1. En pelotas This literally means “in balls” (hence the photo) per the modern definition of “pelota”, but that’s not what it refers to at all (it’s not using the modern definition of “pelota”). Contrary to what many... Read more
So I just started watching Ocho Apellidos Catalanes and I’m immediately running into words and phrases I don’t know. I’ve been learning Spanish for something like 9 years now. “What, don’t you speak Spanish yet?” No one ever really... Read more
This is a simple technique I developed on my own as part of the Telenovela Method years ago and I’ve just never gotten around to writing about it because it never occurred to me how much trouble most people have learning Spanish pronunciation (note: this... Read more
Ask a local. No, not for a language exchange. Ask a local for a place to post a request for one. You want a bulletin-board/classifieds type setup run by either the city or a local university. In particular, look for where local university students (and just people... Read more
I finally got the 2nd edition of my book published (was supposed to happen last fall, turns out self-publishing was a lot more complicated than I thought it was going to be). A lot of you had asked if a print version of the first edition was available, so that was... Read more
I just finished trying a new service called GoSpanish and I’ll cut to the chase: flat rate of $35 per month for unlimited Spanish classes at four different levels with high-quality teachers, class sizes averaging 2-6 students, and which you can participate in... Read more
Awkward title, but accurately descriptive. We’re going to talk about the ways you can say essentially the same thing in Spanish: “That rings a bell” or “That sounds/looks familiar”. This is going to revolve around two verbs:... Read more
Glossika is a course that’s gotten very popular recently and as such curiosity got the better of me and I decided to give it a try. That, plus I’m learning German (still as a beginner, I’ve had some lulls in my learning of it so I’m not as far... Read more
This is to be a general review of the whole Teach Yourself Language Hacking course authored by Benny Lewis. Though the one I tried was the Italian course, they’re all structured pretty much the same and utilize the same method, so a review for one will cover... Read more
I remember talking with a language exchange partner years ago and I wanted to say that something was, as we colloquially say in English, a “pain in the neck”, so I made the mistake most inexperienced language learners make in such situations and just... Read more
This channel is just my sort of thing, and I suspect it will be for a lot of you as well. Are you interested in traveling? Are you interested in learning about foreign cultures and people? Are you interested in the perspective and first impression a foreigner has... Read more
This is just going to be a very brief post where I explain my current preference for Spanish-language news as a source of material to learn Spanish from. It applies more to those at an intermediate or higher (B1 and up I’d say) than to beginners, though now... Read more
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