Learn Spanish : The great debate between formal and informal learning


Learn Spanish : The great debate between formal and informal learning

Learning a new language is hard work – and for many a pretty uninspiring task one at that. After all, have you ever learned to chat someone up during your quest to master a language – what about your love life?And have you ever stumbled across a phrase to perfectly summaries just how wild that party was on Saturday? No, we thought not. Unfortunately, those textbooks, stacked upon other textbooks often cover everything asides from those one liners that would be SO helpful when you’re actually visiting a country. On the flip side however is the question as to whether pupils are typically capable of picking up a new language without those textbooks and repetitive exercises.

These issue are just two of many at the heart of the debate between the formal and informal learning of a language –and here we dig into the pros and cons for each style of studying.

First things first: what is informal and formal learning?

Let’s kick things off by defining what we mean when we talk about informal learning (also known as ‘street style’ learning) and ‘formal learning’.

Informal/street style learning – an overview

Informallearning is free from set objectives and goals. It’s relaxed and involved. Learners effectively study a language through experience – by immersing themselves in a culture, by playing games and undertaking creative activities to expand their knowledge. Much of informal learning is defined by listening to everyday conversations.

Formal learning – an overview

Formal learning is exactly how it sounds – formal, set and structured to a fault. Pupils follow a schedule and complete exercises as they progress. Formal learning is an approach adopted in schools and by the majority of online eLearning providers. There are core learning methods and resources – often defined by repetition, activities, text books and repetitive audio programs.

Informal/Street stylelearning – The pros and the cons

The pros

Street style Spanish learning perhaps provides for the best taster of a culture, as well as arguably helping a student learn about real life situations. What’s more whilst many educators argue that set objectives are a must when it comes to progression, there has been numerous studies which claim that only a limited amount of learnt knowledge in any area is gained through formal learning. Take Sally Anne Moore’s study for instance. In her research she found that only 25% of our knowledge emerges from formal learning, whilst the remainder is gained through experience.

Another plus to street learning is its versatility. It can be harnessed in ways that make learning a whole lot more engaging.

Informal learning may also be particularly useful for those who are audio learners. An interesting point to note at this stage so that an auditory learner can remember, on average, 75% of what they hear during a lesson. Research has found that auditory learners make up 30% of the school populous (Stats from what is My Learning Style?).

The cons

The primary drawback to informal learning is the lack of structure. However, here’s the point – there’s no reason why informal learning can’t be defined by objectives and schedules. The resources involved in this style of learning are rich and varied, consisting of games, media and first-hand experience. What’s more in this digital age of ours it seems that the bounds of informal learning are practically unlimited when it comes to merging this form of learning with more formal plans.

Formal Learning – The pros and the cons

The pros

As a true advocate of street style language learning, I am of course going to be biased in our opinion as to which is better, so let’s balance this out a bit.

Formal learning presents a leading benefit – and that’s its element of rigidorganization. Whilst street learning taps into conversations, formal learning may tackle topics in a far more broken down approach. This is then more suited to pupils who have a tendency to require a set structure – perfect for those who need to know exactly what they’re learning, when they’re learning it and how it fits in with a wider program of topics.

The cons

Formal learning can become tiresome – particularly when the resources are limited. The ultimate con to this approach can be disillusionment with a language and a loss in motivation. It can also lead to students becoming stuck at certain stages, unable to progress before a module is passed, or a topic is mastered.All in all, this can diminish a learner’s confidence in their ability.

Formal languagelearning has also been criticized for its lack of everyday focus – those socialinteractions that you may have in the pub or whilst meeting new people.

The final word – learning a language should be fun, shouldn’t it?

All over the world, language lessons get a pretty bad rap. Ask the average pupil what they think of their French, Spanish or German class, and the chances are that you’ll get a negative response with a potential proverbial thrown in for good measure. Through audio, learners are able to listen in on conversations, with background noises and music to help bring the scenario to life.

Seriously, is this the way that language learning is meant to be? Where’s the fun, the engagement and the mixing up of learning methods?

Ultimately learning a language is a challenge – but challenge doesn’t necessarily equate to dull, boring and de-motivating. When it comes down to the crunch formal learning often removes the soul out of language – and when you’re dealing with the most passionate language of all – Spanish, that’s nothing short of a tragedy.

Eldon Mirjah is the creator of Gritty Spanish, www.grittyspanish.com. Gritty Spanish is a course that’s entirely based on informal learning – where students get to grips with the language through urban stories – featuring the eccentric, the bizarre and the real-life. This is a form of learning that is defined by storytelling.

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Sad in Spanish : How to say sad in Spanish, I’m sad, are you sad

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Sad in Spanish = Triste

I doubt you will ever feel sad while travelling to a Spanish-speaking country. But if you do and you have to tell others how you feel, how do you say sad in Spanish? The word you’re looking for is triste. I like that triste is a gender neutral Spanish adjective. What that means is you don’t need to worry about ending the word in “a” or “o” to make it correspond with the gender of the person or thing being described as sad in Spanish. You simply keep the same spelling of the word whether it is you or he or she who is sad. Let’s take a look at how to say I am sad in Spanish.

I am sad in Spanish = Estoy triste

You may be wondering why it’s two words in Spanish while three in English. The phrase estoy triste is literally am sad. The pronoun for “I” is not there. The reason is that in Spanish you can leave out the pronouns (I, you, he, she, etc) when a particular verb conjugation is enough to express who is speaking. In the ear of Spanish speakers, the word estoy is a conjugation that means “I am”. For them, and now for you too, it is obvious that whoever says estoy, is speaking about himself. Then, both of the following sentences are valid.

I am sad = Yo estoy triste
I am sad = Estoy triste

Being a little sad is one thing, but being very sad is another. Let me show you how to say very sad in Spanish.

Very sad in Spanish = Muy triste

Say muy triste to convey very sad in Spanish. Let me show you how to specify whether it is you that is very sad or something that is very sad.

I’m very sad = Estoy muy triste
That’s very sad! = Eso es muy triste

We sometimes talk about how other people are feeling. The next phrases teaches you to say and ask whether they are sad in Spanish.

They are sad in Spanish = Están tristes
Are they sad? = ¿Están tristes?

As I explained at the beginning of this article, the word for sad in Spanish is gender neutral. However, it must include the letter “s” if it is expressing that several people are sad. What we call plural. The following phrases show you how to say they are sad in Spanish.

They are sad = Ellas están tristes (female)
They are sad = Ellos están tristes (male)

What about when we feel down? Check out the next phrase and learn to say we are sad in Spanish.

We are sad in Spanish = Estamos tristes

In this case, you don’t have to necessarily add the pronoun “we” in Spanish, because the conjugation “estamos” makes it clear that it is us who are sad. But if you do, the pronoun must indicate whether “we” are male or female, as in the following example.

We are sad = Nosotras estamos tristes (female – plural)
We are sad = Nosotros estamos tristes (male – plural)

I feel down = me siento decaído

It is important that you are able to both say and understand this expression. You might have to use it or hear it in a conversation. And you need to know how to respond to someone who tell you they feel down in Spanish. I’ll give you a bonus phrase. If you ever find yourself having to give some encouragement to a sad friend in Spanish, here is a quote that may help someone reflect about their perspective of life.

Men are disturbed not by what happens, but by their opinions about what happens
Los hombres se ven perturbados, no por lo que pasa, sino por su opinión sobre lo que pasa.

This phrase is intended to help us rethink our opinions and our reactions based on our opinions. Share this friend with friend who feels down and you might help them overcome their sadness.

How do you say sad in Spanish? Now you know! I think you’re ready for your trip to Latin America or Spain where you will see many beautiful people, places and things. Want to keep improving your Spanish? Make sure you read more articles on how to learn Spanish free, such as say beautiful in Spanish, say please in Spanish, say cool in Spanish and many more!

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Car in Spanish : How to say car in Spanish, motorcycle, bus, and truck

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Car in Spanish = Carro

Often times I’m hanging out with friends who ask me questions such as how do you say car in Spanish? Or what is car in Spanish? All they want is to hear me say a Spanish word. But many of you landed here because you actually want to know how to say car in Spanish. I will show you how and the different words for car in Spanish such as bus, vehicle, truck, and motorcycle.

Let’s first review car in Spanish. Carro is a masculine noun in Spanish. That is the reason why it ends in “o”. Here are some examples of phrases with the word car in Spanish.

This car is very expensive – Este carro es muy costoso!
My car broke down – Mi carro se ha averiado.

Cars in Spanish = Carros

Making a word plural is one of the easiest things to do in Spanish. Just add an “s” and you have cars in Spanish. Here are some useful phrases you can use with cars in plural.

I like sport cars. Me gustan los carros deportivos
Corvettes are the best cars. Los Corvettes son los mejores carros

There are different types of cars and different names for cars in Spanish. Let me show you a few of them, starting with the word bus in Spanish.

Bus in Spanish = Bus

Bus is actually short for autobus, and it is the most widely accepted word for bus throughout all Spanish-speaking countries. If you travel, you’ll probably find yourself saying the following phrases with the word bus in Spanish.

The bus has so many colors. El bus tiene muchos colores
The bus is small. El bus es pequeño

Truck in Spanish = Camion

The word for truck in Spanish is camion if you’re referring to a large truck that transports huge amounts of goods, for example. If you’re referring to a small truck for personal use the word is camioneta. Let’s take a look at the following examples.

That truck is too large. Ese camion es muy largo.
I have a double cab truck. Tengo una camioneta doble cabina.

Motorcycle in Spanish = Motocicleta

The word for motorcycle in Spanish is similar to the English one. The pronunciation, though, is very different. In Spanish, you say moh-toh-see-kleh-tah. The following examples will give you an idea of how to use the word motorcycle in Spanish.

The motorcycle is fast – La motocicleta es rápida.
Riding a motorcycle is fun! – Conducir una motocicleta es divertido!

How do you say car in Spanish? What is car in Spanish? Now you know! Have a safe drive on your visit!! Want to take your Spanish to the next level? Be sure to check out more articles on how to learn Spanish free, such as say pretty in Spanish, say money in Spanish, say happy birthday in Spanish, say cool in Spanish and many more!

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Pretty in Spanish : How to say pretty, attractive, gorgeous, & stunning

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Pretty in Spanish = Linda

Did you know that there are more than five different ways to describe a girl’s beauty in Spanish? On a previous article on How to Learn Spanish free I explained how to say beautiful in Spanish. But Spanish is just as rich a language as English when it comes to different lexical choices to describe the same thing. In this article, I will teach you how to say pretty, very pretty, attractive, gorgeous and stunning in Spanish.

Let’s first take a look at the word pretty = linda. Say linda to a woman or child that you think has conventionally accepted elements of beauty. What makes a person pretty on the inside is more of a philosophical conversation and we will not discuss that in this article. Let’s agree for now that we can call pretty any lady or girl with a nice, attractive face. Pretty in Spanish sounds just like the English name “Lynda”. The only difference is that the letter “i” in the Spanish word linda sounds more like the long vowel sound in the world “lean”, not short as the “y” sound in the name Lynda. But the word alone doesn’t quite cut it. Let me show you one phrase Spanish-speakers actually use to compliment on a girl.

Pretty girl in Spanish = Linda chica

Complimenting girls is a universal thing. Say linda chica anywhere in Latin America and even Spain and you will be understood to be saying pretty girl in Spanish. Phonetically spelled, the whole phrase sounds something like leen-dah chee-kah. If you’re looking to say something a little stronger than pretty girl in Spanish, you will like the following phrase.

Very pretty in Spanish = Muy linda

Adding the word muy to linda magnifies the compliment and consequently, the reaction. Say muy linda and you will win the hearts of many. The next word conveys the same message as pretty in Spanish but it carries more of a sensual connotation in it.

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Attractive in Spanish = Atractiva in Spanish

You can even say very pretty in Spanish to any female friend. But when you want to make it clear that you are sexually interested, you say attractive in Spanish. I’ll show you another word that implies physical attraction but in a more diplomatic manner.

Gorgeous in Spanish = Preciosa

Georgeius in Spanish means the same as English: indescribably beautiful but not necessarily sexually attractive. Use the word preciosa with someone you have develop some closeness with. Last but not least, the next word is an alternative way of describing a person’s attractive appearance.

Stunning in Spanish = Deslumbrante

Stunning in Spanish means beyond gorgeous. The word is deslumbrante. You may be tempted to use this word as soon as you land in a Latin American country, but be patient and after a couple days, you will realize who really deserves the title.

That was all about how to say pretty in Spanish in many different ways. If you enjoyed reading this article and want to keep learning more Spanish vocabulary, check out my other articles on how to learn Spanish free and learn to say cat in Spanish, mean in Spanish, say beautiful in Spanish, say cool in Spanish and many more!

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Cat in Spanish : How to say cat in Spanish, kitten, catwoman, lion, & tiger

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Cat in Spanish = Gato

Cats are the most common pet in the world. According to the Ecology Global Network, there are about 600 million of cats on earth. Latin America and Spain house a great number of these felines. Many Spanish-speakers are cat lovers and they like to talk about these furry friends, both the domesticated and the wild. How do you say cat in Spanish? Gato is Spanish for cat. The “o” at the end of this word tells us that we are talking about a male cat. Say Gah-toh and you will sound like a native speaker. There are several words and phrases related to the word cat in Spanish that are important for you to know if you want to engage in casual conversations about pets in Spanish. I will talk about some of them in the following lines. But first, let’s see how to say female cat in Spanish.

Female cat in Spanish = Gata

Just add change the letter “o” for and “a” and you have Spanish for cat, female cat. At his point of the conversation, I have to talk about how the word cat in Spanish has been used in relation to women. The following word literally puts together the words cat and woman.

Catwoman in Spanish = Gatúbela

Catwoman is a comic’s character associated with Batman that became famous both in the English and the Spanish-speaking world. When you say catwoman in Spanish using the word gatubela Spanish-speakers will automatically remember this character. You can also use catwoman as a slang term to refer to girls in Spanish.

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Catwoman in Spanish = Gata salvaje (slang for wild girl)

The term can also apply to a girl who is very sensual, or to a girl that uses her own sex appeal to bend men to do her will. Say catwoman in Spanish with a sarcastic tone and facial expression and it will convey the same meaning as if when you say it in English. Just be careful not to say it directly to a girl or you may get a slap in the face! Now let’s take a look at a popular saying with the word cat that translates perfectly into Spanish.

When the cat’s away, the mice will play in Spanish = Cuando el gato no está, los ratones hacen fiesta

This saying simply states that whenever there is no supervision, Spanish-speakers too will do as they like, especially when they meet a foreigner who is visiting town!

How do you say cat in Spanish? Now you know! That was all about how to say cat in Spanish and different expressions affiliated to the word cat. Be sure you You know keep learning new words in Spanish by my other articles on how to learn Spanish free and learn to say pretty in Spanish, beautiful in Spanish, say ugly in Spanish, say cool in Spanish and many more!

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Mean in Spanish : How to say mean, rude, aggressive, & inconsiderate

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Mean in Spanish = Malo

I have some news for you about politeness and impoliteness in the Spanish-speaking world. Things are a bit different. That’s why I’m devoting this article to teach you how to say mean, rude, inconsiderate and aggressive in Spanish. You will need these words. Trust me. I’m not suggesting that people in Spanish-speaking countries are incredibly mean or rude. I’m just saying that if you are a globetrotter like me, you will find many people with different sets of values and standards for personal interaction. Don’t ask me about details. Just try to remember the following words and the advices I’ll share with you.

In an ideal world, there are no mean human beings. But people will always be people. Therefore, the word mean in Spanish is one you can’t miss. Say malo to describe a person who intentionally acts in a malicious, unkind way.

Mean in Spanish = Malo (masculine)

In Spanish, all adjectives, that is, all words that describe characteristics of people, objects or ideas, must indicate in themselves the gender of the word they describe. The word mean in Spanish is one of those words. That is why if you want to say that a man or a boy is mean, the Spanish word for mean (malo) must end in “o” as in the phrase I just showed you.

Mean in Spanish = Mala (feminine)

Continuing with the explanation about Spanish adjectives ending in “a” or “o”, if you want to call a woman or a girl mean in Spanish the word for mean –mala– must end in “a” because that is the ending for feminine words.

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Rude in Spanish = Grosero

When someone is socially incorrect in behavior you should use the word rude in Spanish to tell them off. One good way of doing this is by telling them “don’t be rude” in Spanish. Here’s the Spanish phrase for that.

Don’t be rude in Spanish = No seas grosero

Another useful phrase to reprimand someone would be…

You are so rude in Spanish = Eres muy grosero (for a male)

You are so rude in Spanish = Eres muy grosera (for a female)

If your conversation occurs at the workplace or in a formal environment and you want to sound more polite, you may use the word inconsiderate in Spanish. Look at how to say that in the following line.

Inconsiderate in Spanish = Desconsiderado

If a person is acting without thought or consideration of you or someone else, you may use the word inconsiderate in Spanish. Here is a phrase that you can use regardless of gender and person you are talking to.

Now that you know how to say phrases like mean in Spanish, rude in Spanish, aggressive in Spanish, and inconsiderate in Spanish – you can officially let people know how you feel about them 🙂 Be sure to check out some of my other blog posts from my how to learn Spanish free blog such as how to say where are you in Spanish, good morning in Spanish, good afternoon in Spanish, and more!

Also, check out my new English to Spanish translation tool.

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Ugly in Spanish : How to say you’re ugly, that is ugly, and more!

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Ugly in Spanish = Feo

If you’re here because you want to learn how to call a person ugly in Spanish, you are not going to like this: that makes you ugly! But I’m still generous enough to teach you how to say ugly in Spanish. In this article, you will learn to say ugly, unattractive, and expressions like ugly duckling and ugly thing in Spanish. I’m going to start by teaching how to say you’re ugly in Spanish.

Before I show you that, let me remind you that in Spanish, all adjectives, that is, all words that describe characteristics of people, objects or ideas, must indicate in themselves the gender of the word they describe. For example, if you want to say that a woman is ugly in Spanish the word for ugly must end in “a” as in the following example.

You’re ugly in Spanish = Eres fea (feminine)

I don’t want to encourage you to say this to any woman but if you are a woman learning Spanish, it is important that you learn to recognise if someone says you’re ugly in Spanish. Continuing with the explanation about Spanish adjectives ending in “a” or “o”, if you want to call a man ugly Spanish the word for ugly –feo– must end in “o” because that is the ending for masculine words.

You’re ugly in Spanish = Eres feo (masculine)

If you are a girl and a guy is bothering you and even being rude, telling him eres feo is probably the easiest way to discourage him to continue being a jerk. After all, no guy wants to be told you’re ugly in Spanish. There is a less rude way to say ugly in Spanish. The word unattractive. Here’s how you say unattractive in Spanish.

Unattractive in Spanish = No atractivo (male)

Unattractive in Spanish = No atractiva (female)

Unattractive in Spanish sounds just as politically correct as in English. Say no atractivo when you don’t want to sound offensive.

Ugly duckling in Spanish = El patito feo

You may hear this phrase when people are joking about a certain person being discriminated against on the basis of their physical appearance. Don’t use it if you don’t want to come across as rude. But keep it in mind so you can understand when someone uses it.  Another another Spanish expression with the word ugly is ugly thing in Spanish.

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Ugly thing in Spanish = Cosa fea

There are ugly things in Spanish for sure. Offensive and repellent. When you want to make a value judgement about something that is happening which may be really disgusting, use this expression.

Just like the rest of the world, the Spanish-speaking world has the good, the bad and the ugly. Now you can see with your own eyes and judge whether something is ugly in Spanish with the right vocabulary. You know how to say ugly in Spanish. If you want to sound nice in Spanish, check my other articles on how to learn Spanish free  and learn to say beautiful in Spanish, say cool in Spanish, say money in Spanish and many more!

Also be sure to check out my translation tool for English to Spanish.


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Beautiful in Spanish : How to say beautiful, you’re beautiful, how beautiful

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Beautiful in Spanish = Hermosa

Just imagine walking down streets crowded with women so beautiful that they could easily be candidates for the Miss Universe pageant. That’s what you get to see in many different Latin American countries. Tons of beautiful women! If you are a guy like me the first word that should come to your mind is beautiful in Spanish: Hermosa. You should be able to say phrases like you are beautiful, good morning beautiful, hello beautiful, very beautiful and beauty in Spanish. Don´t you think? Let me show how to say each one of those phrases.

In Spanish, all adjectives, that is, all words that describe characteristics of people, objects or ideas, must indicate in themselves the gender of the word they describe. For example, if you want to say that a woman is beautiful in Spanish the word for beautiful must end in “a” as in the following example.

She is beautiful in Spanish = Ella es hermosa

If you are calling beautiful a man, which is not common but still happens, then the word beautiful in Spanish must end in “o”, as follows.

He is beautiful in Spanish = El es hermoso

You are most likely to use this word when describing a baby boy. Say el es hermoso to compliment on someone’s baby on the street or at a friend’s house. He is beautiful in Spanish is good phrase to break the ice with any mother you meet for the first time. Now, imagine you run into Sofia Vergara and you want to tell her you are beautiful in Spanish. What do you say?

You are beautiful in Spanish = Eres hermosa

If a girl really is beautiful, like Sofia Vergara, this is probably a phrase that she has heard thousands of times. However, you and I know, no girl will get tired of hearing you’re beautiful in Spanish. Take a look at how to say good morning beautiful in Spanish.

Good morning beautiful in Spanish = Buenos días hermosa

Use this phrase to say good morning beautiful in Spanish and you will win the heart of any Spanish-speaking girl. Trust me. You can also say hello beautiful in Spanish.

Hello beautiful in Spanish = Hola hermosa

This one phrase you will be able to use at any time during the day, unlike good morning beautiful which only applies in the morning. Fail to say hello beautiful in Spanish and you will come across as rude! (Kidding!)

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Very beautiful in Spanish = Muy hermosa

I use the word hermosa ending in “a” because I’m taking for granted that we are talking about describing women. So, this is not a dating blog but I’m going to give you a tip that never fails when you want to conquer the heart of a girl: stare directly into her eyes, don’t say anything for about 4 seconds and then say muy hermosa! Even if you say this to an English-speaking girl she will understand that you’re calling her very beautiful in Spanish.

If you are describing several women then add an “s” to the word hermosa as you will see in the next example.

They are beautiful = Ellas son hermosas (plural-feminine)

They are beautiful in Spanish = Ellos son hermosos (plural-masculine)

You are more likely to use the masculine adjective hermoso when you talk about baby boys or little children. The next expression I will show you is how beautiful in Spanish.

How beautiful in Spanish = Que hermoso (masculine)

How beautiful in Spanish = Que hermosa (feminine)

Use these expressions to describe little kids doing funny things or when you see something that you just want to squeeze or keep.

I explained to you that the word hermosa is a word that describes a characteristic. From that word, we also have the word beauty in Spanish, which is not a characteristic but a thing. Let’s take a look at how to say beauty in Spanish.

Beauty in Spanish = Hermosura

Sounds like a formal word. Perhaps not a word that people will throw in a conversation. But maybe a word that you will see on a fashion magazine or in advertisement in Spanish-speaking countries.

I think you’re ready for your trip to Latin America or Spain. You will see many beautiful people, places and things. Want to keep improving your Spanish? Make sure you read more articles on how to learn Spanish free, such as say cool in Spanish, say house in Spanish, say money in Spanish and many more!


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Cool in Spanish : How to say cool in Spanish

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Cool in Spanish = Fresco

How do you say cool in Spanish? If that was a question in a written test, this would be a very unfortunate day for the student. Why? He would probably fail to remember all the possible words for cool in Spanish right out of his head. There are just too many! The good news is that out of my passion to help you master your Spanish, I compiled all the meanings and expressions of the word cool in this article and I will let you decide which one you want to use. Some of those are I’m cool in Spanish, you’re cool in Spanish, that’s cool in Spanish and how cool in Spanish.

The original and still valid sense of the word cool is related to temperature. That’s why the first translation above is the Spanish word fresco, which means “pleasantly cold”. Use the word fresco when you want to talk about a cool day or cool clothes in Spanish. The word cool takes up a different meaning when we use it as a slang word for “great”. Here is the most common Spanish word for “cool”.

Cool in Spanish = Genial (meaning great!)

The word genial in Spanish literally means great, which is, of course, a synonym of the word cool.  If you can only remember one Spanish word for cool that works anywhere in Latin America and Spain, this is it.  Genial is a formal and widely accepted word for cool in Spanish. It is not slang as cool in English. If you want to know slang words that different Spanish-speaking countries have for the word cool, take a look at the following translations.

Cool in Spanish = Chevere (Slang in Latin America)

Cool in Spanish = Fino (Slang in Venezuela)

Cool in Spanish = Chido (Slang in Mexico)

Cool in Spanish = Chido (Slang in Mexico)

Cool in Spanish = Padre (Slang in Mexico)

Cool in Spanish = Guay (Slang in Spain)

There are some other expressions with the word cool in Spanish that have a slightly different meaning. Here are some examples.

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I’m cool in Spanish = Estoy bien (not a problem/don’t worry)

When you’re keeping your cool and you won´t let a world catastrophe bother you, this is the right expression: “estoy bien”.

You’re cool in Spanish = Está bien (sarcasm)

Complimenting someone by telling them you’re cool is odd even in Spanish. So, you will probably use this one in the same way as you would in English, with sarcasm. You might want to use some body language in order to let them know you’re being sarcastic.

That’s cool = Eso es genial

If you want to say that’s cool in Spanish and be understood in any Spanish-speaking country, say eso es genial. You can use any of the slang words that I explained above depending on which country you’re visiting. Just add whichever slang word after the phrase “Eso ex _____” and that’s it.

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How cool in Spanish = Qué chévere

Throughout Latin America people say qué chevere as an expression of admiration, enjoyment or satisfaction. Use qué chevere when you want to say how cool in Spanish. Now, sometimes we use the word cool to command someone to relax. This happens in Spanish too. Take a look at how to tell someone to cool in Spanish.

Cool in Spanish = Tranquilo! (Relax! -a command)

When you need to calm someone down and you want to tell them to cool in Spanish, say tranquilo if you’re talking to a man or tranquila if you’re talking to a woman.

What do you think of all these words for cool in Spanish? Interesting, huh?! What I do every time I visit a Latin American country is I stick to the slang word for cool in that country until I fly out. If you do the same, throw it in in a conversation every time you can until you get used to it. You will create a sense of familiarity among your new Spanish-speaking friends. I hope you enjoyed this article. Check out more cool articles on how to learn Spanish free and learn how to say house in Spanish, dog in Spanish, daughter in Spanish and many more!


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House in Spanish : How to say house, home, apartment, ranch, & slum

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House in Spanish = Casa

How do you say house in Spanish? I had never laughed so much with someone as when my friend once almost ended up in the wrong place in South America because he didn’t know the word for house in Spanish. Long story short, a girl that he met online invited him to her house in Venezuela, which she said was a “rancho”, one of the synonyms for the word house in Spanish. He noticed the word looked like the word “ranch” in English and assumed she lived in a very large farm, breeding sheep, cattle and horses.

Thankfully, I was there to let him know that rancho means rachn/farm in Mexico, but slum,  in Venezuela. The girl was kind to invite him over and to clarify the type of house where she lived. But it was probably not the safest place for a school boy! Enough inspiration for me sit down and write you this article explaining the word for house in Spanish and its variations across Spanish-speaking countries.

My house in Spanish = Mi casa

Say mi casa anywhere in the Spanish-speaking world. This term pretty much works well all over South America and Spain.

Your house in Spanish = Tu casa

“Tu casa es mi casa” is a very nice way to say my house is your house in Spanish.

Our house in Spanish = Nuestra casa

Casa is feminine. That is why the word  nuestra end in “a”. This word has two syllables and it only requires that you roll an r to pronounce –tra in nuestra. Do that and you’ll be saying our house in Spanish.

Their house in Spanish = Su casa

Their house in Spanish is very simple. Say “su casa” and you’ll have a perfect rendering of the phrase their house in Spanish. Let’s now take a look at how to say home in Spanish.

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Home in Spanish = Hogar

Hogar is the word for home in Spanish. Hogar is that place where you feel comfortable. Whether you say “home is where my heart is” or “home is where my laptop is” use the word hogar to say home in Spanish.

My Home = Mi hogar

Same as in “my house”, use “mi hogar” to say my home in Spanish. Now I’ll show you how to say your home in Spanish.

Your home in Spanish = Tu hogar

Very simple. Say “tu hogar” when you want to say your home in Spanish to that person you are talking to.

Our home in Spanish = Nuestro hogar

When describing the home that you and other significant people represent, say nuestro hogar. Our home in Spanish sounds just as sweet as in English.

Their home in Spanish = Su hogar

If you’re talking about someone else’s home you can say “su hogar”. That’s a perfect translation of their home in Spanish. In the following paragraphs you will learn other words for house in Spanish.

Ranch in Spanish = Hacienda (Most Latin countries)

Say hacienda if you want to refer to a farm or ranch in Spanish. For some people, a ranch is all they have to live in, so they might use the word hacienda when they talk about their house in Spanish. The next word is slum in Spanish.

Slum in Spanish = Rancho (Venezuela)

This is probably one of the most tricky words if you are unfamiliar with the landscape of many developing countries in Latin America. Rancho means slum in Spanish. Better said, in Venezuelan Spanish. You may want to remember that for future reference. Rancho only means farm in Mexican Spanish. Last but not least if how to say apartment in Spanish.

Apartment in Spanish = Apartamento

You may think this is a no brainer because you only add an “o” at the end of the word and you have apartment in Spanish. But this is not the case with every word.

I can rest assured that none of you will take a plane down to South America still asking “how do you say house in Spanish?”. Now you can say house, home, my, your, our, their and the different words for house in Spanish. Make sure you keep growing your Spanish vocabulary with how to learn Spanish Free. You can do that by checking out my other articles such as how to say why in Spanish, how to say hungry in Spanish, and how to say where are you in Spanish.

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