So I learned a large portion of my own Spanish from popular media, I recommend it all the time, I wrote a book on how to do it, I think it’s time I start giving (short) Spanish lessons based on popular media like YouTube videos. Let’s go! Today’s... Read more
I thought I’d do something a bit shorter today, especially since I’ve got another post scheduled to come out in a couple hours (I use a short comedy sketch on YouTube to teach you some Spanish, definitely keep an eye out for it!), so I’m going to... Read more
Today, as part of my new series of short Spanish lessons, we’re going to briefly (I promise) cover three words/expressions: deberse (most commonly seen as “se debe a”), pérdida, and abarcar. All three come from a single sentence used in the Spanish... Read more
And here’s the second in my series of short Spanish lessons where I teach vocabulary, expressions, and short phrases. Today, as in the previous lesson, we’re going to be looking at words and phrases from the Spanish news program, Telediario. The... Read more
So I decided I’ll start doing short, easily consumable Spanish lessons for you guys. I hate writing long posts and you hate reading them, plus a language is better learned through lots of small chunks consistently over a long period of time rather than through... Read more
What this means is: You need to learn those aspects of the language (words, expressions, grammar, syntax) that are in current use by native speakers. You need to learn them in order of frequency of use, meaning that the most commonly used words are the most important... Read more
Go to Forvo.com, instructions on how to use it follow Ok, so that’s the site you want (image on the left links to it or just click here) and here I’ll briefly show you how you can download the audio files and then use them to make electronic flashcards... Read more
Don’t do this: it’s unnecessary, unpleasant, and not even the best way Shortly after beginning to learn a language for the first time (few weeks, couple of months, something like that), you’ll figure out which of the activites you’ve been doing... Read more
Have you ever tried using flashcards with a foreign word on one side and the English translation on the other or, even worse, repeatedly reading a list of vocabulary and each word’s translation over and over again, attempting to memorize them by rote? Most of... Read more
It doesn’t work that way (har har) in Spanish Ok, what I mean is that the Spanish language, unlike English, doesn’t use one single word for all the various meanings that “way” can have in English. I’ll cover the three most common... Read more
This is a series of posts I decided to do explaining my reasons for so heavily emphasizing the use of popular media such as movies, series, songs, books, etc. in order to learn a language. I want to say from the outset that I believe the single most efficient... Read more
Why It’s for the same reason you can just point at a cow and say “Cow!” instead of “There is a cow over there and I want you to look at it!”. It’s for the same reason that when someone asks you if you would like fries with that you... Read more
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