Common Mistakes

  • 2 Mistakes English Speakers Make When Speaking Spanish - Today I want to talk about 2 Mistakes English Speakers Make When Speaking Spanish. Before moving to Medellin, I lived on the Atlantic or Caribbean coast of Colombia in a city called Barranquilla. One night while in a movie theater and waiting for the movie to begin an American man was speaking on his cell […]
  • Number One Learning Spanish Tip - Today, I want to talk about what is perhaps the number #1 tip for learning how to actually speak Spanish. As a result of our most recent LIVE webinar, I have an “observación” (observation) or “comentario” (comment) that I want to share with you. It is actually more of a “consejo” (tip) to help you […]
  • How Pure Is The Spanish You’re learning? - One thing that I have noticed about the Spanish here in Colombia is that the Spanish here is very “puro” (pure). When I compare the Spanish here with the Spanish that I used to hear my Puerto Rican and Dominican New York City born friends in New York speak, it is very apparent that the […]
  • What’s An Amigo Falso or False Friend in Spanish? - In case you don’t know what an “amigo falso” is let me tell you. Here’s one that often tricks native English speakers. What do you think the Spanish word “pretender” means??? No, “pretender” does NOT mean “to pretend.” The Spanish verb “pretender” means to aspire or to try to obtain something. And the Spanish word […]
  • How To Use The Spanish Words Pero vs Sino - In today’s blog post, I want to talk about a mistake which I call the excessive or inappropriate use of the word “pero” (but). Actually, the mistake that non-native Spanish speakers make is using “pero” in a sentence when they should be using “sino” and vice versa.   How To Use The Words Pero vs. […]
  • How To Say Shoe in Spanish - After reading this blog post, you will have learned the following: 1. How to say shoe in Spanish 2. How to say sneaker or tennis shoe in Spanish 3. How to say sandal in Spanish 4. How to …
  • Spanish Words Not Found in Your Typical Spanish Book - I am going to cover several Spanish words that you will not find in your typical learning-Spanish vocabulary book. But I assure you that they are words that native Spanish speakers use. The first one I want to share with you because I heard a Gringo (American) here in Medellín make a mistake with this […]
  • Common Error To Avoid Committing - In today’s blog post, I have 5 Spanish words and a common error to avoid committing. 1. Echar — to fire, to kick-out IMPORTANT TO NOTE: There are a number of definitions for the word “echar” but today we will learn the definition for “to fire” or “to kick-out.” La echaron del trabajo por molestar […]
  • Do you speak Spanish or “Spanglish”? - A couple of days ago, I received an email from a customer. I want to share his email with you because it illustrates a common mistake. And that’s translating everything literally from English to Spanish and forgetting that English and Spanish are two completely different languages. Let’s say that the customer’s name is John (not […]
  • Spanish Mistake That Even Native Spanish Speakers Make - Let’s talk about a Spanish-speaking mistake that even native Spanish speakers make. Today, I heard a Gringo here in Medellín, Colombia make the same mistake when speaking Spanish. How To Say Shopping Center In Spanish I was having lunch in a “centro comercial” (shopping center) and an middle-aged American man and a Colombian woman were […]
  • How To Think In Spanish - Today I want to continue talking about How To Think In Spanish. Recently, I read the following comment from a “friend” on Facebook: “I hope I don’t offend anyone, but why do Mexicans say such ridiculous things like ‘open the water for me’?” I then wrote on his Facebook “muro” (wall) that in this case […]
  • Learn To Think In Spanish - She wrote, “Patrick, you have an error in your previous email. You wrote: El acróbata caminó por la cuerda floja en el circo. (The acrobat walked across the tight rope in the circus.) Patrick, you wrote that ‘cuerda floja’ means ‘tight rope.’ You should have written ‘cuerda tensa’ instead because ‘cuerda floja’ does not make […]
  • 5 Spanish Vocabulary Words - I have 5 Spanish vocabulary words that I want to share with you. I learned these vocabulary words when I first started learning Spanish and I used to walk around with a “libreta” (little writing pad) and a “lapicero” (writing pen). And every time that I learned a new Spanish word from a Spanish speaker, […]
  • Spanish Rules of Grammar For Spanish Nouns - Less than an hour ago, I heard an “extranjero” (foreigner) make a common error when speaking Spanish. While the error is still fresh in my mind, I want to send you an email about it so that you never make this mistake. This is what happened . . . . This evening, I noticed that […]
  • Common Errors When Talking About The Days of the Week in Spanish - Patrick Jackson Today I will discuss 3 common errors that English speakers make when talking about the days of the week or the seasons of the year in Spanish. My smartphone has replace the “libreta” (small writing pad) and “bolígrafo” (pen) or “lapicero” (pen) — or as they say in “la República Dominicana” and “Puerto […]
  • Common Spanish Mistake With Por and Porque - Patrick Jackson In today’s blog post, I will talk about a common mistake that non-native Spanish speakers make with the Spanish words “por” and “porque.” I will also cover a common mistake that non-native Spanish speakers make with the Spanish words “muy” and “mucho.” This is actually a mistake that a Gringo (American) friend in […]
  • A Common Pitfall To Avoid When Speaking Spanish - There’s a common mistake that I often hear native English speakers make when peaking Spanish here in Colombia. And that mistake is to omit the Spanish word “que” (that) when using the Spanish subjunctive and linking two clauses. This is a common mistake because in English the word “that” can be omitted. I will give […]
  • How To Say Curse in Spanish - Today, an American friend here in Medellin, Colombia made a mistake in Spanish that I have never heard before. But I can understand why he made the mistake so I want to share this with you so that you never make the same mistake. Besides learning how to avoid a mistake when speaking Spanish, you […]
  • Funny Learning Spanish Mistakes (Continued) - In a recent blog post I told you about my friend Harry from New York who was here visiting me in Medellín, Colombia. Harry has returned to the States but I did not forget that I told you in my last blog post that I was going to tell you about some more learning Spanish […]
  • Funny Learning Spanish Mistakes - Today, I have some very funny learning-Spanish mistakes to tell you about. After reading this blog post, you will know how to say the following in Spanish: 1. How to say cat in Spanish 2. How to say jack in Spanish 3. How to say soulmate in Spanish 4. How to say prince charming in […]