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Spanish Quickies Podcast

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If you've always wanted to learn Spanish, but didn't think it was possible because you were terrible at Spanish in high school, or you don't get sucked into Rosetta Stone-style hype--you've come to the right place. I'm a normal person, not some big company and not some native Spanish speaker. I'm not a natural language learner at all actually. My first brush with Spanish ended with me getting an F in high school! But somewhere along the way, I fell in love! I'm not sure if I love Spanish because I love traveling, or I love traveling because I love Spanish (and food). But I love them both. Naturally, I want more people to love what I love, but I know that you probably don't see Spanish like I do... not yet! That's the point of this podcast. I want to show you that there is ANOTHER WAY! That most of the strategies and tactics they used to teach us Spanish in high school are IGNORANT. They are ignorant to our plight. I know your mistakes. I understand why you make them. They were my mistakes too! I remember the pain and the agony of having to figure it all out myself because... let's just say... I was underwhelmed with the resources out there. Well, now with these Spanish Quickies, you don't have to waste the years I did, figuring this out on my own.


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The Sexualization of Nouns [REBROADCAST]

Author: Gringo EspaAuthor: ñol
Thu, Oct 06, 2016


In this lesson, I go over the whole masculine/feminine thing in Spanish. While not nearly as hard to "get" as all the verb conjugations, the sexuality of nouns still gives Spanish students a lot of trouble at the beginning. Or at least that's how it was for me. Related Videos: Plural Forms of Nouns Definite & Indefinite Articles

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[REBROADCAST] Ser Vs. Estar, A Rule of Thumb

Author: Gringo EspaAuthor: ñol
Mon, Sep 26, 2016


“To be or not to be? That is the question.” I know very few lines from Shakespeare. But it’s no surprise to me that one of the few I do know, contains the verb “to be” twice. You see, I consider “to be” to be the mother of all verbs. I’d bet a lot of money that “to be” is the most frequently used verb in English and in Spanish. Anytime you say “is” “am” “are” “was” or “were”, you’re actually saying a conjugated form of “to be”. But here’s the thing. In Spanish, they have two different “to be’s”. All links mentioned in this episode can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/ser-estar/

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The Infinitive & Conjugation [REBROADCAST]

Author: Gringo EspaAuthor: ñol
Wed, Sep 14, 2016


One of the main reasons I failed Spanish my first time through is I was lost from the beginning. On the first day, the teacher starting using words like "conjugation" and "infinitive". I didn't even know what those words meant in English. Would've been nice of her to explain that, no? Free Practice Resources: Download the Word List for this video Related Videos: The Conjugation Strategy Personal Pronouns (Subject Pronouns) Formal Conjugation Put Your Pronouns In, Take Your Pronouns Out

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Ordering Food in Spanish [REBROADCAST]

Author: Gringo EspaAuthor: ñol
Wed, Sep 14, 2016


In this video we continue with TRAVEL SPANISH. For me, traveling wouldn't be nearly as much fun if the different countries didn't have different foods. The food is one of the best parts for sure. In this video, we're going to Order Food in Spanish! Another video you should watch: The Bare Minimum Method: Learn Spanish Like Kids Learn Greetings & Being Polite, Part 1 Greetings & Being Polite, Part 2 Ask Directions in Spanish The Bus & Train Station in Spanish Free Bonus Video: Mistakes Are Good

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The Bus & Train Station in Spanish [REBROADCAST]

Author: Gringo EspaAuthor: ñol
Wed, Aug 24, 2016


In this video, we continue with the travel Spanish tricks. This time, at the bus and train station in Spain. You'll learn 5 steps for handling all public transportation when you travel. And we'll go over Step #1 in depth, with video examples from Spain. Another video you should watch: Learn Spanish Like Kids Learn – The Bare Minimum Method Ask Directions in Spanish

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Ask Directions in Spanish [REBROADCAST]

Author: Gringo EspaAuthor: ñol
Thu, Aug 11, 2016


In this video, not only will you hear how Gringo Espa?ol started, but you'll SEE how to ask directions to any spot in the world with just three questions, made of seven simple words. This video features real video clips from Spain. Another video you should watch: Learn Spanish Like Kids Learn – The Bare Minimum Method

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The Bare Minimum Method: Learn Spanish Like Kids Learn [REBROADCAST]

Author: Gringo EspaAuthor: ñol
Thu, Jul 28, 2016


In this video you'll get three steps to learning Spanish like a kid learns Spanish. When you're done with this video, you'll literally be ready to speak Spanish today! No exaggeration. Another video you should watch: Beginner Spanish Fact: Pronunciation Doesn't Matter

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Prepositions with Verbs (S03E10)

Author: Gringo EspaAuthor: ñol
Wed, Jul 13, 2016


Get the Word List for this video here: https://spanishdude.com/quickies/prepositions-with-verbs/?podcast.

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Por Vs. Para, An Introduction

Author: Gringo EspaAuthor: ñol
Wed, Jun 15, 2016


Get the Free Practice Worksheets here: https://spanishdude.com/quickies/por-para/

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Tragedy & Triumph: The Story of a Spanish Dude

Author: Gringo EspaAuthor: ñol
Tue, May 31, 2016


I made my first Spanish video three and a half years ago. It didn't go well the first year. I made negative dollars. I switched gears in the second year, January of 2014. That's when I started Gringo Espa?ol. In the beginning, I was just uploading free videos. And nobody was watching. But by the time the 6-month mark hit, I knew I had "something". The crowd was starting to gather. In September of 2014, I released my second premium course. That's when things really started to roll. Then finally, over the last eight months, with four premium courses, Gringo Espa?ol became a real business that provided me a nice income. But a few weeks ago, on May 3rd, Facebook deleted the Gringo Espa?ol Facebook page without explanation. And with it, they took half my business. This is my story. I assure you, I don't do sad endings. P.S. Make sure to LIKE my new FB page if you don't want to miss my videos: http://facebook.com/spanishdude

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How Prepositions Work in Spanish (S03E08)


Wed, May 11, 2016


All the links mentioned in this video can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/prepositions-work-spanish/

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The Puzzle Strategy (S03E07)


Wed, Apr 27, 2016


Hola! This is a brand-new video. I've been meaning to make this one for a while. The Puzzle Strategy is the best strategy I've got for improving your Spanish fast. With The Puzzle Strategy, not only will you learn new words and grammar--and see how real Spanish sentences are formed... But when you do The Puzzle Strategy, you'll identify specifically what you need to work on. However, The Puzzle Strategy isn't for the faint of heart. If you're a beginner, it might make you cry. If you're intermediate, it'll make you sweat. Your job is to work through that pain. I have an adorable, 14-month-old niece. When she attempts to do something she can already do, she's happy! But when she tries something she CAN'T already do--she gets flustered. She cries. Sometimes she quits. Don't be like my 14-month-old niece. You can cry. But don't quit. The reason most people don't speak a foreign language is, it's hard. They get frustrated. And they quit. If you want to speak Spanish for real... In real life... With real people... You need to persevere. So WATCH The Puzzle Strategy video. Then DO The Puzzle Strategy. Persevere. GRIT it out. You won't be sorry. No pain, no gain. Thank you sir, may I have another? Have fun. Get your cry on. See ya next week! Jordan P.S. All the links mentioned in this video are listed here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/puzzle-strategy/?podcast

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Reflexive Verbs


Fri, Mar 25, 2016


Reflexive verbs are a little weird in Spanish. Not hard. Just weird. Do you even know what reflexive verbs are? Yeah, neither did I. We just don't use them that much in English. And that's the problem. Most Spanish courses and books don't specifically compare what happens in Spanish to what happens in English. But that's how we learn--CONTEXT! (how does this fit with everything I already know?) So the goal of this video is simple: show you what reflexive verbs are, and how and when to use them in both English and Spanish. But along the way, you'll also see how they compare to direct and indirect object pronouns (the last two videos). There are lots of similarities--and lots of differences too (that’s part of the confusion). BONUS: The word "se" in Spanish is very confusing. Because it has many different uses and meanings. This video touches on one of them. "Ver" is the verb. "Verse" is the REFLEXIVE verb (same thing, just with “se” on the end). When you're done, not only will you finally understand reflexive verbs and how to use them. But you'll be one step closer to understanding that crazy word "se" also! Watch the video. Maybe twice. You'll get it. I swear. And I'm here for questions, of course. Hasta luego! Jordan All resources for this episode can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/reflexive-verbs/?podcast

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Indirect Object Pronouns


Thu, Mar 24, 2016


I either didn't learn or don't remember this from school (as humans, we often block out traumatic events): Indirect object pronouns. As opposed to direct object pronouns. But when I started learning Spanish, I noticed right away--the pronouns were really confusing! One problem is... What is a direct object? What is an indirect object? Then another problem is... In English, direct object pronouns are the same as indirect object pronouns. In Spanish, they're not. So in this video, I'll show you: 1) What direct and indirect objects even are (in English). 2) How what they do in Spanish is different than what we do in English. 3) The difference between direct object pronouns and indirect object pronouns in Spanish (there's no difference in English). If pronouns confuse you, watch this video. It'll really clear things up. Hasta luego! Jordan All resources for this episode can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/indirect-object-pronouns/?podcast

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Direct Object Pronouns


Wed, Mar 23, 2016


Verb conjugation is an attention hog. Rarely do I have a conversation about learning Spanish without verb conjugation coming up. And with good reason. It's not easy. Lots of tenses. So many patterns. Plus all those exceptions. But lurking in the shadows... perhaps even more confusing... are the pronouns! Me mi m?. T? tu te ti. ?l, lo, le. OMG!!!! The good news is, just like with verb conjugation, once you focus on ONE type of pronoun at a time, it's really not that hard. It's just confusing when you rush it, don't practice enough, then can't differentiate one from the other. T? tu te ti? Come on. You've got to be kidding! Well this video... is all about helping you avoid that confusion: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/direct-object-pronouns/?fb Start with one type of pronoun (direct object pronouns). Focus on them. Learn them. Practice them. When you're done with this video, you'll understand what direct object pronouns are, how they're used in Spanish, and why they're so tricky for us. And when you're done with the Practice Worksheet on that page, you'll start to FEEL how to use them. That's how it's done around here. Focus. Learn. Practice. Focus. Learn. Practice. Focus. Learn. Practice. Watch the video, do the Practice Worksheet. Then I think you'll find, direct object pronouns, suddenly don't seem so hard anymore. Suerte, Gringo! Jordan All resources for this episode can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/direct-object-pronouns/?podcast

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Fun with Cognates: Comercial to Alarma (S03E06)


Wed, Feb 17, 2016


I recently heard a story of a French girl arguing with a Canadian guy about the meaning of "radical" for over an hour. But both their definitions were basically the same--just a little nuanced difference. Hahahahaha. They just don't get it. That's not how words work. The different uses of "radical" should be a fun, interesting conversation. Not a right/wrong debate or argument. Words don't have set definitions. They stand for general ideas. It's context that gives them their specific meanings. The word "radical" could be used one way in French, and another way in English. “Radical” could be used one way in Florida, and another way in New York. It could be used one way in one sentence, and another way in a second sentence. In my videos, I sometimes make mistakes (okay, lots of times). And on YouTube, there's no shortage of people willing to correct my mistakes (I really do appreciate it!) But often, a native Spanish-speaker will INCORRECTLY correct me. How can this be? Easy. I've traveled a lot. I don't speak Spanish from Spain or Spanish from Mexico or Spanish from Argentina. I just speak Spanish. Let's say you grew up only hearing the word "soda" to describe a carbonated beverage. Does that mean "pop" is wrong? Just because you never heard it before? In this video, I answer one of the most common questions I’m asked: Do you teach Spanish from Spain or Latin America? Then you'll learn about 17 different Spanish words. And when you're all done with this video, you'll know some of these words BETTER than most native Spanish-speakers! The Word Lists and other links for this video are here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/cognates-comercial-alarma/

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Fun with Cognates: ?ltimo to Simple (S03E05)


Wed, Feb 10, 2016


Something different today... It's different. And intense. Perhaps a little long. I'm pretty sure, it's the most ADVANCED video I've made so far. But it's important. Really important. For sure, you'll learn a bunch of new words in this video. Or get to know words you already know, better. But more importantly, you'll be practicing a vital, new skill. A skill you'll need in real life if you want to understand Spanish when you read it, or when other people speak it... Watch this video to get the most out of future videos. Watch this video to learn Spanish faster and understand it better. Watch this video to be smarter. Get all resources and links from this video here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/cognates-ultimo-simple/

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Turn Adjectives into Nouns in Spanish


Wed, Jan 27, 2016


I like to talk fast. Maybe that's why I don't breathe or blink in my videos? It frustrates me when my mouth can't keep up with my mind. I need to calm down. I'm working on that. But that doesn't happen to me nearly as much in Spanish... for a couple reasons: #1 -- My mind doesn't work as fast in Spanish as it does in English =) #2 -- We can often say stuff in Spanish with fewer words than in English. We've seen this before with subject pronouns: "We sleep" is "nosotros dormimos" or just "dormimos"--without "nosotros". That's faster. Well, in today's video, you'll see how to make a noun from any adjective you already know. And that allows you to say two different phrases in Spanish--without learning (or even saying) any more words! Faster! All links mentioned can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/adjectives-nouns-spanish/?podcast

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Cognate Pattern #3: IC to ICO Adjectives & Nouns (S03E03)


Thu, Jan 21, 2016


If you spend just 15 minutes watching this video and perusing the Word List, you'll know 50 words you didn't know before. Fifty good, usable words! There are way more than 50 words that follow this pattern. I just picked out 50 of the most common ones. Watch the video. Use the words. It's that simple. Get the free resources and all other links mentioned in this episode here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/cognates-ic-ico/?podcast

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Cognate Pattern #2: ATE to AR Verbs (S03E02)


Wed, Jan 13, 2016


This Spanish Quickie covers another cognate group. Which means more free words! Remember, cognates are free words because they're basically the same in both English and Spanish. Just knowing these words exist, really is way more than half the battle. They're a good investment of your time, is my point. Watch the video. Peruse the Word List. Then get out there... and speak some Spanish! The resources for this episode are located here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/cognates-ate-ar/

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Cognate Pattern #1: TION to CI?N (S03E01)


Fri, Jan 08, 2016


And we're back! Spanish Quickies, Season 3 starts... NOW! --- Since the start of Gringo Espa?ol two years ago, we've mainly been focusing on grammar. But to use grammar, you need words. So for the next few videos, we're going to focus on building up your vocabulary. But what words to learn? I say, learn words that are really easy to learn OR really common. And no words are easier to learn than cognates. Cognates are words that are the same in both English and Spanish. And when I say they're the same, I mean they look the same--they have the same origin (and usually mean the same thing). Cognates are free words basically. If you know a cognate in English, you already know that word in Spanish. There are literally 1000's and 1000's of cognates. So there are 1000's of Spanish words you already know. You just don't know that you know them. And that's where today's video comes in. One thing that's cool about cognates is, lots of them belong to these groups, where they all follow the same pattern. So once you know how to translate one word in the group, you know how to translate them all. When making my premium course, Fun with Words, I discovered about 30 different cognate patterns (and made a video for each one). So today, I'm going to show you the first cognate pattern, the TION to CI?N words. Let's do this! Click here for any links mentioned in this episode or for related episodes.

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[REBROADCAST] Subject Pronouns in Spanish (Personal Pronouns)


Tue, Oct 06, 2015


The biggest mistake I've made since starting Gringo Espa?ol is... swearing in my early videos. I always bleeped it out, but anybody with half a brain knew what I said. The truth is, I never imagined in a million years that real teachers would be showing my videos in their classes. Once I learned this (about a year ago) I ceased all swearing immediately. But now I've gone through every video, and for the ones with any swearing, I made CLEAN VERSIONS. All the videos (and audios) on the new Spanish Quickie Podcast contain only the clean versions. So the podcasts have absolutely zero swearing. Not even censored. http://gringoespanol.com/podcast/ Now I'm going back and uploading one clean version at a time to YouTube and the website. Today's video is one of the first videos I ever made. Back when I was still ironing letters on my shirt =) Even though I mistakenly call them "personal pronouns" several times, this video is all about subject pronouns specifically. Pronouns are actually pretty confusing in Spanish. Verb conjugation usually gets most of the attention. But I remember when I started, pronouns caused me way more stress. So before you get into the harder pronouns (direct/indirect/double/reflexive) it's important you get off on the right foot. And that starts with.... subject pronouns. Click here for any links mentioned in this episode or for related episodes.

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[REBROADCAST] Beginner Spanish Fact: Pronunciation Doesn’t Matter


Wed, Sep 30, 2015


In today's video, I'll tell you about something that happened while I was away that really pissed me off! I probably haven't stressed this enough. I said it, but I didn't stress it. Pronunciation doesn't matter. All the links mentioned in this episode can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/pronunciation-doesnt-matter/

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[REBROADCAST] The Three Enemigos: Ser, Estar & Ir


Mon, Sep 28, 2015


In this lesson, I present “ser”, “estar” and “ir” together. Very few books present “ser” and “estar” together. I don’t know why. Probably because the people who make those books have no idea how our Gringo minds work. All links mentioned in this episode can be found here: http://spanishdude.com/quickies/three-enemigos

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[REBROADCAST] Ser Vs. Estar, A Rule of Thumb


Thu, Sep 24, 2015


“To be or not to be? That is the question.” I know very few lines from Shakespeare. But it’s no surprise to me that one of the few I do know, contains the verb “to be” twice. You see, I consider “to be” to be the mother of all verbs. I’d bet a lot of money that “to be” is the most frequently used verb in English and in Spanish. Anytime you say “is” “am” “are” “was” or “were”, you’re actually saying a conjugated form of “to be”. But here’s the thing. In Spanish, they have two different “to be’s”. All links mentioned in this episode can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/ser-estar/

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[REBROADCAST] Mission Impossible: Verb Conjugatoin


Mon, Sep 21, 2015


I failed Spanish 2 the first time I took it. And I recently started getting a lot messages from high school kids taking Spanish 2 saying they were having the same problems I had. This is my "open letter" to anybody who's having problems with verb conjugation or Spanish. All links mentioned in this episode can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/verb-conjugation/

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How Words Work


Wed, Sep 16, 2015


This might sound weird, but we have no idea how words work. And this fact (our ignorance) causes a lot of problems when learning Spanish. At least it did/does for me. Have you ever had a problem with "saber" and "conocer"? Confused them with each other? They both supposedly mean "to know". But that's what I'm talking about! "Saber" and "conocer" DON'T both mean "to know". Watch this video. When it's done, you'll know what I'm talking about. You'll learn how words actually work in REAL LIFE. And most importantly, you'll never have to worry about stuff like "saber" Vs. "conocer" again. All the links talked about in this episode can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/how-words-work/

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Ordering Food in Spanish


Fri, Sep 04, 2015


In this video we continue with TRAVEL SPANISH. For me, traveling wouldn't be nearly as much fun if the different countries didn't have different foods. The food is one of the best parts for sure. In this video, we're going to Order Food in Spanish! Another video you should watch: The Bare Minimum Method: Learn Spanish Like Kids Learn Greetings & Being Polite, Part 1 Greetings & Being Polite, Part 2 Ask Directions in Spanish The Bus & Train Station in Spanish Free Bonus Video: Mistakes Are Good

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The Bus & Train Station in Spanish


Tue, Sep 01, 2015


In this video, we continue with the travel Spanish tricks. This time, at the bus and train station in Spain. You'll learn 5 steps for handling all public transportation when you travel. And we'll go over Step #1 in depth, with video examples from Spain. Another video you should watch: Learn Spanish Like Kids Learn – The Bare Minimum Method Ask Directions in Spanish

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Gringo Forever Price Goes Up October 1st!


Tue, Aug 25, 2015


Price goes up October 1st! http://gringoespanol.com/premium/gringo-forever/

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Ask Directions in Spanish


Fri, Aug 21, 2015


In this video, not only will you hear how Gringo Espa?ol started, but you'll SEE how to ask directions to any spot in the world with just three questions, made of seven simple words. This video features real video clips from Spain. Another video you should watch: Learn Spanish Like Kids Learn – The Bare Minimum Method

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The Bare Minimum Method: Learn Spanish Like Kids Learn


Thu, Aug 13, 2015


In this video you'll get three steps to learning Spanish like a kid learns Spanish. When you're done with this video, you'll literally be ready to speak Spanish today! No exaggeration. Another video you should watch: Beginner Spanish Fact: Pronunciation Doesn't Matter

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Preterite Vs. Imperfect, One More Thing (Spanish Past Tense)


Thu, Jul 09, 2015


Watch this last video comparing the preterite tense and the imperfect tense. You'll see quotes from Orange is the New Black to see how to use the two past tenses when things aren't so clear! Related Videos: Preterite Vs. Imperfect, Rule of Thumb Regular, Preterite AR Conjugation Regular, Preterite ER & IR Conjugation Imperfect AR Conjugation Regular, Imperfect ER/IR Conjugation Preterite Vs. Imperfect, Life Lessons

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Preterite Vs. Imperfect, Life Lessons (Spanish Past Tense)


Sun, Jul 05, 2015


In this video, we use Orange is the New Black quotes to learn when to use the preterite tense and when to use the imperfect tense. Related Videos: Preterite Vs. Imperfect, Rule of Thumb Regular, Preterite AR Conjugation Regular, Preterite ER & IR Conjugation Imperfect AR Conjugation Regular, Imperfect ER/IR Conjugation

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Regular, Imperfect ER/IR Conjugation (Spanish Past Tense)


Thu, Jun 25, 2015


This is the last past tense conjugation video. Watch this week's video not only to learn imperfect ER/IR conjugation, but also so you can get the most out of the next video, where I'll show you quotes from Orange is the New Black--how the past tense is used in real life. Related Videos: Preterite Vs. Imperfect, The Spanish Past Tense Regular, Preterite AR Conjugation Regular, Preterite ER & IR Conjugation Imperfect AR Conjugation

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Imperfect AR Conjugation (Spanish Past Tense)


Thu, Jun 18, 2015


The past tense in Spanish can be tricky. But if you break it into the smallest parts possible, each individual part, really isn't that hard. That's what we've been doing, and continue to do in this video. After you know the preterite conjugations, it's time to learn the imperfect conjugations. Starting with AR verbs. Related Videos: Put Your Pronouns In, Take Your Pronouns Out Preterite Vs. Imperfect, The Spanish Past Tense Regular, Preterite AR Conjugation Regular, Preterite ER & IR Conjugation

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Regular, Preterite AR Conjugation (Spanish Past Tense)


Tue, May 05, 2015


In this video, we begin the journey that is past tense conjugation. Learning it all together is impossible. It's best to break it down into small groups and learn one conjugation pattern at a time. Starting with this video, the regular, preterite AR conjugations. CLICK HERE FOR YOUR FREE PRACTICE RESOURCES Related Videos: The Infinitive & Conjugation The Flashcard Strategy The Conjugation Strategy Preterite Vs. Imperfect, The Spanish Past Tense Regular, Preterite ER/IR Conjugation Imperfect AR Conjugation Regular, Imperfect ER/IR Conjugation

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Regular, Preterite ER/IR Conjugation (Spanish Past Tense)


Tue, May 05, 2015


This video should be watched after the video on regular, preterite AR verbs. If you don't know the conjugations from that video, this one will be more confusing than it needs to be. But if you do know those conjugations well, this video (regular, preterite er/ir verbs) won't be hard at all. CLICK HERE FOR YOUR FREE PRACTICE RESOURCES Related Videos: The Infinitive & Conjugation The Flashcard Strategy The Conjugation Strategy Preterite Vs. Imperfect, The Spanish Past Tense Regular, Preterite AR Conjugation

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Preterite Vs. Imperfect, Rule of Thumb (Spanish Past Tense)


Wed, Apr 15, 2015


This is the first past tense video I've created on this site. The past tense is a bit tricky for us English speakers because there are two past tenses--each with a full conjugation. This video is a big picture, aerial view of what's going on, how it's different than what we do in English, and why it gives us such troubles. Related Videos: Regular, Preterite AR Conjugation Regular, Preterite ER/IR Conjugation Imperfect AR Conjugation Regular, Imperfect ER/IR Conjugation

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Eat Dinner in Merida, Part #2


Sun, Mar 01, 2015


This video is the continuation of my dinner in Merida, in Mexico. This features actual video of footage of all my interactions that night. This video gives you the chance to practice your Spanish listening skills (comprehension). And you get to see how Spanish is used in REAL LIFE. Free Practice Resources: Raw Video From Mexico Spanish Transcript English Transcript Related Videos: Antojitos #1 (Food in Mexico) Antojitos #2 (Food in Mexico) Eat Dinner in Merida, Part 1 The Song Strategy More Comprehension Videos

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Eat Dinner in Merida, Part #1


Sun, Feb 15, 2015


The Flashcard Strategy is used to memorize new vocabulary words. The Conjugation Strategy is for learning all the different conjugations of verbs. In this video, present The Song Strategy. One of the best ways to practice Spanish COMPREHENSION. Free Practice Resources: Raw Video From Mexico Spanish Transcript English Transcript Related Videos: Antojitos #1 (Food in Mexico) Antojitos #2 (Food in Mexico) 3 Ways to Use Llevar

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The Song Strategy


Sun, Feb 15, 2015


The Flashcard Strategy is used to memorize new vocabulary words. The Conjugation Strategy is for learning all the different conjugations of verbs. In this video, I present The Song Strategy. One of the best ways to practice Spanish COMPREHENSION. Some of my favorite songs for The Song Strategy: Sorry about the YouTube ads. I always turn off the ads on my videos, but I can't control other people's videos. Jarabe de Palo (Spain) Grita:  Video    Lyrics Hay Dos D?as En La Vida:  Video    Lyrics Agua:  Video    Lyrics Man? (Mexico) En El Muelle De San Bl?s:  Video    Lyrics Ana:  Video    Lyrics Oye Mi Amor:  Video    Lyrics Shakira (Colombia) Octavo D?a:  Video    Lyrics Estoy Aqu?:  Video    Lyrics Oye Mi Amor:  Video    Lyrics Related Videos: The Flashcard Strategy The Conjugation Strategy

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Antojitos, Part #2 (Food in Mexico) [Spanish Tidbit]


Tue, Feb 03, 2015


In this video, you'll learn about four more "antojitos"--Mexican snacks (for lack of a better term). This Spanish Tidbit (and the last one too) is required viewing for this Spanish Quickie: Eating in Merida, Part #1. So make sure you watch this video in order to better understand (and fully appreciate) that Spanish Quickie. In that video, I filmed myself eating dinner in Mexico. So you'll get to see and hear exactly what I saw and heard. I break the dialogue into small parts and analyze every word. Like the Lola video. Did you see that one? Lola y La Nieta Check out every Spanish Tidbit here: Spanish Tidbits

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Antojitos, Part #1 (Food in Mexico) [Spanish Tidbit]


Mon, Feb 02, 2015


In this video, you'll learn about some of the most common antojitos in Mexico. Antojitos are Mexican snacks like tacos, quesadillas and burritos. But there are way more than just that. Watch this video to learn more. This Spanish Tidbit (and the next one too) is required viewing for this Spanish Quickie: Eating in Merida, Part #1. So make sure you watch this video in order to better understand (and fully appreciate) that Spanish Quickie. In that video, I filmed myself eating dinner in Mexico. So you'll get to see and hear exactly what I saw and heard. I break the dialogue into small parts and analyze every word. Like the Lola video. Did you see that one? Lola y La Nieta Check out every Spanish Tidbit here: Spanish Tidbits

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Common Uses of the Spanish Word “Faltar” [Spanish Tidbit]


Wed, Jan 21, 2015


I won't shy away from the fact that I really like this lesson. It's important. And not just for the vocab, though that too. "Faltar" is a close relative of "quedar" (featured in the last Spanish Tidbit)--in fact, it could be considered the opposite. But there's something else going on in this video. One of the biggest hurdles Spanish learners face is simply a mindset problem. So in this video, not only are you going to learn some really useful uses (I guess all uses are useful by definition) of the Spanish word "faltar," but you're also going to see a good example of how words work. Words don't mean words. Words mean ideas. Remember that. Watch the last Spanish Tidbit: Spanish Tidbit #3 If the conjugation is confusing, watch this Spanish Quickie: Verbs Like Gustar See all previous Spanish Tidbits here: Go here for every single Spanish Tidbit Make sure you're signed up to the Gringo Espa?ol Newsletter, if you don't want to miss out. You can't depend on Facebook to tell you about every new video I post. Sign up now--it's free!

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The Two Most Common Uses of “Quedar” When Traveling [Spanish Tidbit]


Sun, Jan 18, 2015


This Spanish Tidbit is a good example of "life Spanish" Vs. "book Spanish". When I traveled to a Spanish-speaking country for the first time, I already knew what "quedar" meant. But that didn't really help me when I heard it being thrown around in other ways. In this video, you'll learn the two most common uses of "quedar". If any of the conjugation is confusing to you, please watch this video: http://youtu.be/ux7SeKCmYkE See all previous Spanish Tidbits here: Go here for every Spanish Tidbit Make sure you're signed up to the Gringo Espa?ol Newsletter, if you don't want to miss out. You can't depend on Facebook to tell you about every new video I post. I'll be posting Spanish Tidbits whenever I travel. Sign up now--it's free!

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The Eating Words


Fri, Jan 16, 2015


In this video, you'll learn how to say you're going to eat a meal (hint: it's different than in English) AND how these words differ around the world. Check out my new show: Spanish Tidbits

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Rentar Vs. Alquilar [Spanish Tidbit]


Sun, Jan 11, 2015


While I traveled through Mexico, there was tons of little stuff I was seeing that I wanted to share with you. In fact, if you're walking the streets of any city in Mexico, virtually EVERYTHING is a real-life Spanish lesson. So during my six week trip, I shared several Spanish Tidbits. Little, teeny, bite-sized Spanish lessons. Subjects that don't warrant an entire Spanish Quickie. Make sure you're signed up to the Gringo Espa?ol Newsletter, if you don't want to miss out. You can't depend on Facebook to tell you about every new video I post. I'll be posting these Spanish Tidbits again next time I travel. Sign up now--it's free!

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Three Ways to Use “Llevar” [Spanish Tidbit]


Fri, Jan 09, 2015


While I traveled through Mexico, there was tons of little stuff I was seeing that I wanted to share with you. In fact, if you're walking the streets of any city in Mexico, virtually EVERYTHING is a real-life Spanish lesson. So during my six week trip, I shared several Spanish Tidbits. Little, teeny, bite-sized Spanish lessons. Subjects that don't warrant an entire Spanish Quickie. Make sure you're signed up to the Gringo Espa?ol Newsletter, if you don't want to miss out. You can't depend on Facebook to tell you about every new video I post. I'll be posting these Spanish Tidbits again next time I travel. Sign up now--it's free!

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Mission Impossible: Verb Conjugation


Tue, Nov 11, 2014


I failed Spanish 2 the first time I took it. And I recently started getting a lot messages from high school kids taking Spanish 2 saying they were having the same problems I had. This is my "open letter" to anybody who's having problems with verb conjugation or Spanish. Related Videos: The Infinitive & Conjugation Subject Pronouns The Flashcard Strategy The Conjugation Strategy Verb Conjugation Boot Camp (Present Tense Edition)

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Greetings & Being Polite, Part #2


Fri, Oct 17, 2014


In this video, we pick up where we left off last week--you'll learn more ways to be polite when traveling. This video includes more real examples from Spain. Want to ask somebody politely to get out of your way? Or apologize for bumping into them? Or ask if you can take a picture? Watch this video!

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Greetings & Being Polite, Part #1


Fri, Oct 10, 2014


In this video, we cover some different ways to say "hello" and "goodbye". Not just "hola" and "ad?os". There are many other ways to say "hello" and "goodbye". Most Spanish courses and books don't teach the real ways, because they're often not real words or phrases.

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Comprehension: Lola y La Nieta


Wed, Sep 17, 2014


The second I saw this commercial, I knew I had to share it. Not only is it hilarious, but the words are simple. So you can focus on hearing them. In this video, we take apart the commercial, analyze it, then put it back together. Free Practice Resources: Download the Commercial - Lola y La Nieta Related Videos: A & De Reflexive Verbs (and Pronouns)

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Double Object Pronouns


Thu, Sep 11, 2014


Today, not only are you going to learn a very important lesson: what to do when you have TWO OBJECT PRONOUNS in the same sentence. But you're going to witness... My worldwide... Singing debut! But seriously, this is a very important lesson. And once you're done with this. I promise, no more pronouns for at least a month. Free Practice Resources: Practice Worksheet: Double Object Pronouns Answer Key: Double Object Pronouns Related Videos: Subject Pronouns Possessive Adjectives Direct Object Pronouns Indirect Object Pronouns Reflexive Verbs (and Pronouns)

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Reflexive Verbs


Fri, Sep 05, 2014


Reflexive verbs can be kind of tricky for we Gringos. We have them in English. But they're not used nearly as much as they are in Spanish. Furthermore, using reflexive verbs means learning more pronouns. And pronouns were ALREADY confusing! This takes some getting used to. In this video, the goal is just to get familiar with reflexive verbs, their pronouns, and how they're used. Free Practice Resources: Practice Worksheet: Reflexive Verbs Answer Key: Reflexive Verbs Related Videos: Subject Pronouns Possessive Adjectives Direct Object Pronouns Indirect Object Pronouns

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How Words Work (Verbs Like Gustar)


Wed, Aug 27, 2014


In this lesson, you'll learn how to use words like "gustar" and "encantar". Words that sure seem to work in the opposite way that most verbs do. Free Practice Resources: Practice Worksheet: Verbs Like Gustar Answer Key: Verbs Like Gustar Related Videos: Direct Object Pronouns The Personal A Indirect Object Pronouns

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Indirect Object Pronouns


Thu, Aug 14, 2014


Once you know your direct object pronouns in English, you're done. Direct and indirect object pronouns in English are exactly the same. But not in Spanish. Oh no. So... You can't just say "him" or "her" or "them" when you're talking. In today's video, not only will I explain what the heck direct and indirect objects are (I had no idea either!) But you'll quickly see how they're different, so you can pick the right one. Free Practice Resources: Practice Worksheet: Indirect Object Pronouns Answer Key: Indirect Object Pronouns Related Videos: Direct Object Pronouns The Personal A Personal Pronouns (subject pronouns) Possessive Adjectives

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The Spanish Personal A


Wed, Aug 06, 2014


The personal a has no English counterpart. It's just something you have to get use to. In this quick video, you'll not only see how to use the personal a. But when to use it. And when NOT to use it. Free Practice Resources: Practice Worksheet: The Personal A Answer Key: The Personal A Related Videos: Direct Object Pronouns 2 Magic Travel Spanish Word: A & De The Only Two Contractions In Spanish Speak in the Future Without More Conjugation

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Direct Object Pronouns


Wed, Jul 30, 2014


Direct object pronouns is one of my least favorite subjects in Spanish. After 15 years, it still gives me troubles sometimes. In this video, you'll see how to use direct object pronouns in Spanish. Then a comparison with the other pronouns you've learned. Free Practice Resources: Practice Worksheet: Direct Object Pronouns Answer Key: Direct Object Pronouns Pronoun Comparison Chart Related Videos: The Infinitive & Conjugation Formal Conjugation

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Saber Vs. Conocer (Fun with Words)


Thu, Jun 26, 2014


There are two different ways to say "to know" in Spanish, "saber" and "conocer". And there are a bunch of rules regulating when to use each one. But in this simple video, I share a little trick that'll help you AVOID those rules, and still choose the right word every time. Free Practice Resources: Blank Conjugation Sheet Answer Key: Saber & Conocer Conjugations Practice Worksheet: Saber Vs. Conocer Answer Key: Saber Vs. Conocer Related Videos: Present Tense, Regular ER Conjugation

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Possessive Adjectives


Tue, Jun 24, 2014


Pronouns haven't been very hard for us so far. We've only covered subject pronouns. It gets more confusing every time you add another set of pronouns. Not only is it more little words to remember, but you also have to choose which to use and when. In this video, I go over the second set, possessive adjectives, and compare them to subject pronouns. Free Practice Resources: Practice Worksheet: Possessive Adjectives Answer Key: Possessive Adjectives Related Videos: Personal Pronouns (Subject Pronouns) Put Your Pronouns In, Take Your Pronouns Out Formal Conjugation

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Beginner Spanish Fact: Pronunciation Doesn’t Matter


Thu, Jun 19, 2014


In today's video, I'll tell you about something that happened while I was away that really pissed me off! I probably haven't stressed this enough. I said it, but I didn't stress it. Pronunciation doesn't matter. Related Videos: Spanish Pronunciation Pronunciation in Spain

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Common Irregular E to IE Verbs (Fun with Words)


Wed, Apr 09, 2014


As you now know, there are three types of verbs in Spanish: AR, ER and IR. And each type has it's own conjugation rules--how you change the endings of the words. "Hablar" is to "talk", but I talk is "hablo". However, there are also irregular verbs--where not only do you change the ending based on the subject, but there's a change to the stem too. Lots of the most common verbs in Spanish are irregular and I'm sick of avoiding them in my examples. So today, we're gonna talk about the first kind: E to IE. Related Videos: The Conjugation Strategy Regular, AR Conjugation Regular, ER Conjugation Regular, IR Conjugation

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Spanish Acronym Pronunciation, Spain Vs. Latin America


Thu, Apr 03, 2014


I went back to Spain recently for the first time in over 10 years. I was chatting with my buddy Manuel, and he said something quickly that sounded like gobbly gook. I had acclimated myself to the Latin American way of talking. There are differences. That's one of the reasons I didn't understand Manuel in Spain. And of course, what he was talking about--it didn't even exist 10 years ago! Related Videos: Spanish Pronunciation Pronunciation in Spain

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Spanish Adverbs–How to Use Them Without More Rules


Tue, Apr 01, 2014


When you're learning Spanish, lots of rules are important to see once, then forget. How adverbs work, is a good example. When I did a little Googling, I saw there are five ways adverbs are used. Ugh. More rules. Then, after a few seconds, I noticed something... adverbs in Spanish, work exactly like they do in English! There's NO REASON to memorize five rules when you can just use them as you naturally would. But like I said, this is an example of a time when it's good to see the rules once, then forget them and just use them. In this case, knowing isn't just half the battle, it's the whole enchilada. Free Practice Resources: Word List Related Videos: The Three Enemigos Adjectives Present Tense, Regular AR Conjugation Present Tense, Regular ER Conjugation Present Tense, Regular IR Conjugation

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The Only Two Contractions In Spanish


Tue, Mar 25, 2014


There are only two contractions in all of Spanish. And they are both very common when you're traveling. These two words saved my butt the first time I ever went to Spain. In today's video, I tell you that story and all about the only two contractions in Spanish. Related Videos: The Three Enemigos Two Magic Travel Words Present Tense, Regular AR Conjugation

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Speak in the Future Without More Conjugation


Thu, Mar 20, 2014


This is, minute-for-minute, one of the very best lessons I'll ever give you. In this short lesson, you'll learn how to speak perfectly in the future, without learning any more conjugations. When I first discovered this, I was pissed they hadn't taught it to me earlier. Instead, they buried me deeper and deeper in conjugations! Related Videos: The Infinitive & Conjugation The Three Enemigos Present Tense, Regular ER Conjugation

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Two Magic Travel Spanish Words: A & De


Tue, Mar 18, 2014


These two little teeny words saved my butt big time the first time I went to Spain and found myself at a little train station in the south--where nobody spoke English. In this video, not only do I tell you the straight up definitions, but I show you a few different ways to use "de"--one of the most common and useful words in all of Spanish. Related Videos: The Three Enemigos The Only Two Contractions in Spanish

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Common, Regular IR Verbs (Fun with Words)


Fri, Mar 14, 2014


CRAZY! Since I started studying Spanish over 10 years ago, I've always told people: "Whenever you don't know a word in Spanish, just take the English word and Spanishify it!" But over the last couple weeks, as I made the three "Fun with..." videos... I was still shocked by just how many words there are that are essentially the same. Today, I just picked the 10 regular IR verbs I thought would be most helpful to you. Little did I know that 7 out of the 10 would be friends! That's cool, when a word is the same in Spanish, it sure makes it easier to remember. Duh.

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Present Tense, Regular IR Conjugation


Wed, Mar 12, 2014


Today I go over the present tense, regular IR conjugation. IR verbs are the last type of regular, present tense verbs we need to learn.

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Gringo Grudge Match: Tortilla Vs. Tortilla


Mon, Mar 10, 2014


Trying something new today. I'm a little out of my element here. You've heard of a tortilla right? Well, in Spain, they have tortilla too--it's just totally, 100% DIFFERENT. Not only will you learn a few important words in this video, you'll also see exactly how I prepare one of my favorite foods from Spain. And I might sing and dance a little at the end too.

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10 Common, Regular ER Verbs (Fun with Words)


Wed, Mar 05, 2014


In today's video, we continue with the verbs. This time, ten of the most common, regular ER verbs. Related Videos: Fun with Words Present Tense, Regular ER Conjugation The Flashcard Strategy

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Present Tense, Regular ER Conjugation


Mon, Mar 03, 2014


We are really getting somewhere now! In today's video, not only will you learn how to conjugate regular ER verbs in the present tense... I'll also teach you the word for "idiot" -- and maybe give you an example too! Free Practice Resources: Blank Conjugation Practice Sheet Conjugations - Answer Key Related Videos: The Infinitive & Conjugation Personal Pronouns Present Tense, Regular AR Verbs The Conjugation Strategy

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10 Common, Regular AR Verbs (Fun with Words)


Fri, Feb 28, 2014


Today, we're going to continue with regular AR verbs. In this lesson, I show you 10 of the most common regular verbs--especially for travel. I personally use these words all the time. So either watch the video or don't. The important thing is you learn these words. The video explains them a bit. But I can't memorize them for you. Related Videos: False Friends

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Fun with Words!


Wed, Feb 26, 2014


Argh! If somebody had taught me how to use the Spanish-English dictionary correctly--I wouldn't have wasted so much time being confused... and I probably also wouldn't have failed high school Spanish the first time I took it. Woulda, coulda, shoulda... This video is my attempt to help you avoid wasting time and getting frustrated, like I did. Not only will you discover how to use the dictionary (What are we? 12?) but we're gonna have FUN WITH WORDS! Who's with me? Related Videos: False Friends

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Present, Regular AR Conjugation


Mon, Feb 24, 2014


This lesson is very important. I've been avoiding conjugation almost completely until now. But it's starting to hold us back. I wanted to talk about adverbs today, but that's kind of hard when we don't know any verbs. So today, you'll learn how to conjugate regular AR verbs in the present tense. Remember, there are ER verbs, AR verbs and IR verbs. Today we'll learn about AR verbs then in the next lesson, I'll introduce you to ten of my favorite regular, AR verbs. Related Videos: The Infinitive & Conjugation Personal Pronouns The Three Enemigos Formal Conjugation

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False Friends


Fri, Feb 21, 2014


One of the most beautiful parts of learning Spanish when you already know English is, so many words are essentially exactly the same. In this lesson, I use pause, liquor and bank as three examples of this. "Pausa", "licor" and "banco" respectively. But there are treacherous enemies about. False friends. These are words that look like an English word but either mean something completely different or are used in totally different situations. In this video lesson, I share two of my most memorable stores--and two of my favorite false friends. Related Videos: The Flashcard Strategy Adjectives

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Formal Conjugation in Spanish


Wed, Feb 19, 2014


If you watched the lesson called Personal Pronouns, you know there are two ways to say "you" in Spanish--formally and informally. At first this really sucks--especially since most teachers and programs don't explain it all that well. But for this lesson, I made the video I wish I had when I started speaking Spanish. Related Videos: The Infinitive & Conjugation Personal Pronouns The Three Enemigos Put Your Pronouns In, Take Your Pronouns Out

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Put Your Pronouns In, Take Your Pronouns Out


Mon, Feb 17, 2014


I talk fast. I like to get as many words out as possible in as short of a time frame as possible. It's my nature. So... I took it as really good news when I found out: In Spanish, you usually don't have to use subject pronouns (I've been referring to them as Personal Pronouns in past lessons). That means, you can say the same thing with fewer words. Kind of like the equivalent of "works" instead of "he works". Ha ha ha. It just doesn't work in English. And there's a very specific reason for that--and I explain it in today's video. Related Videos: The Infinitive & Conjugation Personal Pronouns The Three Enemigos

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Spanish Adjectives


Fri, Feb 14, 2014


There are a couple tricky parts with adjectives. In this lesson, not only do I tell you the rules and exceptions to the rules for adjectives, but I go over those tricky parts to. It's not difficult if you just focus. Then you'll never have to worry about it again. Free Practice Resources: Adjectives Worksheet Answer Key Related Videos: The Sexualization of Nouns Plural Forms of Nouns Definite & Indefinite Articles More Than One One?

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More Than One One?


Wed, Feb 12, 2014


There aren't many words to learn in this lesson--all but one have been taught in past lessons (see the Related Lessons section). This is more of an "idea" lesson. So just sit back, relax and listen to what I have to say. Free Practice Resources: No Worksheet for this lesson, contrary to what I say in the video. Sorry for the confusion! Related Videos: The Sexualization of Nouns Plural Forms of Nouns Definite & Indefinite Articles

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Definite & Indefinite Articles


Mon, Feb 10, 2014


Sometimes using terms when you're learning a language can hurt more than it helps. This is possibly one of those times. But we need to refer to stuff somehow, right? In today's lesson, I go over Definite & Indefinite Articles in Spanish. If you don't know what those are, join the club. Even when I learned Spanish, since I learned on my own, I never knew what those were. Free Practice Resources: Articles Worksheet Answer Key Related Videos: The Sexualization of Nouns Plural Forms of Nouns More Than One One? Adjectives

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Plural Forms of Nouns


Fri, Feb 07, 2014


Plural forms of nouns in Spanish are very much like plural forms of nouns in English. The sounds are almost exactly the same too. In this quick video, I give you two rules that have no exceptions and give you some examples of both rules--and how they compare to what we do in English. Free Practice Resources: Plural Nouns Worksheet Answer Key Related Videos: The Sexualization of Nouns Definite & Indefinite Articles

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The Sexualization of Nouns


Wed, Feb 05, 2014


In this lesson, I go over the whole masculine/feminine thing in Spanish. While not nearly as hard to "get" as all the verb conjugations, the sexuality of nouns still gives Spanish students a lot of trouble at the beginning. Or at least that's how it was for me. Related Videos: Plural Forms of Nouns Definite & Indefinite Articles

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Pronunciation in Spain


Mon, Feb 03, 2014


Every Spanish-speaking country has a different accent. The trained ear (definitely not mine) can almost always tell you what country somebody is from just from their accent. Not me. But even I can tell when somebody comes from Spain. Except for perhaps Argentina, Spain’s accent is the most unique. Related Videos: Spanish Pronunciation Present Tense, Regular AR Conjugation

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The Three Enemigos


Fri, Jan 31, 2014


In this lesson, I present “ser”, “estar” and “ir” together. Very few books present “ser” and “estar” together. I don’t know why. Probably because the people who make those books have no idea how our Gringo minds work. Free Practice Resources: Blank Conjugation Sheet Ser & Estar Conjugation Key Related Videos: The Infinitive & Conjugation Personal Pronouns Ser Vs. Estar Regular, Present Tense AR Conjugation

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The Conjugation Strategy


Wed, Jan 29, 2014


In this video, I’m going to go over the exact strategy I used when I was first learning Spanish, to practice all the different conjugations of a verb. Free Practice Resources: Blank Conjugation Sheet Estar Conjugation Key Related Videos: The Infinitive & Conjugation Personal Pronouns The Flashcard Strategy The Three Enemigos

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Ser Vs. Estar


Mon, Jan 27, 2014


“To be or not to be? That is the question.” I know very few lines from Shakespeare. But it’s no surprise to me that one of the few I do know, contains the verb “to be” twice. You see, I consider “to be” to be the mother of all verbs. I’d bet a lot of money that “to be” is the most frequently used verb in English and in Spanish. Anytime you say “is” “am” “are” “was” or “were”, you’re actually saying a conjugated form of “to be”. But here’s the thing. In Spanish, they have two different “to be’s”. Free Practice Resources: Download the Word List for this video Ser Vs. Estar Practice Worksheet Ser Vs. Estar Answer Key Related Video: The Three Enemigos

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Personal Pronouns (Subject Pronouns)


Fri, Jan 24, 2014


Personal pronouns in Spanish are pretty easy and straightforward. The words are small and they work generally the way they do in English. But there are a couple common pitfalls for gringos like you and me. Formal/Informal, Latin America vs Spain. But don’t worry, that’s what we’re here to talk about today. Free Practice Resources: Download the Word List for this video Related Videos: The Infinitive & Conjugation Formal Conjugation Put Your Pronouns In, Take Your Pronouns Out

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The Flashcard Strategy


Fri, Jan 17, 2014


Ahhh, The Flashcard Strategy... this one is near and dear to my heart. Anybody that knows my story knows I have a deep affection for making flashcards to memorize words. But you shouldn’t just throw the words on the cards and jump in randomly and haphazardly. Oh no. Related Videos: The Conjugation Strategy The Song Strategy The Bare Minimum Method

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The Infinitive & Conjugation


Tue, Jan 14, 2014


One of the main reasons I failed Spanish my first time through is I was lost from the beginning. On the first day, the teacher starting using words like "conjugation" and "infinitive". I didn't even know what those words meant in English. Would've been nice of her to explain that, no? Free Practice Resources: Download the Word List for this video Related Videos: The Conjugation Strategy Personal Pronouns (Subject Pronouns) Formal Conjugation Put Your Pronouns In, Take Your Pronouns Out

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Basic Spanish Pronunciation


Mon, Jan 13, 2014


In this video, I go over basic Spanish pronunciation. I made this video first because pronunciation is always on people's minds. But to be honest, pronunciation and accent is the LAST place you should spend your time at the beginning. When you learn new words, you can say more things. When you pronounce a word better, you can just say the same thing better. In this video though, I do go over the basics. Because you've got to know the basics. Free Practice Resources: Download the Word List for this video Pronunciation Guide Spanish Pronunciation Guide Pronunciation Song #1: Man? - En el muelle de San Bl?s Video @ YouTube The Lyrics Pronunciation Song #2: Jarabe de Palo - Grita Video @ YouTube The Lyrics Pronunciation Song #3: Manu Chao - Me Gustas T? Video @ YouTube The Lyrics Related Videos: Pronunciation in Spain Pronunciation Doesn't Matter

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