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The main focus of this free online learn Spanish resources is Spanish grammar. You must learn Spanish grammar - the building blocks to reading, writing, speaking and understanding Spanish. The key is to start with one Spanish grammar lesson and feel comfortable with your understanding of it before moving on to the next Spanish grammar lesson, as each progressive lesson will incorporate the Spanish grammar you previously learned.

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To learn Spanish grammar alone is not enough. You have to practice speaking Spanish! You'll make errors and you may even feel stupid when you do. You simply have to get over the fear of making errors and throw yourself out there. If you allow yourself to take chances while you learn Spanish, you won't be as shy, and consequently, you'll practice speaking more Spanish, making more errors and learning from your errors. It's almost a one step back, two steps forward concept. Check out Mixxer, a free site to find native Spanish speakers to do a language exchange.

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The other key development when you learn Spanish is Spanish listening comprehension. The best way to do this is to become comfortable listening to native Spanish speakers. But Spanish grammar plays a big part in this, also. As your Spanish grammar skills improve, so will your ability to understand native Spanish speakers. Also check out Yabla Spanish (LoMás TV)! If you're looking for learn Spanish podcasts, check out SpanishPod.

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Expand Your Vocabulary With Suffixes

In Spanish, a tabla is a board (among other things). By changing its ending, you can come up with new words and meanings: A tablado is a platform, a tablero can be a game board (such as for chess), a tableta is a tablet or a candy bar, and a tablón is a plank or a bulletin board. These endings added to tabl- are known as suffixes, and in Spanish they can be used with great versatility to add nuances of meaning or to come up with new words entirely.

Although most suffixes are different enough from those in English that you might not be able to guess their meanings, that's not so with Spanish prefixes, which overlap substantially with those of English.

Impersonal Es Phrases Often Trigger the Subjunctive Mood

The subjunctive mood can be intimidating when you first start to learn it, but don't let that deter you — although the subjunctive mood is often neglected in English, it's an essential feature of Spanish. One way to ease yourself into using the subjunctive is by studying our list of phrases such as "Es posible que" and "Es necesario que" and learning which ones can trigger the use of the subjunctive mood. That list is featured in our grammar lesson on es phrases and the subjunctive.

All in the Family

As you travel around the Spanish-speaking world, chances are that you'll frequently be asked about your family. Even if you're new to Spanish, you can learn how to refer to your relatives. Today's featured lesson, on Spanish names of family members, lists nearly every named relative there is — from parents to second cousins — and provides some simple sentences that you can use so you can engage in basic

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All in the Family originally appeared on About.com Spanish Language on Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at 05:40:25.

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Preterite Perfect Tense Tells What Happened Before

As I prepared my newest lesson, one on the preterite perfect tense, I learned a new word: "anterior," and it's the same in Spanish: anterior. It carries the idea of something coming before. And that makes sense: The preterite perfect tense is used to tell of an action that took place just before another action, and an alternative name for the tense is the anterior perfect. The tense isn't used much, but it's good to know for when you come across it.

Verbs for 'To Be'
The differences between the two Spanish verbs for "to be," estar and ser, can be difficult to grasp for some people who are new to learning Spanish. Spanish speakers think of the two verbs in entirely different ways, and they are seldom interchangeable. In today's featured lesson, we take a look at ways you can distinguish between ser and estar

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Verbs for 'To Be' originally appeared on About.com Spanish Language on Saturday, May 24th, 2014 at 12:12:40.

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