Speak Spanish With Confidence

As an English speaker learning Spanish, it's natural to feel nervous or uncomfortable when you are speaking with Spanish speakers, including native speakers. Try these tips to Speak Spanish with Confidence!

Tips to Speak Spanish With Confidence:

1. Try not to worry what other people think of you. Most of the time, everyone is more focused on themself then they are worried about other people.

2. How do you feel when someone makes an effort to communicate with you in English, when English is not their native language? You probably appreciate their effort, right? Now put yourself in their shoes.

3. Work through the "pain period," where it feels uncomfortable to speak Spanish. It's uncomfortable, and you might not be saying everything 100% right, but pushing through and continuing to speak during this pain period is the only way to get better.  Studying grammar and the rules of the language alone won't get you to a conversational level- only practice will! Remember: if you can get your point across, even if you didn't say it 100% correctly, isn't that what communication is all about? Then you have successfully communicated!

Even More Tips to Speak Spanish With Confidence:

4. Context is essential! Different words can mean different things in different  context. When asking for clarification, be sure to give the full context. Example: ¿Cómo se dice 'used"? Used to talk- hablaba VS used car- carro usado

5. Try rephrasing what you want to say in English, to see if when you rephrase it triggers some Spanish knowledge that will help you communicate. Example: most of my friends = the majority of my friends = la mayoría de mis amigos

6. Use similar English words when you can, like mucho or grande to broaden your vocabulary.

Bonus tip: Memorize one phrase and practice it on a Spanish speaker to build confidence. Try "Hola, ¿cómo está usted?" for "Hi, how are you?"

More Ways to Speak Spanish With Confidence:

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Here are some more great tips from FluentU on Spanish confidence!

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How to say “I Love You” in Spanish

Have a loved one that you want to express your feelings to in Spanish? The rules change depending on whether that person is a significant other, friend, or family member. Watch this video to make sure what you say is what you mean, when you say I Love You in Spanish!

How to say I Love You in Spanish:

Te quiero = I care about you
Used for friends, extended family, and loved ones. Not used for a romantic "I love you."
Ojo (careful), querer means to want, so you might guess that te quiero means I want you (in a sexual/physical way). This is not the case!

Te amo = I (romantically) love you.
Only used with your romantic partner or immediate family members (parents and siblings).
Not used as frequently in Spanish speaking countries as it is in the US. Rather than many times a day, it might be said once a day in general in Spanish speaking countries.

Te adoro = I adore you
Used with your romantic partner as a sweet alternative to te amo.

Other Vocabulary Related to I Love You in Spanish:

Enamorarse- to fall in love
casarse- to get married
comprometerse- to get engaged
esposo/esposa- spouse
una boda- wedding
una cita- a date
el amor- love
la atracción- attraction
tener una relación- to have a relationship
convivir- to live together

Other Resources Related to I Love You in Spanish:

In the facebook group for Spanish learners that I run, I just shared this sweet love song. You can find the lyrics in Spanish here for reference.

Fall in love with the Dominican Republic in November 2017, with a small group of Spanish learning adventurers! One space just opened up- will it be yours? Learn more here!

What's your favorite way to say I Love You in Spanish? Let us know in the comments!​

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How to say “I Miss You” in Spanish

Have a loved one that you miss? Want to express that in Spanish? Check out this video and blog post to find out howto say I miss you in Spanish!

How to Say I Miss You in Spanish:

Te extraño. = I miss you. (Latin America).
Te echo de menos. = I miss you. (Spain)

You will notice that the way to say I miss you varies from Spain to Latin America, but in both cases, the phrases are reflexive (use te to mean to you). These examples utilize the informal you (tú), rather than the formal you (usted), assuming that if you miss someone you are likely very close and familiar with them.

Te extraño comes from extrañarse, which means to miss someone (Latin America). Te echo de menos comes from echarse de menos, which means to miss someone (Spain). 

Echo is pronounced a-cho, which is not how it might appear to be pronounced based on a similar English word. The video above will help with what it should sound like!

Examples of I Miss You in Spanish:

Mi amor, te extraño tanto. = My love, I miss you so much.
Mi cielo, te echo de menos. = My love, I miss you.
No me gusta estar tan lejos de ti. Te extraño. = I don't like to be so far from you. I miss you.
Papá, te echo de menos. Espero que estés bien. = Dad, I miss you. I hope you are well.

In each of the above examples, be sure to match te echo de menos or te extraño with the appropriate region of Spain or Latin America. You can use te echo de menos or te extraño with anyone you are close to- friends, family, or a romantic partner.

Other Relevant Spanish Resources:

Recently I found out about the Slow News in Spanish Podcast, which looks like an excellent resource for Spanish learners. Listening can be a difficult exercise, so this is a great way to practice if you love podcasts!

Additionally, if you have been wanting to learn Spanish but haven't made the progress you wanted on your own, and you are craving an adventure in a Spanish speaking country, check out the just released Peru adventure immersion trip in 2018! It's a unique package including up to a year and 5 months of weekly Spanish lessons over video chat, monthly video chat calls to get to know other participants, plus a week long trip with your new friends to Cusco! Sometimes having a deadline and something to work for, plus the accountability of regular online lessons is enough motivation to help you achieve new levels of Spanish success! Check it out here!

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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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Discussing the Weather in Spanish

Discussing the Weather in Spanish

Talking about the weather is a common pastime. Learn how discussing the weather in Spanish can not only help you pass the time with your Spanish speaking friends and acquaintances, but also how it can help you prepare for the day when visiting Spanish speaking countries!

Examples of Discussing the Weather in Spanish

​Asking about the weather:

1. ¿Cómo está el clima? OR ¿Cómo está el tiempo? - How is the weather?
2. ¿Qué tiempo hace? - What's the weather like?
3. ¿Cómo está el clima/tiempo en (name of city)? - How is the weather in (city)?

How to respond using hace:

1. Hace calor - It's hot
2. Hace frío - It's cold
3. Hace fresco - It's brisk/cool
4. Hace sol - It's sunny
5. Hace viento - It's windy
6. Hace buen/mal tiempo - The weather is good/bad

​How to respond using hay:

1. Hay humedad - It's humid
2. Hay nubes - It's cloudy
3. Hay niebla - It's foggy
4. Hay lluvia - It's raining

​How to respond using está:

1. Está lluvioso - It's raining
2. Está nublado - It's cloudy
3. Está oscuro - It's dark

Single Verb Responses:

In addition to using hace, hay, and está, sometimes you can easily use a single verb to describe the current weather, such as using llueve to say 'it's raining,' or nieva for 'it's snowing.' And for more information on weather expressions in Spanish, check out this link for a comprehensive guide.

Tiempo for Time and for Discussing the Weather in Spanish

Finally, talking about the weather in Spanish usually prompts the question, 'How do you know when tiempo means time versus weather?' ¿Cómo está el tiempo? and ¿Qué tiempo hace? will always mean 'How is the weather?' And '¿Qué hora es?' will always mean 'What time is it?' Otherwise, use context clues. For example, 'Tenemos mucho tiempo antes de la fiesta' probably means 'We have a lot of time before the party,' rather than 'We have a lot of weather before the party.' However, if you said 'Tenemos mucho tiempo acá en Seattle,' then you might be talking about having a lot of weather (rain), or having a lot of time to spend in that city if you are on vacation. Additionally, if that sentence was followed by 'Me gusta la lluvia,' then you would know that the original use of tiempo was in reference to weather!

Thank you!

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Discussing Where You are From in Spanish

Discussing Where You are From in Spanish

How do Spanish speakers tell others where they are from? How do they ask someone else where they are from? How do we differentiate between state, city, and country when discussing where you are from in Spanish?

Examples of Discussing Where You are From in Spanish

Asking where someone is from informally and answering with a particular state in the US:
¿De dónde eres? - Where are you from (informal)?
Specific Example: Soy de Nueva York - I am from New York
Soy de (name of state in the US)- I'm from (name of state in the US)
OR Soy del estado de Nebraska - I am from the state of Nebraska

Asking where someone is from informally and answering with a particular city:
¿De dónde eres? - Where are you from (informal)?
Specific Example: Soy de la ciudad de Nueva York - I am from the city of New York (New York City)
Soy de la ciudad de (name of city) - I am from the city of (name of city)

Asking where someone is from informally and responding with a particular country:
¿De dónde eres? - Where are you from (informal)?
Specific Example: Soy de los Estados Unidos - I am from the United States
Soy de (name of country) - I'm from (name of country)
Specific Example: Soy del país de Cuba - I am from the country of Cuba

Other Expressions Related to Where Someone is From

Asking where someone is from formally:
¿De dónde es usted? - Where are you from (formal)?

Other ways to ask where someone is from (informally):
¿De cuál ciudad eres? - Which city are you from?
¿De cuál país eres? What country are you from?

Asking where he or she is from:
¿De dónde es? - Where is he/she from?
Él es de (name of city, country, or state) - He is from (name of city, country, or state)
Ella es de (name of city, country, or state) = She is from (name of city, country, or state)
(Name) es de (name of city, country, or state) - (Name)  is from (city, country, or state)


Did you know that some countries names change spelling and pronunciation in Spanish? Here's a complete list of country names in Spanish!

We appreciate you taking a moment to read over this blog and watch the video above. Please submit any Spanish related questions you have in the comments below, and be sure to check out the other free resources on our site. ¡Muchas gracias!

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Discussing Likes and Dislikes

Discussing Likes and Dislikes

We've all heard the term 'me gusta' or 'no me gusta' in reference to discussing likes and dislikes. Maybe you've even said it yourself when you really liked something or when you really didn't like something. It's important to know why we use 'me gusta' instead of 'yo gusto,' or 'te gusta' instead of 'tu gustas,' as well as how to use 'nos gusta' and 'le gusta' and how to negate these phrases! Below are some examples using me, le, te, and nos.

Examples of Discussing Likes and Dislikes

Me gusta la fresa - I like the strawberry
Me gustan las fresas - I like the strawberries
No me gustan las frutas - I don't like fruits
Yo no me gusta la fresa - I don't like the strawberry

A ella le gusta la casa- She likes the house
Le gustan las casas - She likes the houses
No le gusta la casa - She doesn't like the house
A ella no le gustan las casas - She doesn't like the houses

¿Te gusta el libro? - Do you like the book?
¿Te gustan los libros? - Do you like the books?
¿No te gusta leer? - You don't like to read?
¿A ti no te gusta el libro? - You don't like the book?
¿María, no te gustan los libros? - María, you don't like the books?

Nos gusta la película - We like the movie
Nos gustan las películas - We like the movies
No nos gusta mirar películas - We don't like to watch movies
No nos gustan las películas - We don't like movies

After reviewing the above examples, check out this link for more about gustar and other verbs like it.

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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.

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When O Changes to U For The Word Or in Spanish

Does the question "¿Compras siete cervezas u ocho?" boggle your mind? Learn why there is a stand alone u there instead of an o in this video! Be sure to click CC at the bottom of the video to turn on subtitles.

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When Does Y Change to E For The Word And In Spanish

Does the sentence "Hablo español y inglés." boggle your mind with the stand alone e? Check out this video to see what the difference is between y and e!

Don't forget to click "CC" at the bottom of the video to enable subtitles for all the Spanish words.

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