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Spanish verb IR (to go): present tense – Episode 63

IR is one of the most common Spanish verbs. You’ll find it even in the most basic sentences. So it’s essential that you know it well.

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Spanish pronunciation lesson: How to say the letter “i” – Episode 62

Mary sent me a message asking: “How do you pronounce the letter ‘i’ in Spanish? I never know whether to say it like in English.”

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Spanish verb TENER (to have): present tense – Episode 61

My student Linda asked me: “I like your lessons where I learn to conjugate a new verb. What about having one with the verb TENER?”

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Spanish pronunciation assessment: case study #1 – Episode 60

I asked Simon, one of my students, to record some sentences for a pronunciation assessment. That way he can work on the sounds he’s not getting right. Here it is.

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Spanish verbs: imperfect or preterite? Which tense do I use? – Episode 59

One of my subscribers asked me: What’s the difference between the imperfect and the preterite? I’m not sure when to use these two tenses.

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Spanish AR verbs: presente tense – Episode 58

In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to build the six forms of the regular -AR verbs in the present tense.

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5 common Spanish idioms with animals – Episode 57

Richard sent me a message saying: “I want to learn some colloquial Spanish. Are there any easy idioms that natives use frequently?” Here are five!

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Spanish pronunciation: how to say the letter A – Episode 56

Laura asked me a few days ago whether the letter A in Spanish has different sounds, the way it does in English. Let’s find out.

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10 Spanish false friends: describing words – Episode 55

James said: “The other day I came across the word ‘largo’ and the translation the book gave me was: ‘long’. Is it not ‘large’?”

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3 things I wish someone had told me when I was first learning languages – Episode 54

Tim sent me a message saying: “Is there anything you wish you had known when you started learning languages? Anything that would have made it easier?”

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Spanish pronunciation: difficult everyday words – Episode 53

Many short everyday Spanish words are difficult to pronounce, like: hecho, elegir, llover … Let’s practise saying them correctly.

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Spanish verbs: Difference between IR & VENIR – Episode 52

In my experience as a Spanish teacher, even advanced students find it difficult to tell the difference between IR & VENIR. Let’s practise them.

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