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This site is intended to help English speakers (whether native or not) learn easy Spanish. Spanish is spoken by some 559 million people all around the world. It is the second most widely spoken language. Around 21 million people learn Spanish as a foreign language (source: El Instituto Cervantes, 2015).

At So easy Spanish! you will find grammar (many examples on every issue are provided), free level tests, audios and useful links. Enjoy!


Spanish False Friends: "actual" and "actualmente"



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False friends are an important issue when studying a foreign language. All of us have sometimes mistaken meanings. You have to learn from your mistakes, so as not to make them again.







The Spanish adjective actual does not mean actual in English. Likewise, actualmente is not the equivalent of actually. Their meanings are:

Spanish

Actual: present, current.

Actualmente (en la actualidad): presently, currently, at present, now, nowadays. 

English

Actual: real / mismo.

Actually: en realidad, la verdad es que / incluso.



Let's see some examples to illustrate these false friends (find audio below): 

Este es mi trabajo actual.

This is my present job.


Los lunares son la tendencia más actual.

Polka dot is the hottest trend now.


Actualmente tengo 37 años.

I'm 37 now.


La verdad es que Ana no es mi novia. Es solo una amiga.

Actually, Ana is not my girlfriend. She's just a friend.


Creo que es un caso real.

I think it's an actual case. 


Vino aquel mismo día.

He came on that actual day.


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The ñ in Spanish with audio+ keyboard tips

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Spanish is one of the few languages that have the ñ in their alphabet. English speakers find it very difficult to pronounce it. Its pronunciation is similar to ni in “onion”. In this article we shall give you many translated examples (with audio), as well as keyboard tips to write the ñ.








Sentences (find audio below)

Mi niño tiene un año.                                          My son is one year old.

El ñu es un rumiante.                                          The gnu is a ruminant.

Voy a bañarme.                                                   I’m having a bath.

El señor Iñaki es muy mayor.                                Mr Iñaki is very old.

Mi cuñado se llama Íñigo.                                     My brother-in-law is Íñigo.

¡No me riñas!                                                        Don’t tell me off!

Ahí hay una araña.                                                There’s a spider over there.

Tu baño es muy pequeño.                                     Your bathroom is very small.

Tengo sueño.                                                        I’m sleepy.

Las niñas son pequeñas.                                         The girls are small.


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How to write the ñ in English keyboards

Please, note that this is not a comprehensive list.


Windows

ñ:  push Alt+164

Ñ: push Alt+165  


Mac

ñ: push Option+n, then n again.

Ñ: push Option+n, then N.


Touch screen keyboards

The usual way of writing the ñ is to push for a while the n key. You can also set up Spanish as the main language in settings.



Family members in Spanish with audio


Learn how to name your relatives in Spanish with the following chart (find audio below).


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Please, note that:

-Niño can be translated as boy or child (we don’t specify the gender).

-Equally, hijo and nieto can also be translated as child and grandchild, respectively.

-Pareja can mean a couple or your partner, as in the chart above.

-Spanish nouns usually add an –s to form the plural.


Examples

Mi madre se llama Ana.       
                     
My mother is Ana.

Tengo dos hijos y cuatro sobrinos.                    

I have two children and four nephews and nieces.

Mi abuela tiene 92 años.

My grandmother is 92.

No tengo marido. Mi pareja es Juan.

I don’t have a husband. My partner is Juan.




An introduction to “El Quijote” with audio


El Quijote (painting by Damiao Martins) with audio. Visit www.soeasyspanish.com  #español #spanish #learnspanish
By Damiao Martins





“El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha” (in English, “The ingenious gentleman Don Quixote of la Mancha”). Painting by the Brazilian artist Damiao Martins.










"El Quijote" is a two-volume novel that narrates the adventures of Alonso Quijano, Don Quijote, a gentleman that lives in a fantasy world of chivalry. Sancho Panza, his squire, is his true companion along 126 chapters. Thought to be a parody of novels of chivalry, “El Quijote” has become one of the most important works of the Spanish and universal literature. Its author, Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra (1547-1616), is considered the father of the first modern novel.  


“El Quijote” is not suitable for beginners in Spanish language, given the outdated vocabulary and its complexity. Anyway, we provide some links to abridged editions so that you can enjoy this work:


Don quijote / Don quixote (bilingual abridged version)




First lines of “El Quijote” (find audio below)


“En un lugar de la Mancha, de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme, no ha mucho tiempo que vivía un hidalgo de los de lanza en astillero, adarga antigua, rocín flaco y galgo corredor.”

"Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who had a disused lance and an ancient leather shield, a skinny nag and a greyhound for the chase."



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Shopping clothes in Spanish



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Learn how to shop clothes in Spanish, with audio and glossary.









Conversation:

Disculpe, ¿puede ayudarme?

Excuse me, can you help me?

Sí. Dígame, ¿qué desea?

Of course. What can I do for you?

Quiero un jersey/abrigo/pantalón.

I’m looking for a jumper/coat/pants.

¿Cuál es su talla?

What’s your size?

La pequeña/mediana/grande.  /  La S/M/L.

It’s small/medium/large.

Pruebe este/esta.

Try this on.

Me queda bien/mal.

It fits me. / It doesn’t fit me.

Me lo llevo.

I’ll take it.

¿Cuánto es? / ¿Cuánto cuesta?

How much is it?

50 euros. ¿En efectivo o con tarjeta?

50 euros. Cash or credit card?

Tarjeta. Aquí tiene.

Credit card. Here you are.

Por favor, firme el recibo.

Please, sign the receipt.

Gracias. ¡Hasta luego!

Thank you. Goodbye!

Gracias a usted. ¡Hasta luego!

Thanks to you. Goodbye!


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Glossary:


Abrigo: coat.

Anillo: ring.

Bailarinas: ballerinas flats/ballet shoes.

Blusa: blouse.

Bolso: (hand)bag.

Bota: boot.

Botín (botines): ankle boot.

Braga: knickers.

Calcetines: socks.

Calzoncillo: underpants.

Camisa: shirt.

Camiseta: t-shirt.Chaleco: vest.

Chaqueta/cazadora: jacket.

Cinturón: belt.

Clutch: clutch.

Collar: necklace.

Falda larga: maxi skirt.

Falda: skirt.

Gargantilla: choker.

Gorro/sombrero: hat.

Jersey/suéter: jumper/pullover/sweater.

Minifalda: mini skirt.Pantalón/pantalones: pants.

Pantalones cortos: shorts.

Pendientes: earrings/pendants.

Peto: overalls.

Prendas de diseño: designer clothes.

Pulsera: bracelet.


Ropa: clothes.

Ropa deportiva: sportswear.

Ropa informal, de sport: casualwear. 

Ropa interior: lingerie, underwear.

Sandalias: sandals.

Sujetador: bra.

Tanga: thong.

Tela vaquera: denim.Vaqueros: jeans.

Zapatillas de deporte: trainers.

Zapato bajo: flats.

Zapatos de tacón: heels/ high-heeled shoes.

Zapatos/calzado: shoes.


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Spanish Saying: “Verde de envidia”


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“Verde de envidia”


This Spanish saying is literally translated into English. You are “green with envy” when you desperately desire what other people have. It’s a negative feeling. The equivalent expression “morirse de envidia” is often used. Morirse means to die.







However, this saying can be used to show how much you appreciate others’ possessions, achievements... 


Examples:

a) Negative sense

Sandra está verde de envidia por el éxito de Ana.

Ana’s success makes Sandra green with envy.


b) Positive sense

Me encanta tu bolso nuevo. Me muero de envidia.

I love your new bag! I’m green with envy.



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Spanish Saying: "Salir de Guatemala y entrar en Guatepeor"



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 "Salir de Guatemala y entrar en Guatepeor"









Do you know this Spanish saying? It means that sometimes you try to avoid danger or trouble but get into worse situations. It plays with the words "Guatemala", the Central American country, and "Guatepeor", a fictional country. "Mala" is the feminine adjective for "bad" and "peor" means "worse".

In the image above, frying pans and fire are featured. Can you translate this saying by now? Of course, it's "Out of the frying pan and into the fire". 

You can check out other sayings on the right sidebar. I hope you enjoy.


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Spanish with Rhythm! Learn Spanish with music!


"Español con ritmo" songbook by Ricardo González. Visit www.soeasyspanish.com  #español #spanish #learnspanish



Songbook and text by Ricardo González.



In this songbook, we propose to adapt songs to the student. For this, I have written the lyrics of the 10 songs, adapted the vocabulary to fit your Spanish level, told the history of every song and included useful grammar. Music professors have created the melody and voice to fit the words, giving you a fun, educative piece of music!





These songs have a rhythm and easy musicality, and are fun to listen to, being very similar to radio songs. I wouldn’t be surprised to find some of these songs on Best Of lists! Furthermore, every song is accompanied by exercises for the purpose of learning and practicing grammar, vocabulary, and understanding the content of the song.




For the teacher

Soon to be an indispensable tool in the classroom, this book is the most enjoyable way to teach Spanish. It contains suitable material for rapid, fun improvement in the language. With ten songs, exercises, and grammar explanations, all integrated into the music, this method is everything you need for levels A1 and A2. I provide you with the lyrics adapted to the students’ level, good music, each song covering a specific grammar point. Moreover, it comes with many exercises that will facilitate the class preparation. The song lyrics will serve you to amplify the students’ vocabulary and understanding of verb forms and tenses with ease. 


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Spanish Saying of the Day: "Vísteme despacio, que tengo prisa"


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“Vísteme despacio, que tengo prisa”











This Spanish saying literally means “dress me slowly because I’m in a hurry”. Its origin is unclear. It has been attributed to the Spanish kings Charles III and Ferdinand VII, as well as to Napoleon Bonaparte. It has also been claimed that the Roman Emperor Augustus used to say to his servants “make haste slowly”.


Can you guess the English equivalent? Yes, it’s “more haste, less speed”. It means that you should not do things in a hurry because they will not come out right. Great advice!



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Spanish Saying of the Day: "La cara es el espejo del alma"


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"La cara es el espejo del alma"











Your face reflects your thoughts, feelings, personality... At least this is what this Spanish saying states. However, in English, you would say "The eyes are the window to the soul". What do you think about this? It is said that you need to look into the eyes of the person you are speaking with to know what he/she is thinking.


Glossary:

Alma: soul.

Cara: face.

Espejo: mirror.

Ojos: eyes.

Ventana: window.


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