Como eres vs como estas: what's the difference?

Cómo Eres vs Cómo Estás: How & When to Use Them

In Spanish, the verbs ser and estar give us two ways to ask the question, “How are you”: ¿Cómo estás? ¿Cómo eres? But these two phrases are asking very different questions. This quick guide will help you learn (and never forget!) the difference between them.  What’s the difference between ¿Cómo eres? and ¿Cómo estás? ¿Cómo … Read More

Hey there, I'm Connor. I help motivated learners speak Spanish without slogging through grammar books or tapping through every new app. I started Breakthrough Spanish to give more people the confidence and focus to learn effectively Spanish from home. Learn more about me here.

Haber in Spanish: A clear guide + video

Master Haber in Spanish: Hay, He, Hay Que & More + Video

Haber is a Spanish verb with a lot of uses. But we don’t usually see it in that plain dictionary form — “haber”.   Most of the time, we see haber in forms like hay, había, hubo, habrá, hay que, he, hemos and more.  In this article, we’ll cover the most important uses of haber in … Read More

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Why do you say "que tengas un buen día"?

Que tengas: why do phrases with Que + Verb use the subjunctive?

Que tengas un buen día is a shortened version of an implied fuller expression: [espero] que tengas un buen día — [I hope] that you have a good day. With verbs like esperar, which carry uncertainty, we use a verb form called the subjunctive.  Verbs like desear or querer could theoretically also precede “Que tengas … Read More

Hey there, I'm Connor. I help motivated learners speak Spanish without slogging through grammar books or tapping through every new app. I started Breakthrough Spanish to give more people the confidence and focus to learn effectively Spanish from home. Learn more about me here.

Spanish Learning Habits: 7 habits that effective learners use

7 (Easy) Habits of Highly Effective Spanish Learners

Some people learn Spanish faster and more effectively than others.  Why is that? What makes someone an effective Spanish learner?  In my experience, it’s nothing too hard — it boils down to their habits. Here’s something I say often: Learning Spanish has less to do with how smart you are, and more to do with how consistently … Read More

Hey there, I'm Connor. I help motivated learners speak Spanish without slogging through grammar books or tapping through every new app. I started Breakthrough Spanish to give more people the confidence and focus to learn effectively Spanish from home. Learn more about me here.

Spanish phrases for the gas station

Spanish at the Gas Station: Everything You Need to Know

In many parts of Latin America, you don’t pump your own gas — there are attendants who work the pumps (las bombas). So if you’re driving in a Spanish speaking country, it pays to know some Spanish phrases for the gas station.  Gas Station Vocabulary with Regional Variations Spanish vocabulary can vary a lot from country to … Read More

Hey there, I'm Connor. I help motivated learners speak Spanish without slogging through grammar books or tapping through every new app. I started Breakthrough Spanish to give more people the confidence and focus to learn effectively Spanish from home. Learn more about me here.

How to Memorize Spanish Words: Instantly Improve Your Recall

I was doing a live class last night and kept repeating something that I thought was worth sharing here:  If you memorize Spanish words like this: Tener = to have El bigote = the mustache You are unlikely to remember them. If you do remember them, you’ll probably struggle to use the word in conversation.  … Read More

Hey there, I'm Connor. I help motivated learners speak Spanish without slogging through grammar books or tapping through every new app. I started Breakthrough Spanish to give more people the confidence and focus to learn effectively Spanish from home. Learn more about me here.

How to Conjugate the Verb Poder in Spanish (8 Need-to-Know Tenses)

Poder in Spanish is a funny one to translate. We don’t have a one-word-verb like that in English, but I used to translate it in my head as “to can”.  Regardless of the translation, it’s one of the most useful verbs in Spanish. You can use it to ask and give permission, describe your abilities, … Read More

Hey there, I'm Connor. I help motivated learners speak Spanish without slogging through grammar books or tapping through every new app. I started Breakthrough Spanish to give more people the confidence and focus to learn effectively Spanish from home. Learn more about me here.

Man listening to audio with headphones

How to Improve Spanish Listening | 3 FREE Tools

Understanding Spanish is hard. It takes a lot of practice. So if you’re struggling to understand Spanish, you are not alone.  In my experience, comprehension is the hardest part of a new language because there are so many different ways people can speak. It’s unpredictable! A million different factors (including origin, personality, mood) can influence … Read More

Hey there, I'm Connor. I help motivated learners speak Spanish without slogging through grammar books or tapping through every new app. I started Breakthrough Spanish to give more people the confidence and focus to learn effectively Spanish from home. Learn more about me here.

A beach in Vieques. No worries in Spanish is no hay problema.

No Worries in Spanish: 15 Great Ways to Say No Problem

The simplest, most common way to say “no problem” or “no worries” in Spanish is “no hay problema.” Other common ways include no te preocupes, no pasa nada, and de nada. Let’s take a look at these and other ways to express the same idea. Click the audio next to each expression to hear a … Read More

Hey there, I'm Connor. I help motivated learners speak Spanish without slogging through grammar books or tapping through every new app. I started Breakthrough Spanish to give more people the confidence and focus to learn effectively Spanish from home. Learn more about me here.

I don't know in Spanish

“I don’t know” in Spanish: How Native Speakers Say It

No sé and no lo sé are the most common ways to say I don’t know in Spanish. They come from the verb saber (which means to know). When you’re learning Spanish, not knowing is an experience you have often. So to make it crystal clear, let’s break down this expression, and take a look … Read More

Hey there, I'm Connor. I help motivated learners speak Spanish without slogging through grammar books or tapping through every new app. I started Breakthrough Spanish to give more people the confidence and focus to learn effectively Spanish from home. Learn more about me here.