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November 11, 2018

The Wonder of … Wonder

If you are a bilingual speaker of English and Spanish, regardless of which is your dominant or first language, you have probably scratched your head when […]
November 15, 2018

When to Use Pero, Sino and Sino que

Both pero and sino translate into English as but, however, their usage is not interchangeable.  Let’s start with pero. The word pero, meaning but, is an […]
November 23, 2018

The Use of Written Accent Marks in Spanish

Many students of Spanish and even native speakers of Spanish do not know when to place a written accent on certain Spanish words.  This Tip for […]
November 29, 2018

How to Tame Spanish’s Compound Tenses

The compound tenses, as they are often called because they are two-word tenses as opposed to the one-word conjugated verbs, which are called simple tenses.  The […]
December 7, 2018

How Would Michelle Obama Speak of Becoming, in Spanish?

Michelle Obama’s recent autobiography serves as a welcome point of departure for exploring how translators and interpreters deal with the English verb to become as well […]
December 14, 2018

Get a Hand-up on Helping Verbs in Spanish – Part 1 of 2

This Tip for the Week is the first in a two-part series introducing readers to helping verbs in Spanish, more technically known as auxiliary or modal […]
December 22, 2018

Get a Hand-up on Helping Verbs in Spanish – Part 2 of 2

Some frequently encountered Spanish helping verbs deviate slightly from the simple pattern of verb-plus-infinitive construction you read about in the previous Tip for the Week.  This […]
December 29, 2018

The Versatile Verb “Dejar” – Part 1

The verb dejar as a stand-alone verb, means to leave something or someone behind. Thus, it can mean to abandon or to jilt, or to stand […]
January 6, 2019

The Versatile Verb “Dejar” – part 2

There are a number of verb pairs in Spanish that cause difficulty for English speaking learners of Spanish.  Usually, the confusion is because there is only […]