Verb ‘hacer’: 9 practical uses

‘Hacer’ is one of the most versatile verbs in Spanish. Spaniards use it in a wide range of expressions that we use daily. Although it is often said to mean “to make” or “to do”, in context it can refer to almost any activity as well as the act of becoming. ‘Hacer’ is almost always [...]

How to tell someone off and give orders in Spanish (B2+)

Supongo que muchos ya conocéis la expresión “la sangre latina es caliente”. Pues es cierto, porque aquí, en España, somos bastante viscerales (emotional); tanto a la hora de querer a alguien como a la hora de enfadarnos. Podríamos decir que nos tomamos la vida muy a pecho (we take our lives to heart). ¿Queréis saber qué expresiones [...]

How do we express doubts in Spanish? (B1)

Many of our students ask us about the way Spaniards express doubts, so today we’ll teach you how to do it. It’s very easy: if a fact is doubted its main verb should be in the subjunctive mood; otherwise, expressions of doubt are stated in Spanish similarly to how they are in English. Let’s take [...]

6 common mistakes in Spanish made by English speakers (B1)

Unless you’re something other than human, there’s no way to learn and use a foreign language without making your share of mistakes. Here there are 6 fairly common grammatical errors, listed in no particular order, that you should try to avoid when learning Spanish. Don’t become frustrated! We are aware it is so difficult to learn [...]

When do we use “al + infinitive”? (B1)

Some of our Spanish students have doubts about when they have to use “al + infinitive” in Spanish, so today we’ll go over this issue. First of all, you need to know that in this case “al” is not the contraction of “a + el” but rather an indicator of action in progress (normally in [...]

How do we use the verb ‘quedar’?

Many of our students get confused when they hear the verb ‘quedar’ because it has many different meanings depending on the context. That’s why two years ago we wrote this post about this issue. Now, we have decided to go over it again, explaining the most common ways ‘quedar’ can be used in everyday conversation, so please [...]

14 false friends English-Spanish you don’t want to miss

Learning Spanish vocabulary can seem so easy for English speakers, but these two languages have thousands of false friends (falsos amigos), word pairs that look like they might mean the same thing, but don’t. You have to be careful because if you use them in speech or writing you’re likely to be misunderstood. Many of our [...]

How to cheer people up in Spanish

Sometimes, life can get rough and everybody goes through that sinking feeling for some reason or other. Cheering someone up is all about taking the time to listen to them, empathizing with what they’re going through and helping them get a bit of perspective. Do you want to know how to cheer someone up in [...]

“The subjunctive is the most difficult part of learning Spanish”

Around 40% of our Spanish students are Russians. They love Spain and its culture and they really want to learn our language. Russians like so much Don Quixote (I guess because he has many things in common with Russian culture, focused on trying to change the world in an idealistic way). Anna Vakhrusheva is one of them. She’s been studying [...]