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

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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

Mastering the Spanish Present Tense: A Beginner’s Guide

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.…

8 Simple Rules for Mastering Spanish Gender

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Everything in Spanish is either male or female.

The language is charged with gender power.

If two words are not paired correctly, the imbalance creates waves of discomfort in its users.

Knowing Spanish gender separates the Spanish language learners from …

7 Common Spanish Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

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It’s four in the afternoon as I sit in the Gómez’s living room, up on the seventh floor of their apartment building in the eastern outskirts of Madrid.

The year is 2011, and young Rodrigo is dancing around in his …

8 Simple Rules to Master the Plural in Spanish

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Can you tell the difference between the following words in bold?

.    One Spanish movie → Seven Spanish movies

If you said that the first noun is singular and the second is plural, you’re right! We add an “s” to …

The Complete Guide to Spanish Accent Marks

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There it was, a big red strike through my handwritten “el exámen” on my Spanish vocab test.

As a visual learner, I clearly remembered having seen that word with an accent mark before, I just knew it. Ah, …

Teach Yourself Spanish: 10 Tips to Get You Started

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After four years of high school French, I was able to describe my neighbor as a communist, watermelon…

…and little else.

So when I decided to learn Spanish, I took a different approach.

I made up my mind to steer …