Weekly Tip: The best approach for learning the Subjunctive in Spanish!

Weekly Tip: The best approach for learning the Subjunctive in Spanish!

We just started our Subjunctive review in class, and many of you are a little freaked out (understatement). I get it. It’s a big undertaking, a scary one. But it’s not as bad as you may think 🙂


When many of you studied the subjunctive in high school or college, the approach that was used is more than likely the “let’s read everything there is to know about the subjunctive and then do a bunch of exercises that are not related to my life at all.” PBO likes to take a different approach.


1 – First we think it’s a great idea for you to get curious about and appreciate the Subjunctive for what it is. It’s one of the things that makes Spanish such an interesting language. This is why we recommended this great TedX Talk:


2 – Learn a little bit about it. When is it used? Why? How?

Some great resources:




(We will incorporate mini-lessons in class, as well as giving you some homework on this subject).

3 – Practice it, giving real examples of things that may or may have/could have/should have happened in your own life. When you use grammar in relation to real things in your own life, you are much more likely to remember it, than if you practice through made up examples about things “Juanito” does.
(This is what we will be doing in class for a few weeks).

4 – Last, but not least, have an open mind. If you know that you can learn the Subjunctive, you’re right. If you know that you can’t, you’re also right.