February 19, 2017

Becoming fluent in a second language is one of the most difficult tasks you’ll ever undertake. Our first language can help us make connections and fast-track our learning, but it can also be a hindrance to mastering a second language. One of the many ways we stumble is...

February 12, 2017

Here you are, speaking Spanish with someone, when, mid-sentence, an English word or phrase slips out of your mouth: “like,” “I mean,” “so,” “you know,” etc. Does this sound familiar? Rest assured you’re not alone; it’s a natural part of learning a second language. Thes...

February 5, 2017

In English, the gerund (-ing) form can be either a noun or an adverb.


Running (noun) is good for your health.

She spends her days dreaming (adverb).

In Spanish, the gerund form can only be used as an adverb. If you want the noun form for -ing, use the infinitive. This...

January 30, 2017

Never start a sentence with the word porque. Although you want to express the cause or reason for something, the word you want to use is como, which is like saying “since.” If you flip the word order, then porque is usually appropriate.


Como no tengo bastante d...

January 22, 2017

You know the letters y and o are also words, but did you know they have alternate spellings? The word y becomes e when the following word begins with the i sound, and the word o becomes u when the following word begins with the o sound. Remember (Tip #2), the h is sile...

January 15, 2017

The h is silent, except in borrowed words (hockey, sushi, etc.) and when preceded by c (ch). Perhaps you know this, and yet still throw in an English “h” sound with words you’re more familiar with in writing than in speech. Pronounce words with h as though the h weren’...

January 8, 2017

When saying, “thank you for …” always use “por,” never “para.”


“Gracias por tu ayuda.”

"Gracias por ayudarme.”

December 31, 2016

The year 2017 is upon us! Have you made any new resolutions? Is one of them to improve your Spanish? What could that do for your career? What doors could it open for you down the road? My resolution for the new year is to help as many people as possible improve their S...

August 16, 2015

     "It was a warm, spring afternoon, the kind that always fooled you into thinking you'd seen the last snowfall of the season, and we had just finished unloading the last boxes from our faded-red Volkwagen Bug and our old, rusted-up white Toyota pickup. Dad thought g...

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