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Spanish Self Study Resource: 12,000 Spanish Idioms Book

There are so many Spanish learning resources out there, it's hard to know what is worth your time and money...that's where these blog posts come in. This is the third in a series of self study resource reviews- some are free, some have a cost, but all are resources I or my students have personally tested and approved!

Today's resource is a Spanish idiom reference book. "The Big Red Book of Spanish Idiomsis geared for beginners and intermediate Spanish learners.

For every learner who has wasted dictionary time looking up the individual parts of a Spanish saying only to have the whole add up to nonsense, The Big Red Book of Spanish Idioms provides innovative and easy access to scores of turns-of-phrase and their idiomatic English equivalents.

With more than 4,000 Spanish expressions arranged by keyword, numerous example sentences, and an extensive index for cross-referencing, you can quickly find phrase-based translations by way of either English or Spanish. Compact and comprehensive, this tool is perfect for a student's backpack or a translator's briefcase.

Here are my thoughts:

This is a pretty comprehensive resource. There are so many idioms that don't translate literally, and they can be so tricky to understand. This resource helps! It is great to be able to look idioms up in either language and find the translation easily! If you want to up your Spanish game to the next novel, learn some idioms!

If you are interested in picking up a copy, you can click my affiliate link​ here, or a non-affiliate link here. (That's right, I like it so much that I will recommend it even with no financial benefit to me! Enjoy!)

If you want to put your new idiomatic knowledge to the test, join me for one on one personalized Spanish lessons for a year and a week of adventure and immersion in Machu Picchu, October 2018.

What's your favorite Spanish learning resource and why? Let me know in the comments!



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Self Study Resource Recommendation: Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook

This is the second post in a helpful new series of blog posts on Spanish self study recommendations! Some will be free, some will be for a cost, but all will be things I have personally tested myself or with my students. There are so many Spanish learning resources out there, it's hard to know what is worth your time and money...that's where these blog posts come in.

Today I'm sharing a Spanish travel phrase book by Lonely Planet. "Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook and Dictionaryis geared for beginner and intermediate Spanish learners and is pocket sized for a tiny but very helpful travel tool. Lonely Planet is the world's #1 phrasebook publisher.

Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Spanish phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Enjoy the thrilling conversation with a local over sangria, ask about a tucked-away a tablao flamenco or eat your way through a tapas menu; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now!

Get More From Your Trip with Easy-to-Find Phrases for Every Travel Situation!

  • Feel at ease with essential tips on culture, manners, idioms and multiple meanings
  • Order with confidence, explain food allergies, and try new foods with the menu decoder
  • Save time and hassles with vital phrases at your fingertips
  • Never get stuck for words with the 3500-word two-way, quick-reference dictionary
  • Be prepared for both common and emergency travel situations with practical phrases and terminology
  • Meet friends with conversation starter phrases
  • Get your message across with easy-to-use pronunciation guides

Inside Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary:

  • Full-colour throughout
  • User-friendly layout organised by travel scenario categories
  • Survival phrases inside front cover for at-a-glance on-the-fly cues
  • Convenient features
    • 5 Phrases to Learn Before You Go
    • 10 Ways to Start a Sentence
    • 10 Phrases to Sound like a Local
    • Listen For - phrases you may hear
    • Look For - phrases you may see on signs
    • Shortcuts - easy-to-remember alternatives to the full phrases
    • Q&A - suggested answers to questions asked
  • Covers
    • Basics - time, dates, numbers, amounts, pronunciation, reading tips, grammar rules
    • Practical - travel with kids, disabled travellers, sightseeing, business, banking, post office, internet, phones, repairs, bargaining, accommodation, directions, border crossing, transport
    • Social - meeting people, interests, feelings, opinions, going out, romance, culture, activities, weather
    • Safe Travel - emergencies, police, doctor, chemist, dentist, symptoms, conditions
    • Food - ordering, at the market, at the bar, dishes, ingredients


Here's ​what I say:

This handy reference guide is both tiny and packed with helpful information. It is divided into sections and each phrase has the Spanish version, English version, and how to sound it out. It also offers questions with appropriate answers, for a real two way conversation. Lots of great travel vocabulary for a variety of travel situations in Spanish, this would be ideal for beginners who may otherwise find themselves struggling to communicate when traveling through a Spanish speaking country. I would definitely recommend this!

If you are interested in picking up a copy, you can click my affiliate link here, or a non-affiliate link here. (That's right, I like it so much that I will recommend it even with no financial benefit to me! Enjoy!) There is also a Latin American version.

Want to put those new phrases to good use? Learn more about the October 2018 adventure immersion trip to Machu Picchu plus a year worth of Spanish lessons!

What's your favorite Spanish learning resource and why? Let me know in the comments!



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Spanish + Travel + Laughter

Find out how to say "to laugh" and "to laugh at" in Spanish and how this applies to travel in this short video!

Can you use reir or reirse de in a sentence in Spanish? Give it a shot in the comments!

For those struggling to make consistent progress in Spanish, wanting to make new friends with similar interests, or to have epic adventures in a breathtaking setting far from home- I have a very exciting experience to share with you! Imagine weekly Spanish learning, a private group environment to get to know other Spanish learners with similar goals, all culminating in a week spent speaking Spanish and being immersed in Peruvian culture in the stunning city of Cusco. This one of a kind opportunity combines learning, friendship, and adventure for those who want it all! The experience begins upon registration and lasts until October 2018. Up to 10 students will have the opportunity for this one of a kind hybrid learning and adventure model. Learn more.

Free Resource Recommendation: Best Spanish Word of the Day Emails

In this new series, I'll be offering up free resources for Spanish learners!

It doesn't get much more convenient then a short email in your inbox every day with a new Spanish word of the day. What a great way to build vocabulary! I signed up for every free Spanish word of the day service I could find, and these two came out on top!


SpanishD¡ct Word of the Day

  1. Vocabulary word + translation + audio
  2. Two contextual examples in Spanish and English
  3. A "Do You Remember?" Section with clickable randomized vocabulary words from the last month
  4. Hannah says: Simple & Thorough
  5. Get it here for free



Transparent Language Spanish Word of the Day

  1. Vocabulary word + translation + part of speech + audio
  2. One contextual examples in Spanish and English
  3. The option to find that word used on Twitter
  4. Hannah says: I like having the part of speech. Otherwise, the main difference is one example instead of two but it has the Twitter option.
  5. Get it here for free



I highly recommend you check those awesome free resources out! Have another free resource recommendation for Spanish learners? Let me know in the comments!




For those struggling to make consistent progress in Spanish, wanting to make new friends with similar interests, or to have epic adventures in a breathtaking setting far from home- I have a very exciting experience to share with you! Imagine weekly Spanish learning, a private group environment to get to know other Spanish learners with similar goals, all culminating in a week spent speaking Spanish and being immersed in Peruvian culture in the stunning city of Cusco. This one of a kind opportunity combines learning, friendship, and adventure for those who want it all! The experience begins upon registration and lasts until October 2018. Up to 10 students will have the opportunity for this one of a kind hybrid learning and adventure model. Learn more.



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Facebook Live Spanish Chat- All Levels Welcome!

Join me for an informal Spanish chat for all levels- free! Let's get to know each other in Spanish! Ask questions in a supportive and encouraging environment. Get practice writing in Spanish and listening. Boost your confidence.

You can drop in anonymously and view the video right here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1880508425558368/. I can't see who is watching unless you choose to comment. If you want to participate in conversation, that's great too! All you have to do to participate is click the link to join the FB group and then at the scheduled time click the live streaming notification when I start the video!

If you can't make it live and have questions, just email them to me (hannah@speakbetterspanish.com) and I'll answer them on the video, which will be available for replay. These have been a lot of fun and a great opportunity to practice Spanish for free in the past. Hope to see you!

Check for upcoming dates and times.

Recently, these events have been held on a weekly basis on Thursday evenings from 8:15-8:45 pm Central US time, but that schedule may change in the future.



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Spanish Q&A #1 with Hannah

Trying something new, which is answering some of the questions I received from Spanish students this week in a video and this accompanying blog post. If there is interest, I may continue doing this on a weekly basis. Submit your questions for the next video in the comments!

  • What’s the difference between hablar and decir? Hablar means to talk or to speak and decir means to tell. There is some overlap, but generally they are used the same way that we use to talk/to speak/to tell in English.
  • What’s the difference between the preterite and the imperfect (how do I say something in the past in Spanish)? The preterite is for completed actions, something within a specific time frame with a specific beginning and end, or something that happened a specific number of times in the past. The imperfect is used for something ongoing in the past, when we are expressing something in the past without a specific number of repetitions or a specific beginning and end point, and setting the scene/giving descriptions in the past. Learn more: https://studyspanish.com/grammar/lessons/pretimp4
  • Is familia singular or plural? Would you say “La familia está feliz.” Or “La familia están felices.”? Even though the meaning of the word is plural (since a family usually has multiple members) the actual word is singular. We know it is singular because it does not end in an s. Since it is singular, we need to apply third person singular verb conjugations (the él/ella/usted form) when we are using it in a sentence, so “La familia está feliz.” La gente is in the same category (means people so has a plural meaning) but is a singular word.
  • When we use the present progressive (a form of estar plus a verb ending in ando/iendo- example Estoy comiendo), and a woman is doing the action, does comiendo change to comienda? Here, comiendo is a participle and is part of the verb tense. We do change the form of estar to match up with the subject (the person doing the action) BUT we do not change the participle, no matter whether the person doing the action is singular, plural, male, or female.
  • How do I say that something doesn’t work in Spanish? Trabajar means to work in the context of a job. Funcionar also means to work, but in the context of to function. If the lamp doesn’t work, we say “La lámpara no funciona.” Sometimes native speakers will use trabajar in place of funcionar, but if you want to be grammatically correct we need to use funcionar there.
  • (Not a question, but an observation.) The contraction al is formed from a + el. Instead of saying “Voy a el restaurant,” we say “Voy al restaurante.”

Questions? Let me know in the comments.




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FREE Spanish Confidence Booster Program

¡Hola, amigo! Have you been studying Spanish for a while but continue to struggle with speaking? Do you know written Spanish and grammar, but have confidence starting a conversation with a Spanish speaker? Know lots of Spanish vocab but have difficulty expressing your thoughts aloud in a sentence?

Not to worry! In my ten years of Spanish teaching and tutoring experience, I have found that speaking and conversation is the #1 challenge for almost every Spanish learner! I have been in that situation myself, where I had lots of knowledge but was so afraid of making a mistake that I couldn’t open my mouth to say anything in Spanish.

Let’s be real….listening, writing, and reading are all awesome skills, but for many people, the most useful Spanish skill is speaking. If this message hits home for you, I have something awesome that I want to invite you to be a part of!

During the month of October, I’ll be running a free weekly video chat program (you can also join in with just audio if you don’t have a webcam) to increase your Spanish confidence and conversation skills no matter how much or little Spanish you know. We’ll meet once a week for four weeks and chat amongst ourselves. All levels of Spanish learners are welcome, and you can start speaking the language once you know just a few words. In fact, I invite you to get out of your comfort zone, make mistakes, try new Spanish words and phrases, and grow your confidence in a supportive encouraging environment with me and other Spanish learners. I’ll be there to facilitate conversation and answer questions. There won’t be any set “lesson plan,” but rather a free flowing conversation among participants.

This is a project I have had in mind for a while now, and I’m ready to release it to the world! This is a free one time opportunity to join the “beta test.” Next time you see this program offered, it will not be free, so take advantage now!

Here are the session dates and times (in Central time zone- Alabama):

Wednesday October 4, 7:00-7:30pm

Wednesday October 11,  7:00-7:30pm

Wednesday October 18, 7:00-7:30pm

Wednesday October 25, 7:00-7:30pm

Now, even though this program is free, there are a couple of participant expectations:

  1. Please only sign up for the program if you are at least 99% sure you can make it to at least 2 of the sessions.
  2. You will be required to sign up for each session you plan to attend. Registration for all sessions you will be attending is required no later than October 2, 2017.
  3. The course will only run if I have 8-9 participant sign ups for people that all plan to attend at least 2 sessions.

If you can’t make all 4 sessions, that’s totally fine. They will be recorded and shared privately among participants. You can also submit topics and questions in advance if you can’t attend.

Open to the public. All ages and all levels of Spanish learners welcome (even if you know less than 20 words in Spanish).

See what students have said about learning Spanish with me.

Enrollment closes end of day October 2, 2017. CLICK HERE to reserve your spot!

Questions? hannahrompiendolasbarreras@gmail.com

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5 Key Medical Spanish Phrases

Disclaimer: Practitioners should not rely solely on the medical Spanish content of this website to evaluate, diagnose or treat medical conditions. The information on this website is meant only to serve as a tool for health care providers who want to improve their ability to communicate with their Spanish-speaking patients; it does not replace the services of a trained medical interpreter (which may be required by law).

If you work in the medical field, you won't want to miss this video and blog post! I will teach you five key medical Spanish phrases including ones relating to medication!

All sorts of different medical professionals can benefit from this vocabulary. Whether you are a doctor, nurse, EMT, paramedic, dietician, or any of the other numerous roles that medical providers play- this can help. Occasionally an interpreter may not be available to help a medical provider communicate with a Spanish speaking patient. That’s when these phrases will really come in handy!

5 Key Medical Spanish Phrases:

​¿Adónde le duele? = Where does it hurt?
¿Toma algún medicamento? = Do you take any medication? (If the patient response is 'Sí,' then you can ask '¿Cúal?' to clarify which medication(s) they take.)
¿Cúales medicamentos ha tomado hoy? = Which medications have you taken today?
¿Está embarazada? = Are you pregnant?
¿Tiene alguna condición médica? = Do you have any medical condition(s)?

The third and fourth phrases are similar in meaning but have different implications. For example, a patient may normally take a medication, but perhaps had not had their dosage today. In certain scenarios, this is an important difference, such as if it was a seizure preventative. These are all written in the usted form, which is the formal and more respectful way to speak to a stranger in Latin America and Spain.

More Resources on Medical Spanish:

To learn how to name different parts of the body, check out this awesome list from Study Spanish.

Want more practice with Spanish? Join our free private Facebook group for Spanish learners of all levels! Or, come along on an adventure immersion trip!

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The Spanish Simple Future Tense

Spanish Simple Future Tense

If you're unsure of what the Spanish simple future tense is, we call it the 'cheating' method of expressing future tense verbs. For example, you use ir (to go) much the same as we say that we're going to do something in English, such as yo voy a comer (I'm going to eat) or tú vas a nadar (You're going to swim).

Examples of Spanish Simple Future Tense

Yo voy a hablar - I am going to speak
Tú vas a hablar - You are going to speak
Él/Ella/Usted va a hablar -- He/She/You are going to speak
Nosotros vamos a hablar - We are going to speak
Vosotros vais a hablar - You all are going to speak
Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes van a hablar - They/You all are going to speak

Yo voy a comer - I am going to eat
Tú vas a comer - You are going to eat
Él/Ella/Usted va a comer - He/She/You are going to eat
Nosotros vamos a comer - We are going to eat
Vosotros vais a comer - You all are going to eat
Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes van a comer - They/You all are going to eat

Yo voy a vivir - I am going to live
Tú vas a vivir - You are going to live
Él/Ella/Usted va a vivr - He/She/You are going to live
Nosotros vamos a vivir - We are going to live
Vosotros vais a vivir - You all are going to live
Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes van a vivir - They/You all are going to live

After studying the examples above, you can find a link to 100 of the most common Spanish verbs here.

Another link for more tips and free resources for learning Spanish can be found here.

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