Does dating a native speaker really help fluency?

Does dating a native speaker really help fluency?

Can having a significant other who is a native speaker really help you learn a language? Of course, and it can be a very fun process. Alex, one of my friends from college, was road tripping down in Mexico 3 years ago when he met Cruz, his Mexican girlfriend. Recently, the couple got married in Mazatlan, Mexico and his Spanish is excellent. In fact, the ceremony was in Spanish and their vows were in mostly Spanish too. Dating a native…

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Snowboarding Places in the Hispanic World

Snowboarding Places in the Hispanic World

Do you love snowboarding, but want to try it in an exotic destination? While many places such as Mammoth, CA have had an epic winter, there are many premiere snowboarding places in the Hispanic world. Most people perceive Hispanic countries as tropical areas with no snow, but not all Hispanic countries fall under this definition. For example, Spain, Chile, and Mexico offer world class skiing and snowboarding. Spain Ah Spain, the land of tapas, flamenco and bullfighting. Spain isn’t generally…

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Surfing in the Hispanic world

Surfing in the Hispanic world

Do you like to play sports while traveling? While sightseeing can be fun, world class sports destinations are even better. I personally love traveling to exotic surfing destinations, which can be found throughout the Hispanic world. In the past, surfing was restricted to Australia, California, and Hawaii. Currently, once unsurfable places like Canada can be surfed due to technological advances. While many Hispanic countries offer surfing, Peru, Spain, Costa Rica, and Mexico have world class surf within their borders. Peru…

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Biggest Spanish Mistakes made by Gringos

Biggest Spanish Mistakes made by Gringos

Have you spent years learning Spanish and still have a strong foreign accent? This situation is relatively common as traditional Spanish classes focus on conjugating and grammar, instead of sounding conversationally fluent. While a solid base of grammar concepts is important, you should focus on being conversationally fluid once you’re proficient with the main grammar concepts. Below, you’ll find the biggest Spanish mistakes that foreigners, or gringos commonly make. Gender Confusion with Noun Style) I’m not talking about that kind of…

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Preterite vs Imperfect Tense

Preterite vs Imperfect Tense

Like learning to distinguish between ser and estar, deciding when to use the preterite vs imperfect tense is very important. Unlike English, Spanish has two ways to use the past tense. If you use the wrong tense, it could even change the meaning of the phrase. In this post, I will guide you when to use the preterite vs the imperfect along with the basic conjugations. Conjugations: Before you can choose between preterite vs imperfect tenses, you must learn the…

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Difference Between Ser and Estar: Special Hacks

Difference Between Ser and Estar: Special Hacks

Does Spanish ever seem confusing and strange? I can imagine and even some rudimentary grammar concepts are vastly different than other languages like English. One of the most important and unique Spanish grammar concepts is the Difference Between Ser and Estar. Both verbs mean to be but some cases require you to use ser, while estar is appropriate in other cases. Many beginners get very confused with this concept and need to distinguish when to use which verb. In this…

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Learning Spanish: How nouns can become verbs

Learning Spanish: How nouns can become verbs

Has learning Spanish ever seemed daunting at times? It may seem this way because Spanish has so many diverse grammar concepts such as preterite vs imperfect, ser vs estar, and tons of subjective forms, but you can learn Spanish easier by identifying patterns. In a previous post, I mentioned that you likely know some Spanish already due to cognates. Some cognates include tion-ción words like liberación but to learn Spanish easily, it is important to realize many verbs have noun variations…

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Roots of the Spanish Language

Roots of the Spanish Language

“No man is an island”- John Dunne, British Cleric and Poet This famous quote is applicable to many situations, especially languages. For example, most languages are related to each other in some way or another and fall into language families. Some language families are romance languages and Turkic languages. Spanish is a romance language that is the 2nd most commonly spoken language in the world and has many diverse roots. Some languages that have influenced Spanish include Vulgar Latin, Arabic,…

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Rocket Spanish Review

Rocket Spanish Review

In this review, I will discuss the features of Rocket Spanish. This approach follows the linguistic methodology – an approach that broadly mirrors the way you learned your own native language as a child. The software uses interactive games and repetition exercises in order to progress your Spanish. It primarily focuses on modern-day Spanish, as it is used today. Many people have had success with the Rocket Spanish method and let’s see how the Premium offering stacks up against the competition….

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Learning Spanish like Crazy Review!

Learning Spanish like Crazy Review!

There are many language programs out there, but Learning Spanish like Crazy is one of the better and more affordable options. Similar to Pimsleur, it primarily focuses on listening and speaking which will help you comprehend and speak the language like a native. Many aspiring hispanohablantes (Spanish speakers), want to be at least conversationally fluent and it can help you achieve that goal in less time than other major courses. In this review, I will discuss the major advantages and…

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