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Spanish Sucks – May/June 2017

¡Happy New 70 Verbs!

¡Happy New Flashcards!

Parte V

¡Hola amigos!  How did you do filling the previous seven verbs?:

LAVAR,   LLEVAR,   OLER,   DORMIR,   PERDER,   MATAR,   MIRAR.

Good luck with the next seven!:

ENTAR,   ESPERAR,   DEBER,   CONSEGUIR,   HABER,   ESTAR,   ESTUDIAR.

Remember that I chose those 70 verbs based on the frequency of use, the importance of complexity and the pattern of conjugation…  Every month I will give you seven flashcards to feel!  Go to my website and compare your fillings with mine:  http://www.oscostarica.com/printable-spanish-flashcards/

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Spanish Sucks – April 2017

Spanish Sucks by Os¡Happy New 70 Verbs!
¡Happy New Flashcards!
Parte IV

¡Hola amigos!  How did you do filling the previous seven verbs?:

GANAR,   GUSTAR,   HACER,   DECIR,   LEER,   HABLAR,   JUGAR.

Good luck with the next seven!:

LAVAR,   LLEVAR,   OLEER,   DORMIR,   PERDER,   MATAR,   MIRAR.

Remember that I chose those 70 verbs based on the frequency of use, the importance of complexity and the pattern of conjugation…  Every month I will give you seven flashcards to feel!  Go to my website and compare your fillings with mine!  http://www.oscostarica.com/

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Spanish Sucks – March 2017

Spanish Sucks by Os¡Happy New 70 Verbs!
¡Happy New Flashcards!
Parte III

¡Hola amigos! How did you feel filling the first seven verbs?

AMAR,   AYUDAR,   APRENDER,   ABRIR,   BEBER,   CAMINAR,   CERRAR.

And how did you do with the last seven?

COCINAR,   COMENZAR,   COMER,   CONDUCIR,   CONOCER,   COMPRAR,   DAR.

Good luck with the following seven!

GANAR,   GUSTAR,   HACER,   DECIR,   LEER,   HABLAR,   JUGAR.

Remember that I chose those 70 verbs based on the frequency of use, the importance of complexity and the pattern of conjugation… Every month I will give you seven flashcards to fill! Go to my website and compare your fillings with mine! oscostarica.com/printable-spanish-flashcards/.
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Spanish Sucks – February 2017

Spanish Sucks by Os¡Happy New Year!
¡Happy New 70 Verbs!
¡Happy New Flashcards!
Parte II

¡Hola amigos!  How did you feel filling the previous seven verbs:

AMAR,   AYUDAR,   APRENDER,   ABRIR,   BEBER,   CAMINAR,   CERRAR.

Good luck with the next seven:

COCINAR,   COMENZAR,   COMER,   CONDUCIR,   CONOCER,   COMPRAR,   DAR.

I chose those 70 verbs based on the frequency of use, the importance of complexity and the pattern of conjugation…  Every month I will give you seven flashcards to feel!  Go to my website and compare your fillings with mine!  http://www.oscostarica.com/printable-spanish-flashcards/

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Spanish Sucks – January 2017

Spanish Sucks by Os¿Did you: ¡Hola amigos!  ¿How were your holidays?  I hope you had great times and lots of fun.  I wish you lots of health and the best desires for this 2017 J

I know you are sick and tired of me telling you to study the 12 Time Tables, those TWELVE verbs (hablar, comer, vivir, ser, estar, tener, hacer, ir, poder, gustar, llamarSE, haber) I keep telling you to observe, to learn, to memorize and to master…

So this year I am gonna give you 70 VERBOS, not any seventy, I am gonna give the 70 MOST  ESSENTIAL  SPANISH  VERBS.  Off course the 12 super important ones are inside that list 😉

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¿What did you do during the rainy season?

Spanish Sucks by Os¿Did you: 

OBSERVE THE ENDINGS?; 

ANALYZE THE BOXES?; 

LEARN THE VERBS?; 

MEMORIZE THE WORDS?…

I hope you DID those things.  I hope you did use and invest your time into the Spanish language and those 12 verbs which I told you are súper importantes 😉

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¿What are you doing during the rainy season? Part 2

Spanish Sucks by OsOBSERVING THE ENDINGS,  ANALYZING THE BOXES,  LEARNING THE VERBS,  MEMORIZING THE WORDS…

I hope you are doing those things. Otherwise you are not taking advantage of these articles in your free time… But I am not here to judge you, I am here to help you 😉

Let’s observe the endings together:

-AR verbs

O A
AMOS AN

  -ER verbs

O E
EMOS EN

-IR verbs

O E
IMOS EN

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¿What to do during the rainy season?

Spanish Sucks by OsOBSERVE THE ENDINGS,  ANALYZE THE BOXES,  LEARN THE VERBS,  MEMORIZE THE WORDS…

Four years ago we learned how to play with verbs in present and three years ago we learned how to play with verbs in past.  ¿Remember the endings?

Let’s review both endings using boxes…

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TED Talks.  PARTE II

Spanish Sucks by Os¡Hola amigos!  ¿How are you guys doing?  ¿Did you watch the five previous videos?  I hope you did!

This month, I am gonna share with you more of the links of some of the most inspirational TED Talks I have watched about learning languages.

T.E.D. logoSome of them have influenced me and/or my methodology of teaching, some of them (quite my favorite ones) have changed my point of view about learning languages and/or why to learn languages and even better some of them influenced my point of view about life, traveling and being a human…

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TED Talks.  PARTE I

Spanish Sucks by Os¡Hola amigos!  ¿How are you guys doing?  With this issue I am accomplishing my article number 50!!!!!  I remember when I said to myself:  “When I accomplish fifty articles I am gonna write an e-book”.  Well, it’s on my list now…

50th lesson!Today, I am gonna share with you some of the links of some of the most inspirational TED Talks I have watched about learning languages.

Some of them have influenced me and/or my methodology of teaching, some of them (quite my favorite ones) have changed my point of view about learning languages and/or why to learn languages.  ANY LANGUAGE.

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The 20/80 Rule.  PARTE I & PARTE II

Spanish Sucks by OsImagine that with only 20% of vocabulary you could be able to handle 80% of normal conversations.  Imagine that instead of trying to memorize 1000 words; 200 would be enough.  Imagine that instead of learning and conjugating 100 verbs; 20 would be sufficient.

Well, that’s what the experts call the 20/80 Rule.

Today, I am going to present a longer list of some of the most common words in Spanish.

This list has been generated from subtitles of movies and television series with a total of about 27.4 million words.  So, take it seriously 😉
Spanish Pura Vida

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The 20/80 Rule.  PARTE I

Spanish Sucks by Os

Imagine that with only 20% of vocabulary you could be able to handle 80% of normal conversations.  Imagine that instead of trying to memorize 1000 words; 200 would be enough.  Imagine that instead of learning and conjugating 100 verbs; 20 would be sufficient.

Well, that’s what the experts call the 20/80 Rule.

Today, I am going to present a list of some of the most common words in Spanish.
Spanish Pura Vida

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The most important sounds of Spanish.  AGAIN

Spanish Sucks by Os¡Hola gente!  ¿Did you watch the Super Bowl 50?  Go Broncos!!!!!  Last month we empathized the most important sounds of español: A – E – I – O – U.

This month I am going to share some words that begin with those letters, with those vowels.  I am gonna tell you a name of a woman, a name of a man, a place, an animal and a thing.

Just remember:  The Spanish vowels each have only one sound, regardless of what letters they precede or follow, or accent marks on the vowels.

Spanish Pura Vida

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The most important sounds of Spanish

Spanish Sucks by Os¡Hola gente!  ¿How are you guys doing?  I hope you are doing alright.  This month I wanna talk about the most important sounds of the Spanish Language:

The Vowels = Las Vocales.

Remember:  The Spanish vowels each have only one sound, regardless of what letters they precede or follow, or accent marks on the vowels.

There are only five of them so let’s get them straight!!!!!

Spanish Pura Vida

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What We Have Learned So Far…

By Os

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

¿How are you guys? ¿How were your holidays? I hope you and your favorite ones had a great last year and I wish you ALL a blessed 2016.

I suppose that there are new readers for this and the other columns from Quepolandia. Well, let me tell you that I have been writing this column “Spanish Sucks” for more than four years. There are (including this) 45 articles and each one is a Spanish Lesson itself… Easy to read, comprehend and follow!

Today, I would like to give you a little summary of the first 22 articles, but first of all, let me tell you that if you want any or all of them, you can go to this link and find them, read them and print them:  www.oscostarica.com/my-spanish-articulos/.
Spanish Pura Vida

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