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Learn Pronunciation of the German UMLATE

Learn Pronunciation of the German UMLATE

In this Speakable students are introduced to the German Umlate. First, they’ll watch a 5 minute video lesson from the popular YouTube channel Learn German with Anja. Then, they’ll complete a speaking exercise that consists of 5 words, each containing an Umlate.

Dive deep into Haber (auxiliary verb)

Dive deep into Haber (auxiliary verb)

This Speakable features a video created by Ana of Butterfly Spanish and speaking practice for 15 phrases. Some of the key takeaways from the video are 1) When to use haber (vs tener) 2) How haber and tener evolved from their Latin origins 3) Habers impersonal job and 4) Haber is there to enhance the meaning of the main verb.

Learn how to use “ya” in Spanish + speaking practice

Learn how to use “ya” in Spanish + speaking practice

This Speakable features a video created by Ana of Butterfly Spanish and speaking practice for 16 phrases. In the video Ana covers what the word “ya” means in Spanish, where to place it, and why it is used so often. First, she explains the Spanish grammatical point of view of the words “ya”. Then she teach you the scenarios..

How I Learned Portuegese

How I Learned Portuegese

I wanted to make the most of my summer after sophomore year of college, and thought it would be a great opportunity to travel and start learning a new language. I knew it would be a great opportunity to learn about a different culture and I knew it would be valuable...

The Virgin of the Descamisados

Utilizing great speeches can lead to effective and engaging lessons for the language teacher. From Pericles in Ancient Athens to Martin Luther King in Washington DC, powerful orators still inspire and have changed the course of history. However, a casual perusal of a...

The Moors Got the Last Word

The Moors Got the Last Word

A romantic rendition of the dramatic events of the late 15th century that culminated in the fall of the last Muslim King of Iberia claims that a young Emir Muhammad XII, upon leaving his beloved Granada, released such a resounding and meloancholic sigh that his...

Spanish Teachers Unite Newsletter: August 26, 2021

Spanish Teachers Unite Newsletter: August 26, 2021

Fortunately, many of Simon and Manuela’s love letters are preserved, which make for great reading activities for language and history students! Having taught history and occasionally ESL for over twenty years, I have learned that one of the essential starting points for effective teaching and learning is first to engage the student.

Travel Projects that Inspire

Travel Projects that Inspire

Looking for new ways to have your students explore the Spanish-speaking world? Send them on a trip!  Projects are a great way to provide students with a real-life application of the vocabulary, phrases, and skills they are learning in your class. When it comes to...

The Present Perfect Tense in Spanish

The Present Perfect Tense in Spanish

What Is The Present Perfect Tense in Spanish? The Spanish present perfect tense is generally used for descriptions of completed events or actions with a specific endpoint in time that are relevant or have taken place immediately before the present moment. Use the...