4 Spanish learning lessons

SS #18: 4 Language Learning Lessons From My 2022

Now that we’re in a new year, but not far enough in to have given up on our resolutions yet, I thought this would be a good time to discuss something I find helpful in language learning: reflection. Looking back at my own efforts over the past year (I’ve been learning German for a couple … Read More

Saturday Spanish #17: Make the progress you want in 2023

Learning Spanish — especially after the first few months — can feel amorphous. The more you learn, the more you realize you don’t know. And this gives many people the vague, unpleasant feeling of un-measurable progress. Today, I’m going to share a simple idea to help you feel more direction in your learning. This can … Read More

How to use Saludos in Spanish

How to Use Saludos in Spanish Like a Native Speaker

You’ve probably heard it by now: Spanish speakers use “saludos” all the time.  But its usage can be tricky. So in this article, you’re going to learn the meaning, clear examples for how to use it, and pronunciation mistakes to avoid. (Prefer video? Check out my short explanation below). ¡Vamos! What does saludos mean in … Read More

How to use vos in Spanish

Vos in Spanish: Understand and Use the ‘Voseo’ Easily

As speakers of modern English, we’re blessed with a simple one-word solution to addressing someone:  You.  But languages aren’t like that — including Spanish.  In Spanish, we have multiple ways to address a person. This changes based on situation, geography, and the respect or formality you want to show. Vos is one such pronoun in Spanish. … Read More

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”: 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 eres? means “what are … Read More

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