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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+01:00diciembre 30th, 2015|This is Spain|Sin comentarios

Elecciones generales (B1)

Time is over. Next Sunday the 20th, Spaniards will put an end to an exciting political year. The Spanish general election to the Congress and the Senate will be held and a huge change in the history of Spain may happen. For about 33 years, only two parties have been able to form a goverment: [...]

By |2017-02-15T22:32:03+01:00diciembre 16th, 2015|B1, Words made in Spain|Sin comentarios

Ya vs todavía: enemigos íntimos (A2)

David vs Goliath, Cleopatra vs Cicero, Achilles vs Hector… legends and history are full of antagonisms. Opposite words are called antonyms, the Yin-Yang of linguistics. They are usually easy to use: we just need to choose one or the other: simple like that. However, our students on www.spanishviaskype.com eventually find [...]

By |2017-07-04T16:38:22+01:00diciembre 9th, 2015|A2, Pocket Grammar|Sin comentarios

6 common mistakes in Spanish made by English speakers (B1)

Unless you’re something other than human, there’s no way to learn and use a foreign language without making your share of mistakes. Here there are 6 fairly common grammatical errors, listed in no particular order, that you should try to avoid when learning Spanish. Don’t become frustrated! We are aware it is so difficult to learn [...]

When do we use “al + infinitive”? (B1)

Some of our Spanish students have doubts about when they have to use “al + infinitive” in Spanish, so today we’ll go over this issue. First of all, you need to know that in this case “al” is not the contraction of “a + el” but rather an indicator of action in progress (normally in [...]

Sharing the world and words (I) (B1)

Spain is within a period of upheaval. Historical arguments about autonomy and Independence mark the current political discussions you can hear in the Congress, in a bar or at home. Cataluña (Catalunya in catalan language, Catalonia in English) has tried to get more competencies from the State, such as health services, economy, security corps… Nevertheless, [...]

By |2017-02-15T22:32:03+01:00noviembre 18th, 2015|B1, Words made in Spain|Sin comentarios

Tacos (I): Sex Mex

Taco. What do our students on www.spanishviaskype.com think when they hear this word? Rica comida mexicana (delicious Mexican food). And they’re right. Mexico has put its own word in the “world wide dictionary”, that vocabulary list that everybody recognizes even though they don’t know about its origin. Taco is a Mexican dish made of a [...]

By |2017-02-15T22:32:03+01:00noviembre 4th, 2015|C1, Words made in Spain|Sin comentarios

How do we use the verb ‘quedar’?

Many of our students get confused when they hear the verb ‘quedar’ because it has many different meanings depending on the context. That’s why two years ago we wrote this post about this issue. Now, we have decided to go over it again, explaining the most common ways ‘quedar’ can be used in everyday conversation, so please [...]