Calendario de abril (passive voice)

 April calendar will help you to understand how passive sentences work in Spanish. In Spanish impersonal sentences can be done in two main ways with a passive sentence “el libro fue publicado el años pasado” or by using the impersonal pronoun SE  el libro se publicó el año pasado“. Click on the links to learn more about these topics and practice with our quizzes.

Click also on the image, on the left, to download the pdf sheet with the whole April calendar. 

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Language tips: Me encantaría (A2)

Me encantaría (ir al cine) means I would love to (go to the movies). Literally, “It would enchant me (to go to the movies)” or “Going to the movies would enchant me”. The subject of this sentence is ir al cine, and when an infinitive such as ir is used as a subject, it is considered singular; therefore, the main verb, encantaría, has a singular conjugation. Note the difference between Me encanta and me encantaría.

Me encanta ver películas (I love watching movies/I love to watch movies).

Me encantaría ver una película (I would love to watch a movie).

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Talk Spanish: ¿QUÉ HICISTE EN VACACIONES? (A2)

In this new section we are going to compile a few posts that are related to the same topic and, if you look at them together, they will help you learn to communicate in this very specific situation. Also, we give you the possibility to practice what you have learned in a FREE 30 MINUTES MINI CONVERSATION LESSON IN A GROUP.

In today Talk Spanish post you are going to learn how to talk about a past holiday, you will learn the vocabulary regarding holidays and the beach and you will learn to use one of the past tenses: el pretérito indefinido. Try to organize the work on different days, it will be more efficient. And now let’s start:

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Spanish grammar: TAMBIÉN vs TAMPOCO

TAMBIÉN and TAMPOCO are a pair of words that can be confusing for students of Spanish as a foreign language. Both are used to show agreement with what someone says or to show that you do the same or feel the same ways, but there are important differences.

1. También is used to show agreement with a positive statement. It can have the meaning of TOO or ALSO in English depending on where the word is positioned.

Tomás: Yo juego al fútbol todos los domingos (I play footbal every Sunday).

Miguel:  Yo también (Me too -Miguel is confirming that he does the same thing).

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Vocabulary: Frutas (fruits)

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We have just updated the post related to FRUTAS, adding more quizzes and a video. Please, click on the link to try the new activities and let us know what do you think.

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Spanish grammar: Modal verbs (A1)

Modal verbs, or PERÍFRASIS VERBALES in Spanish, are used to express opinion and intention –should, can, must. The main modal verbs in Spanish are deber (to have to/must/ought), poder (to be able to), querer (to want to) and saber (to know how to).

Notice that poder, querer y saber are irregular (click on the link to see the conjugation), and in certain tenses, these verbs can have a particular meaning, so always look at the meaning of the verb from their context: Continue reading Spanish grammar: Modal verbs (A1)

Language tips: Tener ganas de + infinitive (A2)

Literally, means to have desires to (do something), but this expression is better translated as to feel like (doing something) or to really want to (do something).

    Clara tiene ganas de comer tarta (Clara feels like eating cake).

    Tengo ganas de ir de compras (I feel like going shopping).

    Mis hijos tienen muchas ganas de ir de compras (My children really feel like going on holidays).

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Talk Spanish: PRESENTARSE (A1)

In this new section we are going to compile a few posts that are related to the same topic and, if you look at them together, they will help you learn to communicate in this very specific situation. Also, we give you the possibility to practice what you have learned in a FREE 30 MINUTES MINI CONVERSATION LESSON IN A GROUP.

The first one is very basic: you will learn how to introduce yourself, introduce others and give personal information. Try to organize the work on different days, it will be more efficient. And now let’s start: Continue reading Talk Spanish: PRESENTARSE (A1)