/Student's doubts about Spanish

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 [...]

“My favorite word in Spanish is ‘vale’, it´s universal and fosters agreement”

Tim List is an American retired business executive who has been studying Spanish with us for more than a year. He used to work for a company that imported olives and olive oil from Spain to the United States and Puerto Rico, so this brought home to him how important knowing another language can be. [...]

“Spanishviaskype is the best way to learn the language if you don’t live in a Spanish speaking country”

Al Day (62) is an american airline pilot. He’s so funny and always looks on the bright side (Es muy gracioso y siempre ve el lado positivo de las cosas). He doesn’t need Spanish for his job but he really loves the Spanish language and culture. He has been studying with SpanishviaSkype for two years and a half. [...]

A VER or HABER? (B1)

It’s very difficult for our students (at least for the beginners) to tell the difference between “a ver” and “haber”, probably because we pronounce both exactly the same. Do you understand the difference between these two sentences: “Vamos A VER cómo acaba el partido de fútbol” and “Tenías que HABER llamado a tu madre; estará [...]

How to use “acabar de” y “estar a punto de”?

I’m sure that most of you have heard a lot these two Spanish expressions: “acabar de” and “estar a punto de”. In Spanish, many useful expressions are formed by combining two verbs. When this occurs, the first verb is conjugated, while the second verb remains in the infinitive form. In Spain we use these two constructions very often [...]