Spanish - Grammar

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Is there a difference between: Como lejos de aqui? -and- Que tan lejos de aqui? I seen both in spanish writings?

2 replies - Last post by fanntax - May 28, 2007


Im having a little difficulty with the beginners book section on direct and indirect pronouns. I study it every day and Im still a little shaky. Does anyone know of any learning techniques that I could use to learn this material faster? P.S. It would b...

10 replies - Last post by dremelts - May 24, 2007

Indirect Object Pronouns requiring clarification

Maybe I'm missing something but in lesson 4.2 it says "...if it's unknown or unclear to whom the indirect object pronoun is referring, it's a good idea to use proper nouns in addition to the indirect object pronoun." This seems to defeat the ...

2 replies - Last post by dremelts - May 24, 2007

Where can I obtain some Spanish text books?

As a supplement, I would like to get some Spanish text books, like ones used in school. Anyone know where I could obtain some? Gracias!

2 replies - Last post by Kiernan46 - May 13, 2007

Rolling the R

Any suggestions for rolling the "r"? I have a difficult time trying to pronounce anything with an "r". Thanks :D

1 reply - Last post by Antonio - May 4, 2007

Think Spanish expensive, yet cool, magazine sm

Has anyone heard of the Think Spanish hard copy w/ audio CD magazine? It's EXPENSIVE as heck. \n\nOkay, here's the deal, if anyone is getting this magazine in both hard copy and CD format, I want to make you a deal : ) I'm willing to buy past issues from ...

8 replies - Last post by nohablo - April 30, 2007


In general I understand what is meant by Al. But what is its meaning in this context David Galván fue el mejor mexicano *al* llegar en quinto sitio Thxs Nev

6 replies - Last post by mamasita - April 6, 2007

here or here?

I learned that there are two Spanish words for "here" - aqui and aca. While recently visiting with a friend from Mexico, I noticed that he never used the word "aqui," and when I used it in conversation (as in "aqui en mi casa&quo...

2 replies - Last post by mamasita - April 6, 2007

I Need a Hard Copy Vocabulary from Rocket Spanish

Hello, I am in the middle of the Rocket Spanish Course. I am scheduled to travel to the Yucatan this coming April and I was wondering if there was a hard copy of vocabulary and grammar, I could obtain to take with me on my trip. I know there will be mom...

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - March 20, 2007

Using "ya"

Could you tell me when and how you would use "ya" in a sentence. It seems to be used in different contexts. Thanks

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - March 18, 2007

Audio for Advanced Spanish

I have just finished Beginners Spanish by Maurico and am now ready to proceed to Advanced Spanish. Can anyone tell me if there are audio courses that follow along with the Advanced eBook?

3 replies - Last post by Mauricio - March 13, 2007

Algo, algun, alguin, etc

I having trouble with the meanings of these. How do I use them corectly? Examples, por favor... W.J.

3 replies - Last post by C_Norita - March 9, 2007

Mistake in lesson 3.2? "Estoy casada"

At the 17 minute mark of lesson 3.2 in the interactive program Amy says: "I'm tired - Estoy cansada. I'm married - Estoy casada." This is during the section when they are explaining the difference between _cansado(a)_ and _casado(a)_. ...

3 replies - Last post by nohablo - March 3, 2007

tener que + infinitive

Tengo que ir al banco. or Tengo que para ir al banco. If the second sentence is correct, how does "para" improve the sentence?

4 replies - Last post by Mauricio - February 21, 2007

Tomar and food

In Maragarita Madrigal's "Magic Key to Spanish" she states: [quo]*Quote:* In Spanish the verb "to take" is used to express eating and drinking. We say, "I took dinner," instead of, "I had dinner," "I took c...

8 replies - Last post by navenr - January 12, 2007

Spanish Resource Books

I just wanted to pass along a couple of resources that I use daily: "The Big Red Book Of 555 Fully Conjugated Spanish Verbs" "English Grammar For Students of Spanish" Cory Hughes

0 replies - Last post by cchughes - January 7, 2007

Biligual America

Do you know anyone who has tried the Spanish Power course offered by *Bilingual America*, namely: (1) the course materials (incl. The Real Spanish path - dealing with verb tenses); and (2) the quality of the tutoring offered? If so, I would appreciate any...

1 reply - Last post by litlmike - January 6, 2007

Indicative Perfect?

I am using Pimsleur at the same time as rocket. In Pimsleur they are using Indicative Perfect(he,has,ha etc.) at the beginner level. I cant find this tense in the Rocket advanced or beginners books. Why is this? Can someone tell me more about this tense s...

12 replies - Last post by nohablo - January 2, 2007

People in

Hi Everyone, I wanted a magazine in Spanish and ended up getting People in Espanol (as well as, Think Spanish). I've heard that the People in Espanol isn't too difficult for a beginner and also good for Intermediate level. I intend to read it w/ my el...

0 replies - Last post by Esoterica1 - December 31, 2006


Hola, * Lo quiero ver. Quiero verlo. I want to see * Is this correct, Why can't I do this to all the verbs?

3 replies - Last post by litlmike - December 28, 2006


How do you say: I can't agree more with you ! ( as in : I agree 101 % with you ) Or maybe it should be: I couldn't agree more with you sorry: I am not perfect in English

2 replies - Last post by Antonio - December 17, 2006

Online Newspaper: La Semana del Sur

I accidentally stumbled on this US based newspaper: __ What's interesting and useful (maybe not for everybody) is that most articles have both the Spanish and English versions. I find that the grammar is ...

1 reply - Last post by Esoterica1 - December 3, 2006


P. 26 of Primer Curso spells the number 25: veinticinco, but p. 63 of conversation course spells it: veinte y cinco. Are they both right? Gracias por su ayuda. Claude

2 replies - Last post by Antonio - November 20, 2006

Me gustaría

'Me gustaría' was introduced in Lesson 1.2 and knowing so little about Spanish my mind accepted it with ease! As I've progressed to Lesson 5.1 I researched some rules of grammar and found 'me' was either a direct object, indirect object or reflexive pr...

2 replies - Last post by DreamU - November 17, 2006

Lo Siento?

I'm new to Espanól, and I can't figure out where the "lo" comes from. Shouldn't 'I am sorry" start with a YO or an ESTOY or MI or something? ------ this forum is GREAT

7 replies - Last post by mdietrich - November 15, 2006

La hora

I started the course last week. Quiero hacer una pregunta. Dice: "Son las cinco para las dos" o "Son cinco par las dos"? (Ejercicio numero cinco __versus __Primer Curso p. 32) Muchas gracias for su contestacion Claude p.s. Lo siento...

2 replies - Last post by Chamel - November 14, 2006

Difference between alli / alla / aquel ?

Can someone tell me the difference between alli / alla /aquel. Could you used them in a sentence for me (en espanol). Will (a newbe) P.S. I don't know how to get accent marks over the vowels from my PC keyboard?

5 replies - Last post by fanntax - November 11, 2006

Again_otra vez/de nuevo

How is otra vez and de nuevo used as in meaning again?

6 replies - Last post by C_Norita - October 31, 2006

Spanish Lessons

At, you can subscribe to receive email lessons. I subscribed to "Word of the Day", and "Dichos, refranes y citas". If you are interested, click:, then...

0 replies - Last post by C_Norita - October 28, 2006

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

The following site has dozens of Spanish words spoken aloud so you can learn how to pronounce them: __ Tony

2 replies - Last post by C_Norita - October 28, 2006

Free online course in Business Spanish

I discoverd the following site and it's really quite good with audio examples of key sentences. It's billed as "business Spanish" but it's really a basic course on Spanish conversation. And it's free! Here is the link: __http://busines...

1 reply - Last post by C_Norita - October 28, 2006

Gateway to Spanish television

Here is what I think is a great website for watching different Spanish shows to help one better understand spoken Spanish, and for entertainment: You can preview shows and decide if you want to subscribe to a channel. In addition, ...

10 replies - Last post by C_Norita - October 27, 2006

Haber y Ser

Along with a few other verb forms, I read that the verb forms for HABER and SER are irregular in the affirmative singular imperative (tú form only). Can someone give me some examples of how to use haber(hé) and ser(sé) in the imperative command?

6 replies - Last post by C_Norita - October 24, 2006

Es por eso

Por eso significa "that's why" en inglés, ¿pero qué significa es por eso en inglés? "It's for that", or basically the same thing as por eso? Or am I just wrong? :?

2 replies - Last post by C_Norita - October 24, 2006

teléfono / telefónico

When do you use _teléfono_ and when do you use _telefónico_? I notice your course teaches _número de telefónico_. I looked it up in my dictionary and it says the word for telephone is _teléfono_, but in example sentences it uses _telefónico_. It doesn'...

3 replies - Last post by C_Norita - October 22, 2006

Que tengas....

In lesson 6.3 (also an earlier lesson) Mauricio tells Amy "Que tengas un buen viaje." Why is the 'que' in the front of the sentence? I see that the subjuntive form of tener is used, does this mean there is an implied 'espero' or something simi...

3 replies - Last post by C_Norita - October 21, 2006

Pa Bajo?

I have heard "Vamos pa bajo" to mean let's go downstairs or pa arriba. Is this correct grammar and if not, what is the correct word in place of "pa"? para? or should it be "a" bajo?

5 replies - Last post by C_Norita - October 20, 2006

Para vs. Por

I am confused about the grammer rules regarding the use of por and para. Im not sure what to use when. Any feedback will be appreciated. Gracias :roll:

2 replies - Last post by C_Norita - October 20, 2006

Grammer questions....

Do these have slightly different meanings or perhaps get used in different situations? Are they examples of variations between countries? 1. Cinco para las tres versus tres menos cinco 2. Número telefónico versus número de teléfono 3. Me gustaría ver...

5 replies - Last post by C_Norita - October 20, 2006

bien or bueno

I am just starting the lessons but am wondering when it is appropriate to use muy bien versus muy bueno versus que bueno, etc.

6 replies - Last post by C_Norita - October 20, 2006


When is the difference between using algun(a)/algunos/algunas vs. unos & unas. In some of the newspapers I read they almost seem to be used interchangeably, but I'm not really sure. Randy

4 replies - Last post by C_Norita - October 20, 2006

Spanish Television

This may not be the appropriate section of the forum to post this but it seems to be the most active so here goes. I dont know if this has been mentioned before but I am finding out that watching saturday morning cartoons on spanish tv can be a good learn...

2 replies - Last post by C_Norita - October 20, 2006

Tense of Quería and Queríamos

As I understand it these mean "I'd like" and We'd like" respectively. Yet on checking up in 501 verbs, this spelling with the single r is the imperfect tense, which I would have thought meant "I liked" and "We liked"....

3 replies - Last post by nohablo - October 19, 2006

Possessive Adjectives and Pronouns

In my book on spanish grammar in listing the possessive adjectives and pronouns, for "your" it has in brackets for example: Sing. Plural tu tus your (=de ti) su sus his, her, its, y...

9 replies - Last post by Alan-LaCala - October 17, 2006

Spanish songs and lyrics

Hola, me llamo Rachel Ruhland. Estoy aprendiendo español. I have found a great website for Spanish songs and lyrics. They are not full songs and are very short but they are great for learning Spanish. There are songs and lyrics for all levels and are easy...

1 reply - Last post by Antonio - October 14, 2006

va a ser o va a estar

Cuando usa va a ser o va a estar. el otro dia digo a me amigo espanol, va a ser una buena fiesta, él dice necisito digo va a estar una buena fiesta. Cual es correcto. Disculpeme escribiendo, estoy aprendiendo espanol. Gracias por tu ayudar

2 replies - Last post by stanz - October 11, 2006

Lesson 7.1

In this lesson, Mauricio is explaining something I'm having a hard time hearing and comprehending. "Lupe is major que jor"? I'm not sure I'm hearing this right or what he's saying. Can someone help me with this? Gracias Phil

2 replies - Last post by Phillip-Carracher - September 13, 2006

sabes tu

OK, I'm up to the sixth set and need some help. Amy's in a bar getting schnockered (LOLOLOL). She and Mauricio are talking about diving and Amy asks, ¿"sabes bucear tu"? Why it the "tu" needed? Or is it just to emphasize? Regards, ...

1 reply - Last post by Lenguas - August 23, 2006

the use of "the"

Hello, I am lost on the use of definite article "the"--when is it used, and not used, in Spanish. Two examples are given below. The first I know for a fact that the definite article is used: 1) Estaba cocinando _el_ desayuno But in the ...

1 reply - Last post by Hombre - August 9, 2006

Dictionary Of Modismos

Does anyone know of a dictionary on sale specifically relating to idioms(modismos) of Mexican Spanish? Thxs In Adv Nev

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - August 1, 2006

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