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Tú / Usted / Vos / Ustedes / Vosotros / Vosotras…

Tú / Usted / Vos / Ustedes / Vosotros / Vosotras…

There are a bunch of ways to say “you” in Spanish. You’ve probably heard that tú is informal and usted is formal, but you still may be having trouble understanding WHEN and HOW to use them. Even if you ask a native speaker, what out for their answer! The use of all of...
Speaking Spanish Naturally

Speaking Spanish Naturally

“Las muletas” are “crutches”. “Las muletillas” are verbal crutches. We use verbal crutches all. the. time. when we speak in English. (Record one of your casual conversations and count how many times you say words like, uh, well, I mean…, right when you hesitate,...
Pop quiz: ¿Cuál o qué?

Pop quiz: ¿Cuál o qué?

If you’ve taken any any basic Spanish course (including ours), you will have learned that aside from ¿Cómo te llamas? (how do you call yourself?) another way to ask for someone’s name is ¿Cuál es tu nombre? (Which is your name?) Hmm… “which” is your name. That’s a...
The many meanings of YA

The many meanings of YA

Here it is! The most important 2 letter word (it’s at least in the top 10, if not #1): Ya Maybe you’ve heard it hundreds of times, but you can’t quite pin down what it means? Check out the graphic below for the meanings and some example sentences It means: already: Ya...
Ser vs. Estar

Ser vs. Estar

SER is for identity, characteristics. Hour, time, date Occupation Place of origin Nationality Religious and political affiliations Possession Material something is made out of Relationship of one person to another Essential qualities, personality ESTAR is for a...