Spanish 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 …

Negotiating Prices in Mexico – Street Market Haggling

Is your Spanish ready for negotiating prices?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 …

14 Essential Mexican Spanish slang words and expressions

Mexican Spanish Slang & Colloquial Expressions Pack these Mexican Spanish slang terms away somewhere in your memory banks because you’re pretty much guaranteed to bump into at least one of them the next time you spend a few minutes talking to anyone from Mexico! Padre ¡Qué padre!<br>That’s cool! In Mexico, the Spanish word padre (father) is one of the most …

Spice up your vocabulary with more Spanish verbs!

INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED 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 …

The double meaning of Ahorita

About AhoritaAhorita 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! Ahorita has two common definitions: Ahortia can mean:Right now, right away or immediately.This is a very …

Vamos mejorando | Using Ir (Irse) and gerund

Ir(Irse) and 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 …

7 Mexican Spanish Grammar and Vocabulary Lessons from our Study Guides

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 …

Understanding the popular Mexican slang phrase: A Toda Madre

Examining Two Mexican Slang Expressions A Todo Dar -versus- A Toda MadreThe first time I ran into the Spanish expression a toda madre was in a text conversation. I’m posting a screenshot of the short exchange I had with a work friend of mine from Mexico. He had asked me to do him a favor, and was texting to see …

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 …

10 Spanish lessons to help you stay in the conversation longer

How to not fall behind in a Spanish conversation Even the most advanced Spanish students sometimes admit that when people speak too fast in Spanish they have a hard time following the conversation. Have you ever listened to a Spanish conversation and thought “I know all the words they’re saying but I’m still struggling to comprehend what’s actually being said”? …