“ 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 […]

Argentina Spanish: A Guide to Speaking Like an Argentine: The Complete Lessons

If you are planning a vacation to, going to study abroad or plan to live in Buenos Aires, this book is for you. You will learn not only Spanish, but all the Argentine variations that are different from the Spanish from Spain or Mexico. This is a book that brings Argentine Spanish to you. In […]

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 […]