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January 21, 2016
There are only 2 regular silent letters in the Spanish language. But, you’ll need to be careful with both of these letters because they are silent in some words and pronounced in others. In addition, when I say ‘regular’ silent letters I’m referring to the pronunciation of traditional Spanish words, not words that have been […]
September 24, 2015
Follow Cristina's story as she faces her fears of moving overseas.
July 19, 2015
This episode is part 2 of the two part interview with ex-pat Daniel Welsch. Daniel has been living in Spain for 10 years and shares a lot about ex-pat life as well as the process of learning Spanish.
June 29, 2015
This week you will learn about life in Madrid from ex-pat Daniel Welsch. Daniel has been living in Spain for 10 years and shares a lot about ex-pat life as well as the process of learning Spanish.
June 25, 2015
In today's podcast you will learn about the Canary Islands from a local. We talk about what the Canary Islands is famous for and what you should see and do if you decide to visit.
June 22, 2015
How much do you know notice? Did you know that the ability to notice is a skill you can improve? In this week's tip you will learn how to improve your ability to notice and how to transfer this skill to language learning?
June 18, 2015
In this week's theory podcast you will learn about the spanish verb 'acabar' and some of it's common constructions with prepositions.
June 15, 2015
This episode is part 2 of a 2 part interview with John Fotheringham. Go back to tip 110 to listen to the first part of the interview.
June 11, 2015
In today's tip,you will learn how to use the spanish impersonal verb "hay". You will learn 4 tenses of "hay" and a common compound phrase.
June 8, 2015
This week John Fotheringham is on the podcast to talk about mindset, habits, goal setting and one aspect of language learning you may have overlooked.
June 4, 2015
Ser and Estar can change the meaning off an adjective. In today's tip, you will learn about 8 different adjectives and how they change meaning with ser and estar.
June 1, 2015
This episode is part 2 of a 2 part interview with Shayna Oliveira. Go back to tip 104 to listen to the first part of the interview.
May 28, 2015
In this episode of the podcast you will learn about some of the most common uses of the verb 'hacer'.
May 25, 2015
This week Shayna Oliveira joins us on the podcast to talk about language learning, finding exchange partners, teaching english and living abroad.
May 21, 2015
In this episode of the podcast you will learn about some of the most common uses of the verb 'pasar' and one expression that you need to be careful with.
May 18, 2015
In this mindset episode you will learn about how you can overcome nerves by asking two key questions.
May 14, 2015
This week—how to forget in Spanish. We look at a few common ways to use the verb olvidar.
May 11, 2015
In this language learning mindset episode I share a mindset tip that will challenge your Spanish in a new way. We are also celebrating 100 episodes and offer a giveaway to celebrate the milestone.
May 7, 2015
This week we look at a fundamental theory on the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs.
May 4, 2015
In this mindset episode we will be taking a look at the most important principle behind memorisation.
April 30, 2015
In this Spanish theory episode we will take a look at the common uses of the verb llegar.
April 27, 2015
This episode is part 2 of a two part interview with Chris Broholm. Go back to tip 94 if you haven't yet listened to part 1 of the interview.
April 23, 2015
This week we look at how to make a phone call in Spanish. We cover how you should answer, the kind of questions you would use, how to pass the phone and how to wrap up and end a conversation.
April 20, 2015
The guest for this week's mindset podcast is Chris Broholm. Chris is a native of Denmark and speaks Danish, English and German. He is currently learning Russian and Esperanto. This week he talks about his learning process and how you can improve yours.
April 16, 2015
Today I welcome Laura, a good friend of mine from Valencia. We talk about what Valencia is famous for and what you need to see and do if you decide to visit.
April 13, 2015
This episode is part 2 of a two part interview with polyglot Olly Richards.
April 9, 2015
This week we look at how possessive pronouns in spanish as used.
April 6, 2015
For this episode I welcome polyglot Olly Richards to the podcast to discuss his best tips on learning languages effectively.
April 3, 2015
In this week's Spanish theory episode we will look at a few of the possible translations of "even" from English to Spanish. Specifically when "even" is being used as an adverb.
March 30, 2015
Do your conversations in Spanish flow? Or do they get caught up? Having the ability to make a conversation grow is a key skill for developing conversation skills in another language. In this episode we look at one tip to help your Spanish conversations.
March 26, 2015
In this theoretical episode we are looking at prepositions of position. This is part 2 of a 2 part mini-series on prepositions of position. Part 1 can be found under tip 85.
March 23, 2015
This is part 2 of a two part interview with Ruan De Witt. The first part of this interview was episode 84 of the podcast.
March 19, 2015
In this episode I take a look at the very tricky spanish prepositions of position. Prepositions are tough but with the examples from today you should be in a good position to get them right when you next need to use them in context.
March 16, 2015
In this mindset episode I interview the person who inspired me to get my start in language learning. Ruan De Witt is an accomplished language learning and in this mindset episode he shares his best tips for learning a language and staying motivated.
March 12, 2015
In this week's podcast we are going to take a closer look at tratar. I cover tratar vs tratar de vs tratarse de. Tune in this week, if you would like to learn how to treat this common spanish verb.
March 9, 2015
For this week's mindset podcast, I have invited on a Real Fast Spanish Tips listener. Amy Whitney is a Spanish student from Canada. On the show she discusses why she learning Spanish, she covers some of her biggest hurdles and how she has overcome them.
March 5, 2015
In this theoretical episode of the podcast we will be looking closely at the verb 'caer'. It get used for much more than falling.
March 2, 2015
In this podcast episode we are going to talk about one technique for creating a strong connection to new spanish vocabulary.
February 26, 2015
In this theoretical tip we are going to look at quedar vs quedarse. We are going to look at the differences between the reflexive and non-reflexive forms for the verb and a few of the common contexts for it's use.
February 23, 2015
How much time do you have for learning Spanish? Could you do with more? Check out today's tip to see how you can tackle this mindset hurdle.
February 19, 2015
This week we continue the mini series on common spanish verbs. Echar is the focus of the this episode and it is another versatile that can be used in a number of different contexts. There is one in particular that you definitely need to know.
February 16, 2015
In this week's mindset topic, I ask you to consider your process for learning Spanish vocabulary. Does your current process involve a deliberate strategy for acquiring new vocabulary or an emergent one?
February 12, 2015
This week we take a specific look at the translation of 'was'. This translation can be tough because you need to consider the two past tenses as well as when to use 'ser' or 'estar'. We will tackle this problem with a heap of examples.
February 9, 2015
This week I explore a common complaint with language learning. It is about the feeling of being dumb in a second language. Where does it come from? And how do we get over it?
February 5, 2015
This week on the Real Fast Spanish Tips podcast we do a restaurant role-play in Spanish. You will learn the important vocabulary for asking for drinks, food and the bill.
February 2, 2015
At any moment you have 3 important resources you can use to improve your Spanish. In this tip, I discuss what these resources are and how you can use them more effectively.
January 29, 2015
In this week's podcast we talk about the kinds of food you can find in a traditional spanish bar. We list a few you have a try and a few you might want to be careful with.
January 26, 2015
This tip is part 2 of a 2 part series on focus. In this part we will be looking at improving our focus for productivity.
January 22, 2015
In this week's theoretical podcast we discuss the eating habits in Spain. What times of the day people eat? How many meals to they eat a day? And how big is each meal?
January 19, 2015
In this tip we will look at improving focus. How would better focus affect your language acquisition. This episode is part one of a two part series on focus. This part is about improving focus when it comes to our emotions.
January 15, 2015
In today's episode we will be taking a closer look at the word 'dar'. This word is used in a number of different contexts. A few that are very similar to english and of course a few that are not.
January 12, 2015
This week we take a look at excuses. We probably know that we shouldn't be making excuses but there is a better way to make them. Listen to today's episode to see how you can make an excuse in a powerful way.
January 8, 2015
In this week's theoretical episode we discuss how to tell the time in spanish. We also discuss a few common mistakes with greetings and how to avoid them.
January 5, 2015
In this week's mindset topic we will look at the 6 different types of overwhelm and how you can avoid them.
January 1, 2015
In this week's podcast we take a look at the use of the Spanish future tense. This tense is also known in spanish as the 'futuro imperfecto'. We will give a few examples of this tense and explain how it compares with the compound phrase 'ir a'.
December 29, 2014
In this week's mindset tip we will be looking at a different way of setting new year's resolution. If you aren't listening to this during december, it doesn't matter. This tip can be applied at any time of year.
December 25, 2014
¡Feliz Navidad! In this episode we discuss some common Spanish Christmas Vocabulary including food and the days of the christmas period.
December 22, 2014
In this tip we take a look at the idea of the minimum effective dose. You will learn where the term comes from and how it can help you get to a conversational level of Spanish faster.
December 18, 2014
Today I do an interview with Maria about her hometown. What is it like to live in Barcelona? What do the locals really think about the tourists? What are the best tourist attractions and why?
December 15, 2014
In this mindset tip, I'm going to share my experience at the San Fermín festival in Spain (or as it is often known - the running of the bulls).
December 11, 2014
In today's tip we will be looking at the use of the conditional tense in Spanish. How could you use this Spanish tense?
December 8, 2014
What can Jerry Seinfeld teach us about learning Spanish. Listen to today's episode to find out.
December 4, 2014
In today's episode we will discuss the most common past tense in Spanish. We give some examples of a few regular verbs. As well as one extremely useful irregular verb for talking about conversations in the past.
December 1, 2014
This week we take a look at the secret of success. I share one of the best definitions of success I have ever heard. And I discuss how you can apply it to your Spanish journey.
November 27, 2014
In this week's theoretical episode we will be looking at Spanish false friends. We will look at a few common false friends that every spanish student needs to know. We will also look a few phrasal false friends.
November 24, 2014
In today's mindset tip I will be looking at the idea of comparison and competition. And that healthy competition means playing a game that you can win. And there is no better competition than yourself.
November 20, 2014
In today's episode we will be taking a closer look at the word 'poner'. This word is used in a number of different contexts. A few are very similar to english and of course a few are not.
November 17, 2014
It may be elusive and mysterious but if you want to think in spanish there is only one thing you need to know.
November 13, 2014
In this week's theoretical tip we will be looking at how to use of the past perfect tense in Spanish. We will provide a few examples and another Spanish dialogue about things we used to do when we were young.
November 10, 2014
In today's podcast we are going to take a look at the secret to improving your listen comprehension. I will talk about some of the research I have seen. And what has and hasn't worked for me.
November 6, 2014
This week in the theoretical podcast we will be looking at some common ways of reacting to what you have heard. We focus on some of the most common reactions to allow you to respond to a variety of situations.
November 3, 2014
In this episode of Real Fast Spanish Tips I will be discussing the best time of day to study. I will look at how you know what this time of day is. And how you can use this to maximise your study efforts.
October 30, 2014
In today's episode we welcome back my good friend from and Spain. We do a deep dive on some of our top tips for making your Spanish sound better than it is.
October 27, 2014
In today's podcast we take a deep dive into a mindset topic. The topic of accountability. In this tip we look at what it is and how to use it. Are you using accountability in your Spanish training? Do you need to? And if so how can you incorporate it to propel your Spanish forward?
October 23, 2014
Today's podcast is super exciting. We welcome the first guest to the Real Fast Spanish Tips Podcast. Our first guest is Arantxa Flórez. She is one of my best friends from Spain. She has an amazing Spanish accent and brings a lot of local knowledge. Enjoy!
October 20, 2014
In today's episode I take a look at some of the things that didn't work for me. I look at how some tips and techniques didn't really help with learning spanish. I also look at how sifting through what doesn't work helps get you to the things that do work.
October 16, 2014
In today's episode we will be taking a closer look at the word 'llevar'. This word is used in a number of different contexts. We will be looking at 3 useful examples and one in particular that is extremely useful for getting to know someone.
October 13, 2014
In this episode I account some stories from my childhood in an effort to discover what my give up triggers are. I discus the concept of a give up trigger and how you can do you own self analysis.
October 9, 2014
In this episode of the Real Fast Spanish Tips podcast we will be looking at expressing frequency in Spanish. We will step through 15 different ways of expressing how often something occurs from the least frequency to most frequent.
October 6, 2014
Today we look at expectations and how they affect your language learning mindset. We will look at and distinguish between the two main types of expectations. We will discuss which one you should use and which one you should avoid. Look for the key question that you should be asking yourself to be empowered and in control of your Spanish journey.
October 2, 2014
In today's episode of the Real Fast Spanish Tips podcast we will be looking at cause and effect. There are 5 common ways to express the link between cause and effect in Spanish sentences. Listen to today's episode to find out what they are and how to use them.
September 29, 2014
In this episode I tell the story of our experience on El Día De La Paloma. We had a hometown friend come to stay with us in Madrid and we wanted to show her an authentic immersion experience. Have a listen to today's episode to see what happened.
September 25, 2014
In this episode of the Real Fast Spanish Tips Podcast, we will discuss how you should say negative sentences in Spanish. We will also look at how negative sentences in Spanish are different to English and what to look out for.
September 22, 2014
This week we look at a story of ultimate success and ultimate tragedy. We will also discuss how we can apply the lessons from the success to achieve any longterm goal.
September 18, 2014
In today's podcast we will be looking at the two common words that can both be translated as 'to know' in english.
September 15, 2014
This week I discuss the value of dropping the goal of fluency all together. It could be the mental shift you need to move your Spanish to where you want it to be.
September 11, 2014
In this episode we look at two common Spanish words: ya vs todavía.
September 8, 2014
In this mindset monday I share a story from my time in Spain and what speaking the language will allow you to do. It is not all smooth sailing, however, there will be road bumps along the way.
September 4, 2014
In this theoretical episode of the Real fast Spanish tips podcast I will cover two useful Spanish grammar hacking sentences. These two sentences make use of indirect object pronouns so we will be looking at these in more detail as well.
September 1, 2014
In this episode I share one of the best tips for productivity. Use this to find more time to study and improve your Spanish. I will also link this simple tip with some Zen theory.
August 28, 2014
As logical follow up to last weeks theoretical podcast on comparatives. This week we will be looking at superlatives. There will also be a listener question and a few additional things that were missed in last weeks podcast.
August 25, 2014
In this episode of the Real Fast Spanish Tips podcast I will discuss one tip that is tricky to implement but guarantees results.
August 21, 2014
An ability that is worth having in Spanish is that of making comparisons. In this latest tip we will be looking at how to say something is more, less or equal to something else.
August 18, 2014
In this unusual mindset monday I will introduce another way to improve your intelligence. I will, of course, back up up this claim with a link to the studies that demonstrate this result.
August 14, 2014
In this episode of the Real Fast Spanish Tips podcast we will be looking at prepositions. Specifically prepositions of movement including going to, coming from, entering into etc.
August 11, 2014
This week for Mindset Monday we take a look at an important topic that lies outside Spanish theory. We look at 4 things you should be thinking about with your body language.
August 7, 2014
The letter "a" or word in spanish - it's up for debate - is both useful and tricky. There for I have dedicated a whole episode to just one letter. Listen to see where and how to use it.
August 4, 2014
In this episode of the Real Fast Spanish Tips podcast we talk about a big mindset topic for spanish students. One that, is infact, important to all language students.
July 31, 2014
In the latest episode of the Real Fast Spanish tips podcast, we will be looking at a common Spanish word that can be used in a number of different contexts. One of the reasons that this word causes students trouble is that it can mean slightly different things in different scenarios. But is a high […]
July 28, 2014
In this episode of the Real Fast Spanish Tips podcast we talk about looking at the way you are improving and considering the approach of little and big steps.
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