Verb’s Mood in Spanish, what they are (A2)

Verb’s mood isn’t about how the verb is feeling—whether it’s sad or gloomy or happy or confused. But in a way, it’s not all that different. Any complete thought that you can convey Verb’s Mood in Spanish, what they arepossesses mood, also referred to as “voice,” whether it is by what you say, how you say it, or under what circumstances you say it. When talking about the mood of an expression, you are focusing on the speaker’s motivation in stating something in a particular way. The moods that you will encounter in Spanish fall under three general categories.

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Mexican slang with Salma Hayek (B1)

Salma Hayek teaches you some Mexican Slang, but be careful how you use this words. Click on the link if you want to watch an interview with this Mexican actress in Spanish.

Remember to contact your tutor for any question you have about definite articles and contractions in Spanish. Don’t you have a Spanish personal tutor yet?

Podcast_018: El Cuerpo humano (A1)

podcast : el cuerpo humanoListen to this audio in which a person talks about the different parts of the human body and relates them to some actions. Listen to the podcast several times, answer the questions below and, finally, check your answers and the transcript.

Click on the link if you want to review the vocabulary related to the human body and practice with some quizzes. You can learn more by listening to the song “Mis ojos” by the Mexican group Maná, it is at the bottom. Remember to ask your tutor any question you have  Don’t you have a Spanish personal tutor yet?

 

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Diphthongs -diptongos en español- (A2)

DiphthongsDiphthongs (diptongos en español) are a combination of one strong (a, e, o) and one weak vowel (i, u), or of two weak vowels. Diphthongs are counted as one syllable. It may not be separated unless the weak vowel bears a written accent called “tilde”:

   ai, ay aire, hay pronounce like “eye”
    ei, ey reino, ley pronounce like “may”
   oi, oy oigo, hoy pronounce like “toy”
   iu triunfo, ciudad pronounce like “you”
   ui, uy cuidar, muy pronounce like “Louie”
   ue hueso, muerte pronounce like “west”
   au jaula, Paula pronounce like “now”
   eu feudal, reuma pronounce like “eh + oo”
   ia estudiamos pronounce like “yacht”
   ie miel, quiero pronounce like “ye”
   ua cuatro, mensual pronounce like “watt”
   uo cuota, antiguo pronounce like “quota”

The combination of a stressed strong vowel between two weak vowels that forms a single syllable is a triphthong. In Spanish, only four exist.

   iai estudiáis pronounce like “yipe”
   iei estudiéis pronounce like “yea”
   uai (uay) continuáis, Paraguay pronounce like “wine”
   uei (uey) continuéis, buey pronounce like “wade”

 

If the weak vowel is stressed, there is a separation called hiato, these are not diphthongs: ca-í-da, dí-a, rí-en, Ma-rí-a, tí-os, re-í-mos, re-ú-ne…

It also an hiato when the combination of two strong vowels is separated: ca-e-mos,re-a-li-dad, le-en, em-ple-o, a-e-ro-pla-no..

Diphthongs and hiatosLearning about diphthongs and hiatos will help you to pronounce better.

Remember you can contact your tutor with any question you have about diphthongs. Don’t you have a Spanish personal tutor yet? Just click on the link to practice the diphthongs with our quizzes.

 

Números del 0 al 9 -quizzes- (A1)

Numbers are very important because they are everywhere, so we have confidence when we use it. Today we are going to practice numbers from 0 to 9 with 8 different quizzes that you will find below. First, check the name of the numbers before moving to the quizzes. You can click on this link to work with more numbers, and remember to contact your tutor for any question you have about “números del 0 al 9”. Don’t you have a Spanish personal tutor yet?

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Stationary in Spanish -material de escritorio- (A2)

stationary in SpanishEs hora de volver al trabajo y a la escuela, así que es un buen momento para aprender vocabulario relacionado material de escritorio en español. Primero descarga la lamina de vocabulario en pdf y luego practica con los ejercicios de abajo.

It’s time to go back to work and school, so it’s a good time to learn vocabulary related to stationary in Spanish. First, download the pdf sheet and, after that, practice with the quizzes below.

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12 tips to learn Spanish

12 tips to learn Spanish, now we are back to School. If you are full of enthusiasm to sit down and learn español (Spanish) at one go—¡relájate!—stop and relax. Learning a language is not like crash dieting; it’s a gradual process that requires planning and concentration. Here is what you should know as you incorporate learning Spanish into your everyday life.

12 tips to learn Spanish

1. Avoid negative thinking—that you can never master a foreign language, or that it’s impossible for you to pronounce certain words correctly. Relax, and concentrate on what you do know and can do, and then keep adding on to that. If you can’t think of a particular word, choose another one to help you explain yourself. If you can’t understand what someone is saying to you, ask him to repeat.

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