📞Helpful phrases while on the phone in Spanish!

Having phone conversations in a different language is one of the hardest things to master, particularly if it’s with people we’ve never met or spoken to before and it’s an important call.

Because over the phone, similar sounds are more difficult to distinguish, and also, we miss all forms of non-verbal communication (like reading their lips, facial expressions and body language). 

And when, on top of this, there is background noise, a bad line or our battery is running out… feeling stressed is almost guaranteed!

However, if you can remain calm and put into words what’s happening, you’ll get through the situation successfully (ie. Hay mala cobertura, ¿te puedo volver a llamar en 5 minutos? There’s bad reception, can I call you back in 5 minutes?) 

Here's 8 super helpful phrases when there is a problem while you’re on the phone in Spanish for all levels that you can use any time:

 

Hay mala cobertura...

Continue Reading...

💡Super natural expressions for everyday situations!

As you know, here at Your Spanish Dreams, we’re all about helping you integrate in Spain and communicate easily and naturally with the locals. 

 

And one of the best ways to know what’s going on is by understanding the colloquial expressions used on a daily basis. Some expressions can be guessed because there may be a similar version in English. But, if you hear people saying… 

 

Estoy hecho polvo - “I’m made dust” 

 

Estamos en el ajo - “We're in the garlic”

 

Están hasta en la sopa - “They’re even in the soup” 

 

Estoy muy pez - I'm very fish

 

Estoy empanado - “I’m breaded”

 

But what on earth do they mean???

 

Let’s take a look!

 

1. Estar hecho polvo - Estar muy cansado/a, sin energía (to be very tired, with no energy)

Madre mía, he estado trabajando todo el fin de semana y estoy hecho polvo -...

Continue Reading...

7 words that will make you sound more fluent instantly!

If you want to sound more natural and spontaneous in Spanish, you’re about to learn a huge trick on how to do just that!

Many people think that the ultimate way to sound fluent and native means learning more grammar, vocabulary, etc (which of course is necessary). However, that on its own won’t give you the native distinction.

 

The secret is to incorporate fillers, “conversation helpers” or “muletillas” in Spanish.

 

These are little words and noises like “erm”, “so”, “well”, “I mean”, “right”, “you know” in English... They’re called filler words because we use them to fill in the gaps while we’re thinking about what to say next. 

Well, in Spanish, there’s a whole set of them too!

And the good news is, these words are quick to learn and will instantly help you sound and feel more native, whatever your level. 

Because they give a sense of...

Continue Reading...

💡How to respond quickly and automatically in Spanish!

Is the Spanish in your head, but when someone asks you something, you can’t bring it out? Do you sometimes freeze and cannot formulate an answer?

If this is happening to you, keep reading, because there's light at the end of the tunnel!

I know how extremely frustrating and discouraging this is because it happened to me when I was learning English. It seemed so easy for some people to just flow and have no problem responding with ease, that I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t able to do that considering how much I had been studying. I had no idea what I was doing wrong…  

In this video, we openly share what it takes to develop the speed of thought that you need to be able to answer questions without thinking and we explain the 3 key areas you can start working on today so you develop this skill much quicker.

And the truth is that no matter your level, it’s not too late to turn things around.

Watch the video to find out how!


We’re...

Continue Reading...

How to sound more Spanish

Is your accent letting you down when you speak Spanish? 

Do you often rehearse in your head how to say something, brace yourself to speak to a Spanish person only to be met with “¿qué?” or what’s worse, they respond in English?

I know, it can be really discouraging.

However, there’s always something that can be done to make things better and get past these obstacles

Having a good accent has additional benefits to just sounding more Spanish. It also helps with your confidence, your listening and your understanding too.

Because if you can hear a sound in Spanish and know how to make it yourself, you have better chances to understand it when Spanish people use it too.

And improving your pronunciation and sounding more clear means that the language is more familiar and natural to you, rather than foreign.

So, how do you improve your pronunciation?

In today's video, we give you simple ideas on how to do just that.

 

By following these...

Continue Reading...

😎👉How to speak Spanish confidently

Have you been studying Spanish for years, but still can’t speak? Is there a big gap between how much you know and how much you can say?

This is one of the most frequent difficulties that I come across.

And the interesting part is that most people including myself when I was learning English ... think that the reason why they don’t speak better is because “they need to know more” before they can finally put it all together and speak more confidently.

More grammar, more vocabulary, more expressions… 

Do you think so too?

Well, in today’s video we explain the reason why that is not the case and what you need to focus on instead if you want to be more confident when speaking Spanish:


So, what are your small wins? 

Here's a simple, but very powerful exercise that you can do after a conversation in Spanish (no matter how big or little) to shift your focus and help you see your small wins. For example:

  • Did you...
Continue Reading...

3 Wise Spanish Sayings!

Sayings or “refranes” in Spanish are short and commonly known popular expressions that have been passed through generations and offer timeless wisdom and morals. 

 

Normally these phrases consist of a catchy rhyme or structure that makes them easy to remember. And as we’re heading into the colder season, there’s a Spanish saying that can be used not just about the weather, but as a positive outlook in life and it’s...

 

Al mal tiempo, buena cara (Literally: "When bad weather, good face")

This expression refers to keeping a positive attitude despite adversity. It’s not just “putting on a brave face”, but more an attitude of optimism and hope.

The equivalent in English would be “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” So while you may not be able to change the situation, you can definitely change your take on it.

Fun fact: The Spanish word “mal” (bad) can also be placed at...

Continue Reading...

How to deal with strong accents in Spanish!

Regional accents are certainly one of the beauties of any language. They are a part of a person’s identity and the community they belong to. They show how rich a culture is because it is in the language that we can see elements of its past, the local customs and the people’s character... 

 

And a country as culturally diverse as Spain could not be otherwise and you can find completely different accents from North to South, East to West. 

 

However, as learners of another language, it can be hard to understand people with strong accents and can even make us wonder whether they are in fact speaking the same language!

 

In Spain, for example, people living in areas where they have their own native language (Catalonia, Basque Country, Galicia, Comunidad Valenciana, The Balearics...) will often find themselves speaking Spanish with the corresponding accent and intonation resembling their own languages...

 

So no wonder it can initially feel like...

Continue Reading...

Why is learning the alphabet so useful?

Typically, in a traditional Spanish course, the alphabet is presented in a mechanical way without explaining how powerful and useful spelling is.

But I would like to show you how handy it is to know the name of the letters in Spanish, especially the ones that are relevant to you, like your name and personal details! If you want to book a table or make an appointment of any type, you’ll need to say at least your name, your surname and perhaps other info like your address. 

And chances are they contain sounds that are unknown to the Spanish ear and therefore difficult to understand unless you spell it out for them. This is particularly true when you are talking on the phone!

But really, knowing the alphabet can assist you in lots of situations. 

For example, many times you may not understand a spoken word, but you can make sense of it when you see it written down as it may be familiar in some way. Perhaps it’s similar to English, another language that you already...

Continue Reading...

La nevada de Madrid - Madrid's snowfall!

Last weekend there was a historic snowfall in Madrid and other parts of Spain as storm “Filomena” is making its way through the country. 

And as I was talking to friends and family, I realised that the conversations were full of wonderful expressions of surprise. Here are some of the most commonly used:

¡Qué pasada! - How amazing/incredible!

¡Madre mía! - Oh my goodness!

¡Ostras! - Literally “Oysters!” In Spanish used as an expression of deep surprise.

¡No me lo puedo creer! - I can't believe it!

Have you heard any of these before? They are all very common and natural ways of expressing surprise, amusement, excitement and even shock! 

Incorporating these to your vocabulary will help you sound natural and fluent :)

So, what next? Write these expressions in your "cuaderno" and find an opportunity to use them ASAP!

¡Hasta pronto!

Cristina

Continue Reading...
1 2
Close

50% Complete

Two Step

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.