Or, even worse, are they just hanging there uselessly? When Spanish speakers …

The 27 Letters of the Spanish Alphabet and How to Learn Them

I guarantee you won’t break a sweat while learning the Spanish alphabet. If you’re reading this, that means you have at least a passing mastery of one of the most foul writing systems ever wrought (wraht? rot?) on the world—that …

32 Spanish Dance Terms You Ought to Tango With

Tango addict? Just getting into tango or other Latin dances? Perhaps you are still skeptical—or doubting your ability to learn Spanish language and dance. No matter where you are at, you can harness any interest in dance (whether you will …