One of us has the advantage of being a natural linguist who can speak decent French – so ‘gets’ Spanish more. The other, on the other hand got 9% in his Latin school exam and in French failed a comprehension paper by translating a story set in hospital as someone digging out of prison with a spoon. So there’s a long way to go.
We can read every language book, watch every YouTube video and even try to understand Spanish radio or TV. But nothing, of course, beats speaking Spanish.
We’ve already had a few lessons here in London. They’ve ended and we now rely on those books and videos – and an iPhone app. Here are our favourites:
Notes from Spain – run by Ben Curtis and Marina Diez, their podcasts are gentle, fun and inspiring
Señor Jordan’s Spanish videos – high-quality visual learning
SpanishDict – comprehensive dictionary and decent translation tool
Collins Spanish dictionary and verbs iPhone app – expensive but worth every penny
We also recommend the Pasos books – in particular Book 1, Beginner’s course book.
Fill in the blank with the correct form of the verb Poder: ‘Roberto no ______ jugar el fútbol cuando era pequeño.‘
Answer: podia. Podia is the third person singular of the verb poder in the imperfect tense. This tense is used to describe ongoing events in the past. ‘Roberto couldn’t play football when he was little.’
Without using the language here in the UK, things are easily forgotten however.
Over time, we’ll post interesting language things we’ve learnt.