How to Learn Spanish Grammar and Spanish Vocabulary Words

In today’s online Spanish lesson, I will help you learn Spanish grammar and give you some Spanish vocabulary words. In order to master any language, you must first master the grammar and vocabulary of the language. Let’s begin with some new vocabulary words:

1. Suela – sole of a shoe. Do not confuse this word with “el suelo” which means “the ground” as the ground that you walk on outdoors. In Medellín, Colombia, I have also heard people use the word “suelo” instead of the word “piso” to refer to the floor that is indoors.

Las suelas de tus zapatos están gastadas de caminar.
The soles of your shoes are worn out from walking.

2. Planta – sole of a foot. “Planta” can also mean “plant.”

Te quemaste la planta de un pie porque pisaste descalzo la arena que estaba muy caliente.
You burned the sole of your foot because you stepped barefooted on sand that was very hot.

3. Granizo – hail

4. Granizar – to hail

Cuando graniza, una sombrilla no es suficiente para protegerse.
When it hails, an umbrella is not enough to protect one.

NOTE: In many Spanish speaking countries, the word for “umbrella” is “paraguas,” and the word “sombrilla” is used to refer to an umbrella that is used only at the beach or an umbrella that has a look that is typical of “el Oriente” and is used to protect one from the sun. But in Medellín, the word for “umbrella” is “sombrilla.”

Now that you have learned a few new Spanish vocabulary words, let’s study Spanish grammar. Recently, I heard a a “caballero” (gentleman) from the U.K. make the following mistake when speaking Spanish to a Paisa (person from Medellín)

He INCORRECTLY said:

Hoy es el lunes?
Today is Monday?

The CORRECT way to say it is:

Hoy es lunes?
Today is Monday?

Although it is necessary in Spanish to use the definite article (“el”) before the names of the days of the week, you do not use “el” or any type of definite article after any form of the verb ‘ser’ WHEN TALKING ABOUT DAYS OF THE WEEK.”