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Demystifying the Use of CION, SION, and XION Suffixes in Spanish

When it comes to learning the Spanish language, one of the intriguing yet often perplexing aspects is mastering the rules for words ending in “-cion,” “-sion,” and “-xion.” Before delving into these suffixes, let's start by understanding what nouns and adjectives are. Nouns, which can be thought of as names for people, animals, or things, play a crucial role in any language.

Must-Read Books for Beginner Spanish Language Learners

Are you on a journey to learn Spanish, one of the world's most beautiful languages? Well, if you are, then here's a little secret: reading a Spanish version of a book can be your best friend on this adventure. Whether you're a beginner or you've already conquered some Spanish grammar, delving into the world of Spanish literature is a fantastic way to improve your language skills.

Meanings of Billions in English and Spanish - Unraveling the Discrepancy

In recognition of the unique characteristics of each country, including variations in units of measurement, decimal separators, and division methods, this article delves into a subject that often perplexes: the discrepancy in the meaning of a billion. It's important to note that a billion in an Anglo-Saxon nation like the United States does not hold the same numerical value as a billion in a Spanish-speaking country such as Guatemala. But why is this the case?

Irregular Verbs in the Spanish Language

Welcome to a captivating exploration of irregular verbs in Spanish! Unlock the secrets behind these linguistic puzzles as we guide you through their fascinating transformations. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced learner, our article unveils the patterns and connections that make mastering irregular verbs a rewarding endeavor. Let's dive in and unravel the richness of the Spanish language together!

Demonyms in Guatemala

In Guatemala, a demonym is used to distinguish its inhabitants and identify their regions of origin. The term "Guatemaltecos" refers to people who were born in Guatemala, have lived there for some time, or have familial roots in the country. However, there is also a specific demonym to recognize the natives of each department, contributing to their sense of identity within Guatemala and their respective regions.

10 Essential Spanish Verb Insights

Verbs in the Spanish language can be a bit confusing and complicated for Spanish students. But if you memorize some basic rules about Verbs, you will see that it is not that difficult to communicate in Spanish and you will do it much more easily.

How to greet in Spanish Language

When learning a language, the first thing you have to know is how to greet someone. In Spanish, there are several ways to greet someone, even if you don't know the language yet. This is a quick and easy guide on how to do it.

Words ending in -ad in Spanish Language

There are many words that are widely used in the Spanish language that end in -ad, but they are frequently misspelled and also mispronounced.

Short questions Que and Como in Spanish Language

The words Que and Como in Spanish have very similar applications, and you could almost say that they translate as "what" to English. This similarity refers only when a question is asked. But in Spanish, we use them as an abbreviation for a question.

How to use the word A or AH in Spanish

The use of the letter or word A or AH is very common in the Spanish language. It's not very complicated really, but we thought it's worth sharing the small differences of its different uses.

Rules to use Capital Letters in Spanish

The rules about which words can and cannot be capitalized in titles and other text vary depending on the language. Normal writing usually uses lowercase letters, although, for various reasons, you can write words, phrases and even entire texts entirely with capital letters; but the usual thing is that capital letters are used only in the initial position of the word, and their appearance is conditioned by different factors.

Spanish Words Esdrujulas SobreEsdrujulas Agudas and Graves

If you are a student of the Spanish language, you will have heard about words with accents that are very important, and the words "agudas, grave, esdrújulas and sobresdrújulas (as known in Spanish language)" are differentiated by their stressed syllables.

Verb Types in Spanish Language

In the Spanish language there are different types of verbs that can be classified in different ways. There are regular and irregular verbs, copulative, impersonal and personal, transitive and intransitive, reflexive and others. Even a type of verb can correspond to more than one category.

Rules to use the letters M and N

Words that contain the letters M or N in the Spanish language can easily mislead because they have a very similar sound, especially when they are accompanied by other letters. For Spanish language learners, learning this simple rule is important for writing and speaking Spanish.

Period, comma and semicolon in Spanish

The punctuation marks "period, comma and semicolon" respond to the need to order ideas according to their value when we express something in writing, this means that they allow the text to be hierarchized and decisively influence the narrative rhythm, in addition to contributing clarity to it, eliminating ambiguities or misunderstandings when they appear misplaced.

Differences Between Phrase and Sentence in Spanish

In order to improve our syntax and grammar we must know basic concepts and know how to differentiate them. Some Spanish students find it a bit confusing to analyze complex sentences because they have doubts about the base and the basic concepts, so one of the first things you must learn is to differentiate which are phrases and which are sentences.

How to conjugate verbs in Spanish

Here we share a brief guide on how to conjugate verbs in the Spanish language. We know that it can be confusing sometimes, but once you understand it, you will realize that it is not that complicated. Verbs with words that indicate action, existence, condition or state of a subject.

Meaning of the word TRABAJO in Spanish Language

We define “Trabajo (work)” as the set of activities that are carried out with the objective of reaching a goal, solving a problem or producing goods and services to meet the needs of people and society.

How we use the word Amigo in Spanish

The word "Amigo" (friend) is a word that we all know very well and is undoubtedly widely used in any language, but it is especially used frequently in Latin America, and in particular in Antigua Guatemala. If you have visited the city, you will have noticed that it is a term used in many ways. We explain a little about its different uses.

The meanings of the word “Article” in Spanish

The word "Articulo (Article)" has multiple meanings and uses in the Spanish language. If you are a student of the Spanish language, you will have noticed that these words are very frequently used. Although some of its meanings are merely technical, but you will certainly use several of them.

Adverbs in Spanish Language - part 2

We give continuity to the theme of Adverbs in the Spanish language. This is the second article to finish explaining how to use it and including some examples.

Adverbs in Spanish Language - part 1

The adverb in Spanish language is the invariable part of the sentence that can modify or complement the meaning of the verb, the adjective, another adverb or even a whole sentence.

Prepositions in Spanish Language

Prepositions in Spanish Language

The preposition is a kind of word that is used to precede its complement. Prepositions generally have the function of introducing non-argumentative complement. Basically it is an invariable word whose function is to introduce a noun.

How to improve your pronunciation in Spanish

Improve your Spanish pronunciation

While studying the Spanish language, it is important to keep grammar and vocabulary in mind, but to take a further leap in the process of learning Spanish, pronunciation is key. Students who decide to dedicate themselves in a conscientious and careful way to improve their pronunciation will notice their improvement in a short time.

Words and quotes used when cooking in Spanish 2

We continue with the series of words commonly used in the kitchen in Guatemala and Latin America. Either to share with friends and family speaking in Spanish. Or following a recipe, here we share useful words and phrases for you to continue learning the Spanish language.

Learn Spanish Words and Quotes used in the kitchen

When we are at home, possibly one of the places where we spend the most time is in the kitchen. That is why it is a good idea to be able to communicate better in Spanish when we are spending time with friends and family and speaking in Spanish.

Common questions for Travelers in Spanish Language - Part 3

This is a basic short list of common comments or questions travelers usually need to know (in Spanish) when visiting another Spanish speaking country. This list is based on the experience we got and frequently asked comments by our traveler students in Antigua Guatemala.

Common phrases and questions when traveling to Guatemala - Part 2

When traveling to another country, all of us prepare a list of questions or phrases to be able to communicate in different circumstances. Here we share a brief list of the most common phrases or questions that travelers to Guatemala ask.

Common questions in Spanish for travelers - part 1

When you travel, it is always a good idea to have a list of questions or phrases to say in Spanish and to be able to move around in different circumstances.

How to start or end an email in Spanish - Part 4

This is the last of the posts in a short series of articles that include examples of how to start and end emails in Spanish. Below we share the last 23 phrases that we commonly use in emails in Spanish and translated into English.

Commonly lines used in emails in Spanish - part 3

This is the third post on this short series of articles sharing common phrases used in Spanish language when composing an email. We are listing 23 phrases or lines translated from English to Spanish for easier understanding.

Composing emails phrases in Spanish - part 2

Following the previous post on “common email phrases in Spanish Language” we shared last week, we are continuing with another 27 key phrases you can use when writing an email in Spanish language. Sometimes, a simple direct translation is not the best option.

Common emails phrases translated into Spanish - part 1

Email is the most widely used method of communication. Responding or composing a new message in Spanish can be a bit tricky, as there are many common phrases whose translation is particularly different.

Nicknames for Personal Names in Latin-american Culture

Nicknames or "apodos" in Latin America and Guatemala are very common, they are regularly associated with a personal characteristic. But many these nicknames in Spanish language are specifically related to the personal name.

Business meetings expressions in Spanish - Part 2

We continue with the second chapter on the expressions that we commonly use in work meetings in Spanish. These phrases are essential to be able to communicate with our colleagues in a working meeting in Spanish.

Common Phrases at Work in Spanish - Part 1

One of the reasons why some students learn the Spanish language is to expand their career opportunities. Therefore, it is important to know key phrases to use or understand in a meeting where the Spanish language is spoken.

Homonym Words in Spanish Language

Homonym words are those words that have the same pronunciation or sound, but have a different meaning or refer to different things. These are terms with different origins or etymologies, but for some reason they have acquired the same name or pronunciation. Here is an explanation, origin and the 43 most used examples.

Diacritical Accent in Spanish Language

The diacritical accent mark in the Spanish language is the graphic accent (written accent mark) that allows us to distinguish words with the same spelling, but which are words that have different meanings and belong to different grammatical categories.

More Tips to Learn Spanish

There are many tips for learning a new language, especially the Spanish language. We share some of them based on our years of experience teaching the Spanish language.

Tips to learn Spanish Language Easier

Learning the Spanish language, as well as any other language is KEY to a globalized world. Learning Spanish will open doors to other cultures, business opportunities and be more competitive in business environments.

Spanish Words with two meanings Part 2

A second post with three examples on words that have different meanings in Spanish language but written in the same way. This can be easily confusing and by remembering the difference, it'll be easier to understand other ones.

Spanish words with two meanings - Part 1

In the Spanish language, there are many words that have different meanings, but they are written in the same way. This can be easily confusing. The trick to understanding is just to remember the difference.

Similar words in English and Spanish with different meanings - Part 3

For this third and last article, we’ll talk about “Career, Apartment, Compromise and Familiar”. We explain the last four examples of words we use everyday in English and Spanish that sound the same or almost the same but the meaning is somewhat different.

Similar words in English and Spanish with different meanings - Part 2

For the second article will talk “Approve, Eventually and Lecture”. We continue to explain some of the most common examples of English and Spanish words that sound the same or almost the same, so it is easy to confuse definitions for each.

Similar words in English and Spanish with different meanings - Part 1

For this first article will cover the words “Actually, Embarrassed and Realize”. As you know, there are many words that are the same or almost the same in English and Spanish, as soon as you hear it, you already know its meaning and even its pronunciation. But there are some exceptions that make Spanish language students confuse.

Different meanings for the word "BIEN" in Spanish

The word “bien” is Spanish language has many different meanings and it is a quite common word to hear in any conversation, especially in Latin America. Despite its versatility, it is not very difficult to understand and use.

Wrong Expressions in Spanish Language - Part 1

Some of us who speak the Spanish language natively can also make mistakes when we express ourselves in our own language, either by a mixture of languages such as English and Spanish, or simply by not knowing how to communicate correctly.

Gracias and De Nada in Spanish Language explained

In Spanish language, there are several ways to say thank you and respond to it as well. Some are less usual than others, but all can be used in most circumstances. Another sample of the richness of the Spanish language.

Rules to use Y and LL in Spanish

In Spanish, the words that are written with the letter 'Y' and the 'LL' often confuse the student of the Spanish language since they are pronounced in the same way, the sound is the same.

How to ask for a price in Spanish in Antigua Guatemala

When you travel to Antigua Guatemala or any other Spanish-speaking city, one of the first things you have to know is how to ask for prices and costs. Each country has its own idioms, but in general we share some basic terms.

Rules to use the letter Z in Spanish

Understanding how to use the letter Z is a bit easier than the letters C and S, since the use of this letter is much more limited, and therefore, the rules on how to use it are just a few. The benefits of using the letters s, c and z correctly, will help you to create texts in Spanish with a better quality, without the need of advanced vocabulary.

Rules to use the letter S in Spanish

Just like it is with the letter C in Spanish language, the letter S is somewhat tricky to use when writing in Spanish, for the C, S and Z sometimes sound the same. A good spelling means a serious commitment to learning a new language. That is why we are sharing some basic rules and tips for you to write Spanish properly.

Rules to use the C letter in Spanish

There is a well-known difficulty in writing the letters C, S and Z in Spanish, since they are pronounced the same. A good spelling conveys a serious image of the text content you are presenting or sharing. That is why you must remember certain rules to write Spanish correctly.

How to use Accents in Spanish

To write the Spanish language correctly, you have to know the rules of how and when to use the accents. The accents have always confused us all and it is one of the most complicated topics to learn to properly write the Spanish language.

Diminutive and Augmentative in Spanish

In the Spanish language spoken in Guatemala (and in many Latin American countries), the augmentatives and diminutives are very important in everyday expression. It is very common to hear some of these in a conversation. These are suffixes that increase and decrease the meaning or size of a word or subject.

Classic New Year Resolutions Translated V-2

The new year 2019 has began, a new opportunity to start over the project you probably left off last year, or new goals to achieve, so we would like to share with you some popular ‘new year resolution quotes’ and translate, this is the second post on this subject so you to keep practicing and learning the Spanish language.

Classic New Year Resolutions Translated

We are getting closer to the end of the year 2018, so we would like to share with you some classic popular ‘new year resolution quotes’ translated, this is another way for you to keep practicing and learning the Spanish language.

Anniversary 33 Years

We are proud to say that we have been teaching Spanish language in Antigua Guatemala for over 33 years, working hard and with dedication, striving every day to improve our work.

Don - Honorific title explained and how to use it

If you have visited Antigua Guatemala to learn Spanish language, you have probably noticed that Don and Doña are words that are used a lot as part of protocol when talking or referring to someone to show respect and courtesy, no matter the age or gender. It is part of the "popular language" of the Latin culture.

Que Manda - Spanish expression explained translated

Guatemala has many many typical Spanish expressions, some of them are quite unique to Guatemalans and other are part of the language culture across Latin America, and ¿Que manda?... or Mande? Is one of those Spanish expressions you should learn about.

Ahorita - Ratito - Momentito - English translated

In Spanish Language, we use diminutives to shorten the definitions of time and space. Although these are words that technically do not exist in the dictionary, they are widely used on daily basis and applied for many circumstances.

"No tenga pena" English Translated Expression

There are tons of common expressions we all use in any language as we all know, but in Spanish language and in Guatemala, this is perhaps this is the most used expression any day, the famous ‘NO TENGA PENA’.

Classic Spanish Sayings Translated and Explained

Five different classic sayings in Spanish language. These all are quite interesting to learn about and don't have a literal easy translation to them. Understanding each one of them will help you learn how to communicate a little bit easier.

'Fijese que' expression in Spanish

If you are planning on visiting Antigua Guatemala to learn Spanish, then you should know that there is a very much used expression you will hear guaranteed (at least once) if you stay for a little while, and this is ‘fijese que…’.

Movie Quote Translated - 4 Weddings and a Funeral

Following the idea of practicing the Spanish Language by translating popular well known movie quotes, we are translating and explaining a little bit about two famous quotes from one classic Romantic-Comedy film, this is ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’.

5 Reasons to Learn Spanish in Antigua Guatemala

There are a few good reasons why coming to Antigua Guatemala to study Spanish is better than other countries in Latin America and even Spain. So we would like to share 5 reasons for you to consider...

Iconic movie quote translated - Star Wars

It is a good idea to keep practicing your spanish language skills by translating some iconic quotes or phrases in movies. For this week, we would like to suggest Star Wars as reference to understand some expressions and how those should be translated to Spanish.