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Spanish Lesson Intermediate 21 Correlation between Indicativo & Subjuntivo Posted by on Aug 31, 2011

In this Spanish video lesson we are going to look at the correlation between the Spanish Indicativo and the Spanish Subjuntivo to be able to know when you need to use the “Presente de subjuntivo” and when to use the “Pretérito Imperfecto de subjuntivo”. It all depends on which verb tense you are using in…

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¿Qué hora es? Posted by on Aug 26, 2011

How many times do you look at your watch during the day? Today we are going to remember how to tell the time in Spanish: – We will use the verb “ser” to express time of day, in singular if we refer to “one o’clock” and plural when talking about the rest. As “la hora”…

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Un café, por favor. Posted by on Aug 25, 2011

Lo reconozco: madrugar, y enfrentarme a una dura jornada de trabajo sería misión imposible para mí sin una buena taza de café. Es por ello que hoy quiero escribir sobre esta bebida. Bueno, ese es un motivo, y otro los divertidos problemas que tuve recientemente para pedir “un cortado” en un país vecino: esto me…

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Spanish Lesson Beginner 21 Travel Posted by on Aug 24, 2011

¡Hola a todos! Today, we are going to see how to manage when travelling in a Spanish speaking country. When you are on holiday or on a business trip in Spain or Latin America you have the perfect opportunity to really speak with the locals as you find your way around the country. In this…

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Alternatives for the use of “coger” Posted by on Aug 23, 2011

The verb coger has a somewhat vulgar meaning in some countries in Latin America so today I’m going to give you some other choices. 1. Esta fecha nos coge muy mal. (va) This date is not very good for us. 2. Este lugar coge muy lejos. (queda) This place is very far. 3. Nunca coge…

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Perífrasis: dejar de Posted by on Aug 22, 2011

The periphrasis dejar de has several uses in Spanish. The first use shows the end of an action or habit. Dejé de fumar el año pasado. I stopped smoking last year. He dejado de asistir a clase por falta de tiempo. I stopped going to class for lack of time / because I didn’t have…

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Breaking the ice in Spanish Posted by on Aug 19, 2011

Hey, there! How have you all been? There will come a time when you’re going to be in a social event and you will need to break the ice, romper el hielo, when talking to someone. Check out this dialog between Pablo and Ana, at a party: A: Qué calor, ¿no? (It sure is hot…

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