Verb+ING as gerund or infinitive in Spanish?

When do I need to use “fumar” (to smoke) or “fumando” (smoking)?   This is a common question English speakers usually ask me and, actually, it is confusing for Spanish people too when we try to do the conversion to English. I use a simple...

Best free Anime to learn Spanish (I)

In other posts, I’ve talked about alternative resources to learn Spanish, such as podcasts or series on Netflix. Today, I will share a selection of anime series to improve your listening skills. A few months ago, one of my students asked about cartoons to watch...

¿Pretérito perfecto or Pretérito indefinido?

One of the most frequent questions I hear is…when to use Pretérito perfecto compuesto -present perfect or preterite perfect in English- and Pretérito indefinido -past simple or preterite in English-? I know, I know, learning past tense in Spanish is a nightmare!...

Present tense or Preterite perfect?

We sometimes make mistakes to translate sentences literally from our native language to another one. This happens because we don’t use the same grammatical rules in Spanish and English. A common mistake English speakers usually make is that they use pretérito...