Vamos mejorando | Using Ir(Irse) + gerund

Ir(Irse) + gerund is a very common construction in Spanish. It’s similar to the construction of Estar + gerund in that it implies an action taking place, however Ir + gerund is generally meant to give the sense of an action gradually unfolding, little by little, over time.  To better understand how to use  Ir + gerund in a Spanish conversation, …

Spice up your vocabulary with more Spanish verbs!

Having a wide knowledge of Spanish verbs can really help expand your vocabulary and unlock the obstacles to gaining true conversational Spanish fluency. The challenge for many Spanish students is that Spanish verbs often have more than one meaning. One of the best ways to overcome that challenge is by getting as much exposure as you can to real Spanish …

The double meaning of Ahorita

Ahorita is one of the most widely used words in Mexican Spanish. It’s versatile and can be tricky to understand if you’ve never heard it before, but if you learn how to use it correctly, it can really help your Spanish sound authentic! This is a very straight forward, easy to understand definition of the word ahorita. This definition of …

Negotiating Prices in Mexico – Street Market Haggling

For many English speakers, the act of bargaining, or haggling, over prices in Spanish isn’t something that comes naturally because they don’t do it very often. But one thing is for certain, we all love a bargain. And one of the best ways we can increase our chances of getting the bargain we want is by communicating with vendors and …

10 Tips for Ordering Food in Spanish

One of the best ways to become more comfortable with a new language is to find opportunities to practice your Spanish as often as you can. We all love Mexican food, why not use what you’ve learned in our podcasts and try ordering food in Spanish during your next visit to a Mexican restaurant, cafe or eatery? There may not always …

Spanish Grammar and Vocabulary Lessons for Advanced Proficiency

The following Spanish grammar and vocabulary lessons are meant for higher level studies. All of the grammar presented here has been pulled directly from the Spanish dialogues in our podcasts. Browse our series of podcasts for more free Spanish grammar and vocabulary lessons online. Two common Spanish grammar mistakes to watch out for: Un café más, por favor. / One …

Advanced Lessons with 8 Common Spanish Verbs

The following lessons illustrate how even the most common Spanish verbs can be used in ways that require a more advanced understanding of the Spanish language. Amanecí de mal humor. / I woke up in a bad mood. The verb Amanecer generally means “to get light,” or as a noun it refers to the sunrise. However, it is also commonly …

Michael’s Spanish lesson notes from episode 1

Even though I worked with Doorway to Mexico to record their podcasts, I actually still listen to the episodes on a regular basis to help me learn Spanish. I’ve been using podcasts for a long time as a way to help me learn conversational Spanish, it’s one of my favorite methods. And I’ve noticed that to really absorb the language in …