What’s is new this week

In our new blog LEARN SPANISH ONLINE this week we are going to publish the following posts.

  • Spanish relative pronouns que and quien.
  • 12 different ways to say I am tired in Spanish.
  • A new Grammar quizzes colletion about el Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto de Indicativo.
  • New flashcards about numbers from 0 to 19.

I hope you visit us and enjoy the new activities to learn Spanish Now.

 

 

What is going to be new this week?

Hola, a todos:

¿Cómo estáis? Espero que muy bien.

Esta semana vamos a aprender en nuestro blog  nuevo blog learn Spanish now(this week we are going to learn in our blog):

  • a conjugar el presente de subjuntivo (How to conjugate present subjunctive regular and irregular).
  • Las diferencias entre HAY, AHÍ y  AY, para que no los confundamos más (Differences between HAY, AHÍ and AY, so we don’t mistake them more).
  • Una selección de actividades interactives para practicar los pronombres reflexivos  (A selection of interactive activities to practice the reflexive verbs).
  • 20 flashcards con verbos con cambios vocálico e-ie (20 flashcards with stem changing verbs e-ie).

Espero que os gusten y hasta la próxima semana (I hope you like them and see you next week).

Un abrazo para todos, 

El equipo de Hablamos SLE

Semana de 4 de marzo, ¿qué hay nuevo?

Esta semana en nuestro nuevo blog https://www.learnspanishnow.online/, vamos a publicar:

  • Una unidad, mejorada y actualizada, sobre los verbos regulares en el presente de indicativo.
  • Una colección de 20 flashcards con adjetivos terminados en -o.
  • Un vídeo en el que se compara la vida antes y ahora, utilizando el pretérito imperfecto con muchas actividades.
  • Una colección de quizzes sobre el imperativo afirmativo, que será de libre acceso durante una semana.

This week in our new blog https://www.learnspanishnow.online/, we are going to publish:

  • An improved and updated unit on the regular verbs in the present tense.
  • A collection of 20 flashcards with adjectives ending in -o.
  • A video in which life is compared before and now, using the imperfect tense, with many activities.
  • A collection of quizzes about the affirmative imperative, which will be free access for a week. 

Great News! – ¡Grandes Noticias!

¡Buenas noticias! Ya está operativo nuestro nuevo blog para ayudarte a aprender español LEARN SPANISH NOW, su dirección  es …..

Todavía no está funcionando al 100%, pero las nuevas entradas se van a publicar allí directamente. Por ejemplo, las novedades para esta semana son:

  • Un artículo sobre los verbos transitivos, que nos va a ayudar a entender mejor el complemento directo y los pronombres de complemento directo.
  • Una nueva sección para aprender vocabulario con Flashcards, esta semana serán 22 verbos terminados en -AR.
  • Una colección de ejercicios interactivos sobre la concordancia entre el adjetivo y el nombre. Las colecciones de ejercicios serán de acceso libre durante una semana, luego pasarán a ser restringidas para los miembros del SERVICIO PREMIUM.

Estamos trabajando en nuevas secciones, así que os agradeceremos mucho si tenéis alguna sugerencia para mejorar nuestro/vuestro blog. No olvidéis que EASY SPANISH continuará a vuestra disposición al menos hasta el próximo año.

Un saludo para todos y no dudéis en escribirnos si tenéis alguna duda.Os mantendremos informados.

Good news! Our new blog to help you to learn Spanish LEARN SPANISH NOW is now operational, the address is …

It is still not working 100%, but the new entries will be published there directly. For example, the novelties for this week are:

  • A post on “transitive verbs”, which will help us to better understand the direct object and direct object pronouns.
  • A new section to learn vocabulary with Flashcards, this week the topic will “22 verbs ending in -AR”.
  • A collection of interactive exercises about “agreement between the adjective and the name”. The collections of exercises will be of free access for a week, then they will be restricted for members of the PREMIUM SERVICE.

We are working on new sections, so we would be very grateful if you have any suggestions to improve our / your blog. Do not forget that EASY SPANISH will continue operative at least until next year.

Regards to all of you and do not hesitate to write us if you have any questions. We will keep you posted.

Spanish Demonstrative Pronouns (A2)

Do you already know how to use the demonstrative adjectives in Spanish? If your answer is “yes”, it is time to start working with the demonstrative pronouns or,  PRONOMBRES DEMOSTRATIVOS in Spanish. If not click on the link to learn about the adjectives first.

Spanish adjectives pronouns, let's see how they work

Demonstrative pronouns in Spanish (words that point out a specific person or thing) are identical to the demonstrative adjectives, as you can see in the grid above. Although pronouns agree in number and gender with the noun they replace.

Esta chaqueta y esa son de cuero (This jacket and that one are leather).

Estos libros y aquellos parecen más interesantes (These books and those look more interesting).

Sometimes you can see Spanish demonstrative pronouns written with an accent on the stressed syllable (over the first e in each word: éste, ése, aquél…), this is because years ago an accent was compulsory on the pronouns to avoid mistake them with the demonstrative adjectives, but not anymore. Spanish demonstrative pronouns must not be written with an accent!

 

Other ways to omit the name

The definite article (el, la, los, las) followed by “de” or “que” is often translated as a kind of demonstrative pronoun.

Mi corbata y la de mi hermano (my tie and that of my brother (my brother’s) ).

Este libro y el que tiene Juan son interesantes (This book and the one that Juan has (Juan’s) are interesting).

 

Neuter demonstrative pronouns

The neuter forms (eso, esto, aquello) are used when the gender is not determined or when referring to vague or general ideas, never to persons or specific things. These words do not vary in gender or number and no accent mark is required.

¿Qué es esto? (What is this?) [unknown].

Estoy enfermo y esto me molesta (I’m ill and this makes me angry) [general idea].

 

Former vs latter in Spanish

The pronoun este (-a, -os, -as) is used to translate the latter (the latest or most recently mentioned), while aquel (-lla, -llos, -llas) expresses the former (the most remotely mentioned).

Olga y Chema son hermanos; este es dentista, aquella es doctora (Olga and Chema are siblings; the former is a doctor, the latter is a dentist).

Note that in English, you begin with “the former,” but in Spanish, this order is reversed.

 

Spanish demonstrative pronouns practice and quizzes

Now is time for you to practice what you have learned with our quizzes below and remember to contact your tutor if you have any question about the Spanish demonstrative pronouns. Don’t you have a Spanish tutor yet?

 

12 ways to say “I love you” in Spanish (A2)

12 ways to say I love you in SpanishToday is Valentine’s Day and everything is full of love, but you are sure to know how to say “I love you” in Spanish? Here you have 12 different ways from all our heart.

Hoy es San Valentín y todo se llena de amor pero, ¿estás seguro de saber como decir “I love you” in Spanish? Aquí tienes 12 maneras diferentes de hacerlo de todo corazón.

Continue reading 12 ways to say “I love you” in Spanish (A2)

Each other in Spanish, reciprocal verbs (A2)

We have worked with reflexive pronouns before, but do you know we can use reflexive pronouns to express reciprocity?  The plural pronominal/reflexive pronouns (nos, os, se) are used to express “each other” or “to each other.” Let’s see how the reciprocal verbs and pronouns work in Spanish.

Reflexive and reciprocal verbs in Spanish

 Se abrazan (They hug to each other or they hug themselves).

Because the above statements could have a reflexive meaning as well, one may add one of the following phrases to clarify, but this is optional since the context of the sentence is going to be very helpful.

Se abrazan el uno al otro (they hug to each other).

Continue reading Each other in Spanish, reciprocal verbs (A2)

Double object pronouns in Spanish (A2)

Using double objects pronouns in Spanish implies working with direct object pronouns (D.O.P.), indirect object pronouns (I.O.P.) and reflexive pronouns and their collocations. So first at all, I advise you to review these topics individually (by clicking on the link) if you don’t feel very confident about them.

Anyway, you can find all these pronouns in the chart below.

double objects pronouns in Spanish

Continue reading Double object pronouns in Spanish (A2)

Reported Speech in Spanish (B1)

Reported speech or indirect speech  EL ESTILO INDIRECTO in Spanish- are used to relate someone’s words without using a direct quote. 

Expressing "Say"

Decir without an indirect object usually means “to say.” In Spanish, as in English, when reporting what someone “says,” the tense used in the original statement is also used in the reported-speech expression.

reported speech in Spanish: how to do it

On the other hand, when reporting what someone “said,” a past tense is used. The indicative is used to report what someone says or said. The subjunctive is used  in commands, to report what someone tells or told someone else to do.

By the way, click here to see the whole verb DECIR conjugation in Spanish.

Direct and indirect Speech in Spanish

Here you have some examples. Tense original quote is the direct speech, tense after “dice que” is the indirect speech in present while tense after “dijo que” is the indirect speech in the past.

Notice that in English “that” is optional in reported speech: He says he worked hard. / He says that he worked hard. In Spanish “que” is compulsory: Dijo que trabajaba duro.

There are much more about reported speech what we will see it in future post, so keep in touch!

Reported speech exercices

Now it is time you practice everything you have learned with the interactive activitiy below.  Remember to contact your tutor with any question you have about reported speech in Spanish or to ask for more activities. Don’t you have a Spanish personal tutor yet?