Articles for Spanish Learners

This section has articles I have written about various Spanish-learning topics that don’t seem to be covered well elsewhere on the web.

I hope you find them useful!

Spanish Nouns with Different Meanings in Different Genders

One of the first things you learn about Spanish is that nouns have gender, like how la mesa (the table) is feminine, and el plato (the plate) is masculine. The idea that non-living things like objects, places, and feelings, can have a gender usually seems a little weird to native English speakers. Well, it gets weirder still… The amusing gender of spanish nouns Some special words can be either masculine or feminine, and have a totally different meaning for each gender.

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Dequeísmo and Queísmo - Avoid These Mistakes Even Native Speakers Make

When learning a language you do not want to imitate native speakers’ mistakes, but in order to avoid this, my nice defenceless learner, you need someone who will let you know when what you hear or read is incorrect. I would like to be the person to teach you about two widespread mistakes that you should not imitate: el dequeísmo y el queísmo. I am sure you have met native speakers of your language who use incorrect sentence structures… A native speaker is not necessarily an accurate speaker, and speaking badly is not the way to make a good impression.

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Diminutives in Spanish - The Hidden Meanings Textbooks Don't Explain

If you have no idea what a diminutive is, this article is for you. If all you know is that diminutives are suffixes that make nouns smaller, this article is also for you. I want to teach you the subtle meanings hidden within diminutives. Textbooks don’t tend to explain this, and not understanding it is preventing you from achieving three crucial goals in fluency: being witty in Spanish, sounding more natural, and understanding informal conversations.

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