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TENER: Audio Verb Drill

2011-02-19 :: ReVerb Spanish
Length: 7s

This podcast is the audio verb drill for the simple past tense of the verb TENER and gives you an idea of what the ReVerb Spanish audio drills are like. The complete package of audio is roughly 3o minutes and includes the following tenses: present, preterite, imperfect, subjunctive and imperfect subjunctive. A PDF file containing [...]…

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Verbs like GUSTAR

2011-01-15

I originally wrote this for my other blog, Voices en Español. Gustar is one of the first verbs you learn when you start studying Spanish. But it’s the type of verb that frequently trips up English speakers because of the way it is conjugated. With gustar, the person that would be the subject in English [...]…

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SABER has 2 different meanings

2010-11-14 :: ReVerb Spanish
Length: 3s

Did you know that the Spanish verb SABER has two different definitions? The first meaning, you probably already know. Yes, saber means “to know.” But there is another meaning to the verb that you may not have learned yet.  Saber also means “to taste. ” So how do you distinguish between SABER when it means [...]…

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Soler

2010-06-08 :: ReVerb Spanish
Length: 7s

Soler is a unique verb in Spanish because it can’t be used in all verb tenses. In linguistics, it’s what is called a defective verb. That means it can’t be conjugated and used in all verb tenses. In the case of soler, its defect is is that it can’t be used in the preterite, future, [...]…

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Spanish prepositions: EN vs. SOBRE

2010-04-21

I got a special request from Mike Daye, aka @EvilPundit, one of my people on Twitter, for an explanation of the Spanish prepositions EN and SOBRE, so here goes. “EN” is a frequently-used preposition. It can be translated with various meanings in English such as in, by, at, or on, depending on the context. Here’s [...]…

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How to find the definitions of Spanish idioms and expressions

2010-02-16

How many times have you heard or read a Spanish expression and then consulted a dictionary for its meaning and turned up empty? Maybe you found the answer right away. But perhaps there have been a few occasions where it took a little bit of digging to find the definition. There is an easy way [...]…

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Spanish Wordz, daily Spanish vocab on Twitter

2010-01-25

One of my 2010 New Year’s Resolutions is to expand my Spanish vocabulary. In the past, I’ve made a mental note or jotted down new, interesting words in my trusty Moleskine notebook. But in recent weeks I’ve come across some real gems and decided I would start tweeting a Spanish word daily. Don’t worry, I’ll [...]…

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SER vs. ESTAR: Adjectives that change meaning

2009-09-08 :: ReVerb Spanish
Length: 5s

If you’ve been studying Spanish awhile, you probably already know plenty about the Spanish verbs SER and ESTAR. But did you know that there are several adjectives that change their meaning, depending on which one of those verbs they’re attached to? For example, estar aburrido vs. ser aburrido is the difference between being bored or [...]…

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Ver vs. Mirar

2009-06-15 :: ReVerb Spanish
Length: 3s

The definitions of these two verbs are clear in any dictionary: VER means “to see” while MIRAR is defined as “to look at” or “to watch” That may lead some English speakers who are studying Spanish to say things like  “Miro la tele” or “Me gusta mirar películas” in Spanish. This is incorrect. In Spanish, [...]…

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Get more ReVerb Spanish verb-y goodness on Twitter

2009-06-03 :: ReVerb Spanish
Length: 2s

If you have visited this blog a few times, you may have noticed a couple of things. A). That it is pretty brand new (only about a month old) and… B). That I don’t post entries on it daily. To tell you the truth, there is a lot I want to share with you about [...]…

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ESTAR: Audio Verb Drill

2009-05-30 :: ReVerb Spanish
Length: 7s

This podcast is the audio verb drill for the present tense of the verb ESTAR and gives you an idea of what the ReVerb Spanish audio drills are like. The complete package of audio is roughly 35 minutes and includes the following tenses: present, preterite, imperfect, subjunctive and imperfect subjunctive. It is available on the [...]…

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Andar vs. Estar

2009-05-14 :: ReVerb Spanish
Length: 8s

It may seem odd, but the verb ANDAR, which literally means “to walk” can be used as a replacement verb for ESTAR, which means “to be.” A common expression in Spanish is ¿Qué tal andamos? or ¿Cómo andamos? In English that is translated as “How are we doing?” or “What’s new?” “¿Cómo andamos?” is just [...]…

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Spanish gerunds vs. English gerunds

2009-05-14

In Spanish, gerunds are used to refer to an action in progress. There are 3 distinct gerund endings.  I know what I said in the “Andar vs. Estar” podcast but I was trying to keep things super simple. The Spanish gerund endings are: -ando (for verbs that end in -ar) -iendo (for verbs that end [...]…

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SER: Audio Verb Drill

2009-04-27 :: ReVerb Spanish
Length: 7s

The complete set of conjugations of the verb SER is now available. It contains over 30 minutes of audio covering the present tense, preterite, imperfect past tenses as well as the present subjunctive and imperfect subjunctive conjugations. This podcast is the audio verb drill for the imperfect past tense of SER. Purchase the complete set [...]…

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Conocer vs. Saber, past tense

2009-04-22

Everything that I’ve told you about CONOCER and SABER in an earlier post was related to the present tense of these verbs. When you use these verbs in the preterite past tense (el pretérito indefinido) and the imperfect past tense (el pretérito imperfecto) their meanings change once again. What’s the distinction between the preterite and [...]…

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Conocer vs. Saber

2009-04-13 :: ReVerb Spanish
Length: 8s

Both of these verbs mean “to know” in Spanish. However they are not exact synonyms. That means they are not verbs that can be used interchangeably. Since knowledge is power, which one of these verbs is king? Let’s find out. Conocer is intangible knowledge in the sense of to be familiar with someone or something. [...]…

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How to use the ReVerb Spanish Audio Verb Drills

2009-04-13 :: ReVerb Spanish
Length: 6s

Here is how to get the most out of the ReVerb Spanish audio verb drills: 1. First listen to the audio of Marie Soleil reading the verb conjugations and repeat the conjugations out loud. While you are doing this, do not read or look at the conjugations written down. The idea is to get your [...]…

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Welcome to ReVerb Spanish!

2009-04-13 :: ReVerb Spanish
Length: 3s

Have you ever used a Spanish-English dictionary to look up a word only to discover later on that the meaning you found wasn’t quite accurate for the situation? In fact, it’s quite common for Spanish-English dictionaries to lead many language learners astray with definitions that are imprecise or misleading. The classic example are the verbs [...]…

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What are Spanish Audio Verb Drills?

2009-04-13

The ReVerb Spanish Audio Verb Drills are a simple way for you to practice conjugating common Spanish verbs. For many people, remembering the correct form of the verb in the moment (is it “yo fui” or “yo fue”?) can be difficult because they don’t know the conjugations by heart. Here is the basic format of [...]…

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