Songs in Spanish Translated to English: La Chica Plastica by Ruben Blades and Willie Colon

Listening to songs in Spanish is a fun way to practice listening skills and loosen your hips as you dance your way into fluency =)

Here’s a great song by Rubén Blades and Willie Colón. The song’s title is “Plástico” and it’s often known as “Chica Plástica” Continue reading “Songs in Spanish Translated to English: La Chica Plastica by Ruben Blades and Willie Colon”

Spanish for Nurses Video: 25 Phrases that can be Useful at Work (Add Yours!)

 

In this post we will take a look at a few phrases in Spanish that are commonly used by nurses at work.

First, you will find a video that will show you how to pronounce each phrase,

and after the video you will find a written version so you can review the spelling of each one and write them down on your notebook so you can use them at work, starting “mañana”! Continue reading “Spanish for Nurses Video: 25 Phrases that can be Useful at Work (Add Yours!)”

How to say Happy Birthday in Spanish

 

Having the ability to maintain and nurture friendships is one of the most important aspects of a successful social life. Someone’s birthday is a great occasion to reach out and stay in touch with people you care about.

 

Birthday Cake - How to say happy birthday in Spanish

 

 

In today’s post we will take a look at how to say happy birthday in Spanish and we will also look at a few phrases that may be useful to congratulate someone on the day of his or her birthday.

 

 

A simple way to say happy birthday in Spanish is:

Feliz Cumpleaños.

 

 

How to say happy birthday in spanish

 

Learn the pronunciation here:

httpv://youtu.be/Uwkr8i3Bzrc

 

 

Here are some other phrases you might use to congratulate someone on his or her birthday:

 

I wish you many more years of life and health.

Te deseo muchos años más de vida y salud.

 

May God give you health and happiness for many more years.

Que Dios te conceda salud y felicidad por muchos años más.

 

Have a great time during your special day.

Que la pases muy bien en tu día especial.

 

Have fun and eat something delicious on your birthday!

¡Diviértete y come algo delicioso en tu cumpleaños!

 

What are you planning to do on your birthday?

¿Qué tienes planeado para tu cumpleaños?

 

How are you going to celebrate your birthday?

¿Cómo vas a celebrar tu cumpleaños?

 

 

Learn to pronounce these phrases here: 

httpv://youtu.be/8cV4_owJxTQ

 

 

Now that you know how to say happy birthday in Spanish,

don’t forget to congratulate your friends and let them know how important they are for you.

 

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How do you say thank you in Spanish?

 

There are several important words in every language, and if you’re interested in learning Spanish answering the question: How do you say thank you in Spanish? Is a very important one that we will address in this short post.

Knowing how to express gratitude is certainly important, but also finding additional ways to tell someone how grateful you feel and how much you appreciate what they have done can also be highly useful for beginners learning Spanish.

 

How to say thank you in spanish

 

In the following paragraphs we will share a few alternatives that may be useful next time you visit a Spanish-speaking country, or if you want to thank a coworker for doing a good job.

If you’re wondering how to say thank you in Spanish,

you simply can say (and you probably already know how to say this):

Gracias.

 

Learn the pronunciation here:

httpv://youtu.be/DTInCqwnUW4

 

 

A few other ways to express gratitude can be these:

 

Thanks a lot

Muchas gracias.

 

I really appreciate all the help you have provided.

Agradezco mucho toda la ayuda que me has dado.

 

I feel very thankful for all the things you have done around here.

Me siento muy agradecido por todo lo que has hecho aquí.

 

I truly appreciate your help.

En verdad aprecio tu ayuda.

 

I value the fact that you help me.

Valoro el hecho de que me hayas ayudado.

 

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Learn Spanish with Funny Dog Photos!

 

Today we will learn a useful verb with the help of this adorable canine “amigo”:

 

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The top section of the image shows “¿Te burlas de mí?”

The word “burlas” sound a little like “burglar”, a thief who MAKES FUN of the Law.

This will help you remember that “burlarse” means: “to make fun of”.

So, let’s get back to our phrase: “¿te burlas de mí?

“te” sounds like “tú”,

And “¿Te burlas de mí?” means “Are you making fun of me?”

 

Now, let’s look at the second half of the image, the part that says:

“Porque siento que estás burlando de mí”,

This phrase is is actually missing a “te” before “estás” because it is a reflexive verb.

So, let’s break it down,

“Porque” means “because”

And “siento” (from the verb “sentir”) means “I feel”

So , we have:

“Because I feeel que te estás making fun de mí”,

I is easy to guess that “de mí” means “or me”

“te estás” means “you are” (for a reflexive verb).

So, in the end we get:

“Porque siento que te estás burlando de mí”,

“Because I feeel you are making fun of me”,

 

Therefore, the whole thing says:

¿Te burlas de mí?”

“Are you making fun of me?”

 

“Porque siento que te estás burlando de mí”,

“Because I feeel you are making fun of me”,

 

See? That was fácil (easy)!!

 

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How to say shut up in Spanish?

 

Although being polite generally works better, there are times when people simply don’t know when to stop talking, and knowing how to say shut up in Spanish can be a really useful.

In this short post we will take a look at how to say “shut up” in Spanish, as well as other phrases to ask people to stop talking that may be used in different contexts (depending on how rude you want to be, some of them will be less polite than others).

How do you say shut up in Spanish

 

 

If you just want to know how to say “shut up” in Spanish, you can say:

 

“Cállate”

 

 

Learn how to pronounce it here: 

httpv://youtu.be/xuStgNSGr5U

 

Now, let’s look at some other options that may be used in a more formal context (in other words, these are relatively polite ways of asking people to be quiet).

They may be used with people you just met, or people you don’t know that well. They have a formal tone.

Let’s look at a few examples:

 

Please be quiet.

Por favor guarde silencio.

 

I would really appreciate it if you remain silent.

Le agradecería mucho que guarde silencio.

 

I’m sorry to bother you, but could you please be quiet?

Disculpe la molestia, pero ¿podría guardar silencio por favor?

 

 

Learn how to pronounce these phrases here: 

httpv://youtu.be/Z9p3BhFSjqk

 

 

However, there are times when there is no room for diplomacy or good manners; and a more direct approach needs to be used.

So, let’s look at a few “not so polite” ways of asking people to be quiet (in other words, asking them to shut up).

Note, these are very direct phrases, they are not very polite and they should be used with caution only in circumstances when somebody is being a jerk.

 

Let’s look at the examples:

 

Shut up or I’ll shut you up!

¡Cállate o te callo!

 

Just shut up!

¡Sólo cállate!

 

You better shut up or this is going to get ugly!

¡Más vale que te calles o esto se va a poner feo!

 

Shut up, I don’t want to hear about it anymore!

¡Cállate, ya no quiero saber nada de esto!

 

Shut up!

¡Cállate!

 

 Learn how to pronounce these phrases here: 

httpv://youtu.be/tfOLWst1OZE

 

 

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Ser vs Estar – Part 1

 

This lesson is about the use of Ser vs Estar,

one of the most important subjects to review

when learning Spanish for beginners.

 

Let’s get started.

 

  

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9Z0BGMc2KI

 You may also watch this on youtube over here: 

Ser vs Estar

 

 

The use of Ser vs Estar is sometimes regarded as a

confusing subject when learning Spanish, but ser vs

estar rules are relatively simple and used every day

in conversational Spanish.

 

 

Knowing when to use  Ser and Estar is simpler than it

looks, both mean “to be” but they are used in different

situations, let’s look at some examples and the

Ser vs Estar rules.

 

 

 

For example,

 

If you want to say: “el es hombre” – “he is a man”

 

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - man

 

 

If you want to say: “el está borracho” – “he is drunk”

 

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - drunk man

 

 

 

 

But when should we use them?

How do we know which one to use?

 

 

Ser vs Estar practice – The verb Ser:

 

Let’s look at some examples with the verb Ser,

pay close attention to the underlined words and

try to notice the patterns:

 

 

 

Ser vs Estar – Example 1

“La manzana es roja” – “the apple is red”

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - good red apple

 

 

“La manzana es verde” – “the apple is green”

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - green apple

 

 

 

 

Ser vs Estar – Example 2

 

“El gato es blanco” – “the cat is white”

 

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - white cat

 

 

“El gato es negro” – the cat is black

 

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - black cat

 

 

 

 

Ser vs Estar – Example 3

 

 

El perro es grande – the dog is big

 

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - big dog

 

 

El perro es pequeño – the dog is small

 

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - small dog

 

 

The verb Ser is used to talk about permanent or essential

characteristics of something. It is used to talk about what

something is.

 

 

 

Let’s look back at one of the examples we just mentioned:

 

El perro es grande – the dog is big

 

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - big dog

 

El perro es pequeño – the dog is small

 

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - small dog

 

 

The size of a dog is an essential characteristic of

the animal. A dog does not wake up in the morning

being small, then gets big in the afternoon and small

again at night. It is either big or small.

 

 

 

 

 

Ser vs Estar practice – The verb Estar:

 

Let’s look at some examples with the verb Estar,

pay close attention to the underlined words

and try to notice the patterns:

 

  

 

Ser vs Estar – Example 4

 

“La manzana está buena” – “the apple is good”

 

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - good red apple

 

 

“La manzana está mala” – “the apple is bad”

 

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - bad apple

 

 

 

 

 

Ser vs Estar – Example 5

 

“El gato está sobre la mesa” – “the cat is on the table”

 

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - cat on table

 

 

 

“El gato está bajo la mesa” – “the cat is under the table”

 

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - cat under table

 

 

 

 

 

Ser vs Estar – Example 6

 

“El perro está corriendo” – “the dog is running”

 

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - dog running

 

 

 

“El perro está durmiendo” – “the dog is sleeping”

 

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - dog sleeping

 

 

The verb Estar is used to talk about non-permanent

or non-essential characteristics of something. It is used

to talk about how or where something is.

 

 

 

Let’s look at another example:

 

El es aburido – he is boring 

(what he is, a boring person)

 

El está aburido – he is bored

(how he currently is,

hey is currently bored)

 

 

 

How do I remember which verb

to use?

 

Using mental associations is a great way to learn new

things by leveraging the ones you already know.

One associationI have found to be very useful in relation

to the subject of Ser and Estar is the phonetic similarity

between the verb Estar and the word for those shiny

celestial bodies, Stars.

 

A star does not stay still during the night, they move, 

they do not hold a permanent position in the sky

due to Earth’s rotation.

 

So, next time you are unsure of which verb you should

use, between Ser vs Estar; just think of a star in the sky,

ESTAR in the sky, and how it has a non-permanent

place during the night, that will help you remember.

 

 

 

Would you like to learn more?

You may review this chart about when to use Ser

and when to use Estar: HERE

 

 

 

 

 

Now let’s look at some final examples of

Ser vs Estar:

 

 

 

“La manzana es roja” – “the apple is red”

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - good red apple

 

 

“La manzana está mala” – “the apple is bad ”

 

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - bad apple

 

 

 

 

 

“El gato es blanco” – “the cat is white”

 

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - white cat

 

 

 

“El gato está durmiendo” – “the cat is sleeping ”

 

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - sleeping cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

“El perro es pequeño” – “the dog is small”

 

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - small dog

 

 

 

“El perro está descansando” – “the dog is resting”

 

learning spanish for beginners - ser vs estar - dog resting

 

 

 

The use of Ser vs Estar is a very important subject when

learning Spanish for beginners, take the time to practice

until it comes out naturally; this is one of the most useful

subjects in conversational Spanish that is used every day.

 

 

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