Spanish Verb Lessons

  • How To Say To Quit in Spanish - One common mistake that I have heard English speakers make when speaking Spanish is to use the wrong verb when saying that a person quit something, such as quitting a job or quitting a bad habit. For example,   How To Say I Quit My Job in Spanish   Yo quité me trabajo. That is […]
  • How To Say “To Leave” In Spanish - Let’s talk about how to say “to leave” in Spanish. The Spanish language actually has several ways to say “to leave.”   How To Say To Leave Something or Someone Behind In Spanish   There is a verb that means “to leave someone or something behind.” And that verbs is “dejar.” Por ejemplo: 1. Déjeme […]
  • The Present Tense In Spanish vs. The Future Tense - This is blog post is from an email that I sent to my customers in April of 2007. This was before I moved to Medellin and still lived on the Atlantic coast of Colombia in a city called Barranquilla. Here’s the email that I sent: I noticed something that native Spanish speakers do that English […]
  • What Would You Do If You Were To Win The Lottery? - Today, I want to talk about how to express in Spanish what you would do if you were to win the lottery. I can think of 3 similar ways in English to express this same idea or thought: 1. “If I were to win the lottery, I would buy a mansion.” (I have heard grammarians […]
  • The Conditional and the Imperfect Subjunctive in Spanish - One of the most difficult areas of Spanish grammar for me to learn was the Conditional when used with the Imperfect Subjunctive. The Imperfect Subjunctive is also known as the Past Subjunctive. The Conditional In Spanish In case you are confused about what the Conditional is in Spanish, let me give you an example. The […]
  • The Spanish Verbs Ser vs. Estar - One of the common mistakes for beginners, is the tendency to confuse the use of the two verbs “ser” and “estar.” Despite the fact that both these verbs mean the English word “to be” and that both verbs are irregular in the present tense, if you use “ser” when you really mean to use “estar,” […]
  • Confusion With The Spanish Verbs Ser and Estar - I have a somewhat funny story of what used to happen to me as a beginner student of the Spanish language when I confused the Spanish verbs “ser” and “estar.” Recently, I was speaking to an “amiga” in Colombia who teaches Spanish to Americans and Europeans. And we were talking about some of the common […]
  • How To Master Spanish Grammar - Today I am going to share with you one of my favorite techniques for mastering Spanish grammar. One thing that native Spanish speakers always compliment me on is my grasp of Spanish grammar. Even native Spanish instructors have asked me how did I master the “futuro hiptotético perfecto” tense in Spanish or how did I […]
  • How To Give Commands When Using “Vos” and Stem Changing Verbs - Today, let’s talk about how do you give commands with the verbs “competir,” “hervir,” “gemir,” “preferir,” “morir,” “sugerir,” and other stem changing “ir” verbs as well as irregular verbs. But before I give you some examples of how to give commands with vos using stem changing “ir” verbs and irregular verbs, I want to remind […]
  • Giving Commands in Spanish When Using Vos - In a recent blog post, I said that I would tell you how to use the command form or imperative form of “vos.” And these are basically two (2) rules for using “vos” with commands. Regla Número Uno: El imperativo de vos nunca tiene cambios en las raíces de los verbos a menos que sean […]
  • How To Conjugate Spanish Verbs When Using The Pronoun Vos - In my last blog post, I said that I would tell you how to conjugate Spanish verbs when using the pronoun “vos.” A common beginner mistake is to confuse Latin America’s Spanish pronoun “vos” with Spain’s pronoun “vosotros.” The two are completely different. De hecho (in fact), “vos” is not even used in Spain. But […]
  • How To Use Vos In Spanish - Let’s talk about How To Use Vos In Spanish or another way to say “you” in Spanish besides tú, usted, and ustedes. Here’s something about the Spanish of “Paisas” (people of Medellín, Colombia) that I have never mentioned in my previous emails: “voseo” or the use of the second person singular pronoun “vos” in place […]
  • Free Resource To Learn Spanish Grammar - Today, I’d like to share a link with you to a Free Resource To Learn Spanish Grammar. I am sharing this link because a reader sent me an email saying: “Patrick, I seem to be learning really fast how to speak Spanish with your Spanish course, Learning Spanish Like Crazy. I am very happy with […]
  • Using the “Se” Construction in Spanish - You may remember a recent blog post where I talked about how Spanish uses the “se” construction with certain verbs to express “unplanned,” “unexpected,” or “accidental” events. And I listed some of those verbs: 1. caérsele – to drop 2. ocurrírsele – to dawn on 3. rompérsele – to break 4. olvidársele – to forget […]
  • Reflexive Verbs and Nonreflexive Verbs in Spanish (Part 1) - One thing that I have noticed about Spanish reflexive verbs is that when you use a non-reflexive verb when you should have used a reflexive verb, you can completely change the meaning of what you intended to say – and vice versa. Here’s one example that happens with the verb “aprovechar.” How To Say To […]
  • Reflexive Verbs and Nonreflexive Verbs in Spanish (Part 2) - One thing that I have noticed about Spanish reflexive verbs is that when you use a non-reflexive verb when you should have used a reflexive verb, you can completely change the meaning of what you intended to say – and vice versa. Reflexive Verbs and Nonreflexive Verbs in Spanish Here’s one example that happens with […]
  • Something Strange About the Spanish of Colombia - Today, I want to tell you something important about the Spanish of of Colombia in case you are planning on taking a trip to Colombia or if you have Colombian “amigos.” Colombia has a reputation for being one of the best places to learn Spanish. But if you are planning to travel to Colombia there […]
  • How To Say I Wonder About Something In The Past in Spanish - In a recent blog post, I talked about “how to wonder” about something in the PRESENT in Spanish. I mentioned that Spanish doesn’t have a verb for “to wonder.” I also said Spanish does have a verb called “preguntarse” or to ask one’s self. But “me pregunto” or “I ask myself” isn’t exactly the same […]
  • How To Say I Wonder In Spanish - From this blog post, you will learn how to say I wonder in Spanish. Spanish doesn’t have a verb for “to wonder.” Spanish does have a verb called “preguntarse” or to ask one’s self. But “me pregunto” or “I ask myself” isn’t exactly the same as “I wonder.”   How To Say I Wonder In […]
  • Common Mistakes With Spanish Adjectives and Participles - Today’s topic is Common Mistakes With Spanish Adjectives and Participles. “Anoche” (last night) while I was at the “gimnasio” (gym) I heard an American, ask the gym’s “empleada” something that caught my attention. By the way, “empleada” literally means “employee” but in Colombia it also often used to refer to the “woman who does the […]