3 Important Spanish Suffixes – Ote(Ota) Ón(Ona) Azo(Aza)

The Spanish suffixes we’re focusing on today generally help modify a word to indicate that it’s larger, more powerful or of a higher quality. However they have other uses as well. Depending on the context, they’re sometimes used more playfully, to add color or affection, or to emphasize the importance of an idea or statement. The 3 Spanish suffixes are:   …

Understanding the popular Mexican slang phrase: A Todo Dar

Examining Two Mexican Slang Expressions A Todo Dar -versus- A Toda MadreTo understand the Spanish expression a todo dar, it’s important to also examine another common expression, a toda madre. I’m posting a screenshot of a short exchange I had with a work friend of mine from Mexico. He had asked me to do him a favor, and was texting …

Tocar | The many meanings of the Spanish verb tocar

EXAMPLES USING THE VERB TOCAR The Spanish verb tocar generally means ‘to touch,’ but it has a number of other meanings as well. Tocar is a very versatile verb with a variety of uses. Here are a some examples to illustrate the most common ways that tocar is used in Spanish. Tocar = To Touch Favor de no tocar la …

Órale | The multiple meanings of órale in Mexico

Órale in MexicoIn Mexico, the word órale can have a number of different meanings, it all depends on the context. In this lesson we’ll present a variety of examples using the word órale so that you’ll be able to use it correctly, and sound as natural as possible. How to use the word órale correctly in Mexico ¿Quiere más café? …

10 Tips for Ordering Food in Spanish

Ordering Food in Spanish One of the best ways to become more comfortable with the Spanish language is to find opportunities to practice it 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? 10 ways of …

La Mariposa Monarca | The Monarch Butterfly

¡Hoy vamos a hablar de la Mariposa Monarca y su santuario en México! (The Monarch Butterfly) La Mariposa Monarca ha encontrado su hogar en los bosques del centro de México, siendo un magnífico fenómeno natural, donde millones de mariposas anaranjadas recorren más de 8,000 kilómetros desde el sur de Canadá y norte de Estados Unidos, migrando entre los meses de …

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

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 …

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 …