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DAR conjugation and expressions, Spanish grammar (A2)

DAR conjugation and expressions, Spanish grammar (A2)
Le está dando calabazas.

Spanish verb DAR (to give) usually trouble students because it is irregular in the present and preterite tense and also can be found in many colloquial expressions that are difficult to understand in English.

Click on the link to learn full conjugation of dar in the different tenses. Below you can find some colloquial expressions with dar (translated into English) that you are going to find very useful. Finally, practice everything that you have learned with our quizzes.

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DIMINUTIVES IN SPANISH, HOW TO FORM AND USE THEM (A2)

Diminutives in Spanish –LOS DIMINUTIVOS– are used very often. For instance, when you hear a family member addressed in Spanish, you may not hear the standard relation terms (review vocabulary about family). In fact, you are more likely to hear variations on those terms. This is true because Spanish allows diminutive suffixes to be added to the ends of nouns. These suffixes are there to signal how the speaker feels about the person (or object) being described. Continue reading DIMINUTIVES IN SPANISH, HOW TO FORM AND USE THEM (A2)

Sports in Spanish vocabulary -deportes en español- (A2)

Sports in Spanish vocabularyHoy vamos a aprender vocabulario relacionado con los deportes en español. Primero, descargar la lámina en pdf y, después de eso, practica lo que has aprendido con los ejercicios interactivos de abajo.

Today we are going to learn vocabulary related to Sports in Spanish. First, download the pdf sheet and, after that, practice with the quizzes below.

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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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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.

 

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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La playa (on the beach): Spanish vocabulary A2

It is time to go on holidays, so let’s learn vocabulary related to “la playa” (beach). First download the pdf sheet, after that click on the link to practice with our quizzes.

You can also watch the video with subtitlesvacaciones en España (holidays in Spain)“, and remember to contact your tutor with any question you have or to ask for more homeworkDon’t you have a Spanish personal tutor yet?

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