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Month: February 2017

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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My Take on Duolingo

My Take on Duolingo

Globalization is an important factor in present day society, making it more crucial to learn a foreign language. There are many resources to help you accomplish your language learning goals, but one of the most popular is an app named Duolingo. Duolingo is a great language learning program and I have used it to learn other languages such as French and Portuguese. Duolingo has many advantages such as cost, ease of use, multiple language options and fun games. Some disadvantages…

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Race in Hispanic Culture

Race in Hispanic Culture

  As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, it has reminded me that the USA has greatly improved race relations. I’m grateful that everybody regardless of their skin color has equal rights and that segregation is a thing of the past. However, race in Hispanic culture, plays a crucial role in everyday society. When people hear the term Hispanic, it provokes the image of a short, dark skinned Mexican with brown or black eyes. However, it is important to realize…

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Tortilla Española Tips

Tortilla Española Tips

When I first arrived in Spain 3 years ago, it was a huge culture shock. Although I knew Spanish fairly well and was aware of some Hispanic foods, I was surprised. My host dad made Tortilla Española also known as Torilla de patatas (potatoes), for la cena (the dinner). Originally I thought he was making tacos and asked if he was serving carne asada or carnitas. He laughed and explained to me that Tortilla Española is an omelet dish consisting…

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4 ways to learn a language

4 ways to learn a language

So what are the best ways to learn a language? If you read the last post, you probably want to reap the benefits of learning as second language. However, you likely don’t know where to start and that is why is created this post. This post is mean to guide you in learning a second language proficiently. Without further ado, here are the 4 best ways to learn a language. Learning Cognates     Although you may not formally know…

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