8 tips for negotiating in Spain (B1)

Negociar (negotiating) is one of the most common reasons to travel to a foreign country for a businessperson. In such a globalized world, international relationships are the key to evolve and develop as a modern and influential company. In spite of this, it’s never easy to understand a different culture, [...]

By | 2017-06-13T10:50:58+00:00 Junio 14th, 2017|B1, Business|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

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

¿El idioma español está invadido por el inglés? (B1)

La respuesta es sí. La tendencia del uso de anglicismos (anglicisms) en el día a día es cada vez más habitual. Palabras como selfie (autofoto/autorretrato), networking (trabajo en red), smartphone (teléfono inteligente), trending topic (tendencia), tweet (tuit), followers (seguidores), e-book (libro electrónico), coach (entrenador), gym (gimnasio), runner (corredor) o website (página web)  están presentes en nuestro vocabulario cotidiano. [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:31:58+00:00 Junio 15th, 2016|B1, Spanish Language, SpanishviaSkype|Sin comentarios

¿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 [...]

X-files (I): la verdad está aquí dentro (B1)

Last February the legendary TV series, Expediente X (X-Files) finished its probably last chapters. Mulder and Scully returned this year, fourteen years later, to try to close the opened plots or, maybe to bring joy to nostalgic fans. Unkown events are always disconcerting for human beings. Our brain works with experiences and activities we’ve never [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:32:02+00:00 Marzo 9th, 2016|B1, Just Spanish, Spanish Language|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 [...]

How do we express doubts in Spanish? (B1)

Many of our students ask us about the way Spaniards express doubts, so today we’ll teach you how to do it. It’s very easy: if a fact is doubted its main verb should be in the subjunctive mood; otherwise, expressions of doubt are stated in Spanish similarly to how they are in English. Let’s take [...]