Lengua y Guerra (B2)

Speaking properly, has been considered a value of education, status and even wealth. So, why do we have many examples of fights, arguments and even guerras (wars) along history? Certainly, a wrong polite set expression, an incorrect adaptation of our language register or an inappropriate use of a double meaning [...]

By | 2017-03-28T21:56:47+00:00 Marzo 29th, 2017|B2, Words made in Spain|Sin comentarios

Time is relative (C1)

Albert Einstein was a man ahead of his time… or maybe “behind of his time”. Not for nothing, he said: “El tiempo es relativo (time is relative)”. Actually, he was not a brilliant boy at school, according to his teachers. However, he became the most recognized scientist in the 20th century. As a result of [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:31:51+00:00 Febrero 15th, 2017|C1, Words made in Spain|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

Panem et circenses (B2)

Pan y circo (bread and circuses) was a sentence coined by the Roman poet Juvenal to criticize the populist policies adopted by the politicians at that moment. If the economy is decreasing, don’t worry, let’s host gladiator combats, a quadriga race or a massacre starred by hungry lions eating up some scared Christians. Of course, [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:31:59+00:00 Mayo 20th, 2016|B2, Words made in Spain|Sin comentarios

Verbos comodines (I): hacer (B1)

Have you ever been called aprendiz de todo, maestro de nada (jack of all trades, master of none)? Maybe you’re a person who knows (or you think you know) about many subjects but actually you’re not specialised in anything. Some decades ago, this kind of people were fought over by any company, but nowadays, they [...]

Polvo eres… (B2+)

Today Christians celebrate el Miércoles de Ceniza (the Ash Wednesday). They get a a cross of ashes placed on their forehead. This sign symbolizes that somos polvo y al polvo volveremos (we are dust, and to dust we shall return). In this way, la Cuaresma (the Lent) starts. From today, we’ll have forty days to [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:32:02+00:00 Febrero 10th, 2016|B2, This is Spain, Words made in Spain|Sin comentarios

Tabúes sexuales (C1)

I’ve been always fascinated by human’s ability to conceal natural things because of morality, ethics, religion or complexes. It’s very funny when babies start learning to talk and suddenly they say: “pito, culo, caca…” (penis, butt, crap) and their blushed parents tell them off, due to their embarrassment. All of these (rude?) words are called [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:32:02+00:00 Enero 27th, 2016|C1, Words made in Spain|Sin comentarios