Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Spanish Past Subjunctive

To form the Spanish Past Subjunctive

First you find the past plural form of the 3rd person (the ustedes verb).  Remove the ron ending and add  one of the following endings (yo/ra, tu/ras, usted/ra, nosotros/ramos, or ustedes/ran) 

...or to put it more simply:

Put the ustedes verb in the  past.

putting ustedes in the past

Get rid of  RON.

getting rid of ron

Do the Cheer!

a megaphone doing a spanish past subjuctive cheer

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Typing ñ and ü

Typing the Spanish letters ñ  and   ü is much like typing the Spanish letters in the previous post. That is to say, hold down the Alt key and type the four number code. The first two numbers are 02 for both letters. With that in mind, you only have to remember the last two digits.

The code for typing ñ: Alt+0241

The code for typing ü: Alt+0252

I attach ages to the numbers that relate to the Spanish letters.

 The ñ  is a dead ringer for a head with a toupee. 41 is an average age when men lose their hair and go with this bad judgment.
The Spanish n
ñ = Alt+0241

The ü resembles a smiley face because when you are 52 there are a few more things to smile about.
The Spanish ü


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Typing á, é, í, ó And ú

Typing the lower case Spanish vowels when they  have accents marks.

 Just like the previous post, you could configure your keyboard so that you don't have to type

á, é, í, ó, and  ú the long way but it is not always possible. 

  • Alt+0225= á
  • Alt+0233= é
  • Alt+0237= í
  • Alt+0243=ó
  • Alt+0250=ú

Notice each of the number codes begin with a zero and a two. If you can remember that, all you have to do is come up with the last two digits. I think of a timeline with ages on it to stick in my memory.

Using the Alt key to type the Spanish characters

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Typing The Characters ¡ and ¿

¡ and ¿
Many Spanish students opt to configure their keyboards so that they can type the characters unique to Spanish. However, this is not always appropriate  when using someone else's computer. I learned that the hard way doing work in the business center of a B & B in Okoboji, IA.

The code to type the ¡  is Alt key + 0191

The code to type the ¿ is Alt key+ 0161

At first, the code may look random and easy to forget. But look again and you'll see the obvious connection.

The zero is your head sitting down at the computer. 
The 1s represent the keyboard.
... and the 9 looks like the upside down exclamation mark and the 6 looks like the upside down question mark

See what I mean: 12345 ¿78¡ 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Practice The Subjunctive With Gael García Bernal

I Want You To Want Me    is an old song from the late 70s that happens to be a good way to practice one of the more challenging tenses in Spanish.

Every line of the chorus is in the Subjunctive tense.

I want you to want me.
I need you to need me.
I'd love you to love me.
I'm beggin' you to beg me.
I want you to want me.
I need you to need me.
I'd love you to love me.

Luckily there is a Spanish version of this song Quiero Que Me Quieras

Here are the lyrics so you can sing along with dishy Gael Garcia Bernal

Quiero que me quieras 
quiero que me adores 
quiero que me sientas 
que urge que me ames 

Words in bold are in the subjunctive tense.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Spanish Conditional Tense/ Conjugate

Conjugating the Spanish Conditional

Add the following endings to the end of the infinative

yo ía
tú  ías
usted ía
nosotros íamos
ustedes ían
 Use a bucket full of ís and as.  It looks like a bunch of popcorn which works nicely because  the conditional tense is frequently spoken  in  a movie theater  setting.

Would you like to see a movie?
We should see a horror movie.
Would you prefer to see a comedy?
Would you eat popcorn?
Could we arrive on time?
You should sit down.
Would you be quite.
Would you like to fight?

The Spanish Conditional is a lot nicer than saying "shut the fuck up"

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Future Tense/ Irregular Verbs

 Here are 12 Spanish verbs that have an irregular stem in the Spanish future tense. That means the stem is weird but the ending is the same as the normal future tense verbs.
This is an easy way to remember the list. If you can count to 12 and rhyme, you're bright enough to remember which verb is irregular.


Rhymes With

Makes You Think Of…

 Reminds You of This Verb

 Changes It’s Stem To This In The Future Tense
to know a ton
To do or to make
The fee…to cost
Part of a whore’s job is to come
Jive talking, to say
If someone is being a dick everyone wants to leave
I got nothing for this one….so I just think Kevin will be there
A mate should be a good fit
To set the table
To want or like something
A Chevron is a kind of decoration that some uniforms have
Twelve noon
To be able to carry a tune


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Future Tense

The Spanish future  tense is the easiest verb tense to conjugate- Just like the future in real life. Which is to say that the future brings ease and automation. The Spanish tense is almost that simple

If you can remember the verb in its original form, you're half way there. Because all you do is add an ending to the verb in it's infinitive state.

And also like the future, the endings are predictable

hablaré ( I will speak-informal )

hablarás ( You will speak-formal ) )

hablará ( You will speak )

hablarémos ( We will speak )

hablarán ( You will speak- plural)

Each ending starts with an A except for Yo and Nosotros which begins with an E.

So I think to myself that everyone (Tú, Usted, and  Ustedes )   may be getting As but  I and us ( Yo and Nosotros ) are getting Es for excellence!

Also, take note that all the endings have an accent mark. Which, for memorization purposes looks like a solar panel. Which hopefully we will all have in the FUTURE.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hace...Que With Past Tense Verbs

Hace... que with a present tense verb says how long you have been doing something that you are still jacking with now.

Hace...que with a past tense verb says how long AGO you did something.

For example, use Hace +Time Frame + Que + Present Tense Verb to say how long you have been smoking. Hace quince años que fumo. ( It  has been 15 years that I have been smoking).

When you quit smoking, and you want to say how long AGO  you quit, use the same formula above but use a past tense verb.

Hace + Time Frame+ Que + Past Tense Verb = AGO

 Hace dos minutos que dejé de fumar. ( I quit smoking two minutes ago)

The convoluted way I remember that hace...que with a past tense verb means ago goes something like this:

Ago sounds a lot like Ago-go - as in Go-Go boots. Go-Go boots are a fashion from the past. I picture the hace...que formula but this time the Verb part of it is wearing said boots from the past. This indicates that the statement is referring to how long AGO something happened.

To jolt my memory, this is what I see in my mind's eye or scribbled on a discrete portion of my forearm.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Talking About Time Using Hace...Que/ present tense verbs

If you want to say how long it as has been that you ( or anyone else) have/ has been doing something, here  is the  four-part formula:

Hace + Length of time  that it HAS BEEN since the action of time has been going on + Que + The Verb (in present tense)

or if you want to shrink this down so it can fit in your head or on the palm of your hand...

Hace 10 años que como una dieta vegetariana.
Hace 10 años que  hago ejercicio cada dia.
Hace 10 años que soy sin amigos.

It has been 10 years that I have been eating a vegetarian diet.

It has been 10 years that I have been exercising every day.

It has been 10 years that I have been without friends.