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40 Early Intermediate  Tú or Usted in Spanish LightSpeed Spanish  

¿Tú, or Usted in Spanish. The question of the use of Tú and Usted in Spanish rather reminds me of the other famous question that we all know: ‘How long is a piece of string?’ The reason I say that is that over the years I have realised that I should... Read more »

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39 Early Intermediate Mí and Ti in Spanish. When do we use them?  

Mí and Ti in Spanish. (Not to mention Sí) I often used to wonder what the rule was about when to use Mí and Ti in Spanish. I kind of knew when to do it because I had heard others using them. For example, in a restaurant I knew I... Read more »

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38 Early Intermediate The Passive Voice in Spanish and how to avoid it!  

The Passive voice in Spanish and the Active voice.   Once, whilst I was working in a college giving evening classes in Spanish I was asked to cover an ‘A’ level class for a teacher who was also a native speaker. In preparation for the class she talked me through... Read more »

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37 Early Intermediate  Haber in Spanish  LightSpeed Spanish  

Haber in Spanish. Clearing up the mystery The strangest part of most students concerns about what we tend to call the Perfect tenses, which are those that take Haber in Spanish and the Past Participle (I have eaten/He comido) is that for every tense that exists in Spanish we have... Read more »

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36 Early Intermediate  Connecting words in Spanish  

What are connecting words in Spanish? This podcast on the connecting words in Spanish has probably been one of the most popular in the range. Why? Well, from the feedback that we have received, it’s clear that what most students want is to be more fluent when they talk. They... Read more »

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34 Early Intermediate Sentirse and Sentir in Spanish  

Sentirse or Sentir in Spanish?   I recall feeling very confused about when to use Sentirse or Sentir in Spanish.  Cynthia would often correct me when I said things like, ‘Siento triste por…’. She would say: Eso no, Gordon. Es ‘Me siento triste…’ What wasn’t clear, however, was why. What... Read more »

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33 Early Intermediate    Tardar and Llevar in Spanish     To Take  

How to use Tardar and Llevar in Spanish, well!  Well, I have to say that this podcast was, for me, very special (Gordon). Why? Because for whatever reason I had never got to grips with some of the uses of Llevar in Spanish. In fact, I had missed a fundamental... Read more »

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32 Early Intermediate Spanish   Más, Mucho and Muy in Spanish  

Mucho or Muy in Spanish? Over the years we have noticed that when faced with choosing between Mucho and Muy in Spanish, many students get very nervous and unsure.  If we’ve heard ‘Mucho grande’ once over the last 15 years, we’ve heard it a thousand times. But why? Well, the... Read more »

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35 Early Intermediate Spanish Podcast    Parecer in Spanish  How to use it properly  

Parecer in Spanish. To seem/look/appear like. Cynthia and I have often asked ourselves: What is it that makes this verb so confusing to so many students of the Spanish language? Perhaps it’s because, running alongside Parecer in Spanish is it’s close cousin, Parecerse. Quite often, when we are faced with... Read more »

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Early Intermediate Spanish 31 Mistakes with SE in Spanish  

Se in Spanish…what’s it all about. We have already covered the multiple uses of SE in Spanish and the overwhelming amount of areas in which it appears. However, in this podcast we are focussing on the uses of SE in Spanish around Reflexive, Reciprocal and Pronominal verbs. (All of these... Read more »

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Early Intermediate Podcast 30 – Spanish Test of Your Listening Skills  

Spanish Test. We are calling this podcast a Spanish test because it brings together much of what we have covered up to now in the 30 previous podcasts of this level. If you have been paying attention (which we know you have, jeje) you should be able to follow along... Read more »

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Early Intermediate Podcast 29 – Either Or in Spanish and Much More  

Either Or in Spanish. = O O Maybe you’ve seen these words used before in your travels through your learning journey. They are strange because they appear as the same word and yet translate into English as different words. This is often what happens when we try to translate things... Read more »

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Early Intermediate Podcast 28 – Haber in Spanish and its Uses  

The Verb Haber in Spanish. This verb is probably one of the most important verbs in the Spanish language! Why? Because, it has a specific job to do in just about every tense that exists in Spanish. Firstly, you will have seen this verb mentioned in all of your textbooks... Read more »

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Early Intermediate Spanish Podcast 27 – To Ask in Spanish. Pedir and Preguntar  

To ask in Spanish. This may seem like a fairly straight forward subject for the more advanced student of the Spanish language, yet it should not be underestimated. There are a number of issues that come along with these two verbs and because of that, we often hear our students... Read more »

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Early Intermediate Spanish Podcast 26 – Spanish Greetings Sending Your Regards  

Spanish Greetings. It may seem like a small part of a vast language, but Spanish greetings could well be one of the most important parts of your Spanish speaking skill. Given that the majority of us are going to be visiting Spanish speaking countries, or intermittently seeing people, we really... Read more »

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Early Intermediate Spanish Podcast 25 – No Sólo, Sino in Spanish and Se Me Da Bien  

Sino in Spanish Some years ago there was a T.V. programme here in the U.K. called,  “Not only but also.” which when it came out in Spanish was called, “No sólo, sino.” It’s this expression that we hear used such a lot when Spanish speakers want to describe something that... Read more »

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Early Intermediate Spanish Podcast 24 – Making Comparisons in Spanish  

Comparisons in Spanish. The good news is that making comparisons in Spanish is very similar to English.  In fact, it’s almost identical! What is important, however, is understanding what we are doing when we make comparisons in Spanish and English. To do that we should look at the structure of... Read more »

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Early Intermediate Spanish Podcast 23 – Saying Morning in Spanish and other Time Markers.  

Morning in Spanish. Knowing how to say morning in Spanish is absolutely vital for any student of the Spanish language along with all of the other words that allow you to mark time within your sentences. The reason that it’s so important has been brought home to me loudly and... Read more »

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Early Intermediate Spanish Podcast 22 – The Weather in Spanish Present and Past  

The Weather in Spanish. The weather in Spanish is an interesting subject to learn. That’s not to say that Spanish speakers are as obsessed about it as the English, for example. It is, however, a very nice conversation piece to use when you want to instigate a chat or just... Read more »

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Early Intermediate Spanish Podcast 21 – Spanish Relative Pronouns  

Spanish Relative Pronouns. Here is a very interesting podcast that really gets into the meat of what are Spanish Relative Pronouns and how you can use them in your spoken and written Spanish. Of course, before you can use any aspect of Spanish grammar correctly, you must firstly understand how... Read more »

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