Archive for October, 2012

What are “family verbs”? Posted by on Oct 20, 2012

So I don’t know if the term “family verbs” exists, but I used it to show you that there are some verbs in Spanish that change their prefixes and have the same verb root, like tener, volver, decir, venir, traer, formar, and hacer (among others) and make other verbs, related in meaning. So let’s start…

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Spanish recipes: Papas a lo pobre Posted by on Oct 19, 2012

No sé si estaréis de acuerdo conmigo en que en ocasiones los platos más sabrosos son los más sencillos. Hoy quiero compartir uno que al menos a mí me encanta, barato y fácil: papas (patatas) a lo pobre. Si os gusta la tortilla española, este también lo hará. El nombre de esta comida  se debe…

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Spanish breakfast! Posted by on Oct 18, 2012

Hey, everybody! I arrived in the US yesterday and I’m staying at a Spanish friend’s house, in Acton, MA. I went out for an American dinner with ribs, fries and sweet-flavored beans (which I sort of liked). Then this morning David told me he was going to make me a real desayuno español. I kept…

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Beginner Spanish Lesson 41 Comparing Pretérito Indefinido and Pretérito Perfecto Posted by on Oct 16, 2012

In this Beginner Spanish lesson we are going to compare various key words of the Pretérito Indefinido and Pretérito Perfecto Spanish grammar tenses and compare the uses of these tenses. Both these Spanish grammar tenses are used to talk about the past, but they are quite different. There are various key words specific to each…

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How to say “sleep on it” in Spanish Posted by on Oct 14, 2012

¡Hola! ¿Cómo estás? I particularly like idioms because they give a special flavor when we speak a language. Some days ago a friend invited me to spend New Year’s Eve at a party in a city nearby and I told him, “I’ll sleep on it”. As it turns out, I started thinking how to say…

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How to use the verb “poner” in Spanish Posted by on Oct 13, 2012

The verb poner (to put) is widely used and in today’s post let’s learn its basic meanings. Poner means basically to put, to place something somewhere. ¿Dónde has puesto las llave del coche? – Where have you put the car keys? Todavía no sé dónde voy a poner ese cuadro. – I still don’t know…

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Advanced Spanish Lesson 40 Acentuación de las palabras (Part 3) Posted by on Oct 9, 2012

Third Advanced Spanish lesson in the series looking at how to classify Spanish words according to the location of accents. In this video we see how to use Spanish accents with words that have various vowels together, using diptongos, triptongos, and hiatos. Hoy vamos a hablar de cómo acentuar palabras con varias vocales juntas. A…

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