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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 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 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 […]
June 11, 2019

Comparatives in Spanish – Part 1 of 4: Equality

In Spanish, there are three grades of comparison: Equality, Inequality and Superlative, and an absolute superlative. This Tip for the Week is the first in a […]