12Sentences.com is inspired by Tim Ferriss' grammar 'deconstruction' method from ‘The 4 Hour Chef' - his book on accelerated learning.


Tim's method includes having a native speaker translate sentences like 'I give John the apple' - to help decode the building blocks of a language.

Some kind language speakers have added their translations and recordings to this project. To suggest which languages to add next - vote in the poll.


Tim's method includes having a native speaker translate sentences like 'I give John the apple' - to help decode the building blocks of a language.

Some kind language speakers have added their translations and recordings to this project. To suggest which languages to add next - vote in the poll.

Tim Ferriss' 12 Sentences to deconstruct 🇪🇸 Spanish grammar

¡Hola! I am Leticia, a translator, conference interpreter and Spanish teacher with 15 years of experience, living between Spain and Portugal.

1. The apple is red. La manzana es roja.
2. It is John’s apple. Es la manzana de John.
3. I give John the apple. Le doy la manzana a John.
4. We give him the apple. Le damos la manzana.

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5. He gives it to John. Él se la da a John.
6. She gives it to him. Ella se la da.
7. Is the apple red? ¿La manzana es roja?
8. The apples are red. Las manzanas son rojas.
9. I must give it to him. Debo dársela a él.
10. I want to give it to her. Quiero dársela (a ella).
11. I'm going to know tomorrow. Lo sabré mañana.
12. I can't eat the apple. No puedo comerme la manzana.
I have eaten the apple. Me he comido la manzana.

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