Trump and the Spanish language

"Stay tuned as we continue to update whitehouse.gov" is the message Internet users get when trying to access www.whitehouse.gov/espanol since January 20th, when Trump administration decided to bring down the Spanish-language side of the White House website.The new government has posted just 2 tuits on its account on Twitter (Spanish version) @LaCasaBlanca and its Facebook (Spanish version) page doesn't exist [...]

Spanish course for medical professionals (B1)

  Today’s medical professionals must adapt to meet the challenges that come with the growing demographic diversity in the health care population. This often requires that health care providers learn to communicate clearly and effectively with patients and their relatives in a second language, such Spanish.  SpanishviaSkype has designed a Spanish Course for Medical Professionals [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:31:52+00:00 enero 25th, 2017|B2, C1, Spanish language, SpanishviaSkype|Sin comentarios

Narcos: Spanish in the prime-time (B1)

TV Series have become one the most important products in the entertainment industry. We “get hooked” by them for years and, eventually, we consider their characters to be part of our lives. In the past we brought some articles related to series to our blog on www.spanishviaskype.com: Game of Thrones, X-Files or Breaking Bad are [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:31:53+00:00 octubre 19th, 2016|B1, Spanish language, Spanish World|Sin comentarios

Remembering Cervantes 400 years after his death

2016 marks the fourth centenary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, known as the “father of the modern novel”. To commemorate this event, the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport has presented an official program of activities that will take place throughout the year, both nationally and internationally. One of the most interesting [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:31:59+00:00 abril 27th, 2016|Spanish language, This is Spain|Sin comentarios

SIELE: the first international certificate of universal Spanish

The Instituto Cervantes, the University of Salamanca (USAL) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) have launched a new model for certification in Universal Spanish called the SIELE, International Assessment Service for the Spanish Language (Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española). The SIELE exam is a system that assesses and certifies Spanish [...]

By | 2017-02-15T22:32:00+00:00 abril 6th, 2016|SIELE, Spanish language|Sin comentarios

¿Español o castellano? (C1)

Muchos de nuestros estudiantes nos preguntan cuál es la manera correcta de referirse al idioma que están aprendiendo (¿español o castellano?), así que el post de hoy se lo dedicamos a ellos. Como regla básica: podemos utilizar los vocablos español y castellano indistintamente ya que son sinónimos, aunque es preferible usar la palabra "español" porque [...]

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 [...]