Useful Spanish vocabulary to describe your daily routine (A1)

Daily routine vocabulary is very useful for any Spanish learners. This will make the words easier to remember and improve your functional ability to communicate in Spanish. Moreover, knowing daily routine vocabulary will help you think in Spanish. If you can discuss or even think about your daily activities in Spanish, it’ll [...]

How are Spanish Holy Week processions? (B1)

Since the 14th century, the festival of Semana Santa (Holy Week) is celebrated across Spain. In Christianity, Holy Week is the one-week period preceding Easter, the day believers celebrate Jesus rising from the dead. The streets of Seville, and other Spanish cities including Malaga, will be filled with thousands of medieval robed and [...]

By | 2017-04-18T13:25:00+00:00 Abril 12th, 2017|A1, SpanishviaSkype, This is Spain|Sin comentarios

12 different ways to say “no” in Spanish (B1)

I’m pretty sure all our students know how to say “no” in Spanish: no. It’s quite straight forward. But, what about saying “no” in different ways? “No” is fine, but sometimes is just too plain, so let’s learn another ways to say “no”. If we want to emphasise we can say it several times, “no, no, no…”, as many [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:31:52+00:00 Noviembre 23rd, 2016|A1, How do you say in Spanish?, Spanish Language|Sin comentarios

Is Spanish a sexist language? (A1)

This is a long-debated discussion in Spain. In the last few decades, assorted universities, unions and autonomous communities in Spain have created style guides with new rules prescribing non-sexist language. It’s true that the masculine gender predominates in the Spanish language when speaking in the plural form: the parents of three girls and one boy would refer to [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:31:53+00:00 Noviembre 2nd, 2016|A1, Spanish Language|Sin comentarios

La vuelta al cole (A1)

Here it is, beloved by parents, hated by children, la vuelta al cole (back to school) has come. After three months of summer holidays, nine never-ending months are on the horizon, but the worst problem for their progenitors is not the future but the present. Family economics might be a nightmare these days if there [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:31:54+00:00 Septiembre 7th, 2016|A1, Words made in Spain|Sin comentarios

Pokémon Go or how to sightsee in 21st Century (A2)

When Satoshi Taijiri was young, he was only keen on play video games. Ignoring his father’s advices, he refused to study engineering and tried to work in the video games design industry. That’s how Capsule Monster was born under Nintendo’s sponsorship. This game evolved into Pocket Monster and finally, what we know nowadays as Pokémon. [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:31:57+00:00 Julio 20th, 2016|A1, Spanish Language, Words made in Spain|Sin comentarios

United States Customs and Border Protection agency “speaks” Spanish

United States Customs and Border Protection Agency (Agencia de Protección de Fronteras y Aduanas) is now offering a Spanish-language information service. This agency says is a “first step” (primer paso) toward providing Spanish-speakers a more effective means of communicating with agents responsible for protecting the nation’s borders (las fronteras del país). […]

By | 2017-02-15T22:32:02+00:00 Enero 20th, 2016|A1, Spanish Language, SpanishviaSkype|Sin comentarios

Errare humanum est (A1)

“To err is human”. Historians don’t agree if this quote’s autor is Seneca, Cicero or St. Augustine, but everybody has used it. It’s the perfect excuse when we made a mistake. “Oh, teacher, I’m sorry, I failed this calculation, but, you know… errare humanum est”. When we learn a new language, it’s not only normal [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:32:04+00:00 Julio 29th, 2015|A1, Pocket Grammar|Sin comentarios

Numbers (I): the universal language (A1)

Globalization has increased the need of learning languages. Information travels at the speed of light and we have to be ready to be able to understand it. All of us should learn English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic… for different reasons: economic, sociopolitical, labour or just tourist ones. However, neither English nor Spanish are or will be [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:32:04+00:00 Junio 17th, 2015|A1, Pocket Grammar|Sin comentarios