Spanish Quickies (Audio)

Spanish Quickies (Audio)

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If you’ve always wanted to learn Spanish, but didn’t think it was possible because you were terrible at Spanish in high school, or you don’t get sucked into Rosetta Stone-style hype–you’ve come to the right place. I’m a normal person, not some big company and not some native Spanish speaker. I’m not a natural language learner at all actually. My first brush with Spanish ended with me getting an F in high school! But somewhere along the way, I fell in love! I’m not sure if I love Spanish because I love traveling, or I love traveling because I love Spanish (and food). But I love them both. Naturally, I want more people to love what I love, but I know that you probably don’t see Spanish like I do… not yet! That’s the point of this podcast. I want to show you that there is ANOTHER WAY! That most of the strategies and tactics they used to teach us Spanish in high school are IGNORANT. They are ignorant to our plight. I know your mistakes. I understand why you make them. They were m

Episodes

How Prepositions Work in Spanish (S03E08)  

All the links mentioned in this video can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/prepositions-work-spanish/

How Prepositions Work [in Spanish]  

All the links mentioned in this video can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/prepositions-work-spanish/

The Puzzle Strategy (S03E07)  

Hola! This is a brand-new video. I've been meaning to make this one for a while. The Puzzle Strategy is the best strategy I've got for improving your Spanish fast. With The Puzzle Strategy, not only will you learn new words and grammar--and see how real Spanish sentences are formed... But when you do The Puzzle Strategy, you'll identify specifically what you need to work on. However, The Puzzle Strategy isn't for the faint of heart. If you're a beginner, it might make you cry. If you're intermediate, it'll make you sweat. Your job is to work through that pain. I have an adorable, 14-month-old niece. When she attempts to do something she can already do, she's happy! But when she tries something she CAN'T already do--she gets flustered. She cries. Sometimes she quits. Don't be like my 14-month-old niece. You can cry. But don't quit. The reason most people don't speak a foreign language is, it's hard. They get frustrated. And they quit. If you want to speak Spanish for real... In real life... With real people... You need to persevere. So WATCH The Puzzle Strategy video. Then DO The Puzzle Strategy. Persevere. GRIT it out. You won't be sorry. No pain, no gain. Thank you sir, may I have another? Have fun. Get your cry on. See ya next week! Jordan P.S. All the links mentioned in this video are listed here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/puzzle-strategy/?podcast

The Puzzle Strategy (S03E07)  

Hola! This is a brand-new video. I've been meaning to make this one for a while. The Puzzle Strategy is the best strategy I've got for improving your Spanish fast. With The Puzzle Strategy, not only will you learn new words and grammar--and see how real Spanish sentences are formed... But when you do The Puzzle Strategy, you'll identify specifically what you need to work on. However, The Puzzle Strategy isn't for the faint of heart. If you're a beginner, it might make you cry. If you're intermediate, it'll make you sweat. Your job is to work through that pain. I have an adorable, 14-month-old niece. When she attempts to do something she can already do, she's happy! But when she tries something she CAN'T already do--she gets flustered. She cries. Sometimes she quits. Don't be like my 14-month-old niece. You can cry. But don't quit. The reason most people don't speak a foreign language is, it's hard. They get frustrated. And they quit. If you want to speak Spanish for real... In real life... With real people... You need to persevere. So WATCH The Puzzle Strategy video. Then DO The Puzzle Strategy. Persevere. GRIT it out. You won't be sorry. No pain, no gain. Thank you sir, may I have another? Have fun. Get your cry on. See ya next week! Jordan P.S. All the links mentioned in this video are listed here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/puzzle-strategy/?podcast

Reflexive Verbs  

Reflexive verbs are a little weird in Spanish. Not hard. Just weird. Do you even know what reflexive verbs are? Yeah, neither did I. We just don't use them that much in English. And that's the problem. Most Spanish courses and books don't specifically compare what happens in Spanish to what happens in English. But that's how we learn--CONTEXT! (how does this fit with everything I already know?) So the goal of this video is simple: show you what reflexive verbs are, and how and when to use them in both English and Spanish. But along the way, you'll also see how they compare to direct and indirect object pronouns (the last two videos). There are lots of similarities--and lots of differences too (that’s part of the confusion). BONUS: The word "se" in Spanish is very confusing. Because it has many different uses and meanings. This video touches on one of them. "Ver" is the verb. "Verse" is the REFLEXIVE verb (same thing, just with “se” on the end). When you're done, not only will you finally understand reflexive verbs and how to use them. But you'll be one step closer to understanding that crazy word "se" also! Watch the video. Maybe twice. You'll get it. I swear. And I'm here for questions, of course. Hasta luego! Jordan All resources for this episode can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/reflexive-verbs/?podcast

Reflexive Verbs  

Reflexive verbs are a little weird in Spanish. Not hard. Just weird. Do you even know what reflexive verbs are? Yeah, neither did I. We just don't use them that much in English. And that's the problem. Most Spanish courses and books don't specifically compare what happens in Spanish to what happens in English. But that's how we learn--CONTEXT! (how does this fit with everything I already know?) So the goal of this video is simple: show you what reflexive verbs are, and how and when to use them in both English and Spanish. But along the way, you'll also see how they compare to direct and indirect object pronouns (the last two videos). There are lots of similarities--and lots of differences too (that’s part of the confusion). BONUS: The word "se" in Spanish is very confusing. Because it has many different uses and meanings. This video touches on one of them. "Ver" is the verb. "Verse" is the REFLEXIVE verb (same thing, just with “se” on the end). When you're done, not only will you finally understand reflexive verbs and how to use them. But you'll be one step closer to understanding that crazy word "se" also! Watch the video. Maybe twice. You'll get it. I swear. And I'm here for questions, of course. Hasta luego! Jordan All resources for this episode can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/reflexive-verbs/?podcast

Indirect Object Pronouns  

I either didn't learn or don't remember this from school (as humans, we often block out traumatic events): Indirect object pronouns. As opposed to direct object pronouns. But when I started learning Spanish, I noticed right away--the pronouns were really confusing! One problem is... What is a direct object? What is an indirect object? Then another problem is... In English, direct object pronouns are the same as indirect object pronouns. In Spanish, they're not. So in this video, I'll show you: 1) What direct and indirect objects even are (in English). 2) How what they do in Spanish is different than what we do in English. 3) The difference between direct object pronouns and indirect object pronouns in Spanish (there's no difference in English). If pronouns confuse you, watch this video. It'll really clear things up. Hasta luego! Jordan All resources for this episode can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/indirect-object-pronouns/?podcast

Indirect Object Pronouns  

I either didn't learn or don't remember this from school (as humans, we often block out traumatic events): Indirect object pronouns. As opposed to direct object pronouns. But when I started learning Spanish, I noticed right away--the pronouns were really confusing! One problem is... What is a direct object? What is an indirect object? Then another problem is... In English, direct object pronouns are the same as indirect object pronouns. In Spanish, they're not. So in this video, I'll show you: 1) What direct and indirect objects even are (in English). 2) How what they do in Spanish is different than what we do in English. 3) The difference between direct object pronouns and indirect object pronouns in Spanish (there's no difference in English). If pronouns confuse you, watch this video. It'll really clear things up. Hasta luego! Jordan All resources for this episode can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/indirect-object-pronouns/?podcast

Direct Object Pronouns  

Verb conjugation is an attention hog. Rarely do I have a conversation about learning Spanish without verb conjugation coming up. And with good reason. It's not easy. Lots of tenses. So many patterns. Plus all those exceptions. But lurking in the shadows... perhaps even more confusing... are the pronouns! Me mi mí. Tú tu te ti. Él, lo, le. OMG!!!! The good news is, just like with verb conjugation, once you focus on ONE type of pronoun at a time, it's really not that hard. It's just confusing when you rush it, don't practice enough, then can't differentiate one from the other. Tú tu te ti? Come on. You've got to be kidding! Well this video... is all about helping you avoid that confusion: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/direct-object-pronouns/?fb Start with one type of pronoun (direct object pronouns). Focus on them. Learn them. Practice them. When you're done with this video, you'll understand what direct object pronouns are, how they're used in Spanish, and why they're so tricky for us. And when you're done with the Practice Worksheet on that page, you'll start to FEEL how to use them. That's how it's done around here. Focus. Learn. Practice. Focus. Learn. Practice. Focus. Learn. Practice. Watch the video, do the Practice Worksheet. Then I think you'll find, direct object pronouns, suddenly don't seem so hard anymore. Suerte, Gringo! Jordan All resources for this episode can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/direct-object-pronouns/?podcast

Direct Object Pronouns  

Verb conjugation is an attention hog. Rarely do I have a conversation about learning Spanish without verb conjugation coming up. And with good reason. It's not easy. Lots of tenses. So many patterns. Plus all those exceptions. But lurking in the shadows... perhaps even more confusing... are the pronouns! Me mi mí. Tú tu te ti. Él, lo, le. OMG!!!! The good news is, just like with verb conjugation, once you focus on ONE type of pronoun at a time, it's really not that hard. It's just confusing when you rush it, don't practice enough, then can't differentiate one from the other. Tú tu te ti? Come on. You've got to be kidding! Well this video... is all about helping you avoid that confusion: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/direct-object-pronouns/?fb Start with one type of pronoun (direct object pronouns). Focus on them. Learn them. Practice them. When you're done with this video, you'll understand what direct object pronouns are, how they're used in Spanish, and why they're so tricky for us. And when you're done with the Practice Worksheet on that page, you'll start to FEEL how to use them. That's how it's done around here. Focus. Learn. Practice. Focus. Learn. Practice. Focus. Learn. Practice. Watch the video, do the Practice Worksheet. Then I think you'll find, direct object pronouns, suddenly don't seem so hard anymore. Suerte, Gringo! Jordan All resources for this episode can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/direct-object-pronouns/?podcast

Fun with Cognates: Comercial to Alarma (S03E06)  

I recently heard a story of a French girl arguing with a Canadian guy about the meaning of "radical" for over an hour. But both their definitions were basically the same--just a little nuanced difference. Hahahahaha. They just don't get it. That's not how words work. The different uses of "radical" should be a fun, interesting conversation. Not a right/wrong debate or argument. Words don't have set definitions. They stand for general ideas. It's context that gives them their specific meanings. The word "radical" could be used one way in French, and another way in English. “Radical” could be used one way in Florida, and another way in New York. It could be used one way in one sentence, and another way in a second sentence. In my videos, I sometimes make mistakes (okay, lots of times). And on YouTube, there's no shortage of people willing to correct my mistakes (I really do appreciate it!) But often, a native Spanish-speaker will INCORRECTLY correct me. How can this be? Easy. I've traveled a lot. I don't speak Spanish from Spain or Spanish from Mexico or Spanish from Argentina. I just speak Spanish. Let's say you grew up only hearing the word "soda" to describe a carbonated beverage. Does that mean "pop" is wrong? Just because you never heard it before? In this video, I answer one of the most common questions I’m asked: Do you teach Spanish from Spain or Latin America? Then you'll learn about 17 different Spanish words. And when you're all done with this video, you'll know some of these words BETTER than most native Spanish-speakers! The Word Lists and other links for this video are here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/cognates-comercial-alarma/

Fun with Cognates: Comercial to Alarma (S03E06)  

I recently heard a story of a French girl arguing with a Canadian guy about the meaning of "radical" for over an hour. But both their definitions were basically the same--just a little nuanced difference. Hahahahaha. They just don't get it. That's not how words work. The different uses of "radical" should be a fun, interesting conversation. Not a right/wrong debate or argument. Words don't have set definitions. They stand for general ideas. It's context that gives them their specific meanings. The word "radical" could be used one way in French, and another way in English. “Radical” could be used one way in Florida, and another way in New York. It could be used one way in one sentence, and another way in a second sentence. In my videos, I sometimes make mistakes (okay, lots of times). And on YouTube, there's no shortage of people willing to correct my mistakes (I really do appreciate it!) But often, a native Spanish-speaker will INCORRECTLY correct me. How can this be? Easy. I've traveled a lot. I don't speak Spanish from Spain or Spanish from Mexico or Spanish from Argentina. I just speak Spanish. Let's say you grew up only hearing the word "soda" to describe a carbonated beverage. Does that mean "pop" is wrong? Just because you never heard it before? In this video, I answer one of the most common questions I’m asked: Do you teach Spanish from Spain or Latin America? Then you'll learn about 17 different Spanish words. And when you're all done with this video, you'll know some of these words BETTER than most native Spanish-speakers! The Word Lists and other links for this video are here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/cognates-comercial-alarma/

Fun with Cognates: Último to Simple (S03E05)  

Something different today... It's different. And intense. Perhaps a little long. I'm pretty sure, it's the most ADVANCED video I've made so far. But it's important. Really important. For sure, you'll learn a bunch of new words in this video. Or get to know words you already know, better. But more importantly, you'll be practicing a vital, new skill. A skill you'll need in real life if you want to understand Spanish when you read it, or when other people speak it... Watch this video to get the most out of future videos. Watch this video to learn Spanish faster and understand it better. Watch this video to be smarter. Get all resources and links from this video here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/cognates-ultimo-simple/

Fun with Cognates: Último to Simple (S03E05)  

Something different today... It's different. And intense. Perhaps a little long. I'm pretty sure, it's the most ADVANCED video I've made so far. But it's important. Really important. For sure, you'll learn a bunch of new words in this video. Or get to know words you already know, better. But more importantly, you'll be practicing a vital, new skill. A skill you'll need in real life if you want to understand Spanish when you read it, or when other people speak it... Watch this video to get the most out of future videos. Watch this video to learn Spanish faster and understand it better. Watch this video to be smarter. Get all resources and links from this video here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/cognates-ultimo-simple/

Turn Adjectives into Nouns in Spanish  

I like to talk fast. Maybe that's why I don't breathe or blink in my videos? It frustrates me when my mouth can't keep up with my mind. I need to calm down. I'm working on that. But that doesn't happen to me nearly as much in Spanish... for a couple reasons: #1 -- My mind doesn't work as fast in Spanish as it does in English =) #2 -- We can often say stuff in Spanish with fewer words than in English. We've seen this before with subject pronouns: "We sleep" is "nosotros dormimos" or just "dormimos"--without "nosotros". That's faster. Well, in today's video, you'll see how to make a noun from any adjective you already know. And that allows you to say two different phrases in Spanish--without learning (or even saying) any more words! Faster! All links mentioned can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/adjectives-nouns-spanish/?podcast

Turn Adjectives into Nouns in Spanish  

I like to talk fast. Maybe that's why I don't breathe or blink in my videos? It frustrates me when my mouth can't keep up with my mind. I need to calm down. I'm working on that. But that doesn't happen to me nearly as much in Spanish... for a couple reasons: #1 -- My mind doesn't work as fast in Spanish as it does in English =) #2 -- We can often say stuff in Spanish with fewer words than in English. We've seen this before with subject pronouns: "We sleep" is "nosotros dormimos" or just "dormimos"--without "nosotros". That's faster. Well, in today's video, you'll see how to make a noun from any adjective you already know. And that allows you to say two different phrases in Spanish--without learning (or even saying) any more words! Faster! All links mentioned can be found here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/adjectives-nouns-spanish/?podcast

Cognate Pattern #3: IC to ICO Adjectives & Nouns (S03E03)  

If you spend just 15 minutes watching this video and perusing the Word List, you'll know 50 words you didn't know before. Fifty good, usable words! There are way more than 50 words that follow this pattern. I just picked out 50 of the most common ones. Watch the video. Use the words. It's that simple. Get the free resources and all other links mentioned in this episode here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/cognates-ic-ico/?podcast

Cognate Pattern #3: IC to ICO Adjectives & Nouns (S03E03)  

If you spend just 15 minutes watching this video and perusing the Word List, you'll know 50 words you didn't know before. Fifty good, usable words! There are way more than 50 words that follow this pattern. I just picked out 50 of the most common ones. Watch the video. Use the words. It's that simple. Get the free resources and all other links mentioned in this episode here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/cognates-ic-ico/?podcast

Cognate Pattern #2: ATE to AR Verbs (S03E02)  

This Spanish Quickie covers another cognate group. Which means more free words! Remember, cognates are free words because they're basically the same in both English and Spanish. Just knowing these words exist, really is way more than half the battle. They're a good investment of your time, is my point. Watch the video. Peruse the Word List. Then get out there... and speak some Spanish! The resources for this episode are located here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/cognates-ate-ar/

Cognate Pattern #2: ATE to AR Verbs (S03E02)  

This Spanish Quickie covers another cognate group. Which means more free words! Remember, cognates are free words because they're basically the same in both English and Spanish. Just knowing these words exist, really is way more than half the battle. They're a good investment of your time, is my point. Watch the video. Peruse the Word List. Then get out there... and speak some Spanish! The resources for this episode are located here: http://gringoespanol.com/quickies/cognates-ate-ar/

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