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

Las Fallas: arde Valencia (B1)

Today Richter is preparing his scale in Valencia. Las Fallas are here and explosiones, fuegos artificiales y pólvora, sobre todo olor a pólvora (explosions, Fireworks and gunpowder, especially, gunpowder smell) will invade Valencia’s air and land. Our studens on www.spanishviaskype.com can learn all they need here in order to survive in Valencia. From today to [...]

By | 2017-03-14T13:38:30+00:00 Marzo 15th, 2017|B1, This is Spain|Sin comentarios

Do Spaniards have a chaotic schedule?

A growing chorus of voices is asking to correct Spain’s time zone so we can stop being an anomaly in Europe. Since the sun sets an hour later than in neighboring countries (países vecinos), Spaniards go to sleep later. But they wake up at the same time. Therefore, their work days are so long and disjointed. There [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:31:57+00:00 Agosto 17th, 2016|This is Spain|Sin comentarios

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

Feliz Año Nuevo 2016

Time is over. Do you remember 2014 last post? Have you accomplished your New Year’s resolutions? Was 2015 happier than last year? Tomorrow is Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) and the counter resets. Everybody is planning next holidays, signing up for new language courses or trying to quit smoking. Future is the star these days. However, [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:32:03+00:00 Diciembre 30th, 2015|This is Spain|Sin comentarios

El Día de la Hispanidad (A2)

Next Monday the 12th of October we celebrate el Día de la Hispanidad (the Hispanicity Day), the national day in Spain. You may wonder why this date. On the 12th of October, 1492, Christopher Columbus, supported by Spanish Crown, arrived to America and connected it for the first time with Europe. Although Spain’s influence is [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:32:03+00:00 Octubre 7th, 2015|A2, This is Spain|Sin comentarios

Where does Catalan come from?

Last Sunday Catalonia held parliamentary elections (the two pro-secessionist parties won 47.8% of the vote, which means 72 of Catalonia’s 135 seats, and  52% of Catalans are content with the status quo) and over the last weeks some students have been asking us about their language: Catalan (“catalán” in Spanish and “català” in Catalan), so today we are [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:32:03+00:00 Septiembre 30th, 2015|Spanish Language, This is Spain|Sin comentarios