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Learn Spanish with flashcards

Learning a new language is always hard. Even though you might find a way to ace the grammar, everybody knows that vocabulary is really the one that makes the difference. The more words you know, the better you can communicate in Spanish, and the more you can immerse yourself in the language, and culture. This is why, today I have decided to teach you a new way of learning vocabulary: with flashcards.

It is said that you have to “meet” with a word 80 times in order to remember it, and never forget it. Just imagine how many different words you have just read. Now imagine just repeating them 80 times. It would be quite tiring. For this reason, flashcards are a great tool to use.

First of all, let me tell you what flashcards are. They are basically some pieces of paper which has a word on one side in one language, and then translated in a second language on the other side. They are practically a really compressed version of a dictionary that helps you learn words quickly.

Let’s say for example that today you want to learn some vocabulary related to fruits. You make a list of all the fruits that you want to learn, and then you start making flashcards for each fruit. Then, you start reading them a couple of times until you think that you have memorized them. After that, it is time to test yourself. You take out random cards from the deck, and try to say the fruit in the language on the back. If you are right, you take out the card. If not you repeat until there are no more cards.

You do not have to use this type of flashcards only for vocabulary. They are also a great tool for learning verbs. A great way that you can do so is to create a set of cards for each verb. On one side, you can write for example ser- presente de indicativo vosotros, and on the other, put the right answer. You can make it even more complicated by writing the verb, the verbal tense, and the person in English. It all depends on how you want to make them.

There are, of course, many other ways in which you can learn words by using flashcards. You can even learn a family of words. You can a word like ‘happy’ (alegre), and make various cards. For example, one can be happy-verb (alegrarse), happy-noun (alegría). The best part is that the options are limitless.

One more fun thing that you can do is to strategically place them around the objects in the cards. For example, if you are trying to learn words related to food, you can place them in the kitchen, or if you want to learn words related to clothes, you can put them next to your wardrobe. This way, it will be even easier for you to identify the word in the cards, and it will make learning new words more fun. All that you have left to do is to try it.

Tools and tricks to help you read in Spanish

Reading in Spanish might be hard at first, as there are many new words, and phrases that you are not familiar with. However, this does not mean that you have to panic, because practice makes things perfect. Just remember what kinds of texts you used to read as a kid. Think about all of the progress that you have made until now. You are able to read specialty texts without finding any difficulties on the way. I bet that you can do the same thing with Spanish too. You will just need a bit of effort, and a bit of time.

Today, I have decided to show you some tips and tricks that are great for improving your reading skills in Spanish. I bet that you have already used some of these. Without keeping the suspense any longer, below are some of them.

  1. Use a dictionary

Probably the most common tool used when reading in a foreign language is a dictionary. You are reading, and reading, and suddenly you are stuck. There is one word that you simply do not understand. What do you do? You simply look it up in the dictionary. If you are using a paperback dictionary, you also have the advantage of stumbling upon more words while trying to find your word. The inconvenience is that it takes more time to find your word.

  1. Start with easy texts

When we were kids, we started by reading picture books. Then we slowly evolved into reading chapter books. Now, we are able to read novels, and even technical texts. Depending on the level of Spanish that you have, you can start with easy texts, and as soon as you develop your vocabulary, you can read harder texts, and your language skills will also evolve.

  1. Use a Kindle or an ebook reader

The Kindle, and even some other ebook readers have dictionaries incorporated in them. This means that you do not have to interrupt your reading every time in order to look for a word. You simply put your finger on it, and the ebook reader will give you the translation or the definition of it. The best part is that some ebook readers, like the Kindle even have an option that memorizes the new words for you. You can see them all gathered in a place. The bad news is that when you switch to reading on paper, you will find yourself putting a finger on a word, and nothing comes out.

  1. Use the frame option

This is an excellent tool when you are reading in a new language. What do you have to do? You need to make a frame out of a piece of paper, and put it around the page that you are reading. What is the idea behind this? Whenever you find an unknown word, you can simply write it on the frame, with the translation. After that, you will find yourself with a frame full of new words.

  1. Try to understand the context

Sometimes you do not need to understand each and every word in a text. You just need to understand the context, and you will remember the new word from the context that you have found it in.

  1. Write down the main ideas

In order to see if you have really understood the text, you need to extract the main ideas. You will see that it is hard at first, but soon it becomes easier and easier. After that, you can even try to make a short summary of the text that you have read. This helps because you can also develop your writing skills. I would advise you at first to also rely on a Spanish proofreader to help you correct your errors.

  1. Try to do some tests

DELE tests are the Spanish international language certifications. Their exercises are an excellent way of testing your reading skills. You will see how much you have understood of what you are reading with every test. You will even learn some tips and tricks, such as looking for key words, or skimming the text.

  1. Read out loud

This is more of a pronunciation exercise then it is a text comprehension one. However, it really pays off. You can start off by reading some short texts, then moving on to larger ones. The best audience that you can have is your dog. He will most definitely listen to you no matter what. The best part is that he will not laugh at you, nor will he know when you make a mistake.

  1. Try reading with different accents

This is a fun way to read in Spanish. It is also a great way to improve your accent. You can start by reading with a normal accent, and then trying some more exotic ones, such as those in Latin America or the South of Spain. It might be challenging at first, but you will definitely have a laugh.

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As you can see, there are many tips and tricks that will help you read in Spanish. I guess that technology has now evolved to a point in which you can find an app for about everything possible, but more about that later, so just keep on refreshing the site, because you never know when the article pops up.

I hope that the tips and tricks from above are helpful. Do you have any other tips and tricks that if you would like to share with us? If yes, you can write them in a comment down below. Who knows? We can all benefit from sharing knowledge.  Also, if you try them, please let me know which of them works better for you and why. So, good luck reading, and improving your vocabulary.

Time expressions in Spanish with “hacer”

Hacer is one of the essential verbs in the Spanish language. It is one of the first verbs that you learn in Spanish. There are many different ways in which this verb is used, a lot of expressions. However, I do not want to scare you today. What I want to do is to show you the time expressions with hacer.

Remember hacer conjugation

Straight forward to the structures

Now, lets’ take a look at how we conjugate the verb in some of the different tenses, as a short recap.

Present- Indicative

  • Yo hago,
  • tú haces,
  • él hace,
  • nosotros hacemos,
  • vosotros hacéis,
  • ellos hacen

Present Perfect

  • Yo he hecho,
  • tú has hecho,
  • él ha hecho,
  • nosotros hemos hecho,
  • vosotros habéis hecho,
  • ellos han hecho

Past simple

  • Yo hice,
  • tú hiciste,
  • él hizo,
  • nosotros hicimos,
  • vosotros hicisteis,
  • ellos hicieron

Future

  • Yo haré,
  • tú harás,
  • él hará,
  • nosotros haremos,
  • vosotros haréis,
  • ellos harán

Subjuntivo

QUE…

  • yo haga,
  • tú hagas,
  • él haga,
  • nosotros hagamos,
  • vosotros hagáis,
  • ellos hagan

Now that we have made a small recap of the verb hacer, lets’ take a look at those time expressions.

When we talk about a specific time when an action happened, a certain amount of time in the past, we use one of the two golden formulas, as to say so:

Formula 1

Hace+ (amount of time)+ que+ past simple

Example: Hace tres años que terminé el colegio. (=It’s been three years since I finished highschool)

Formula 2

past simple+ hace+ amount of time

Example: Fui al médico hace una semana. (=I went to the doctor a week ago)

When we want to talk about some actions that started in the past, and still continue into the future, we can use the following two formulas to express it:

Formula 1

Hace+ amount of time + que+ no +verb (present tense)

Example: Hace mucho tiempo que no nos vemos. (= It has been a long time since we have seen each other).

Formula 2

Verb in the present+ desde + hace + amount of time

Example: Trabajo en esa empresa desde hace cuatro meses. (=I have been working in this company for for months.)

There is also an option to express an action in the past that got interrupted by another action. For this, you can use the following three formulas:

Formula 1

Hacía+ amount of time+ que+no+ verb in the imperfect

Example: Hacía un mes que no hablaba con su padre, cuando lo vió por la calle. (= A month had passed since he did not speak with his father, when he saw him on the street)

Formula 2

Verb in the imperfect+ hacía+ amount of time

Example: Llovía hacia una semana, cuando de repente salió el sol. (=It had been raining for a week, when the sun rose.)

Formula 3

Verb in the imperfect+ desde+ hacía+ amount of time

Example: Salía a corer desde hacía dos semanas, cuando se cayó. (= She used to run since two weeks ago, when she fell.)

These are some formulas that will come in handy when you want to amp up your Spanish game. If you need more help from a Spanish tutor, or a Spanish content writer, do not hesitate to contact me.

Verbs with prepositions in Spanish

Verbs are essential elements if we talk about forming sentences. Basically, without them, we would not be able to speak.

It is true that in Spanish, verbs are quite complicated. Well, I am talking about all of those different tenses and the long list of irregular verbs. So, do you remember how Spaniards like to overcomplicate things? I guess that it is time to make things a bit harder. How? By adding prepositions in the mix.

These are the Spanish prepositions:

a
ante
bajo
cabe
con
contra
de
desde
en
entre
hacia
hasta
para
por
según
sin
so
sobre
tras

Spanish verbs with prepositions are the equivalent of English phrasal verbs. Let’s take a look.

There are many verbs that require a preposition. We are going to talk about the most common ones. First, let’s take a look at the 5 prepositions that you should know:

  1. En (= in)
  2. Con (= with)
  3. A (= to)
  4. Por (= for)
  5. De (= of/from)

Verbs with en

The Spanish verbs with prepositions that use the preposition en can be followed either objects or infinitives. Let’s take a look at the 3 most common verbs that are followed by this preposition.

1. Confiar en (= to trust to/ to rely on)

When followed by an infinitive, confiar en means “to be confindent in”. When it is followed by an object, it means “to trust”.

  1. Dudar en (=to hesitate to)

It is followed by an infinitive.

  1. hacer bien en (= to be right to/ in doing something)

It can either be followed by an infinitive or an object.

When followed by an infinitive, it means “you are doing the right thing”. When followed by an object, it means “you are doing good in/for”.

Verbs with con

1.contar con (= to count on something)

It is usually followed by an object.

  1. Soñar con (= to dream about)

This structure is usually followed by either an infinitive or an object. It means to dream of or to dream about. However, when followed by an infinitive, it can also be translated as “to hope to”.

  1. comenzar con (= to begin by/ with)

It is usually followed by an object.

Verbs with a

The verbs that are followed by the preposition a, are a special type of verbs. Why? Because in Spanish, this grammar rule is known as the personal a. This means that the preposition a is placed before the object.

1.acercarse a (= to approach)

  1. ayudar a (= to help)
  2. resistirse a (=to resist)

Verbs with por

1.esforzarse por (= to struggle to/ to do your best)

This structure is usually followed by an infinitive.

  1. comenzar por (= to begin with)

This structure is usually followed by either an infinitive or an object.

  1. estar por (= to be in favor of)

This structure is usually followed by either an infinitive or an object. With an infinitive, this structure means to consider doing something. When it is followed by an object, it is used to show preferences.

Verbs with de

  1. Acordarse de (=to remember to)

This structure is usually followed by an infinitive, however, you can also use it with objects too. The meaning stays the same.

  1. Preocuparse de (= to be worried about)

This structure is usually followed by either an infinitive or an object.

  1. Dejar de (=to give up/ to stop)

This structure is usually followed by an infinitive.

Now that you now these things, your Spanish language skills have already improved.

How to learn Spanish vocabulary with movies

The more you surround yourself with a language, the more you immerse yourself in it, the faster you get to learn it. If you do not get the chance to learn Spanish by living for a period of time in Spain or in Latin America, or even by living with a native, you still have a chance of perfecting your skills.

I, for a fact have many friends that learned English by watching cartoons. They use simple words that are easy to understand and to remember. If you are a beginner in learning Spanish, then watching some cartoons, and some shows for children might just be what you need in order to amp up your Spanish game. In addition, the best part about watching cartoons is that the language is correctly used, without slang, and without errors. Also, the characters speak clearly, so you will be able to understand them.

Another tip that I can give you is to first watch with subtitles in your own language. At first, it might be difficult to understand words in a new language. With Spanish, it might be a bit easier if your native language is of Latin origin. However, until you reach a vocabulary level where you can hold a basic conversation, it is better to use subtitles in Spanish language. Also, you can write down some of the new words that you learn.

This way, you will also learn how to spell the words that you hear. It does not really matter whether you understand everything that the characters say. The important thing is that you improve your vocabulary. Do not forget the fact that you can always watch the movie again if you missed a part, so do not panic if you do not get everything.

Something else that you can do is to find some movies in Spanglish. This means, that they are a combination of English and Spanish. In this way, you will not feel frustrated that you do not understand everything that the characters say. You get to learn Spanish, while enjoying the movie too. One popular TV series that you can see is Narcos. You can also try to give the movie Spanglish a go. You might find yourself learning more vocabulary than you know.

Finally, you can try to learn more vocabulary by watching a Tv series or even a Spanish soap opera. After all, there are many cases of people who have learned Spanish by watching soap operas. You might even find the drama funny. I am 100% sure that you already know some of the famous lines such as “ Estoy embarazada de tu hijo” or “ Díos mío”. In addition, most of the words repeat themselves quite often, so it would be easier to memorize them.

Now that you know that watching movies can be a great way to learn Spanish vocabulary, all that is left to do is to go check them out. Some might even become your favorites.

Gender in Spanish language

In English, it is quite simple: the concept of gender in terms of nouns does not exist. A noun does not have a masculine or feminine designation. On the other hand, in Spanish, nouns do have genders, which often determines the spelling of other words in the sentence, such as articles, and adjectives.

Let’s take for example the definite article in relation with the gender of nouns in Spanish. In English, we use the word “the” as a definite article and its main role is to indicate a specific person or thing. In Spanish, however, there are 4 definite articles which translate into the word “the”.

We have the following:

            Singular     Plural

Masculine    el            los

Feminine     la           las

 Below are some examples in order for you to get an idea of the definite article and when we use it.

  1. El perro está durmiendo. ( = The dog is sleeping.)
  2. Los chicos juegan en el parque. (= The boys play in the park.)
  3. No he visto la nueva película. (= I have not seen the new movie.)
  4. He perdido las llaves de mi casa. (= I have lost the keys to my house.)

So, here comes another question. When do we use the definite article in the Spanish language? Below are some of the most frequent cases.

  1. With nouns that have either a general or an abstract sense:

Example: No me acuerdo mucho de mi infancia. (= I do not remember much about my childhood.)

  1. With nouns in a specific sense:

Example: La madre de Juan no le deja salir. (= Juan’s mother does not let him go out.)

  1. With names of languages

Example: No me gusta el francés. (= I do not like French.)

Exception: when the name of a language is situated after the verb hablar or after the prepositions de and en.

Examples: Ella no habla chino. (= She does not speak Chinese.)

    Me ha hablado de su nuevo profesor de inglés. (= Se has spoken to me about her new English teacher.)

   Ana le ha escrito una carta en alemán a su amiga. (= Ana has written a letter in German to her friend.)

  1. With last names

Example: Los Alonso no han venido a la reunión. (= The Alonsos have not come to the reunion.)

  1. With days of the week

Example: El lunes no va a ir al gimnasio. (= On Monday she is not going to go to the gym.)

  1. With dates

Example: Su aniversario es el cinco de julio. (= Their anniversary is the 5th of July.)

  1. With the hour of the day and other time expressions

Examples: Son las cinco y media. (= It is five thirty.)

No le deja salir por la noche. (= He is not allowed to go out at night.)

This is more or less what you have to know about the gender in Spanish in relation with the definite article. For other grammar issues, do not hesitate to look around this site. You might be amazed about what you will find.

If you want to practice your Spanish conversation or take Spanish classes online, do not hesitate to write me. I may be able to help you because I also teach Spanish to foreign speakers.

Will in Spanish: how to do future tenses in Spanish

Do you want to know how to use will in Spanish? Whether you are making plans for the weekend, for a party, for visiting a museum, or simply planning your vacation for next year, you have to use the future. Even something as simple as the icebreaker: Do you think that it is going to rain tomorrow? (¿crees qué lloverá mañana?), implies using the future. This is why, it is really important to know how to use the different ways of expressing the future. Let´s start.

Ir a + Infinitive

For probably any speaker, the easiest way to express the future in Spanish is by using the construction: ir a+ infinitive. Let´s take a look below in order to see how we use it.

Ir a (going to) in present is conjugated as follows:

  • Yo voy a
  • Tú vas a
  • Él- Ella- Usted va a
  • Nosotros vamos a
  • Vosotros vais a
  • Ellos- Ellas- Ustedes van a

Now, let´s make some sentences for each person:

Examples:

  • Yo voy a ir a la playa la este fin de semana. (I am going to go to the beach this weekend)
  • Tú vas a salir con tus amigos después de acabar el trabajo. (You are going to go out with your friends after you finish work)
  • Él va a aprender a nadar este verano. (He is going to learn how to swim this summer)
  • Nosotros vamos a comprarnos algo para comer esta noche. (We are going to buy something to eat for tonight)
  • Vosotros vais a visitar el nuevo museo de bellas artes. (You are going to visit the museum of fine arts)
  • Ellas van a comer un plato típico peruano. (They are going to eat a typical Peruvian dish.)

Notice that I am writing the subject so you see it, but it is not needed.

It is important to note that the expression ir a+ infinitive is usually used to express near future, for periods that have not yet ended like this week, today, in a couple of hours.

Voy a ir a la piscina esta semana.

The present with future meaning

Sometimes, you do not have to learn something new in order to express the future. It might be even easier than you think. The present can be used to express the future when the subject thinks that the future action will happen for sure. Let´s take a look at some examples.

Examples: La cita es el lunes. (The date is on Monday)

  • Miguel vuelve mañana del viaje. (Tomorrow, Miguel comes back from his trip.)

The future tense

Finally, it is time to learn the future tense. It is the most complicated option out of the three ways to express the future. However, all three verb types (-AR.-ER, -IR) use the same conjugations.

The future is formed from Verb (infinitive case) + the following:

-ás

-emos

-éis

-án

Let´s take three verbs and conjugate them:

Cantar

Yo cantaré

Tú cantarás

Él cantará

Nosotros cantaremos

Vosotros cantaréis

Ellos cantarán

Comer

Yo comeré

Tú comerás

Él comerá

Nosotros comeremos

Vosotros comeréis

Ellos comerán

Ir

Yo iré

Tú irás

Él irá

Nosotros iremos

Vosotros iréis

Ellos irán

Now that you know these three ways of expressing the future, it is time to start making plans. Do keep in mind that the future tense also has some exceptions, but that is a future lesson to be discussed. Wanna practice your Spanish?

Qué, cuál and other variations

Spanish might not be the hardest language in the world, yet it has many confusing words. Well, to be honest, the words themselves are not that confusing, but they can often be used incorrectly. Why? Take for example, “qué” and “cuál”, the words that I will talk about in this post. When translated into English, both words mean “what”. So, how can we avoid these confusions? Read on and you will definitely find out how to use qué in Spanish.

Before we talk about what each word means and how it can be used, it is important to mention that both “qué” and “cuál” can be found in two forms. The first form is with a graphic accent and they are used as interrogative words in questions. When they are written with no accent (“que”, “cual”), the two are used as linking words (relative pronouns).

Let’s start out with an easy tip. Even though this might not always work, you can start out by asking yourself whether you want to say “what” or “which”. Usually, the word “qué” is closer in meaning to the word “what”, while “cuál” can be translated as “which”.

When asking questions, if you want to ask for an explanation, like for example “what is that?”, you will use the word “qué”. If however, you want to ask for a certain object/ person from a group, you use the word “cuál”. For example, if you want to ask about someone’s favorite book: “¿Cuál es tu libro preferido?”.

One main difference between the two words is the fact that cuál usually suggests a choice, selecting something from a group. For example, you can say “¿Cuál te gusta ?” if you want to say “which one do you like?”, meanwhile asking “¿Qué te gusta?” means “What do you like?” and it is used for more general aspects.

A final difference between “qué” and “cuál” is the fact that “qué” is used before nouns, meanwhile the word “cuál” is used before the verb ser (to be). For example: you can say: “¿Qué color te gusta más?” ( What color do you like the most?) or you can say: “¿ Cuál es tu color preferido?” (What is your favorite color).

Even though trying not to mix up these two words might not be easy in at first, in time, they will come more naturally. I would also suggest learning the main differences between ser, estar, and haber, other commonly confused words.

 

Positioning and shortening adjectives in Spanish

In Spanish, adjectives can be either placed before or after the noun that they are describing. It is mostly common for an adjective to be placed after the noun. However, the placement usually depends on a number of factors:

  • The type of adjective
  • The connotation that wants to be conveyed
  • The emphasis.

In some cases, when there are more adjectives describing a noun, and for this reason, there way that we place them depends on the type of adjectives that we use. Possessive adjectives, along with demonstrative adjectives, and adjectives that describe the quantity, are usually placed before the noun, while descriptive adjectives are placed after the noun.

Adjectives that are placed after the noun

In Spanish, the majority of descriptive adjectives are usually placed after the noun that they describe. Let’s take a look at some examples:

  • Una casa azul (= a blue house)
  • Dos perros feos (= two ugly dogs)
  • Algunas historias especiales (= some special stories).

Adjectives that are placed before the noun

In this category we have adjectives that are used to impose limits, such as: numbers, adjectives of quantity, possessive adjectives, and demonstrative adjectives. In the examples from below, you can see that the possessive adjective su (= his) and the number una (= one) are placed before the noun:

  • Su amiga peruana (= his Peruvian friend)
  • Una manzana roja (= a red apple)

The same happens with descriptive adjectives that are used for describing an inherent characteristic or that are used to emphasize a quality:

  • Tenemos buenos recuerdos de las vacaciones (= We have good memories of the holidays).

Now let’s take a look at how some adjectives are shortened in a couple of situations. These adjectives drop the last –o when placed before a masculine, singular noun. In addition, the words alguno and ninguno, when dropping the final –o, they receive an accent on the u.

  • Uno (one) – un libro (= a book)
  • Bueno (good) – un buen vino (= a good wine)
  • Malo (bad) – un mal hijo (= a bad son)
  • Primero (first) – el primer paso (= the first step)
  • Tercero (third) – el tercer viaje (= the third trip)
  • Alguno (some)- algún momento (= some moment)
  • Ninguno (no) – ningún hombre (= no man)

When you have a preposition between the adjective and the noun, the original form of the adjective is used instead of dropping the –o.

  • Uno de tus amigos (=one of your friends).

Grande becomes gran ( great, important) when placed in front of singular masculine or feminine noun:

  • un gran maestro (= a great master)
  • una gran mujer (= a great woman).

However, it remaind grande when placed after a noun:

  • un hombre grande (= a big man)
  • una casa grande (= a big house).

This is the information that you need to know about shortening and positioning adjectives in Spanish. If you need help with Spanish else, do not hesitate to contact me.

The different meanings of the verb gustar in Spanish

Gustar is a special verb in Spanish and you have to be careful with it because as opposed to English, when you say I like this, in Spanish you say that it is pleasing to you. This basically means that in Spanish, these sentences look a bit weird for English speakers, because verbs such as gustar need an indirect object pronoun in order to function. If you are a bit confused, I guess it is better for us to start out with an example. Below is the same sentence in English and Spanish.

English: I like chocolate

Spanish: Me gusta el chocolate (= Chocolate is pleasing to me)

There are some other verbs that act the same as gustar:

  • Disgustar- to upset, displease
  • Faltar -to lack, need
  • Fascinar- to fascinate
  • Importar- to be important
  • Interesar- to interest
  • Parecer- to seem
  • Quedar- to remain to someone, have left

Now, lets take a look at the verb gustar and use it to form a few sentences, just to see how it acts for every person.

  • Me gusta bailar, – I like to dance
  • Te gusta cantar. – You like to sing
  • Le gusta dormir. – He/ She likes to sleep.
  • Nos gusta correr. – We like to run
  • Os gusta comer chocolate.- You like to eat chocolate.
  • Les gusta leer libros. – They like to read books.

Now, lets see how the verb acts when we like more than one thing.

  • Me gustan las flores y las plantas.- I like flowers and plants
  • Te gustan los viajes con tu familia.- You like the trips with your family.
  • Le gustan los juegos de mesa. – He / She likes board games.

Now, if there is more than one verb after gustar, the verb gustar stays the same. Here are some examples:

  • Me gusta cantar y bailar. – I like to sing and dance
  • Nos gusta dormir y comer.- We like to sleep and eat.
  • Te gusta nadar y hacer yoga.- You like to swim and do yoga.

Besides this peculiarity of the verb gustar, it also has some other meanings besides to like. Here are some of them:

  1. feel and perceive the taste of things, as in: Gustar el vino

In this example, liking is very close to the sense of taste, can be replaced by the verb savor. So, to paraphrase this phrase, we can say “saboreó el vino”

  1. experiment, in the sense of trying. To support this definition, see the example:

Algunos poetas gustaron el género épico.

In this example, changing to like with to experiment, we would have: “Some poets experienced the epic genre”

The verb gustar is a bit strange. Kind of when we like something. However, I hope that after you have read this post, things are a bit clearer for you. If you want to learn about how to express feelings, you should also check out my other posts, they should be useful. Also, since Valentine’s Day is coming soon, try to impress your loved one with some romantic Spanish phrases.