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‘Arriba’ and ‘Abajo’: the Origin of the Spanish Language

What was the first Spanish word? When was it pronounced for the very first time? It’s impossible to know. The transition from Latin to Castilian, via vulgar Latin, was slow and smooth. However, the first manifestations of written Castilian are perfectly documented. Las Glosas Emilianenses (10th-century) are one of them. These glosses were annotations in [...]

By | 2018-05-01T14:49:50+00:00 mayo 2nd, 2018|Just Spanish, Spanish Language, Turism|Sin comentarios

Haciendo la pelota (C1)

La pelota (the ball) is one of the most important inventions of human beings, along with the wheel, the airplanes or the internet. Is this statement an exaggeration? Spanish-speaking countries are a good proof of it. Wherever you go, you will see kids, teenagers or even adults playing with una bola, un balón, un cuero, [...]

By | 2017-11-27T23:48:28+00:00 noviembre 29th, 2017|C1, Just Spanish, Spanish World|2 Comments

Sorpasso: the word of the year (B1)

As we informed our students and readers on www.spanishviaskype.com, last Sunday we had the second national election in just six months. The campaign has been less hard than the previous one, but the most used word during these days was the italian sorpasso. Sorpasso is an overtaking, literally, when a car passes another one unexpectedly. [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:31:58+00:00 junio 29th, 2016|B1, Just Spanish|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

How to tell someone off and give orders in Spanish (B2+)

Supongo que muchos ya conocéis la expresión “la sangre latina es caliente”. Pues es cierto, porque aquí, en España, somos bastante viscerales (emotional); tanto a la hora de querer a alguien como a la hora de enfadarnos. Podríamos decir que nos tomamos la vida muy a pecho (we take our lives to heart). ¿Queréis saber qué expresiones [...]

¡Ay, pena, penita, pena! (B2)

If you have good taste for music, you’ll probably answer without a doubt to these questions: who was the king of rock? And the queen? Who used to be sitting in the throne of pop music? Some good answers shouldn’t be very different from Elvis Presley, Tina Turner or Michael Jackson. However, what if I [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:32:04+00:00 julio 15th, 2015|B2, Just Spanish|Sin comentarios

Entre el cielo y el infierno (C1)

La Semana Santa (Easter)  is finished and we start the long way to summer holidays. There have been days of faith and prayers for some and a week of beaches or hiking for others; Seville  was crowded with believers, but Spanish coasts were full of tourists; la Semana Santa is one of the most expected [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:32:04+00:00 abril 8th, 2015|C1, Just Spanish|Sin comentarios