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5 Simple Ways to learn Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

5 Simple Ways to learn Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

Wait, Brazilians speak Spanish, right? Not quite, as Brazil is the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world. Many people commonly assume they speak Spanish or that Portuguese is just a Spanish dialect, but Portuguese is the 7th most spoken language in the world. Besides Brazil and Portugal, several countries including Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and São Tomé and Príncipe have Portuguese as their official language. Also, Portuguese is a co-official language in East Timor (Timor Leste), Equatorial Guinea and Macau in China. Therefore, it makes sense…

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how to remember a language you forgot: 5 tips

how to remember a language you forgot: 5 tips

Have you studied a language for years only to forget it? Well, that’s a common situation seeing that 95% of high school students forget what they’ve learned in 3 days. I believe that the chief reason why this occurs is that language learning places too much focus on memorization and grammar rules, not communication. While having a grammar base will help you master a language, schools should put more emphasis on conversation. I took formal Spanish classes for 10 years…

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5 Difficulties for Spanish Speakers learning English

5 Difficulties for Spanish Speakers learning English

Ok, I know what you’re thinking, “but I thought this site was supposed to improve my Spanish?” Yes, that’s a main goal of this site, but its also important to learn about mistakes Spanish speakers make learning English. If you understand this perspective, it will give you empathy and help you learn Spanish. Some difficulties for Spanish speakers learning English include using the wrong words and grammar concepts like subject verb agreement. Can I present you? If you want to…

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Baja Bound and Las Gaviotas Rentals Review

Baja Bound and Las Gaviotas Rentals Review

Are you looking for a surf destination that’s warm, cheap, convenient and full of good waves? Well, look no further as Baja California has a wide variety of surf ranging from punchy beach breaks, long points, reefs and more. Baja California is a short drive from Southern California and has plenty of activities. Last weekend, I stayed at Las Gaviotas Rentals by Rosarito Beach with my dad and Ted, my friend from San Diego. Besides surfing, this area has great…

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Great Spanish Learning Videos

Great Spanish Learning Videos

Do you remember videos that taught languages such Muzzy, that little green monster? While Muzzy might work for some (think children), most learners want to watch videos that have more depth and simulate immersion. Luckily, technology has created ample opportunities, Youtube *Cough*, to give us these films. Easy Spanish, Valentin, El Infierno and the Spanish dude are great Spanish learning videos. The best way to watch these movies is with English subtitles the first time and Spanish the time after…

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Simple, Relevant, Spanish Text Abbreviations

Simple, Relevant, Spanish Text Abbreviations

Does it seem as if modern society is getting more complex and technology dependent? It seems that way with the average U.S consumer spending 5 hours daily on their phones. You might know the basics of writing Spanish, but learning texting is like another language in itself. Texting is an influential part of modern society, making it imperative to learn the fundamentals. Let’t take a look at some Spanish Text Abbreviations below: Take out the Vocal (Vowel) and or Consonants…

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Benefits of learning a foreign language: Improving your native one

Benefits of learning a foreign language: Improving your native one

Benefits of learning a foreign language There are many Benefits of learning a foreign language from reducing Alzheimer disease, making new friends, to increased job opportunities. However, can learning languages help you master your native tongue? I believe that this is an underrated benefit that many don’t know about. When you were young, chances are you weren’t forced to memorize tons of grammar and rules, but were immersed in it. Once you could hold conversations, you were taught fundamental grammar concepts…

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Push through language learning difficulties

Push through language learning difficulties

Have you heard the phrase “the juice is worth the squeeze?” This phrase, which I believes that hard work (the squeeze) makes the reward (the juice) more worthwhile. It’s applicable in all areas of life especially language learning. Think about it, wouldn’t it be boring to obtain a goal without hard, efficient work? It might be tempting to want success for nothing, but it would feel empty. I haven’t always been good with languages and I didn’t talk until I…

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Strengths can also be Weaknesses

Strengths can also be Weaknesses

Learn Multiple Languages How can it be possible that your strengths can also be weaknesses? Some examples include being overly extroverted, which can lead to fewer quality friendships. However, this applies if you learn multiple languages too. Currently, I’m learning French via Youtube, Duolingo and FI3M’s language hacking guide. These tools have helped me learn basic French without breaking the bank. Another tool that has helped learn French is my high Spanish proficiency. Spanish and French are Romance languages, meaning…

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Conjugate Spanish Verbs Effortlessly

Conjugate Spanish Verbs Effortlessly

Conjugate Spanish Verbs Effortlessly Do all conjugations blend together and are you looking to master your conversational Spanish? As mentioned in the last post, using Pareto’s law is a great tool towards fluency  and will help you conjugate Spanish verbs effortlessly. With this principle, you’ll be able to have fluid conversations only using major words. For example, some verbs such as tener and llevar are used frequently. More complex verbs are also composed of these root verbs. The word, obtener…

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