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100 Spanish Words You Need To Know
A list of Spanish words you need to know, 100 of them and then some.
Learn how to greet someone and introduce yourself in Spanish.
The Many Ways to Say 'I Love You' in Spanish
Is 'te amo' or 'te quiero' the best way to say 'I love you' in Spanish? Native speakers and others offer their advice and observations.
The Spanish Alphabet
Learn the Spanish alphabet, including how the letters are pronounced and how words are placed in alphabetical order.
Writing Business and Personal Letters in Spanish
An overview of the greetings and salutations used in personal and business letters in Spanish.
How To Make Spanish Accents and Punctuation...
If you're writing in Spanish with a Mac computer and need to type an accented letter or an upside-down question mark, here's an explanation of how to do it.
Spanish Features Two Simple Past Tenses
Unlike English, Spanish has two simple past tenses, the preterite and the imperfect. Although they may often be translated the same way to English, they seldom are interchangeable.
Taking the Confusion out of 'Por' and 'Para'
The Spanish prepositions 'por' and 'para' are a source of much confusion for English speakers learning Spanish, since they both can be translated as 'for.'
Months of the Year
Here is a list of the months of the year in Spanish and an explanation of how they are used in sentences.
Counting: The Cardinal Numbers
Learn how to count and how to form large numbers in Spanish.
Two Verbs Meaning 'To Be': 'Ser' and 'Estar'
The Spanish verbs 'ser' and 'estar' can confuse because those both mean 'to be.' Here's a quick guide to help you know which one to use.
'Porque,' 'Por Qué,' 'Por Que' and...
Learn about the use of 'porque,' 'por qué,' 'por que' and 'porqué' in Spanish.
Conjugation of 'Ir'
'Ir' is a highly irregular verb in Spanish. This chart shows all the simple conjugations.
What do they call the @ symbol in Spanish?
Learn how the @ symbol used in e-mail is referred to in Spanish.
What do you call your relatives in Spanish?
Learn how to refer to the members of your family in Spanish.
When To Use the Subjunctive Mood
A lesson on when the subjunctive mood should be used in Spanish. Complete with translated examples.
Telling Time
Learn how to tell time in Spanish.
Spanish Verb Tenses
In the basic sense, the verb tenses are past, present and future. But when learning a foreign language, including Spanish, it's seldom that simple.
Spanish Baby Names
This is a list of dozens of Spanish names that can be given for baby girls, along with their English equivalents and original meanings.
This Spanish lesson lists the Spanish words for basic colors and, for intermediate students, describes the ways in which numerous nouns can be used as names for colors.
Conjugation of Regular Verbs in the Present...
Lesson for beginners on conjugating the most common of verb tenses, the present indicative.
What's What in Interrogatory Pronouns
Learn the difference between 'qué' and 'cuál' in Spanish.
How To Count to 10 in Spanish
a simple how-to on counting to 10 in Spanish
Conjugation of oír - Spanish Language
Want to know how to conjugate oír? Here's how, from your About.com Guide
Using 'Si' Clauses
In Spanish, which verb tense to use following 'si' (the word for 'if') depends on the likelihood of the condition happening.
Writing Dates in Spanish
Dates written in Spanish typically follow the day-month-year pattern.
Conjugation of 'Ver'
Chart showing how to conjugate the irregular Spanish verb 'ver' and related verbs such as 'prever.'
Conjugation of 'Haber'
Conjugation of the Spanish verb 'haber'
Varieties of Spanish
What are the differences between Latin American Spanish and the Spanish of Spain?
Formal and Informal "You"
This lesson explains the different words that Spanish uses for 'you.' It includes an explanation of formal and informal usage.
The Four Seasons
Here are the names of the four seasons in Spanish and an explanation of how they are used.
Introduction to Prepositions
Prepositions function much the same way in English as they do in Spanish. However, it is not always easy to know which preposition to use.
Body Parts
Learn the Spanish words for the parts of the body.
Day of the Dead Honors the Deceased
A look at the Day of the Dead or Día de los muertos in Mexico.
Fruits in Spanish
Spanish words for the common fruits as well as some uncommon ones.
Conjugation of the irregular Spanish verb 'tener.'
From Where Did Spaniards Get Their 'Lisp'?
Some people believe that it was royal edict that gave Spaniards a 'lisp' in their pronunciation.
Which Online Translator Is Best?
Five online translators are put to the test by About.com's Guide to the Spanish Language.
Conjugation of 'Decir'
Conjugation of the Spanish verb 'decir.'
Conjugation of 'Ser'
Complete conjugation of the Spanish verb 'ser.'
Demonstrative Adjectives
A lesson for beginners in the use of demonstrative adjectives (this, that, these, those) in Spanish.
Lesson 1: Spanish for Beginners
Are you thinking about learning Spanish? This lesson provides in introduction to one of the world's great languages.
El Ahorcado - Play Hangman and Learn Spanish -...
Here is a collection of hangman games you can play to have fun and to increase your Spanish vocabulary.
Spanish Abbreviations
List of the common Spanish abbreviations.
Introducing 'Se'
Learn about the various uses of the Spanish pronoun 'se.' It is used most often in reflexive sentences, although such sentences aren't always translated that way to English.
Spanish Word of the Day — Learn a New...
Spanish Word of the Day, a new vocabulary word each day from About.com with definition and pronunciation guide
Introduction to the Future Tense
Learn the usages and conjugation of the future tense in Spanish.
Why does Spanish use EE. UU. as the abbreviatio...
Why is the abbreviation for 'Estados Unidos' in Spanish 'EE. UU' instead of 'E. U.'?
Asking Questions
Learn how to ask questions in Spanish
Ordinal Numbers
Ordinal numbers are those such as 'first,' 'second' and 'third' in English, or 'primero,' 'segundo' and 'tercero' in Spanish.
The Conditional Tense
A description of the conditional tense in Spanish with examples and their translations.
Using 'Ser'
'Ser' is one of the Spanish verbs for 'to be.' This lesson, aimed at beginning Spanish students, explains its most common uses and gives examples with English translations.
What's with the upside-down question marks and...
Answer to the question: What's the deal with the upside-down question marks and exclamation points in Spanish?
Learn several ways of saying thanks or expressing appreciation in Spanish.
Direct Commands
If you want to tell someone what to do, in Spanish you use the imperative mood. Here is an explanation of how imperative verbs are used.
Pascua - Easter - Spanish Language
Holy Week, which ends with Easter, is celebrated throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Join in by singing this favorite Easter hymn in Spanish.
Using 'Tener'
How to use the Spanish verb 'tener,' which usually means 'to have.'
Using 'Estar'
Learn how the Spanish verb 'estar,' usually translated as 'to be,' is used.
Names of Nationalities
Here are the names of nationalities for many countries in Spanish.
Why Is Spanish Sometimes Called Castilian?
Sometimes Spanish is known as Castilian. This article explains why there are two names for the language and what the differences are between the two terms.
10 Facts About the Spanish Language
A collection of basic but interesting facts about the world's No. 2 language.
What's the Object?
This lesson explains how to use direct-object and indirect-object pronouns in Spanish.
Conjugation of 'Querer'
The Spanish verb 'querer' is one of the most irregularly conjugated. This chart shows its conjugated forms along with English translations.
How To Use 'Pero' and 'Sino'
Learn the differences between the Spanish conjunctions 'pero' and 'sino,' both of which can be translated as 'but.'
How To Use the Verb "Haber"
Learn about using 'haber,' a common verb in Spanish that is used as an auxiliary and also to mean 'there is' or 'there are.'
Top 12 Spanish-Language Movies
What have been the most popular Spanish-language movies? They're listed here along with information on buying them.
Spanish Around the Home
Spanish words for rooms around the house as well as for appliances an furniture.
Conjugation of 'Dar'
Conjugation for all the simple tenses of 'dar,' a Spanish word usually translated as 'to give.'
'Tan' and 'Tanto'
Learn the differences between the Spanish words 'tan' and 'tanto.'
Present Participles in Spanish
Learn how present participles, also known as gerunds, are used in Spanish. They typically are the equivalent of '-ing' verbs in English.
Quiz for Spanish Students: The Preterite and...
Find out what you know about the past tenses, from your About.com Guide
Spanish Punctuation
An overview of how punctuation is used in Spanish and how it is different than English punctuation.
'Fue' or 'Era'?
Discussion on the differences between the imperfect and preterite forms of the Spanish verb 'ser.'
English often capitalizes words in instances where Spanish does not. Learn how the two languages differ in that regard.
Conjugation of Seguir - Spanish Grammar
The full conjugation of 'seguir,' a common Spanish verb that usually means to follow or to continue
Conjugation of Dormir — Spanish Language
How to conjugate the irregular Spanish verb 'dormir,' which usually means 'to sleep.'
Articles of Clothing
List of the Spanish words for common articles of clothing.
Conjugation of 'Poder'
Conjugation of the Spanish verb 'poder.'
Use of 'Tú' Common in Written Spanish
Although websites presumably are speaking to strangers, their use of 'tú' is quite common.
Using 'Lo'
'Lo' is one of those Spanish words words that doesn't always have a clear definition — and it can function in at least three different ways, as a subject pronoun, object pronoun or definite article. When you run across the word in a sentence and don't know what it means, you often need to figure out first how it is being used
Introduction to Reflexive Verbs
An introduction to reflexive verbs as they are used in Spanish.
Demonstrative Pronouns
An explanation and complete list of the demonstrative pronouns of Spanish with examples of their use in sentences.
'James' and 'Diego' May Share Common Origin
The Spanish equivalent of James is usually given as Diego, yet the two names don't seem at all alike. Here's why.
Using the Verb 'Gustar'
Learn how to use the Spanish verb 'gustar,' which is used to say that someone likes something.
Conjugation of creer - Spanish Language
Want to know how to conjugate creer? Here's how, from your About.com Guide
Using 'Por'
The Spanish preposition 'por' can be confusing for people new to the language, partly because it has a variety of uses that are translated different ways in Spanish. Here are some guides for its use.
Conjugation of Hacer - Spanish Grammar
The full conjugation of the Spanish verb 'hacer,' which usually means 'to do' or 'to make.'
Saying 'Maybe' or 'Perhaps'
How to say 'maybe' or 'perhaps' in Spanish, with examples and their translations.
Spanish Verb Conjugations
If you're want to know how to conjugate a verb in Spanish, you've come to the right place.
Conjugation of Regular Preterite Verbs
The conjugation for preterite verbs in Spanish is essential to learn, as it is used to talk about events that happened in the past.
How To Say 'I Love You' in Spanish
This is a simple lesson — it will take less than a minute — on saying 'I love you' in Spanish.
Conjugation of 'Estar'
Complete conjugation of the Spanish verb 'estar.'
Conjugation of volver - Spanish Language
Want to know how to conjugate volver? Here's how, from your About.com Guide
Confusing Verb Pair: 'Saber' and 'Conocer'
Spanish has two verbs that are commonly translated as 'to know.' Since they're not interchangeable, here is an explanation of the differences.
Reflexive Pronouns
Learn how reflexive pronouns are used in Spanish. Example sentences are included.
Adjectives in Their Place
You may have heard that descriptive adjectives in Spanish are placed after nouns they refer to. In real life, however, that often isn't true.
The Meaning of 'Ya'
An explanation of how the Spanish adverb 'ya' is used, complete with numerous examples.
Get a charge out of the Spanish verb 'cargar'
How to use the Spanish verb 'pasar,' which usually means 'to load' or 'to charge.'
Possessive Adjectives (Short Form)
Lesson on the use of Spanish possessive adjectives, also called determiners. These are the equivalent of word such as 'his,' 'her' and 'my.'
Conjugation of 'Saber'
Complete conjugation of the Spanish verb 'saber.'
Conjugation of Regular Imperfect Indicative Verbs
Conjugation of imperfect indicative verbs in Spanish along with examples of their use in sentences.
Spanish Cell Phone Abbreviations
List of some of the most common abbreviations used in cell phone text in Spanish.
Spanish Surnames
Did you know that people in Spanish-speaking countries have surnames that come from both the father and the mother?
10 Mistakes To Avoid While Learning Spanish
Following these tips will help you get beyond the beginning level of Spanish and also prevent you from sounding less intelligent than you are.
Talking Like the Animals
Here are the sounds that the animals make in Spanish. They aren't necessarily the same as they make in English.
The Subjunctive: A Quiz - Spanish Language
Do you know the rules of written Spanish? Find out with this self-correcting quiz, from your About.com Guide
Conjugation of jugar - Spanish Language
Want to know how to conjugate jugar? This page shows how.
Conjugation of Poner - Spanish Grammar
Conjugation of the Spanish verb 'poner': del indicativo imperfect subjunctive preterite pusi spanish conjugation
Conjugation of morir - Spanish Language
Want to know how to conjugate morir? Here's how, from your About.com Guide
Forming the Future Tense
Spanish conjugation for regular verbs, and some common irregular ones, for the indicative future tense.
Indirect-Object Pronouns
Learn how indirect-object pronouns are used in Spanish. This lesson includes examples with translations and is aimed at beginning to intermediate students.
Conjugation of Regular Verbs in the Subjunctive...
How to conjugate the regular verbs of Spanish in the various tenses of the subjunctive mood.
Irregular Past Participles
This is a list of the irregular past participles in Spanish.
Direct-Object Pronouns
Learn what direct-object pronouns are and how they are used in Spanish.
Conjugation of conocer - Spanish verbs
Conjugation of 'conocer,' an irregular Spanish verb.
Using the Verb 'Encontrar'
Examples of using the Spanish verb 'encontrar,' which typically means 'to find.'
Stress and Accent Marks
Learn which syllable of Spanish word receives the stress and how that can be modified through the use of diacritical marks known as accents.
Introduction to the Definite Article
Definite articles are often used in Spanish where they're omitted in English. The definite article in English is 'the,' but Spanish has four definite articles.
Spanish Immersion School FAQ
Are you thinking about going to a foreign country to study Spanish? Here are some details you may want to consider as you plan your studies.
Conjugation of "Venir"
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Introduction to Spanish Verb Conjugation
Learn the concept of verb conjugation as it is used in Spanish and English.
Conjugation of caer - Spanish Language
Want to know how to conjugate caer? Here's how, from your About.com Guide
Interrogative Pronouns
Interrogative pronouns are those commonly used in questions. In this lesson for Spanish students, you will learn the interrogative pronouns and see examples of how they are used in sentences.
Introduction to the Present Tense
Learn more about the present tense in this lesson for people beginning to learn Spanish.
Possessive Pronouns
Learn how to use the possessive pronouns of Spanish. They are the equivalent of the English possessive pronouns such as 'his,' 'hers' and 'theirs.'
'Derecho' and 'Derecha'
The Spanish words 'derecho' and 'derecha' are easily confused. Here's a quick guide to using these common words correctly.
Types of Pronouns
Learn how various types of pronouns function in Spanish. Lesson includes examples as well as links to more advanced lessons.
Angular Quotation Marks
Spanish has three types of punctuation used to indicate quotation marks. One of them not familiar to English speakers is the angular quote mark.
Conjugation of the Spanish Verb Salir
How to conjugate the Spanish verb salir and other verbs that follow its pattern.
A look at how the Spanish verb 'faltar' is used, with examples of real usage.
The Power of 'Poder'
The Spanish verb 'poder' is usually translated as 'can' or 'to be able,' but it also has other uses.
Names of Occupations in Spanish
This is a list of many of the most common job names in Spanish, along with an explanation of how gender is used when referring to people who hold those occucations.
Spanish Instructional Books - Top Picks
If you're learning Spanish on your own, or if you with to use supplementary material to give you a different perspective from what your learning in class, these books can help.
Comparisons of Equality
A phrase such as 'tan ... como' is typically used in Spanish to mean the same thing as 'as ... as.'
Saying 'What' in Spanish
The English word 'what' can be translated numerous ways into Spanish.
Using 'Que' and Other Relative Pronouns
Relative pronouns are often used differently in Spanish than in English. Here's an explanation along with examples and their translations.
Conjugation of reír - Spanish Language
Want to know how to conjugate reír? Here's how, from your About.com Guide
Obvious ... But Wrong
False friends are words in two languages that are similar in appearance and/or pronunciation but have different meanings. Here is a list of some of the most common Spanish-English false friends.
Why Learn Spanish?
Do you need a reason for studying Spanish? Here are several
Spanish Suffixes
Suffixes and how to use them in Spanish, with examples.
Introduction to the Subjunctive Mood
If you study Spanish, sooner or later you'll need to use the subjunctive mood. Although the subjunctive mood is often optional in English, it is an essential feature of Spanish.
Translating '-ing' Words
When translating to Spanish, you can't translate all English words ending in '-ing' the same way.
'Haber' As an Auxiliary Verb: It's Perfect!
The Spanish auxiliary verb is used to form the perfect tenses, which indicate completed action. This lesson explains the use of this important and very common verb.
Learn How to Introduce Yourself in Spanish (in...
a simple how-to on introducing yourself in Spanish
Using Subject Pronouns
Introduction to subject pronouns in Spanish, including the differences between the formal and familiar pronouns for 'you.'
Pronouncing Spanish Vowels
How to pronounce the vowels of Spanish.
'Aún' vs. 'Aun'
An explanation, with examples, of the differences between the Spanish adverbs 'aún' and 'aun.'
Making Polite Requests
Sometimes we get a better reception if we ask people to do things rather than telling them. This lesson explains how to do that in Spanish.
'Muchacho/a' or 'Chico/a': What's the Difference?
The words 'chico' or 'chica' and 'muchacho' or 'muchacha' are used slightly differently in parts of the Spanish-speaking world. Here are some clues for knowing which one to use.
Using Your Keyboard To Make Spanish Accents and...
If you're writing in Spanish, here are instructions for typing accents and Spanish punctuation using the Windows XP or Windows Vista. This page describes how to install the international keyboard software that is part of Windows.

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