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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,... read more

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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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I've actually listened to common jokes that exist in Chile regarding the two most common errors of Americans learning Spanish. What are they?   1) a really bad accent   2) inability to conjugate verbs   What can Americans do to overcome these two obstacles and not perpetuate the stereotype?!   Be humble and admit your accent is bad and needs... read more

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I am a Spanish Native speaking person, I've being teaching since 1986, first English as a second Language and now Spanish as a second language.   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... read more

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Stem Changing Verbs Written by tutor Kristen H. The Spanish language has quite an array of stem changing verbs. Though no secret trick exists to determine if a verb is stem changing or not, repetition and a few quick rules reveal a pretty predictable conjugation pattern. The following tips should help you work out any confusion dealing with present tense stem changing verbs. First... read more

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Ser y Estar Written by tutor Jamie S. The verb “to be” is the most commonly used verb, even though many of us don’t really think about it. Don’t believe me? Consider how many times you say, “am,” “is,” or “are” every day! Maybe you didn’t even know that was the verb “to be.” Let’s look at how it is conjugated in English: Singular Plural I     am We     are You     are You... read more

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Reflexive Verbs - Spanish Grammar Written by tutor Jennifer H. What is a reflexive verb? A reflexive verb is a verb that is used when the subject and object receiving the action are the same. In English: Ex. I wash myself. -Subject: I -Verb: wash -Object: myself Both the subject and the object refer to the same person. I am doing the action to myself. Since... read more

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How to conjugate verbs in Spanish Written by tutor Dominic J. This section provides a general overview into how to conjugate verbs in Spanish. This section highlights tendencies and patterns that span different verb tenses. For more info regarding a particular verb tense, there are more specific pages available. Introduction Essentially, the way you conjugate a verb depends... read more

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Spanish Verb Conjugation Help Want to know how to conjugate tener in the subjunctive? How about a refresher on how -car, -gar, and -zar verbs change. Moreover, can you tell the difference between "Estas bonita" and "Eres bonita"? We're gathering all sorts of resources to help you tell when to use verbs and how to conjugate them. Verbos conjugados (Conjugating... read more

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Subjunctive Tense Written by tutor Michael U. The subjunctive mood is used in Spanish to express situations contrary to fact or cases of unreality. It is present in the dependent clause when the independent clause expresses emotion (estoy contento de que... I am happy that...), volition (quiero que... I want [that]...), likes or preference (prefiero que... I prefer...), possibility (es... read more

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