In English we have 5 vowels orthographically(in spelling), but phonetically(in terms of speech sounds) there are 14 different vowel sounds! Spanish only has 5 vowel sounds! This can make it rather difficult for Spanish speakers to pronounce English words. For English speakers learning Spanish, this means that we have to narrow down our vowel pronunciations.
When it comes to pronunciation,...
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Learning Spanish is fun. Spanish is a very versatile language, it is known to be a Roman Language, means it has it's roots from Latin. Did you know that English and Spanish have the same roots? And even though their grammar structure and...
Por vs. Para
Written by tutor Amy P.
Por and para can cause English speakers a lot of problems because in English, we only use the word “for.” In Spanish, there are very specific situations in which to use por vs. para. I have outlined these below with examples and have provided an activity to help you practice this important skill.
“Se” Passive and “Se” Impersonal
Written by tutor Roberto C.
If you want to learn how to use the “se” in the impersonal and passive voice, it means that you are a dedicated learner who has come this far into the study of your new language and that you are already familiar with the concepts of transitive and intransitive verbs, direct and indirect objects and above all, you understand...
How to Use Accent Marks in Spanish
Written by tutor Sheri F.
There are two reasons why written accent marks (also known as tildes) are used in Spanish.
1. To demonstrate which syllable is stressed (por ejemplo: sábado, Dámelo)
2. To differentiate two words that have the same exact spelling (por ejemplo: mi y mí)
A. Constants and Vowels
When a word in Spanish...
Written by tutor Claudia R.
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Cuando hacemos comparaciones, comparamos cosas distintas, cosas iguales, y destacamos cosas en forma de superlativos.
Al comparar cosas distintas, "más que" se utiliza cuando es superior y "menos que" se utiliza cuando es inferior. Hay dos reglas que ayudan a...
Spanish Phrases Help
Let's face it: not every phrase used in Spanish directly translates to the same phrase in English. In this section, we have included some lessons here on tricky topics in Spanish like when to use por and para, and when a word needs an accent mark. We'll also give you examples of cognates, and warn you about some false cognates so you don't get confused!