When you have two verbs together, the second one goes in the INFINITIVE form.

This is specially important to remember with verbs like: Querer, poder...

I want to eat ham

Quiero como jamón → NOO

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In past lessons you have practice a lot with the present tense. You have read, listen, written and spoken (if you have Skype lessons) hundreds of sentences in Spanish present tense.

You know how to change the infinitive form of any regular verb into the “right” form demanded by the subject, and you have also learnt some irregular verbs, like “ser” or “tener”.

Now, in this last chapter of the introductory course, you are ready to work with some irregular verbs.

Most irregular verbs just will have a little change in the root of the verb.

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You are finishing the Spanish introductory course, and you may be surprised that we haven´t taught you the first thing that most of the school teach... the letters!.

Knowing how to spell is certainly a good skill in any language

Best and fastest method to learn how to spell in Spanish

You can see here the spelling of different Spanish names and surnames. Check and pay attention to the pronunciation of each letter. Then, try again to spell the names yourself.

And finally, ask your teacher in your next Skype lesson to have some spelling work done!!.

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Well, so here we go with new numbers! I hope you already master the numbers up to 10. Otherwise get back to that them!.

I´m gonna give you now more sentences showing you the numbers from 10 to 100. You will see that some patterns repeat themselves, so it´s not as difficult as it may seem at the beginning.

Nevertheless, you can always print out our number chart, and check it when needing a number.

Eventually you´ll know them!

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If you want to express your ideas in Spanish one of the verbs that can be more useful for you is the verb “Creer” which means “To think, to believe...”.

In Spanish you´ll usually find this verb with the word “que” right after.

“que” means “that”, and in Spanish its use is compulsory in some sentences where in English you wouldn't need to use it.

So the structure is like this:

Creer + que + verbo en presente

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Hello again! Do you remember how to say “To be”?

 Student note: Of course I do! SER!!

That´s right!...but not completely :-) . In Spanish we have two different ways to say “To be”.
One of them is SER, but there is another, ESTAR!
Yes, we are weird enough to have two different verbs for “TO BE” (or maybe English doesn't have as many details as we do! :p ).
 

The main difference between SER and ESTAR

As you will go forward in our course, you´ll discover the differences between SER and ESTAR, but let me teach you one of them for this introductory course!.

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 In Spanish we have a special way to show respect to people. And that is using the word “usted”.

Usted would be translated into English as “You singular”, exactly the same as “tú”.

Student note: So...are they the same thing?

No, they aren´t!.

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 So, you already know how to “conjugar” (that´s the name of the process of changing the verb depending on the subject) the verb SER, and also the verbs that end in -AR in the infinitive form. 

You have worked hard, and now you understand, mainly, how verbs work in Spanish. Maybe you had some doubts about “vosotros” and “ellos”, but you finished the exercises, and maybe you had one or two Skype Spanish lesson with one of our teachers, so they solved out most of your doubts (I hope so!).

So now it´s time to complete the picture and learn how to “conjugar” verbs that end in -ER ( eg: comer(to eat), beber (to drink) deber ( to must)... ), and -IR ( vivir ( to live), escribir (to write)...)

 

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Here we go with the shortest lesson so far! Just the numbers from 0 to 10 in some sentences. Easy and painless :-).

I don´t believe in studying things like a parrot, so I think is better to work with numbers in sentences, so you can see them working. Remember to look up the new words!

Here you have your sentence list:

I have one car = I have a car

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Do you remember our lesson about the articles? In that post we talked about the “artículos determinados”, aka “how to say “the” in Spanish”.

We saw that in Spanish we have four “Artículos determinados” El / La / Los/ Las depending on the noun the article goes with.

Now it´s time to learn about other kind of articles, the “Artículos Indeterminados”, that in English are: “a” and “some” , and in Spanish are: un, una, unos, unas.

Student note: Hey! Stop! I don´t get it! 

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 In Spanish, there are three kind of verbs.

1) Verbs whose infinitive( remember: the “to” form) ends in -AR : cantAR ( to sing) ; trabajar ( to work)...

2) Verbs whose infinitive ends in -ER: comER ( to eat) ; beber (to drink) …

3) Verbs whose infinitive ends in -IR: vivIR ( to live)...

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A lot of people, when they decide to study Spanish, take a big grammar book and start studying verbs like crazy...but is this effective? Well, it may be, but for sure it will be useless if you don't understand first the essential about Spanish verbs. This is a broad introduction about how verbs work in Spanish. Hope it helps! Any doubt, use the comments!

What is a verb?

A verb is a word that describes an action ( eg: to run) , condition (eg: to keep) or experience ( eg: to feel).

All the Spanish verbs have a main form, that is called “Infinitivo”. In English that main form is the “to” form ( to sing, to eat, to live...).

When I´ll teach you a new verb I will always give you the Infinitivo, but...

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This post we are going to talk about the Spanish adjectives, something really important when you already master the use of nouns. 
So make sure that you already know how the gender of nouns and the definite articles work before keep going on!.

What´s an adjective?

An adjective is a word that modify a noun, primarily by describing a particular quality of the word, as “good” in “a good car”, or “silly” as in “silly person”.

The first difference you will see between English adjectives and Spanish adjectives is their position in the sentence. While in English adjectives normally go before the noun ( the good man), in Spanish the adjectives go after the noun ( el hombre bueno)

But that is only the beginning!

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Hello Mr/Mrs student! If you are here it means that you already know about the Gender of Nouns in Spanish and how important that is!. 

By the way... do you remember how to say “the street” in Spanish? And what about “the car”?. 

Good! I´m sure you did it well :) .

Well, those “el” and “la” are called definite articles. In English is easier, because you have only one definite article (“The”), but in Spanish you have already seen that we have two... at least. 

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A noun (“nombre” in Spanish) is a word that represents a person, a thing, a place or an idea

 

NOUNS

Person

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En una de mi clases por e-mail un estudiante me acaba de preguntar por la diferencia entre Saber y conocer, y tengo que decir que es algo bastante difícil de explicar. Espero que esto os pueda ayudar a algunos a notar las diferencias, aunque la mejor forma probablemente sea usar mucho el español y coger la diferencia de forma natural.

Saber vs Conocer

SABER:está más relacionado con la habilidad: ¿sabes hablar francés? ¿sabes cocinar? y también está relacionado con información, por ejemplo ¿sabes dónde ha ido Marta ? ¿sabes quién es tu vecino?

CONOCER: se utiliza para lugares, o personas: no conozco Berlín, conozco a Marcos, nunca he conocido a mi padre. También para información o conocimientos que se consiguen con mucho esfuerzo: todavía no conozco bien la gramática española, conozco perfectamente la historia de este país.

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Being polite is something really important when you are learning a language. Of course is not the same to talk to your family or friends than to an unknown person.

In Spanish we have a special way to show respect to people. And that is using the word “usted”.

Usted would be translated into English as “You singular”, exactly the same as “tú”.

Differences between Tú and Usted

Student note: So...are they the same thing?

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