Quick Tips

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How to change translation setting on YouTube videos:


5 Reasons to use dictations in your Spanish learning routine, click link for 25 second video.



Spanish numbers and accent marks pdf thanks to shuylkillvalley.org, click link below. 

Spanish numbers and accent marks

Key Takeaways: Writing Dates in Spanish 

The most common way of writing dates in Spanish follows the form “number + de + month + de + year.”

Names of the months are not capitalized in Spanish.

With the exception of primero for “first,” the ordinal numbers are not used in dates in Spanish.

(above and below excerpts by thoughtco.com)

Pronouncing the Years

The years in Spanish are pronounced the same as other cardinal numbers are. Thus, for example, the year 2040 would be pronounced as “dos mil cuarenta.” The English custom of pronouncing the centuries separately — in English we typically say “twenty-forty” instead of “two thousand forty” — is not followed. Saying “veinte cuarenta” instead of “dos mil cuarenta” would strike native Spanish speakers as the mark of an English speaker.


The following 3 frames are from Instagram. I agree!!

Reading in Spanish helps you SPEAK in Spanish!!  Yes, you can!!

8 Helpful Tips To Learning New Languages


Learn 10 Common Spanish Phrases

This young lady, Kristen, is easy to understand.  I like this video for you.  spanishisyouramigo.com


Repaso = Review – good article on telling time



Me encanta escribir en español: estado físico:

Here are some FREE sites for keeping up with your Spanish.  Keep learning. Go at your own pace and keep moving forward.  ¡Si, se puede!  Some of these are free and some are not.  ALWAYS ASK YOUR PARENTS FIRST!!

Duolingo    –>  for every day practice .   If I said 20 min. a day, your brain might freeze up 😉     HOW About ONE Lesson a DAY?   One lesson is approximately 5 minutes.  Si, se puede!

SpanishDict     –>  for translation & conjugation of verbs

spanishisyouramigo has great videos on YouTube.  Kristen is a good teacher! 

Why not Spanish?  https://www.whynotspanish.com/spanish/category/videos/

Super Easy Spanish sample:

20 Popular Spanish Expressions = YOU can speak Spanish today 🙂


HOMEWORK TIP:  Do not work in silence.  How often do you hear that?  🙂  Don’t just “think” your homework, “SPEAK” your homework. You may feel silly, but you will learn more by hearing yourself speak Spanish.  I didn’t make this up 🙂

REMINDER WHEN USING online translator. I prefer SpanishDict.com. 

Does it make sense?  When using a computer translator, use simple sentences.  The translation may come out more accurate.  I would rather you have 5 simple sentences that make sense to you than 3 that are confusing or inaccurate.  For example:  I like the cookies.  Me gustan las galletas. That is a simple sentence.

COGNATES:   You know more Spanish than you think 🙂  Cognates are words in two languages that share a similar meaning, spelling, and pronunciation. 30-40% of all words in English have a related word in Spanish.  Go to the “What are cognates?” page and be amazed 😉


Practice speaking in the language you’re learning daily.

Actively participate in classroom discussions.

Get to know classmates to have study partners.  (I call them “homework buddies”.)

Listening to native speakers. Don’t hesitate to speak what you hear.  (This is why I created “Listening Activities” page 🙂

Speak aloud when practicing a foreign language.  (Remember hearing this A LOT at the beginning? )

Do not translate every word you read in a book. Instead, focus on context and understanding. Once you’ve read a sentence, translate new words. Also, read aloud. Speak new words by creating original sentences to improve comprehension.

To read full article click here:  http://www.collegeatlas.org/foreign-language-study-tips.html


You are doing what grown-ups do learning Spanish!  David Bailey memorizes answers to basic questions BEFORE he meets new people.

“When you meet new people you inevitably get asked the same things: ‘What is your name?’, ‘What do you like to do?’. By learning ready-made answers, you get to practice what you learned and build up your confidence.”  by David Bailey, CEO of Spotnight, on Quora.

Click here to see practice worksheet of ready-made answers.  Sort of like the “scripts” we use for one-minute presentations.   fun_sheet

Las Partes del Cuerpo chart

Learning Second Language = Better Attitude & More Friends!  Informative article regarding personal attitude improvement when learning a foreign language.  Cut & Paste this link:  https://www.actfl.org/advocacy/what-the-research-shows/what-the-research#helpful_resources

Yes, this is real 🙂

Spanish Words for Kite Infographic

CURIOUS to know the math behind the game Spot it! ?  It is called combinatorics.


Game has 55 round playing cards. Each card has eight randomly placed symbols. There are a total of 50 different symbols through the deck. The most fascinating feature of this game is any two cards selected will always have ONE (and only one) matching symbol to be found on both cards.

Did you know?  There are 21 Spanish-speaking countries in the world.  There are at least 7 words for “young boy/girl” in Spanish!  

el hijo= the son                                          la hija= the daughter

el niño= the boy                                        la niña= the girl

el pequeño= the young boy                    la pequeña= the young girl

And for young person/teen:  el chico/la chica , el joven/la joven, el menor/la menor, el muchacho/la muchacha (I grew up with joven and  muchacho, but it’s good to learn more words even at my age!)

MIRA!  LOOK!    If you think that native Spanish speakers talk too fast, you are not alone.  Here is some science to suggest that it’s true!


Some languages sound faster than others, but most convey information at the same rate

Illustration by Thomas Fuchs

“Speakers of some languages seem to rattle away at high speed like machine-guns, while other languages sound rather slow and plodding,” wrote linguist Peter Roach in 1998. A few months ago re­searchers systematically quantified Roach’s observation and offered a sur­prising explanation. Last year, in an issue of the journal Language, François Pel­legrino and his colleagues at the Univer­sity of Lyon in France published their analysis of the speech of 59 people read­ing the same 20 texts aloud in seven languages. They found Japanese and Spanish, often described as “fast lan­guages,” clocked the greatest number of syllables per second. The “slowest” language in the set was Mandarin, followed closely by German.
Here is one way to help yourself understand those “speedy Gonzales”   Spanish speakers.  Memorize this phrase:  “Hable mas despacio, por favor.”  “Speak more slowly, please.”

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Remember when one of you asked, ” How do you say “ride a roller coaster” in Spanish?” Here is the answer:   “montar una montaña rusa” .  Montaña rusa means Russian mountain….so literal translation is:  to ride a Russian mountain!


Accent mark in Spanish can be translated“ la tilde”.  The squiggly mark over the letter /n/ is also considered a “tilde”, but its unique name is “virgulilla”.

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