Spanish - Grammar

By taking the time to understand how the Spanish language works, you'll be able to speak Spanish naturally, and read and write in Spanish. We know this can be one of the more challenging parts of your course, and we’re here to help! You can browse the topics, do a search in the top right corner of this page, or start a new conversation. Don’t be shy!

Comics en español...

Hola todo el mundo! I've been looking around the internet for websites that sell comic books in español. Amazon does sell some graphic novels in español. But most places I run into are located in España. For example, I just made a recent order from Valq...

1 reply - Last post by theYiffer - January 9, 2009

Lesson 1.5 ¿Estás de vacaciones?

The question is asked "¿Estás de vacaciones? " and answered with " No. Estoy aquí por negocios." Why is "de" used in the first sentence? I understood "de" to mean "from or of".

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - January 8, 2009

vuelo vs. vuela

Lesson 1.7 begins with the sentence, ¿A qué hora es vuelo?. Why would it not be vuela? I asked a spanish speaker that I work with, but he could not explain why, except that it did not sound correct with vuela. I'm confused.

3 replies - Last post by Loriann - January 6, 2009

V & B

Hi, although I keep reading that v and b are supposed to sound exactly the same I did not experience that in Peru. I just came back from a 2 week trip and there was a definite difference in the sound of these 2 letters. Is this common in other countries a...

11 replies - Last post by chunkitchris - December 30, 2008

Questions on Advanced Spanish Course, Section 3, Exercise 2

I have a few questions on Section 3, Exercise 2: Exercise 2, # 4 has "Mercedes busca un par de zapatos especial "para" su esposo, quien trabaja "para" una compan(forgot where the n^~ is located)ia de costruccion"---I had put...

3 replies - Last post by haroelant - December 2, 2008

Destinos

Are the Spanish and English transcripts available anywhere, for purchase or free?

2 replies - Last post by Antonio - November 28, 2008

Major breakthrough...

...well at least for me. Once again I'd like to recommend http://www.babbel.com to everyone around here. It's a great addition to the RS courses. There are no native speakers or co-learners available to me and that's where babbel.com is kicking in. On tha...

0 replies - Last post by Chris1965 - November 20, 2008

Immersion tools

Hello, im new here and new to learning spanish. My question is, are there internet radio channels, video or audio podcasts, or anything that would be good to help with the immersion part of my learning? maybe online news stations or tv shows? i would li...

3 replies - Last post by nohablo - November 19, 2008

Differences in Latin American Spanish?

I am headed to Peru and am trying to learn a bit of castellano/espanol before I go... besides working on this course, I also picked up a 'Lonely Planet' phrase book to take with me. But I'm getting confused because many of the words are different. (For ex...

2 replies - Last post by patrickhernandez - November 19, 2008

Spanish TV for learners

Hi there. I just found another, in my opinion helpful language resource on the internet. Go to http://www.youtube.com and search for hablame.tv. Hablame.tv is obviously a pay site but these folks have uploaded some freebies on youtube. As I understand it'...

0 replies - Last post by Chris1965 - November 9, 2008

Free digital books

Hi. You can get access to plenty of free digital books at http://www.elaleph.com . Their library covers different genres from child books to more demanding literature. In order to read the books you have to download Adobe Digital Editions. It works for W...

0 replies - Last post by Chris1965 - October 26, 2008

Transcripts for Interactive Audio Course?

Am I just missing it, or are there downloadable transcripts for the Level I Interactive Audio Course somewhere? I know about *ConversationCourse.pdf* and *RocketVocabSupp.pdf*, and that some of the words/phrases from the Interactive Audio Course appear t...

8 replies - Last post by Antonio - October 23, 2008

Indirect and direct object, still confusing or not?

Hi. After having worked through the first 5 chapters of RS Beginner's grammar 3.0 I got a bit puzzled when reading the examples on the top of page 127, more specific example 2 and 5. 2. Ellos se los dicen. - They tell it to them. 5. Nosotros se los damo...

4 replies - Last post by Chris1965 - October 22, 2008

Double it Up!

Wow... just had a flashbulb moment... Among the resources I use for learning Spanish is my daily "Word of the Day" in Spanish from Transparent Language http://www.transparent.com . Then I thought about it... they also have a "Word of the ...

5 replies - Last post by Antonio - October 22, 2008

Reflexive Verbs and Parts of the Body

In Chapter 6.3 (Rocket Spanish, Beginners Grammar) on Reflexive Verbs, page 148 is the following statement. "In Spanish, parts of the body ARE NEVER preceded by personal pronouns." Is the above statement true ONLY when a part of the body is us...

4 replies - Last post by Chris1965 - October 18, 2008

Game for conjugated Verb forms

Hola, I am currently refining my spanish with the help of your course..I wanted to ask though if you had a game that teaches how to use the Conjugated verb forms for Present, Past and Future..I see the test Quiz's but can't find where you practice these.....

0 replies - Last post by bill881 - October 13, 2008

how do i say this in Spanish?

I have great difficulty with the word order in Spanish using personal pronouns. For example, how would I say: I gave him the book He gave me the tickets I gave them my telephone number She gave her the money Please help! This drives me nuts! :x

12 replies - Last post by kimisue - September 28, 2008

Sacar and Tomar

Hi I was practicing my spanish with my partner and when I asked "Puedo sacar su foto?" I was told that it is better to use "Puedo tomarle una foto?". Could you help me to understand the difference since Tomar and Sacar both means &qu...

2 replies - Last post by Lucent - September 27, 2008

A question about where to put personal pronouns

Hola todos, Is there any grammatical difference between the sentances: "Usted tiene un carro" or "Tiene usted un carro" Or any other sentances that switch around the verb and personal pronoun, like: "Ustedes pueden cocinar" o...

2 replies - Last post by Mauricio - September 18, 2008

Object Pronouns and why I hate them

I don't know why I'm having such trouble in this area, but it seems never-ending. Why does one use the DO pronoun in a sentence like "A Maria la ayuda Carlos" but the IO pronoun in ¿Ud. le va a ayudar a trabajar? (my translations: Carlos help...

4 replies - Last post by annemarieko - September 12, 2008

Pregunta (Capitulo Dos, RS Dos)

Tengo una pregunta sobre capitulo dos en Rocket Spanish dos. In the chapter review, exercise 5, number 8... Yo _____ donde ir, mientras ella _____ las direcciones porque le pregunto a un senor en la calle. The answer key has sabia, supieron. Why s...

0 replies - Last post by Spanish-Landy - September 11, 2008

gustar,querer, poder, politness

Hola amigos. Tengo una pregunta sobre los verbos "gustar"," querer" y "poder". As I understand : Me gustaria un cafe, I would like a coffee, pero, queiro un cafe es ,I want a coffee o puedo un cafe? Can I have a coffee? Co...

5 replies - Last post by nohablo - September 9, 2008

Haces

Question : Que haces? " what do you do?" En que trabajas? "in what do you work? could you also say? En que haces trabajas? Also where can I go to put the right punctuation on the Spanish words? Gacias Jim

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - August 27, 2008

Vas..vs... Van

Why not use Van a dar for "there going to give " instead of Vas a dar

2 replies - Last post by jrsundy - August 21, 2008

Spanish Verb Conjugation Trainer

With the [url=http://www.spaleon.com/:39unsxtb]Conjugation Trainer[/url:39unsxtb] you can improve your knowledge of the most frequent forms of the most important Spanish verbs. There are three steps: [list:39unsxtb][*:39unsxtb]Select verb ...

2 replies - Last post by LauraMollicchi - August 20, 2008

conversation course

What is the difference between irme vs. ir. "Tengo que irme" is translated as "I have to go". I am confused as to why it would not be "Tengo que ir".

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - August 13, 2008

only audio

hola, when I dowenload a file from the grammer book I can only hear the audio, there is nothing written, how do I correct that? thank you!

3 replies - Last post by Antonio - August 13, 2008

fue, y fui

ayudame por favor, I am having a little trouble with some of the grammar. The problem is with the words "fui" and "fue." What do these words mean??? And how would you use them in sentences? Gracias por todos Anthony

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - August 6, 2008

Indirect Objects

I wanted to see if the following sentence, "Usted le dio la manzana a la chica"---You gave the apple to the girl, could be said as follows, " Usted dio la manzana a la chica." If I understand it correctly, when one puts in the indirect object "le" and th...

6 replies - Last post by Arnette - August 5, 2008

Español v. Castiliano

I wonder what are the main differences between Spanish as spoken in Spain (Castiliano) v. that spoken elsewhere (Español) and how well Rocket Spanish support the former? thanks Kai

3 replies - Last post by LarryV - August 5, 2008

estas and eres

hello. I am new to the spanish language. I just completed the first 2 lessons. 1.1 and 1.2. I find that both estas and eres mean are you. How do u know which one to use or if it even really matters which one to use.

3 replies - Last post by nohablo - August 5, 2008

What resources are in Rocket Spanish II?

Hola I have completed Rocket Spanish 1 and I am really pleased with what I have learned. I am considering buying Rocket Spanish 2, but I can't find anywhere if it is only the audio course or if there are other resources as there are in the first course. ...

5 replies - Last post by dhagstrom - August 1, 2008

Questions on Exersice 5 in the Advanced Spannish Book

Greetings, I have some questions concerning the subject lesson: Question 1----The # 5 sentence is as follows: Tú _____ a Señor Mendoza hace mucho tiempo calor ¿no? If I understand the sentence here it says that "You have known Señor Mendoza for a l...

4 replies - Last post by haroelant - July 30, 2008

Bueno as well

In 2.2 Amy states that saying Bueno me voy means well I am off. Is there a good way to know when to substitute bien and bueno? Thanks

3 replies - Last post by Mauricio - July 21, 2008

Como versus Como

Como is 'I eat' Como estas is 'how are you' Help, two words with the same spelling and pronounced the same way.

5 replies - Last post by diannagail - July 20, 2008

Para vs. Por

Can someone explain the difference between the use of "para" and "por"? It seems at times they are interchangeable but I know they aren't. I just haven't been able to figure out the rule, if there is one. I'm working my way through the lessons; I'm i...

4 replies - Last post by ronaldo - July 20, 2008

Learn Spanish Like Crazy

*I've seen a few references here to another course, LSLC. Is this program associated with RS? Is it a continuation of the RS course, or is it something that students use at the same time?* :?:

20 replies - Last post by Matumic - July 19, 2008

Destinos - Ayuda, por favor!

I've read many good things about Destinos, but am unable to play the streaming videos online, as the web page appears to be Mac-unfriendly. I tried downloading Flip4Mac, but it didn't seem to help. Any Mac users have the answer for me? Muchos gracias!

15 replies - Last post by luz - July 17, 2008

Sacar versus Tomar

Hello, In lesson 1.4 a photo is being taken using sacar instead of tomar. I've never heard it used in this context among the Spanish speaking population here in Orlando, Florida. Sacar is used as in "to take out" and tomar as in "to take." In what regi...

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - July 9, 2008

Mucha Calor

When I listened to the lesson about weather (3.3 I think) I noticed that Mauricio and Amy both were saying "mucha calor" which struck me as odd because I thought I remembered it as "mucho calor" in the "Behind the Wheel" lessons. I looked in the written ...

1 reply - Last post by Gregorio - July 7, 2008

SpanishPod

Hola. I'd like to call everyone's attention to a website that may be a useful supplement to Rocket Spanish. It's called *SpanishPod *(not spanishpod101, which is different) and can be found at *__http://www.spanishpod.com__ *. It offers ver...

3 replies - Last post by CutThatCity - July 2, 2008

Need help on Page 38 Examples of Advanced Spanish Book

I am looking at the following statement, "Hace tres añ0s que estudio." I have a question on the "estudio". The book translates this as "I've studied for three years." or " I've been studying for three years". I think that "estudio" is the Yo form of th...

3 replies - Last post by nohablo - June 30, 2008

The use of "a" before a verb

I have a question on the following sentence found in the Advanced Spanish Book, "Quise aprender a tocar el piano". As I understand it, tocar means to play. I remember from the Beginning Spanish course, one must put "a" before addressing people. Tocar t...

2 replies - Last post by haroelant - June 12, 2008

"A"

As simple as it sounds, the word "a" is throwing me for a loop, and it may be that I have not gotten far enough to learn yet. However if we say "poco a poco" we are saying "little BY little." If we say "a la casa," we are saying "TO the house." So, is thi...

2 replies - Last post by jjk2000 - June 12, 2008

spanish schools in mexico

HI, does anyone have a suggestion as to what school would be good for a week of instructions?There are so many and i need an independent idea. Thank you :D

3 replies - Last post by cachoo - June 6, 2008

What's wrong with "¿qué?" for asking "what?&q

In lesson 2.4 Amy says very imphatically not to use "¿Qué?" when you haven't heard what someone has said and want to ask "What?". She says to use "¿Comó?" instead but gives no explanation. I've heard "¿Qué?" used in this way on Spanish television shows ...

6 replies - Last post by jjk2000 - June 6, 2008

Question on "It cost me"

In the Advanced Spanish CDs, the phrase, "Me Costó" was used. The translation is "It cost me". Why isn't "Me Costé" used since the é is the first person singular form? Thank you, Henk Roelant

5 replies - Last post by haroelant - June 5, 2008

Order of Sentence--Advanced Rocket Spanish book

On page 2 of the subject book the following is given, Upside down question mark, "El ano pasado viviste en Argentina, no?" Meaning, You lived in Argentina last year right? Can one also say: Upside down question mark, "Viviste en Argentina el ano pa...

5 replies - Last post by nohablo - May 29, 2008

My Spanish Coach

If you have a Nintendo DS, this is just another tool to add to your learning Spanish toolkit! I discovered it quite by accident, as someone gave my daughter the French Coach (she was taking French this year in high school) and I liked it! It won't teach...

0 replies - Last post by Loriann - May 15, 2008

Question on reflexive verb

This comes from an excersize in the beginner's book. The verb cepillarse (to brush oneself) is reflexive, but in the following usage, it is claimed that it's use here is not: "Mi mama(^) siempre me cepilla el pelo". At first I translated this as "My ...

5 replies - Last post by haroelant - May 10, 2008

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