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The Beginner’s Guide: How to Tell the Time in Spanish

“What time is it?” That has got to be one of the most commonly asked questions in the world. Other everyday questions include “What time’s lunch?” and “When shall we meet?,” so it’s no wonder children learn …

The Essential Guide to Learning Spanish with Shakira

Everyone loves a little Shakira now and then. Some have a full-blown Shakira obsession, others think of her as their favorite guilty pleasure (sorry, One Direction) and still others have a nostalgic affection for those early hits that they just …

5 Simple Tips to Improve Your Spanish Daily

What’s standing between you and speaking, thinking and dreaming in perfect Spanish? There may be just a few things holding you back from full Spanish fluency. Do you know what they are? Or are you being held back by …

Essential Topics for Your Advanced Spanish Review Sessions

Playing catch up with Spanish? Maybe you just want to review what you’ve learned as you continue advancing towards Spanish fluency. Maybe life got totally hectic, or maybe you came back from studying abroad and have nobody to practice …

How to Make Comparisons in Spanish Perfectly

Choose wisely. Should you move to Spain or Argentina? Which place has better weather? Would you rather eat churros and chocolate or dulce de leche ice cream? This is exactly the kind of situation where you’ll need to compare two …

How to Write a Magnificent Formal Email in Spanish

Working on an important Spanish email right now?  Preparing to work abroad in the Spanish-speaking world? Wherever you’re at, we’ve got you covered. You can talk the talk, read whole novels and listen like a native speaker. That’s …

The Quick and Easy Guide to Spanish Future Tenses

So you can talk about the present in Spanish, you’ve finally got your head around the past tenses too, there’s only way forward… The future! But hang on, didn’t you already learn about the future once upon a time? …

6 Game-changing Tips for Intermediate Spanish Reading

Books bring language to life. That is, unless you’re struggling with reading in a foreign language. Choosing the wrong Spanish language books and using the wrong reading strategies will leave you exhausted. Perhaps you’ve been in love with reading since …

10 Red Hot Advanced Verbs to Spice Up Your Spanish

When was the last time you saw “verb” and “spice up” in the same sentence? I know, I know. Can one little verb really spice up your Spanish? While we’ll try to avoid setting your whole mouth aflame, we …

The Ultimate Guide to Spanish Conditionals

If you had a bright bundle of balloons on a perfect summer’s day, would your smile be as big as hers? I know mine would. If I asked you to, could you ask that same opening question in Spanish—or do …

30 Entertaining Spanish TV Shows to Study from Your Couch

You can improve your Spanish language skills just by sitting on the couch. It’s true! You may have heard of this method referred to as “the American way.” Just plop yourself down in a comfy spot, grab the remote and …

The Ser vs. Estar Question: To Be or to Be?

To be or to be? While the phrase doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as Hamlet’s famous words, it’s a question you might find yourself asking when faced with two Spanish verbs that both mean “to be”: ser …

How to Improve Your Pronunciation Through Spanish Tongue Twisters

Tongue twisters are just for kids, right? Wrong. Tongue twisters, or trabalenguas, are an excellent tool to improve your Spanish pronunciation. You’ve mastered Spanish gender, improved your listening and are able to start a conversation naturally. Your pronunciation …

Mastering the Spanish Present Tense: A Beginner’s Guide

So you’ve got your head around the rules of gender. You can notice improvement in your Spanish listening and conversation skills. Plus you’ve even been watching plenty of Spanish movies! But something’s missing—your grammar is a mess.…

12 Terrific Ways to Practice Your Spanish Listening Skills

You’re listening to two native Spanish-speaking friends chit chat. They were talking about some new restaurant just a minute ago, but now they’ve changed topic and you’re completely lost. The speed isn’t helping either, and they show no signs of …