A very simple and useful infographic created by Don Quijote that explains the Spanish regular verbs in present tense.
The digital age has made it much easier to learn a language, even at the most basic of levels. Even a beginner who has no opportunity to travel abroad can access resources to learning a language, provided they have an internet connection. Some are free, others cost a little bit of money, and some are quite expensive. How easy is it to learn a language with apps? My first piece of advice is that an app by itself is no substitute for formal education, or education from a native speaker even if it’s not a formal setting. Apps are all […]
There is a great amount of trepidation and anxiety that comes up when a student of a foreign language considers actually speaking. It’s one thing to study the language, it’s quite another when it’s an actual person. That familiar knot in the pit of your stomach, the fear of looking or sounding stupid… it’s really quite common. It’s something like an unrelenting but admittedly foolish dread of someone figuring out that you don’t know anything at all, that you are an impostor. You’re afraid you don’t know as much as you think you do, or as much as they think […]
In Spanish, sometimes the etymology (the study of where words come from) can be very helpful in remembering the words. And in some cases, the meanings behind the words themselves can be odd, or funny, and quite a few are culturally relevant. Here are some very interesting and strange Spanish words. 1 – (el) duende The term duende is used in two different situations. First, el duende is a generic term for “goblin” or “gnome” or “wood spirit”. In this sense, the more Germanic legends of gnomes and goblins become linked to el duende, as does the Irish “leprechaun”. In […]
We’re all accustomed to using the tried and true method of flashcards in language classes. I would roughly estimate that over 80% of us who have taken any foreign language course use flashcards to try and memorize new words, new concepts, or things we may need to define in a language course. And it is effective in its own way. Flashcards help your ability to remember things on the spot. They’re sort of like playing peekaboo with yourself until you’re not startled by the moments or minutes it takes you to think of the right answer. I personally find flashcards […]
When learning Spanish it is best to think of your personal learning style above all. This will not only help you identify what ways you process information, but will also help you identify your potential weaknesses. The best ways to learn a language are through full immersion when available, or a well-rounded approach that touches on all of the major bases for language – listening, speaking, reading, and writing, in addition to grammar or cultural notes. While there are many resources available for each particular area of interest, few aside from formal education and tutoring will cover all of them. […]
Please note that the phonetics are in Spanish language (i.e. the letter e sounds as e in Spanish). How are the sounds in your native language?