Cervantes Institute creates Spanish Observatory at Harvard

Spain’s Cervantes Institute, a nonprofit organization that was created by the Spanish government and promotes the study of Spanish language and culture, will establish an Observatory for the study of Spanish in the United States at Harvard University, which will help consolidate the expansion of the language in a country with close to 50 million [...]

By |2017-02-15T22:32:13+01:00octubre 30th, 2013|B1, Spanish Language|Sin comentarios

The origins of…

Have you ever wondered why there are so many words starting with “al-“ in Spanish? Don’t you think it’s funny when you pronounce the word “ojalá”? Do you wish to have a “ñ letter key” in your keyboard, when you are taking a Spanish lesson via Skype? I’m sure our students on www.spanishviaskype.com do. Today [...]

By |2017-02-15T22:32:13+01:00octubre 24th, 2013|Spanish Language, Words made in Spain|1 comentario

Spanish prepositions “a” and “en” (B1)

One of my Spanish language students (from the United States) has a lot of trouble using “a” and “en”, so this post aims to explain the differences between these two prepositions. First of all, let me explain that the English equivalents for “a” are “to” and “at” and for “en” are “in”, “on”, “inside” and [...]

Reflexive verbs (III): Quedar or quedarse (B1)

Previously on this blog: “Comer or comerse” and “Ir or irse”… The series continue and here we go again, struggling to deal with the “se” problem. The addiction of this reflexive pronoun sometimes provide the verb with a little change of meaning, as in the previous examples (ir and comer), but in other instances, the [...]

A new edition of DELE is here!

As most of you know, there is another edition of DELE (Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language) next month (written exam will be November 22th and 23th and for the oral exam you must consult the testing center), so if you want to register, don’t wait too much because the registration date expires on October [...]

By |2017-02-15T22:32:14+01:00octubre 3rd, 2013|DELE|Sin comentarios