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If you have reached the present perfect and past perfect tense, you are a good way into your Spanish studies and it's time for a serious talk about grammar. I don't know of any shortcut around regular practice. However, you can do yourself an enormous favor by taking the time to discover what you mean to say in English before you attempt to construct the grammar in Spanish... read more

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So the warm months are here and I'm ready to meet students interested in bettering their Spanish.  Are you going to be studying abroad for the coming school year?  Do you want a head start on next year's Spanish courses?  Are you interested in giving the gift of bilingualism to your son or daughter?  Send me a message and let's talk!  No tienen nada que perder, y todo... read more

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As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, I work with students of a variety of levels to improve their Spanish speaking ability. Meeting with a student twice a week can make it quite difficult to keep sessions fresh and exciting and to come up with conversational topics that haven't previously been covered. Today one of my more advanced students wanted to practice using the correct imperfect... read more

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Pretend you are Christopher Columbus, writing to the King and Queen of Spain to beg them to finance your trip to the Americas. Explain to them what you need, why it is necessary, what you hope to gain. In Spanish this requires the use of the subjunctive! I have often struggled with finding a fun activity to get students to practice writing the subjunctive in context, and came across this idea... read more

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I have used this website for years.  It is a free source of tutoring for any student wishing to understand Spanish grammar.  You can read or print out the explanations.  There are several quizzes to help your comprehension. It is also very USER FRIENDLY.   www.studyspanish.com  

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Prepositions of Place (Preposiciones de Lugar): How and When to Use Them Written by tutor Dorothy P. Question: What's a preposition, anyway? Answer: Prepositions are words that effect (without describing as an adjective does) a noun or pronoun, normally preceding it. In other words, prepositions describe the relationship of people, places and things to the world. There are prepositions... read more

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Pronombres Posesivos (Possessive Pronouns) Written by tutor Dominic J. Possessive pronouns in English are words that provide a reference point to a prior sentence and also specify to whom the object of the reference point belongs to. For example, in English, we could have the following dialogue: Person 1: My dog is white with brown spots (Mi perro es blanco con manchas cafes... read more

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Pronombres Personales (Personal Pronouns) Written by tutor Dominic J. Pronouns in general are words that are used to refer to someone or something without having to use that particular objects name over and over again. For example, “That is my baseball, can you give it to me so I can put it away?” instead of “That is my baseball, can you give me my baseball so I can put my baseball... read more

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Negative Words - Palabras Negativas Written by tutor Candace B. At times you may wish to express your desire not to do something. Or comment on a lack of something. To do that, you need to be able to properly express yourself in the negative, which doesn't always translate directly between English and Spanish. However, both languages use a special set of negative terms for such expressions... read more

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Using Spanish Interrogatives Written by tutor Luz L. One of the challenges many beginner students face when trying to ask questions in Spanish is that beside using an inverted question mark at the beginning of each question, there are several ways to ask the same question, and that the subject and the verbs are inverted. Like in English, in Spanish you can ask questions by adding... read more

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Spanish: Direct and Indirect Objects Written by tutor Jamie L. You might be thinking about good old fashioned sentence diagramming when you think of grammar. I will not be covering that, but I will be discussing the correct usage of direct and indirect objects in Spanish. Direct Objects Think in terms of the basic structure of a sentence; S (subject) + V (verb) + O (object)... read more