Solo sé que no sé nada (B2)

“I know that I know nothing”; with this phrase, Socrates, the Greek philosopher, paraphrased by Plato (Socrates never said that, literally) did not mean that he actually knew nothing. In fact, he meant that he had certeza (certainty) of nothing. That legendary quote has its equivalent in our era: “you know nothing, Jon Snow”. This [...]

By | 2017-04-24T18:44:26+00:00 Abril 26th, 2017|B2, Pocket Grammar|Sin comentarios

How do we use “hace” and “desde” in time expressions? (B1)

The verb “hacer”, which literally means “to do” or “to make,” is found in a number of idiomatic expressions. One of this verb’s most important uses has to do with expressing time: ¿Cuánto tiempo hace que vives en  Madrid? (How long have you been living in Madrid?).  These kind of expressions are very common in [...]

By | 2017-02-22T12:55:17+00:00 Febrero 22nd, 2017|B1, Pocket Grammar, Spanish Language|Sin comentarios

Siempre a la moda (B1)

Son múltiples las razones por las que nuestros estudiantes y muchas personas en todo el mundo se sienten atraídas (feel attracted) por España y por el español. Una de ellas sin duda es la moda, muchas marcas (brands), diseñadores (designers) y modelos (models) reconocidos internacionalmente son españoles. Marcas como Inditex con Zara a la cabeza, [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:31:53+00:00 Noviembre 16th, 2016|Pocket Grammar|Sin comentarios

¿Qué hora es? (A1)

In Spanishviaskype we share many things with our students, specially the interest about our beautiful language, but one thing that most of the times don’t have in common is the time zone (huso horario). Winter is coming and next weekend in Spain and all countries from the European Union we are going to leave the [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:31:53+00:00 Octubre 26th, 2016|Pocket Grammar|Sin comentarios

Verb ‘hacer’: 9 practical uses

‘Hacer’ is one of the most versatile verbs in Spanish. Spaniards use it in a wide range of expressions that we use daily. Although it is often said to mean “to make” or “to do”, in context it can refer to almost any activity as well as the act of becoming. ‘Hacer’ is almost always [...]

Exploring the verb “tener”: idiomatic expressions (A2)

The Spanish verb “tener” means “to have”, but it’s also used in some idiomatic expressions because we use it not only to talk about possession, but also to express very different sensations: “tengo hambre” (I’m hungry), “mi hermano tiene 42  años” (my brother is 42 years old) or “mi hija tiene frío” (my daughter is cold). Let’s [...]

¿Qué significa Pepe? (B1)

El pasado domingo, 19 de marzo, en España celebramos el día del padre. Es una fiesta que se celebra desde hace relativamente poco (1948) y se eligió ese día por ser el día de San José, el padre de Jesús. En realidad, San José era el padre adoptivo de Jesús (Jesus Christi Pater Putatibus) y una [...]