Spanish - Vocab

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Does anyone how "toca" function in "Toca estar de pie"? This is in the Conversation Course.

0 replies - Last post by Esther-L - January 28, 2011

When to use son or es in telling time

In lesson 1.14 Telling Time They use Es cuarto para las cuatro to tell 3:45, but Son cinco para las tres to tell 2.55 When do you use "es" and when to use "son"?

2 replies - Last post by Esther-L - January 25, 2011

público o publico

In lesson 2.4 the first sentence uses the word público but the second sentence leaves off the accent mark - publico. Why?

9 replies - Last post by nohablo - January 10, 2011

ser/estar again

Las manzanas son deliciosas / Las manzanas estan podridas the apples will stay delicious but I expect them to become more rotten? Estoy desconcertado/ confuso?

1 reply - Last post by sjlkh - December 31, 2010

Vocab critique invited.

Hola! Mi nombre es Steve y vivo cerca de la ciudad de Vancouver en Canada. Quiero hablar espanol suficientemente a unirse una grupo de conversacional. Yo jugo de golfo tres veces por semana y alguna ir de pescar por la trucha. What I am trying to say:....

38 replies - Last post by sjlkh - December 22, 2010

Let's practice our vocabulary

I will say a word in English, and the next person will use it in a sentence using Spanish of course. My word is " Tenderness" After you type your sentence, I would like you to pick a word for the next person.

6 replies - Last post by Kelly-M - December 14, 2010

Cuando ! surely not!!

In the Community Centre module 7, one of the questions in the vocab test was: What is the Spanish for "how many". The answer was given in module 8 as "cuando". This is surely incorrect as "cuando" means "when" ...

1 reply - Last post by kless001 - November 22, 2010

me gustaria (is 'me' really needed)

In the dictionary it says that 'gustaria' by itself is 'I would like'. I assume that you can put Yo in front of that for emphasis (as was mentioned in a previous lesson), but why in this case is there 'me'? Why don't you just say Gustaria or Yo gustaria?

2 replies - Last post by nohablo - November 4, 2010

Lesson 24.2 - A que no...

In the lesson on Neighbors, Alejandra says "¿*A que no *siempre estaba todo desordenado? Can you explain what the expression "A que no" means. The translation in English isn't really clear. I have read that as a statement, "a que no...

0 replies - Last post by Gatita - September 15, 2010

Lesson 1.7 travelling on schedule

[code][/code] I have the downloaded version of Rocket Spanish, I'm on 1.7 Travelling on Schedule. In it they discuss numbers and tellign time and explain that they wont' go into telling time here on the download and to refer to lesson 1.7 of the book.. w...

1 reply - Last post by jchamb - September 8, 2010

Advanced book

I'm new to this..Does any one know if there is an advanced book for Rocket Spanish?

0 replies - Last post by Lucamos - August 6, 2010

Translation Confusion

I receive a Spanish Word of the Day from Todays word was "el programa" and the example of use given was: "¿A qué hora sale ese programa? - What time is that (tv) program on?" Can this be correct? Surely it should be so...

2 replies - Last post by sjlkh - June 13, 2010

2.1 Descriptions (Hair/Pelo)

In this lesson there is reference to pelo (hair) color but it occassionally sounds as thought it is being pronounced "peli" or "pely". Is this correct or am I simply not hearing it correctly?

2 replies - Last post by sjlkh - April 19, 2010

¡Pasa! o ¡Pase!

Hóla. Yo creo entiender comó usar "pasa" y "pase", pero quería estar positivo. "Pase" means to pass as in "come in" when you hear a knock, maybe when you don't know who is there? "Pasa" means to pas...

2 replies - Last post by mandohack - April 12, 2010

Lesson 21.1 - Mientras más seamos, mejor

In lesson 21.1 - Planning the Trip, the expression "mientras más seamos, mejor" is used and the translation is "the more the merrier". Could another way to say this be "*Cuántos *más seamos, mejor"? Thanks, Karen

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - March 29, 2010

Lesson 21.2 - a mí me han tocado

I have a question about the use of the verb tocar in this lesson. Alejandra is talking about azafatas and she says "a mí me han tocado algunas bien pesadas". What would the correct english translation of this sentence be? I have learned tha...

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - March 29, 2010


Hi everyone. Any simple advice on using "tan" I am struggling a bit with this :?:

2 replies - Last post by leeallen - March 17, 2010

What does it mean

I keep hearing a phrase "Que le pongo" used as "May I help you" or "What would you like". Something to this effect. It doesn't really make sense used this way. What does it mean? Poner means to put.

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - March 15, 2010

Telling someone you're leaving and when you'll be back

Hi, we're house sitting in Costa Rica and the maid here speaks very little English and we speak and understand very little Spanish but I'm learning. Could you please tell me the best way to tell her we're leaving? Does this work? Nosotros estamos saliend...

3 replies - Last post by leeallen - March 3, 2010

what's going on here???

I haven't practiced my spanish for a long time and the whole site changed, how do I listen to the audio courses without downloading it? and see the conversation at the same time one sentence in spanish and one in english one under each-other? like it used...

3 replies - Last post by Antonio - February 16, 2010

Pronunciation of "B" and "V", and "ll"

My written materials indicate that a "v" is pronounced like a "b," i.e., as 'beh." But, in the interactive course, Mauricio seems to go back and forth between this convention, AND pronouncing a "B" like an ENGLISH "...

4 replies - Last post by aowats - February 8, 2010

Spammer's message removed

The message posted recently about learning Spanish through jokes has been removed because it was posted by someone who entered the forum illegally. Nohablo

0 replies - Last post by nohablo - November 27, 2009

Translate please

De qué tiene miedo Sra Flores?

5 replies - Last post by ricardo-rich - November 25, 2009

Cuban Spanish

I'm travelling to Cuba soon and would like any advice on how the Spanish spoken there differs from the Spanish taught in the Rocket Spanish course.

2 replies - Last post by IandeNZ - November 4, 2009

The word "egg"

Hola! Many years ago my husband worked on a chicken ranch in Southern California. As you might imagine the word "huevo" was used extensively, until one day one of the men from Mexico informed my husband that due to the negative connotations of t...

8 replies - Last post by nancyjoyce - October 25, 2009

lesson 3.3 traer/bring

In lesson 3.3 they talk about bringing raincoats and umbrellas to the beach. I've noticed that it is an american habit to (incorrectly ) say bring instead of take. Usually, english speaking people say "bring it here" and "take it there&quo...

0 replies - Last post by DebJay - October 20, 2009

Confusing inconsistencies

I am enjoying the program, but get frustrated with pronunciation... is it "Yo" (with a y) or "Jo" (with a j)? Also, is "b" pronounced as a b or a v? Both of these seem to be pronounced one way or another during the audio le...

2 replies - Last post by Lensman158 - September 21, 2009

The expression "Qué pasa" y "Qué hay"

Does these expressions ( "Qué pasa" y "Qué hay") mean the same as "Cómo estás" y "Qué tal" (how are you)?

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - August 16, 2009

using hace and está when talking about the weather

I understand a little bit why one would use *hace calor, hace frío* and other descriptive weather terms, but... why is *está* used for some things, like *está despejado* or *está nublado*? Since ALL weather is in a temporary state of being it seems one c...

1 reply - Last post by CCardona - August 2, 2009


I know this is not where I should post this, but sorry. I am very very serious about becoming FLUENT in Spanish. I was wondering how far this program will actually take me, so anyone who has gone through it already, please inform me. Also, what more can I...

3 replies - Last post by black-chulo - May 31, 2009

Pronunciation Help

I am new to RS, I am starting to go to Peru on Mission trips and I have always wanted to learn Spanish so now is the time :). I was looking through the beginner’s book and lesson 1.1 has the pronunciation of the alphabet, is there anywhere I can get audi...

3 replies - Last post by nohablo - May 30, 2009

Los/Las Bragas

Hi All, In Part 39 of the online course, one of the vocabulary words is "los bragas" for "knickers" or "panties". I have also seen references to "las bragas". Is there a difference between the masculine and feminin...

0 replies - Last post by gloonie - May 2, 2009


I have read in Wilpedia and a couple of travel books that the word "mogote" used to describe the small limestone hills in the Vinales area of Cuba actually means "haystack". However my spanish dictionary says that "mogote" m...

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - March 11, 2009

"School Board"

I have looked several places but cannot find a translation for "School Board" referring to the body of persons that actually runs the school. Does anyone know how to say this?

3 replies - Last post by Antonio - December 4, 2008

New here

Hola to all. I decided to start learning Spanish recently, and I wanted to get some opinions on Masculine vs Feminine words. It's so overwhelming and crazy to me at the moment, trying to attach a gender to every single word. Right now, it's almost detr...

6 replies - Last post by Barbara1 - September 12, 2008

lesson 1.5

1. In the audio lesson 1.5 the words: 'por' y 'de' both mean- on. if they mean the same thing then when do I use each one? 2. In the same lesson Mauricio says:"yo soy doctor" wich means I I am(there is no a?) doctor whitch makes it sound like th...

6 replies - Last post by nohablo - August 20, 2008

Necesitar vs Faltar or Hacer Falta

Cuándo platicando con mis amigos, cual es la manera correcta para decir "I need..." ? Grácias Brenda

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - August 20, 2008


what exactly does the word 'tengo' mean ?

1 reply - Last post by Loriann - August 14, 2008


1. Why is it that sometimes when I ask a question people just recomend that I purchase the program'. Isn't obvious that I have it if I'm posting a question? is it possible to post without being a member(purchasing rocket spanish) 2. How come When I click ...

4 replies - Last post by Loriann - August 13, 2008

Reading spanish

Hola, I just began using the Rocket Spanish beginner program this weekend. Just curious how long before I can expect to start doing some easy readers. Any opinions or experiences anyone would like to share? Gracias!

7 replies - Last post by Loriann - August 11, 2008


where can I ask questions when there is somthing I don't understand in the lesson? p.s how do you use this? thank you!

1 reply - Last post by Loriann - August 9, 2008

lesson 1.1 y 1.3

in the first free audio lesson I learned that that the word 'estas' means- are you, and then I learned in the third free lesson that the word 'eres' means- are you, if both words have the same meaning how do I know when to use each one? how come you don't...

1 reply - Last post by Loriann - August 9, 2008

Lessons learned...

I haven't posted in a while but I have been busy keeping up with the buletin board and my practicing (and still enjoying it too). A funny thing happened to me last week. I go to a local Mexican restaurant once a week to practice my Spanish (OK - I lik...

3 replies - Last post by CutThatCity - July 1, 2008

Voy and Vas

Hi All, I listen to the audio course and it sounds as if voy and vas are pronounced with a v sound as in victory, then Mauricio sent out a newsletter on tricks to remember voy and said it was like saying "boy I want to go". Then I asked a friend of m...

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

lesson 1.4

Word: Funny I was curious on how the word "funny" was spelled. My Spanish dictionary only shows "gracioso" as in "esa la muy gracioso" Lesson 1.4 says "la pelicula fue chestiso" Which is mostly used? I can picture myself using this word quit...

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - May 21, 2008

sacar vs tomar

what is the diffrence between sacar as in quiero sacar su photo and quiero tomar so photo. It appears that tomar is more appropriate in the setting of wanting "to take" but in the less sacar is used.

4 replies - Last post by MARCOS - March 21, 2008

cómo se dice la palabra "block"

How do you say "block" in spanish, as in a street block. All I'm coming up with is "bloques", but in a tape I'm listening to, the first syllable sounds like "cuar. . ."

3 replies - Last post by - March 7, 2008

One English word, 2 or more spanish?

Hola! Just started Rocket Spanish in the last 2 weeks and loving it. Working way through slowly but surely and with fun! One question I have is why in many cases would there be more than one Spanish word for one English word. I'll use one example with...

3 replies - Last post by - March 7, 2008

Have a bad taste!

I have been searching the Racket Spanish course materials to find out how to wxpress how a thing (e.g. food) tastes. Could someone provide an example of such usage?

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

Castellano versus Latin American Spanish

Can someone advise me of common words/expressions whose translation into Castillian Spanish seems to differ from into Latin American as in the Rocket Spanish course. For instance 'I would like' appears to be 'me gustaria' in Latin American but 'yo quisie...

7 replies - Last post by Mauricio - January 10, 2008

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