Spanish Subjunctive: Statements of Influ...

In this lesson you will practice replacing the main clause with a noun phrase.  Please review “Spanish Subjunctive: Statements of Influence – Lesson 1,” before going on to this lesson. Lesson 2 – Noun Phrases Replacing Main Clause Noun phrases expressing influence can replace the main clause. A noun phrase is a word or group of words that functions as a subject, object, or propositional object in a sentence. Subjunctive required.  Just as stated in Lesson 1, the subjunctive is required in the subordinate noun clause. que and de que. Generally, when a...

Spanish Subjunctive: Statements of Influ...

This is the first post in a series of posts discussing the Spanish subjunctive and how I study it. The most important thing to know about the subjunctive is when to use it and that is what I hope to help you with. I am experimenting with how best to present the material in chunks that you can work with and master. For now, I will use numbered paragraphs and bold print to try to bring out what is important and to help you remember. At the end of this post and all that will follow, I have provided a link to a page of standing exercises. They pretty much reflect how I study...

Standing Exercises for Subjunctive Posts

Standing Exercises for Subjunctive Posts 1. Memorize the lists and examples by writing each item ten times. Give yourself a test by covering up one side and then the other. Add to the lists and examples as you encounter them or by making up your own. 2. Where appropriate, translate the Spanish into English. 3. Where appropriate, mark the main clauses and subordinate clauses. 4. Where appropriate, change the tense of the verb in the main clause into the present, future, conditional, imperfect, preterit, perfect, pluperfect and change the verb in the subordinate noun clause...

New Series on Spanish Subjunctive

A few weeks ago I let you know that I was writing a book on the Spanish subjunctive and that I hoped to have up on Kindle by the middle of August (“New Spanish Subjunctive Book to Come”). Well, that date is proving to be wildly optimistic. Rather than just postponing the date, I have decided to write about the subject here in a series of posts starting tomorrow, to be followed by additional posts once a week. There will be a new Grammar post category with the Subjunctive as a sub-category. Until now, I have written only about my philosophy of how to go about...

Unpacking Spanish Grammar

Over the years I have come across lots of books, articles, and posts about Spanish grammar.  Some were really good on content and some not so good.  Almost never, however, did the author state a desired outcome for me or how I should go about studying the material.  And grammars can be dense–really dense. Now that I am up to my neck writing a book on the subjunctive, I am constantly thinking about what value can I add to the material.  I mean, I am not a grammarian or a native-speaker, so who am I to write a grammar book?  Well, what I am really good at is unpacking...

Practice Spanish With Gabriel García Már...

I may the only one who didn’t know that there was a complete audio edition of Cien años de soledad on Youtube.  I found it the other day at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NLMoJC-thM.  I have not been able to find out who the reader is, but he is very very good and he is very easy to listen to. So what?  Well, go to http://aristobulo.psuv.org.ve/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/garcia-marquez-gabriel-cien-anos-de-soledad1.pdf and download your free pdf copy of the novel and then read along with the audio.  There are several things you can do now: As you read, pay...

New Spanish Subjunctive Book To Come

     I apologize for not having posted anything for a while. Don’t think I have been lazy, though, or have forgotten about you; far from it. I have been working on a new book on the Spanish subjunctive that I hope to have out on Kindle by the middle of next month (August).      The subjunctive often causes much trepidation among learners of Spanish. This is partly so because the word is strange to us itself and because the subjunctive is not used much anymore in English. The situation has been made more confusing by the many grammars and manuals that approach the...

Quick And Easy Spanish?

Any time I see something described as “quick and easy” I become borderline homicidal. I mean, is there anything in life that is quick and easy? Becoming fluent in Spanish is certainly not quick and easy, but you already know that. Nevertheless, I am going to suggest something here to get as close to quick and easy as I think possible. I am very busy these days and don’t have the time I would like to devote to Spanish but I don’t want to just stop altogether until my schedule lightens up. So I asked myself, “What is the most profitable thing I...