Spanish - Grammar

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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

soló un café

I was in a restaurant next to where I work, and the owner (who is from Puerto Rico and knows I'm trying to learn espanól) asked me what I wanted to order. I said "*soló un café*" with confidence and pride. He gave me sympathic nod and smile, an...

2 replies - Last post by nohablo - July 27, 2006

Rocket Spanish Advanced Book on Audio?

Are there any plans for the *Rocket Spanish Advanced Book* to be made into *audio*? I really get a lot out of the beginners book, and hope that the Advanced book will be available when I finish the beginners.

2 replies - Last post by Hombre - July 27, 2006

Pen Pal in Mexico

Can a non RS student join this forum? I have a pen pal in mexico who is a language specialist and works for the Univ. of Mexico. Can she join this forum without purchasing the RS course, since she obviously does not need it. She would be a great resour...

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - July 25, 2006

Confused; as usual.

O.K., I'm going to attempt to make myself clear so bear with me. I'm going through the lesson about the birthday party. In it the word "su" is used in reference to a third person. In other words it's used to define "his birthday". ...

2 replies - Last post by nohablo - July 19, 2006

Pobre Diabla

There is a reggaetone song called Pobre Diabla by Don Omar, which has recently bee remade as a salsa song by Michael Stewart. Part of the chorus goes: Pobre Diabla, se dice que se te ha visto por la calle vagando llorando por un hombre que no vale...

4 replies - Last post by taalibeen - July 14, 2006

El haber

What is the meaning of El Haber. It seems really weird to see the definite article in front of the auxilary verb Here is a sample sentence A Alexander von Humboldt, el cientifico y viajero, se le atribuye* el haber* a concer al chocolate en Alema...

1 reply - Last post by Lenguas - June 30, 2006

Why Neuva York

Why is it Neuva York and not Nuevo York? What make the name feminine?

2 replies - Last post by Lenguas - June 30, 2006

Cada vs Todos

First time poster - Hola What is the difference between using "cada dia" and "todos las dias" when expressing the frequency of "every day"?

1 reply - Last post by Lenguas - June 21, 2006

Why is this tense used in this case?

Here is an excerpt from some Spanish literature: A pesar de que existen muchas versiones de los origenes del mole poblano, la mas común dice que *fue inventado* en el siglo XVII. Firstly why is the text highlighted in bold using the past progressive...

1 reply - Last post by Lenguas - June 20, 2006

Éste/Ésta y este/esta

¿Cuál es la diferencia entre Éste/Ésta y este/esta? Por ejemplo, looking at a picture with several niños, you would say, “Éste es mi hermano.” but in this sentence you would say “Mi casa no está en este barrio.” You would say “Ésta es mi familia” looki...

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - June 16, 2006

Que se le ofrece?

Ok. According to the audio lessen "Que se le ofrece" literally means "What can be offered to you" Right? Why are there two pronouns? I realize that "se" is the indirect object pronoun as in "to you". Why is "le...

4 replies - Last post by tocayo - June 9, 2006

Want some good practice Rolling those Rs?

Here is a little poem that will help with rolling the 'rr's in spanish. Like the rest of this course, you have to do it out loud, and repeatedly. Rr con rr cigarro Rr con rr barril. Rapido corren los carros Del ferro carril

2 replies - Last post by dsandife - May 25, 2006

como estas tu-or- como estes tu? ( Informal )

In Rocket Spanish you show como estes tu for How are you. ( informal ) But in other places in Spanish they show como estas tu. ( informal ) I am confused with this difference. Please help to understand the difference. ...

3 replies - Last post by nohablo - May 21, 2006

¿Como Estámos?

Maybe someone can help me. I listen to the spanish station on the radio everyday to try to help me learn. When people call into the station, they say "¿Como estámos?" Now that seems weird to ask a group of people, 'how are we?' Or maybe it's...

3 replies - Last post by windchaser - May 20, 2006

esta ésta está

The three words above are all different. The first is an adjective, the next is a pronoun, and the last one is a verb. My question is about the pronunciation. Since the words have only 2 syllables, there can only be two distinct pronunciations. How is ...

1 reply - Last post by litlmike - May 19, 2006

Rocket Spanish Beginners Guide on pdf is all that

I just want to say this about the Beginners Guide that was provided in .pdf format when I purchased the program. This is the most incredible resource I have found to date. I have seen many books on the subject but this Guide makes everything understanda...

0 replies - Last post by Hombre - May 19, 2006

where to place the "lo"

I am totally confused on where to place the "lo" or "los" within a sentence. I know that when I ask "can you make it/them ...?", it's translated as "puede hacerlo/los...?" but when I want to say something like &q...

1 reply - Last post by (deleted) - May 17, 2006

Conversacion Por Teléfono...

My predominant interest in Spanish is being able to communicate. I can understand much of what I read, because I can see it in print. I can write a coherent message in Spanish as well, because I have time to think and formulate, review it and correct ...

5 replies - Last post by hahne - May 12, 2006

para vs. a

Is there any difference in meaning between using "para" or "a" in a sentence like the following: Siéntese __para tomar__ un cafe Siéntese __a tomar__ un cafe I had learned the to use "a" in another course, but in...

1 reply - Last post by Lenguas - May 12, 2006

Objectos Directos y Objectos Indirectos

I am trying to clear up in my mind the above theme. I thought that the direct object always answered the question What or Whom. For example: Paco hit Juan ----------> Paco le pega a Juan Now I also thought that the direct object recei...

10 replies - Last post by nohablo - May 5, 2006

Suggestions for Agenda with Tutoring

I have gotten up to lesson 1.6 or so of Rocket Spanish. I have invited a person from Honduras to sit with me for a few hours on Saturday Mornings to help me practice my spanish. She speaks passable english, so I was able to tell her what I was looking for...

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - May 2, 2006

Preterite,Imperfect etc. I may be in trouble.

Is it essential that I know these terms. I have to confess that I am one of the statistics. I graduated high school not knowing any of this. I also graduated without knowing my times tables, which astounds my husband. But it is true. I've had to educ...

11 replies - Last post by Antonio - April 27, 2006

Language Tools for Children

Hola, I’m looking for interactive children’s Spanish software - games, stories, puzzles, etc. for a 5 year old. I will also try my recently purchased Rocket Spanish on her. She doesn’t live in my household therefore I wanted to purchase something that ...

0 replies - Last post by knezz - April 23, 2006


Hola todo. Necessito ayudar por favor. In the audio section of describing people, at times in the word for blonde, the "b" in rubio sounds like a "b" when Mauricio and Amy repeat just the word. However, in the conversation portion, ...

4 replies - Last post by taalibeen - April 22, 2006

Preterite vs. Imperfect

I'm still finding it very hard to figure out when to use the preterite vs. the imperfect when talking about the past. I've gone through Rocket Spanish and Learning Spanish Like Crazy, but just when I think I understand how to deal with the past, I find ...

12 replies - Last post by Hombre - April 22, 2006

I would rather

HOw does one express "I would rather ..... die than reveal my sources to you " I don not want to express say I would prefer ........> prefería I would rather is much more emphatic. Thoughts and comments welcome as always Nev

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - April 20, 2006

Online Spanish-language newspaper

My teacher at Encuentros Language School in Cuernavaca, Mexico, recommended reading La Jornada at __ In the Sunday edition she especially recommended the column by Cristina Pacheco, a well-known Mexi...

1 reply - Last post by vainita - April 19, 2006

Sí, se puede

How can this mean, "yes, we can"? I'm pretty new at this, but isn't "we can" usually translated as "podemos"? Just when you think you understand something. . . . . :?

6 replies - Last post by Hombre - April 14, 2006

Another "How do you express": Supposed to

One I have a question about is "supposed to." I know that deber is used to express "should," as in debo ir contigo (I should go with you). But, how do you expressed "supposed to" as in: I am supposed to go with you. ...

8 replies - Last post by nohablo - April 13, 2006

Yo voy vs. Me Voy

What is the difference between: Yo voy a la tienda & Me voy a la tienda

4 replies - Last post by taalibeen - February 16, 2006

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