Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Acabar + De + Verb = Easy Past Tense

To talk about the past without knowing how to conjugate the Spanish past tense, you can use the verb ACABAR ( to have just)

This can be done in 3 simple steps:

(1) Acabar (in conjugated form)

(2) De


(3) Verb (in infinitive form)

Example: Acabo de vomitar ( I just threw up)

To make an unforgettable image, picture that you made an "ack" sound at a bar (acabar).
I think it might look something like this:

Acabar de infinitive verb


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ir + A + Infinitive = Packing For The Future

 In Spanish,you do not have to learn a whole new conjugation to talk about the future.
Instead you can talk about the future in three steps.

                                                                     1. Ir
                                                                     2 A
                                                                     3 Infinitive form of verb

Example: Voy a comer ( I am going to eat)

To remember these three steps,
think about packing for future trip and you only need to pack three things:

1. a to go (Ir) bag
2. the letter A
3. the verb

IR plus A plus the infinitive
Imagine packing your bags for the future and these are the only 3 things that you need.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Introductions in Spanish

Sorry introverts.
Whether you are taking a Spanish class in a real school or you are taking a just- for- fun version, all Spanish teachers are the same in that you will have to introduce everyone in the class to each other. 

Just say this, "Quiero presentarte a (name of person you are introducing )" (informal version)
"Quiero presentarle a ( name of person you are introducing)" ( formal version)

It is a 5-step process

1 Quiero ( I want )
2 Presentar ( to present)
3 Te or Le ( to you)
4 A  (this is the personal A. It means nothing to English speakers)
5 Name of person that you are introducing

5 steps means that you can write each one on a finger

Spanish introductions
Easy to read when you are shaking hands

Friday, October 10, 2014

Preguntar Vs Pedir

Both Preguntar and Pedir mean to ask.
Preguntar is to ask a question.
Pedir is to ask for something.

As luck would have it, pedir sounds like pedicure (something you ask for)
and preguntar sounds like pregnant ( a condition you'd be wise to not ask questions about) 

Here is a visual to make my point:

example of pedir
This question is asking FOR something

examples of preguntar
Use Preguntar when asking normal questions.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

IR And IRregular Conjugation

The verb IR has an IRregular conjugation. Ir is so irregular that the conjugated version doesn't even resemble the word IR.

This is what it looks like:

IR = To Go

Voy     Vamos
Va        Van

First off, what's up with the letter V? It is in every word! Not a  problem.The letter V looks like a bird. Birds make me think of the verb ir... bIRd.

So just imagine a flock of birds flying around and instead of saying "caw, caw,.." they are saying, "voy, vas , va, vamos, van." ...It's possible.

Have a better idea? Let me know in the comments below.