Spanish phrases and vocabulary

Phrases and vocabulary are really the bread and butter of language learning, and learning your vocabulary in phrase form is an efficient and useful way to learn the language.

Why learn Spanish phrases?

Learning Spanish phrases is a quick route to Spanish domination. When you learn Spanish in phrases (instead of picking apart words and grammar), you’re treating Spanish as a system, and learning it in large chunks. It’s like taking a big bird’s eye view of it, rather than getting down and dirty with words and grammar. As natural language learning machines, we can trust it to our subconscious to pick apart the grammar, so learning Spanish phrases in this way is a great way of giving ourselves a dose of both grammar and vocabulary, packaged up into something useful. Learning phrases is something that is useful for all levels, and as you become advanced, is one of the most useful things you can actually do.

Improving your Spanish vocabulary

One of the major differences between someone who gets by in Spanish and someone who can really express themselves is the range of their vocabulary. Learning more Spanish words, and expanding your vocabulary, is the one true ongoing task of a language learner. As you increase your Spanish vocabulary beyond the basics, you’ll have access to deeper shades of nuance and refinement, and will be able to communicate yourself as you really want to. I truly believe that by getting inside a language’s vocabulary, you learn more about that country’s culture and way of thinking, and open up a new world to yourself.

Falsos Amigos: False Spanish Cognates you should avoid like the plague

“Falsos amigos”, or literally, “false friends” (also referred to as “false cognates”), are words which sound like they mean the same thing in English as in Spanish. This is the case with true cognates, such as horrible, which does in fact mean “horrible”. However, does carpeta really mean “carpet”, and is it a good idea to say that you are “embarazada” if you feel embarrassed? Read on to find out the top “falsos” amigos that you should avoid like the plague!

Read More

Spanish Phrases for Tourists

So you’re off to a Spanish speaking country? Lucky you! Make sure you pack some sun-cream, plenty of towels, and our guide to Spanish phrases for tourists! We’ve no idea what you’ll be doing of course, but hopefully you can find a use for our fine collection of phrases below.

Read More
Spanish insults

Funny Spanish Phrases and insults

We are proud to present the Spanish Obsessed collection of humorous Spanish phrases. These are phrases you can use just to get a quick laugh during your Spanish conversation, or whenever you feel like lightening the mood. They're also quite...
Read More

Why you don’t need a perfect native Spanish accent

What does it take to get a perfect, native accent? Which of the myriad accents of Spanish would you choose, and why? Our accent when we talk any language makes a big difference in how we we are perceived by others, as well as how we perceive ourselves. Accents are tied in deeply with questions and assumptions of identity and background. Speaking Spanish with a perfect native accent is what many people aspire to, but why? And is it really necessary?

Read More
Load More