Incorporating Grammar into Spanish Speaking Practice: The Balance of Natural and Purposeful

One of the ways that I’ve been able to both improve my Spanish and put it to use in a meaningful way is communicating with Bernardo, the man who works on our family’s ranch. He is from Mexico and only speaks Spanish. My dad knows some Spanish and can often communicate with him on his… Continue reading Incorporating Grammar into Spanish Speaking Practice: The Balance of Natural and Purposeful

Spanish Listening Comprehension Stronger than Your Speaking Ability? You’re Right on Track

My younger brother recently moved to Colorado to start a Ph.D. program (such a smarty) so we have to call, text, or Skype when we want to talk. I got to chat with him on my way home from work last week. He told me about the lab he is a TA for, how he… Continue reading Spanish Listening Comprehension Stronger than Your Speaking Ability? You’re Right on Track

Levels of Language Acquisition: The Powerful Combination of Authentic Speech and Structured Learning

The distinction between language acquisition and language learning may seem subtle, but I think it is important to consider when trying to improve Spanish fluency. With language acquisition, the idea is that you acquire the language naturally by being exposed to it. With language learning, you are making a conscious effort to learn the parts… Continue reading Levels of Language Acquisition: The Powerful Combination of Authentic Speech and Structured Learning

Learning Spanish Grammar Rules: Language Learning Expands Your Horizon

Grammarly is a Facebook page that I like (in both senses of the word) a lot. I enjoy their clever posts, especially when it is clever language about language (so meta). I recently saw a question they posted that, while about the English language, made me think about Spanish grammar rules.   After a moment… Continue reading Learning Spanish Grammar Rules: Language Learning Expands Your Horizon

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The Challenge of Spanish Verb Translation: Do vs. Hacer

While we might wish otherwise, grammar is a necessary part of language. While a lot of language can be absorbed and produced without worrying too much about the rules, nuances, and irregularities of grammar, you do have to learn at least some grammar in order to be able to communicate. The grammar of a language… Continue reading The Challenge of Spanish Verb Translation: Do vs. Hacer