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“ Tardar”: it is the time that someone or something takes to do something. El micro tarda 11 horas en llegar a Mendoza. The bus takes 11 hours to get to Mendoza. -¿Cuánto tardás en vestirte? How long will you take to get dressed? -Tardo 5 minutos. But notice that it sometimes is “to be […]

Conocer and Saber

Spanish has two common verbs – conocer and saber – that usually mean “to know”, in English. 1. General rule for conocer In general, conocer means “to know of” or “to be familiar with” a thing or a famous person. Note: when conocer is used in this sense, i.e. “to know of”, or “to be […]

This article is TAN cool

There are many common mistakes that Spanish`s students who are also native english speakers make and one is in the use of “tan”, since they usually want to use it to replace “so”. “He is so tall” = “él es tan alto” = él es muy alto “He is too tall” = él es demasiado […]

What does “banco” mean?

“Banco”: it could be a bank or a bench, but it is also a verb, conjugated in the first person. If you use it in a reflexive form, it means “I can´t stand someone”, where someone is a direct object: No me banco No te bancás No se banca A ……..(od) No nos bancamos No […]


We have a lot of “tricky” verbs in spanish if you are trying to do a literal translation from english to spanish, some of them are the verbs “ir-venir”, “llevar-traer”. We could translate “venir” as “to come”, however we would never say “estoy viniendo” (I am coming) in Spanish. Why? Because these verbs in spanish […]

What is Cuán

Have you ever heard about “Cuán”? Many of my students, even advanced students, say “That is the first time I have heard Cuán” when I say this word randomly talking about something else. Maybe it is because the teachers sometimes forgot about teaching it. What is “cuán”? It is an interrogation word that we use […]

Así or Así que

Many of my students get confused about when they should use “así” or “así que” in a sentence. Even when “así” could mean “like this” (Me gusta como te queda el pelo así: I like how your hair looks like this) or have other meanings in some other context, “así” and “así que” are usually […]

Start a question with the word NO

There are times when you will hear a native spanish speaker start a question with “NO”. There are different meanings for this. Let´s take a look: 1) ¿No me pasás la sal?: in this case “no” means “please (por favor)”, so it is used to replace that and it is pretty informal. -¿No me das […]

About the verb “Soler”

Many times I meet students who are intermediate or advanced students because they have been taken lessons for long time, and many times I figure out that they don`t know what the verb “Soler” means. For example, I say to them an easy phrase like: “Yo solía dar clases en esa escuela”, and they start […]

Bien or Bueno?

Many times my students have problems using bueno or bien in phrases. This is a lesson about when it is necesary to use each one. Bien It is an Adverb, so it modificates a verb. Juan canta bien. (Juan sings well) Mariana habla bien alemán. (Mariana speak german well) We can answer the question “how” […]