Home Study Spanish http://homestudyspanish.com Learning Spanish at Home Mon, 09 Apr 2012 08:37:22 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.2 Hints For Learning German http://homestudyspanish.com/other-languages/hints-for-learning-german/ http://homestudyspanish.com/other-languages/hints-for-learning-german/#comments Thu, 04 Nov 2010 10:47:24 +0000 admin http://homestudyspanish.com/other-languages/hints-for-learning-german/ So you desire to learn German. There are a variety of techniques for learning a new language. Every individual learns differently. This means it might take you a little while to discover the approach that works ideally. Maybe you are someone who learns best by yourself, from the resources that you locate by yourself. Perhaps you are an individual who learns the best by reading books and taking classes. The ways you can go about learning a language are very different. The great news is that, it doesn’t matter how you learn, you’ll probably still find at least one or two techniques that work wonderfully for you. For some individuals finding that approach will seem stupefying and often feel aggravated.

Don’t fret because you’ll determine an approach to learning German that works for you.

Flashcards are a terrific learning mechanism. Lots of language students make fun of the idea of using flash cards because they seem so childish and out dated. Why use flash cards when there are so many super advanced technologies that are available to help you learn? The reason students still make use of flash cards is because they work really well! Flash cards provide you with the capability to quiz yourself and to practice your skills. They are very easy to carry with you, outside of your home or the classroom. Flash cards make it easy to study with a friend, even if that friend is totally unaware of German.

You might find the help of a language tutor helpful on the things you can’t seem to figure out. These tutors are schooled in the art of teaching German just like you would find in a classroom. This way you never have to go to a class.
This is the best option for those who don’t learn well be listening to audio courses or who are apprehensive of being in a classroom. Your tutor will help you learn not only conversational German but also formal German as well. If you plan to visit a German speaking country this will be helpful.

Try to think in German. When you think of things in whatever language you speak naturally, try to think them over again in German. This will help you get into the habit of using German in your brain. When you are using German with your thoughts, speaking with German becomes a breeze. If you can process the language while you are hearing it, it will be easier for you to understand what is being said as well as how you should respond-without having to use translators or take the time to work out your response in your head (and risk being wrong). Getting to know a new language, whether it is German, Chinese, Spanish, Russian or a different language, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Overall, it’s normally just a matter of determining what the optimal learning style is. After you determine this, you’ll be able to talk with individuals who have grown up using German as their everyday language!

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Rocket Spanish Review http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-courses/rocket-spanish-review/rocket-spanish-review/ http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-courses/rocket-spanish-review/rocket-spanish-review/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2008 10:01:41 +0000 admin http://homestudyspanish.com/rocket-spanish-review/rocket-spanish-review/ Difficulty learning Spanish?

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Spanish prepositions ‘un’ & ‘una’ http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-language/spanish-lessons/spanish-prepositions-un-una/ http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-language/spanish-lessons/spanish-prepositions-un-una/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2008 09:45:17 +0000 admin http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-prepositions/spanish-prepositions-un-una/ The Spanish word for a/an is ‘un‘ for Spanish masculine nouns and una for Spanish feminine nouns.

Examples;

  • Todos deberian tener un pasaporte (masc’) = everyone should have a passport.
  • Por aquí hay sola una habitación libra = there is only one room vacant here.

Note, that Spanish does not use the equivalent of English ‘a’ when you indicate your occupation;

Examples;

  • soy periodista = I am a journalist.
  • soy enfermera =  I am a nurse.

The Spanish personal ‘a’.

Verbs such as conocer (to know), mirar (to look at), ver (to see), visitar (to visit), etc. must be followed by the preposition ‘a’ when the object which follows
is a person or the name of a person.

Compare;

  1. conoces el centro de esa ciudad?  = do you know the centre of that city?
  2. ¿conoces a Mario? = do you know Mario?
  3. miro el quadro = I’m looking at the painting.
  4. miro a Carlos = I’m looking at Carlos.
  5. vio el tren = I see thew train.
  6. vio a Juan = I see Juan.
  7. visito Barcelona = I visit Barcelona.
  8. visito a Pedro = I visit Pedro.

You must also use the personal ‘a’ when using a noun which refers to a person;

  1. conosco a su amigo = I know your friend,
  2. miro a tu madre = I know your mother.
  3. vio a mi tio = I see my uncle.
  4. visito la abuela de Vicente = I visit Vicente’s grandmother.
  5. Note; visito ‘al’ abuelo de Vicente = I visit Vicente’s grandfather.
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Spanish Prepositions ‘por’ and ‘para’ http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-language/spanish-lessons/spanish-prepositions-por-and-para/ http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-language/spanish-lessons/spanish-prepositions-por-and-para/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2008 09:40:43 +0000 admin http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-prepositions/spanish-prepositions-por-and-para/ The use of ‘por’ and ‘para’, both meaning ‘for’ or ‘by’, can be a bit confusing at first.

The difference is that;

  • ‘por’ looks back to the origins of, or the root causes of  the circumstances;
  • ‘para’ looks forward to the result, aim or destination of the  the circumstances.

Spanish ‘Por’ is used to express, or used with;

  • Cause, reason, motive (usually to say why something has happened),

    lo hizo por amor = I did it for love.

    vamos a brindar por el éxito del disco = lets toast to the success of the C.|D.

    lo han despedido del trabajo por vago =  they have given him the sack for laziness.

  • The place where the action takes place,

    pasean por la calle = they walk in the street.

    el ladrón debió de entrar por la ventana = the burglar must have entered by the window.

    por aquí no hay salida = there is no exit here.

    ¿te gusta pasear por el campo? =  do you like to walk in the countyside?

  • The means,

    lo enviaron por avión =  they send it by aeroplane.

  • The agent of the passive voice,

    la llave fue encontrada por el portero = the key was found by the doorman.

  • Substitution, equivalence,

    aquí comes por mi ocho euros = here you can eat for eight euros.

  • Distribution, proportion,

    cinco por ciento = five per cent.

  • Multiplication and measurements,

    cinco por dos son diez.

  • “In search of” with a verbs of movement (‘ir’, to go, ‘venir’, to come, etc),

    voy por pan = I go for bread.

  • With price, (precio);

    puedo comprar tres camisas por 10 euros = I can buy three shirts for 10 euros.

Spanish ‘Para’ is used to express, or used with;

  • Finality, destiny (often in the future),

    es para tu padre = it is for your father,

    compra pescado para la cena =  he is buying fish for the evening meal.

    este trasto no sirve para nada, eatá estropeado -  this piece of junk is useless, it’s broken.

    para ser ingeniero hay que estudiar mucho = to be an engineer you have to study a lot.

  • Direction of movement, (i.e. towards),

    salen para Valencia = the leave for Valencia.

    ya que vas al la cocina, llévate esto para allá = as you are going to the kitchen, take this there.

  • Deadlines,

    lo quiro para mañana = I want it for tomorrow.

  • Comparison,

    para saber hay que estudiar = to know you have to study.

  • Convenience,

    no es bueno para los pies =  it’s not good for the feet.

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Spanish Prepositions ‘a’ and ‘de’ http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-language/spanish-lessons/spanish-prepositions-a-and-de/ http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-language/spanish-lessons/spanish-prepositions-a-and-de/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2008 09:33:41 +0000 admin http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-prepositions/spanish-prepositions-a-and-de/ The Spanish prepositions — ‘a’ (to), and ‘de’ (of), when used in conjunction with a Spanish noun, precede the articles (el),(masc’) and (la) (fem’).

When these Spanish prepositions come before the masculine (el), ( singular), there is a contraction and fusion of these two.

Therefore; (a + el)  =  al, and (de + el)  =  del.

Single, masculine examples are;

  1. El cine (the cinema),

    Voy al cine =  I’m going to the cinema. —- (a+el=al).

  2. El bosque (the forest),

    Las fruitas del bosque =  The fruits of the forest. —-(de+el=del).

The plural of the masculine combination of (de) and (los) does not have this fusion, so:

  1. Voy a los cines  =  I’m going to the cinemas.
  2. Las frutas de los bosques = the fruits of the forests.

When these Spanish prepositions, ‘a’ (to), and ‘de’ (of) come before the Spanish feminine (la) – there are no radical changes.

i.e. there are no such changes, or fusion in the feminine forms.

Singular, feminine examples are;

  1. La ciudad (the city),

    El centro (de la ciudad) =  The centre of the city.

  2. La calle (the street),

    El nombre de la calle =  The name of the street.

The plural of the feminine combination of (de) and (las) has no fusion:

  1. El centro de las ciudades =  The centre of the cities.
  2. El nombre de las calles =  The name of the streets.

The Spanish preposition (‘a’),  can be used also to express;

  • Destination, la (destinación);  este tren no va a Sevilla = this train does not go to Seville.
  • The time, (la hora);  llega a las 10 = it arrives at 10.
  • The objective, (objetivo);  voy a ver el partido de tenis = I’m going to see the game of tennis.
  • The price, date, distance, temperature; ( el precio, la fecha, la distancia, la temperatura)

    —¿cuánto cuesta las naranjas? = how much do the oranges cost.

    — hoy estamos a 23 de septiembre = today is the 23 of September.

    — Barcelona astá a 650 km. de Madrid. = Barcelona is 650 km. from Madrid.

    — Que calor!, estamos a 40 grados, mas o menos = I’ts hot, it’s 40 degrees, more or less.

  • With the possession of, (posesión ‘de’);

    – de quién es este libro? =  who’s is this book?

    –de Beatriz = it’s Beatriz’s.

  • With materials, (materiales);

    – ella esta comprando muebles de caoba auténtica = she is buying real mahogany furniture.

  • With time and duration, (tiempo y duración);

    –llegué ayer de Cádiz = he arrived from  Cádiz yesterday.

  • To say the time of day, (momento del día al decir las horas).

    –salimos a las seis de la tarde = we leave at six in the evening.

  • For details of a description, (datos de una descripción);

    –es una mujer de ojas claros, de estatura media y de pelo rízado.

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Spanish Preposition ‘desde’, ‘con’, ‘en’, ‘hacia’ & ‘hasta’ http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-language/spanish-lessons/spanish-preposition-desde-con-en-hacia-hasta/ http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-language/spanish-lessons/spanish-preposition-desde-con-en-hacia-hasta/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2008 08:53:18 +0000 admin http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-prepositions/spanish-preposition-desde-con-en-hacia-hasta/ The Spanish preposition ‘desde’ can be used;
  • With time and duration, (tiempo y duración);

    –viene en tren desde Zaragoza = he/she is coming from Zaragoza by train.

    –Este quadro está desde1800 = this painting is from the 1800′s.

The Spanish preposition ‘con’ can be used ;

  • With company, (compania);

    – me quedo en casa con todos los demas – I’m staying at home with the rest.

  • With instruments, (instrumentos);

    – mi marido se afeita con cuchilla = my husband shaves with a razor blade.

  • With moods, (modo);

    –el ladron entró con mucho facilidad = the burglar entered with much ease.

The Spanish preposition ‘en’ can be used;

  • With lugar/posición, (place) and tiempo, (time);

    –está en el dormitorio, en la cama = it’s in the bedroom, in the bed.

    –nació en 1980, en primavera = he/she was born in 1980, in the spring.

  • With means of transport, (medio de transporte);

    –siempre vengo en bicicleta = I always go by bicycle.

The Spanish preposition ‘hacia’ can be used;

  • With direction and place, (dirección and lugar);

    –hay un inceandio en tu barrio y los bomberos ya van hacia allí´

    – = there is a fire in your neighbourhood and the firemen are already there.

    – cuando el presidente empezó a hablar, miles de miradas se dirigieron hacia él.

    – = when the president began to speak, thousands of admirers went towards him.

The preposition ‘hasta’ can be used;

  • With the termination of time and space, (término en el tiempo y en el espacio);

    – el agua no pueda llegar hasta allí = the water can not arrive up to here.

    – te puedo esparar hasta las 5 = I can wait until 5.

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Spanish Gender http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-language/spanish-lessons/spanish-gender/ http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-language/spanish-lessons/spanish-gender/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2008 08:34:03 +0000 admin http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-gender/spanish-gender/ Gender is Spain – EL, LA and LO

All nouns in Spanish are either masculine or feminine.

They take the article “el” and “la” respectfully, and they are placed in front of the noun.

The Spanish don’t have neutral nouns.

–but there is a neutral form of the article. i.e. (‘lo’), ( the).

It is used before an adjective to express quality.

For example;

lo malo = the worst,

lo mejor = the best,

Nouns ending in (o) are usually masculine while nouns ending in (a) are feminine.

Masculine examples are;

el numero= the number, el caballo= the horse, el burro = the donkey, el palo= the  stick.

Female examples are;

la señora = the lady, la flora= the flower, la cara= the face, la escoba= the broom.

A noun which refers to people may be used with reference to both sexes and in these cases the

masculine form is always used.

For example;

the plural of el hijo (son) is los hijos.

Los hijos may mean either sons only, or it may mean sons and daughters (i.e. together).

There may be a group of children and if this group consists of boys and girls then the

Spanish masculine form (los hijos) is used.

Further more,  even if a group consists of only one boy amongst two, or many girls, then the

Spanish masculine form (los hijos) is used.

To make the Spanish noun plural;

you add an ‘s’ to the end of the word if it ends in a vowel (a,e,i,or,u), or  you add ‘es’ to the end of the word if it ends in a consonant (b,c,d,f,g,h, etc.).

The Spanish article (el) and (la) must conform and take the plural form as well.

The Spanish feminine article conforms, (la) becomes (las),

For example;

La señora  becomes  las señoras.

- but take note of  the radical change in the form of  the Spanish masculine article – (el) becomes (los).

For example;

El  nombre changes to los nombres.

Some noun endings do not conform with this and do not easily indicate their gender.

There are not too many exceptions, but some examples are;

el pasaporte  =  the passport, el nombre = the name, la mono = the hand, la moto = the motor scooter

Therefore it is advisable to learn each word with it’s own corresponding article.

We English are not used to forming sentences whilst thinking of the gender of each noun and as you have seen the article

(el, la or lo) is always before the noun. So we need to think ahead at first, to get it correct, until it becomes automatic

to us.

Student’s can often make mistakes regarding the correct gender, mixing (el) for (la), in even  those nouns that do conform.

Usually they realize their error immediately afterwards and  correct it straight away in their mind, or better still, repeat

it out loud.

Don’t worry too much about that.  You will be understood, as the Spanish won’t be confused by his error.

They will appreciate that you are making an effort to speak their language.

Spanish nouns ending in; — (ad, ud, ie, and ión)  are usually feminine,

some examples are;

la ciudad =  the city, la juventud = the youth, la serie =  the series,  la habitación = the room.

Spanish nouns ending in — (e, el ,il, ón, iz) are generally masculine.

Some examples are;

el timbre = the bell, el papel = the paper, el barril = the barrel, el buzón = the letter box, el lapiz = the pencil

Spanish nouns ending in; — (ista) can be either masculine or feminine.

Some examples are;

el periodista (masculine) and la periodista (feminine) = the journalist.

el dentista (masculine) or la dentista (feminine) = the dentist.

As you can see in our examples, they are quite often names of professions,   but note;

el doctor (masculine) and la doctora (feminine),

el profesor (masculine) or la profesora (feminine).

Once again, it is advisable to learn each word with it’s own corresponding article.

There are not too many exceptions of this either.

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Spanish Adjectives (regular in location) http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-language/spanish-lessons/spanish-adjectives-regular-in-location/ http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-language/spanish-lessons/spanish-adjectives-regular-in-location/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2008 13:52:22 +0000 admin http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-lessons/spanish-adjectives-regular-in-location/ An adjectives is used to describe the noun, be it an article or a person.

In English the adjective is placed before the noun,

In Spanish, more often than not, they are placed after the noun.

Adjectives must show agreement of gender (masculine, feminine) and  number (singular or plural) with the person or thing
they describe.

Singular Spanish Adjectives
Some examples are;         

(1) la puerta verde = the green door
(2) el coche azul= the blue car.
(3) el es inglés = he is English.
(4) ella es inglesa= she is English.

 

Plural Spanish Adjectives   
If the noun is in the plural form the adjective must conform and by also taking the plural form.

Remember that to make a noun plural; —-

Nouns that end in a vowel, (a,e,i,e,u) ——- add an "s" to the end.
Nouns that end in a consonant, (b,c,d,f)  —- add ‘es’ to the end

The adjective follows the same rules’

Adjectives that end in a vowel,—— add an ‘s to the end.
Adjectives that end in a consonant,—add ‘es’ to the end.

Examples are;  

(1) las puertas verdes = the green doors.
(2) los coches azules =  the blue cars.
(3) ellos son españoles = they are English. (masc’)
(4) ellas son españoles = they are English. (fem’)

The following always go after the noun; colours and nationalities

for example;

(1) el barco rojo  =  the red boat.
(2) la flora amarilla  =  the yellow flower.
(3) el hombre español  =  the Spanish man.
(4) la mujer inglesa  =  the English lady.

There are some adjectives that are neutral and they also go after the noun.

for example;

feliz (happy), triste (sad), elegante (elegant), facil (easy), difícil (difficult/hard).

(1) el/ella está feliz = he/she is happy, (singular).
—-ellos/ellas están felices = they are happy, (plural, note that ‘z’ changes to ‘c’).
(2) el/ella está triste = he/she is sad, (singular).
—-ellos/ellas están tristes = they are sad, (plural).
(3) el/ella está  elegante =  he/she is, (singular).
—-ellos/ellas están  elegantes = they are elegant, (plural).
(4) eso está fácil = this is easy, (singular).
—-esos están fáciles = these are easy, (plural).
(5) esta está difícil = that is difficult / hard, (singular).
—-estas están difíciles = those are difficult / hard, (plural).

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Spanish Adjectives (exceptions in location) http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-language/spanish-lessons/spanish-adjectives-exceptions-in-location/ http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-language/spanish-lessons/spanish-adjectives-exceptions-in-location/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2008 19:38:38 +0000 admin http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-lessons/spanish-adjectives-exceptions-in-location/ Two exceptions to the order (i.e. after, or before) are;  malo  (bad), and (bueno) good.

When malo or bueno are placed before the noun they change to mal and buen.

Examples are;

(1) una pelicula mala, or, una mala pelicula. ( a  good film).

(2) un tiempo malo, or,  un mal tiempo. ( a bad time).

(3) una buena niña, or, una niña buena

(4) un niño bueno, or, un  buen niño, (a good boy)

Spanish Adjectives with double meaning

The adjective ‘grande’ (large,big), can go before the noun as well as after, but it has two distinct meanings.

After the noun it means large/big in size. This is the normal place that you would expect ‘grande’ to be.

Before the noun it means large in status.

With the masculine, singular noun form,

Examples are;

(1) el es un hombre grande = he is a big or large man, (adjective after the noun), ‘grande’ is normal.

(2) el es un gran hombre = he is a great man. (adjective before the noun),’grande’ changes to ‘gran’.

In their plural forms, grande becomes ‘grandes’ and is used in both cases.

Examples are;

(3) los hombres grandes = the big or large men.

(4) los grandes hombres = the great men.

In the feminine forms, singular and plural nouns, ‘grande’ does not change its form.

Examples are;

(1) la estatua grande = the big or large statue.

(2) las estatuas grandes = the big or large statues.

(3) la grande estatua = the great statue.

(4) las grandes estatuas = the great statues.

The following always go before the Spanish noun;

(a lot) = mucho, muchos, (masculine), mucha, muchas, (feminine).

(a little) = poco, pocos, (masculine), poca, pocas, (feminine).

(other) = otro, otros,(masculine), otra, otras, (feminine).

Some examples are;

(1) el tiene mucho dinero  =  he has a lot of money.

(2) el compra muchos libros  =  he is buying a lot of books.

(3) el hace mucha sopa  =   he is making a lot of soup.

(4) el vende muchas camisas  =   he sells a lot of shirts.

Spanish Possessive Adjectives

The singular form is;

mi = my; tu = you; su = his,hers,it’s.

The plural form is;

nuestro = our; vuestro =your; su = their.

Examples are;

(1) mi habitatión es la número 20 = my room is number 20.

(2) su habitatión es la número 15 = his/her room is number 15.

(3) su pasaporte, por favor = your passport, please.

(4)  nuestro hotel = our hotel.

When the noun following the possessive adjective is in the plural,

the possessive adjective must also take the plural form.

Examples are;

(1) mis amigos = my friends.

(2) Sus pasaportes = their passports.

(3) nuestras habitaciones = our rooms.

Notice that nuestro and vuestro also change their endings,—-

depending on the gender of the noun which follows.

Examples are;

(1) nuestra habitatión ( fem’, la) = our room.

(2) nuestro amigo (masc’, el) = our friend.

(3) vuestra casa (fem’, la) = our house.

(4) vuestro coche (masc’, el) = your car.

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Spanish Reflexive verbs http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-language/spanish-lessons/spanish-reflexive-verbs/ http://homestudyspanish.com/spanish-language/spanish-lessons/spanish-reflexive-verbs/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2008 07:25:34 +0000 admin http://homestudyspanish.com/?p=13 There are REFLEXIVE verbs in all the three verb groups (-er, -ar & -ir).

They have se added to the end of the INFINIIVE.

They are used in the verbs which describe the doing of the action to oneself,

e.g. To wash = LAVAR

To wash oneself = LAVARSE

The conjunction is;

I wash myself — me lavo

you wash yourself — te lavas

we wash ourselves — nos lavamos

you wash yourselves — os laváis

they wash themselves — se lavan

These are the basic that you need to launch yourself into learning Spanish.

To begin with you can pick up your dictionary and look up some of the items in your lounge. Make a list of them in English and Spanish and fix a label to each item in Spanish. Read the list and relevant translation as often as you can and say the word to yourself out loud. Say it out loud each time you see that article and word until you have remembered it. Having learned those expand onto more items around the house. Make another list of the items in your wardrobe, label them, learn them. Do the same in the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedroom etc. You’ll soon want to write more lists and enjoy learning.

THAT’S THE TRICK—— ENJOY IT . ——NEVER THINK IT’S TOO DIFFICULT or A CHORE.

Involve your partner, your children your friends. It all helps to remember your new vocabulary.

It can be a great advantage in your life to master a foreign language. MAKE IT INTO YOUR HOBBY.

Move onto studying and learning some of the most frequently used verbs. Concentrate on their construction and notice the repetition of the endings of the AR verbs, the repetition of the endings of the ER verbs and the repetition of the endings of the IR verbs.

REFERING TO KEEP THE PRONUNCIATION in the phrase book or dictionary.

Return to making your lists and labels to break up routine. Move onto new areas, at work, in the shops and in the street.

MAKING IT INTERESTING MAKES IT ALL EASIER.

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