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Welcome to Vol. 72 of the Spanish Online Newsletter! Part of the Spanish Learning Blog - your weekly lessons with mp3 files, as well as links to Spanish travel spots and more.

I'm sorry that September turned out to be too hectic for me to write the newsletters - I was traveling a lot, which made it difficult. Too much work, too little time :) Also, work on the Spanish Verb Visualizer is continuing - my dear programmers Mahasweta and Rajat have worked hard to help iron out the kinks - and the demo version isn't far off.

Modal Verbs - Using 2 Verbs Together

Very often in Spanish you'll find 2 verbs used together, in combinations. The first verb will be conjugated, whereas the 2nd verb remains in the infinitive form. For anyone trying to translate literally from English this can seem confusing! Look at the following example:

No puedo nadar

At first glance, it looks like the sentence is saying "I can't to swim" - when in reality it says "I can't swim". When verbs are used in modal verb combinations - the 2nd verb is not conjugated, but rather left in the infinitive form. You would never say "no puedo nado".

There are several key verbs used often as modal verbs - and it's a good idea to practice using them.

modal verbs in Spanish

 

Worksheet/Activity: Spanish Modal Verbs

Quiz: Modal Verbs in Spanish

Travel Spot of the Week:

visit Nicaragua and practive your español!

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

When one of my loved ones began talking about their desire to buy beachfront property in Nicaragua, I told them they were crazy. After all, when I first began studying about Latin America, the country was still at war with itself. But, slowly, Nicaragua has been rebuilding, and tourists and even investors are gradually taking notice. The largest country in Central America, it's also a land of lakes, volcanoes, and undeveloped beaches.

This is not to say that Nicaragua is completely safe. Lonelyplanet.com mentions that armed criminals are known to inhabit remote areas in the N. and Central regions, near the Honduran border.

A friend described San Juan del Sur to be "like Santa Barbara before the development." As a big Santa Barbara fan, that piqued my interest! While still relatively undeveloped compared to mega tourist destinations found in places like Mexico - places like Morgan's Rock Ecolodge could make the trip comfortable even while quite a ways off the beaten path.

 
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