I was wondering - what could be the best ways to express actions that began in the past, but are still continuing in the present?
In English you would say "I have been doing this", meaning it was started in the past, but is still continued.
As I saw, there are no separate tense in Spanish for this. Except 2 ways with using word "hace".
So, for an English sentence: "I have been studying Spanish for 6 months" you could use:
Estudio español desde hace seis meses
Hace seis meses que estudio español
Is it the most preferred way of saying this?
What if you would like to say the same, but without mentioning period (6 months), meaning that hacer cannot be used?
Would you use simple present for this case (I study = I have been studying)?