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Polvo eres… (B2+)

Today Christians celebrate el Miércoles de Ceniza (the Ash Wednesday). They get a a cross of ashes placed on their forehead. This sign symbolizes that somos polvo y al polvo volveremos (we are dust, and to dust we shall return). In this way, la Cuaresma (the Lent) starts. From today, we’ll have forty days to [...]

By |2017-02-15T22:32:02+01:00febrero 10th, 2016|B2, This is Spain, Words made in Spain|Sin comentarios

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

El Día de la Hispanidad (A2)

Next Monday the 12th of October we celebrate el Día de la Hispanidad (the Hispanicity Day), the national day in Spain. You may wonder why this date. On the 12th of October, 1492, Christopher Columbus, supported by Spanish Crown, arrived to America and connected it for the first time with Europe. Although Spain’s influence is [...]

By |2017-02-15T22:32:03+01:00octubre 7th, 2015|A2, This is Spain|Sin comentarios

Where does Catalan come from?

Last Sunday Catalonia held parliamentary elections (the two pro-secessionist parties won 47.8% of the vote, which means 72 of Catalonia’s 135 seats, and  52% of Catalans are content with the status quo) and over the last weeks some students have been asking us about their language: Catalan (“catalán” in Spanish and “català” in Catalan), so today we are [...]

By |2017-02-15T22:32:03+01:00septiembre 30th, 2015|Spanish Language, This is Spain|Sin comentarios

Vamos a tomar algo

Summer is here and summer in Spain means calor (heat). We’re suffering temperatures above 40 °C in some parts of the country. Under these circumstances, what’s the best plan for such a sizzling evening? In my opinión, ir a tomar algo (to go for a drink) is a good option. Spanish squares and avenues are [...]

By |2017-02-15T22:32:04+01:00julio 1st, 2015|This is Spain|Sin comentarios

Spanish recipe: Gazpacho (A2)

Summer is coming (we’re not the Starks in Game of Thrones), and every single Spaniard is thinking about their holidays. Most of them will choose La Costa del Sol (the Sun Coast), in the south of Andalucía, la Costa Blanca (the White Coast) in the east, or Las Islas Canarias [...]

By |2017-07-04T17:07:39+01:00mayo 6th, 2015|A2, This is Spain|Sin comentarios

Spotahome: the best way to get a house before moving to Spain

As true Spaniards, we at Spanishviaskype know that finding an apartment in Spain isn’t easy; in fact, it can often be a nightmare. We’ve definitely had our own fair share of apartment search horror stories. As you rummage through all of the traditional websites that you would normally use to find the room, studio, or [...]

By |2017-02-15T22:32:04+01:00abril 29th, 2015|SpanishviaSkype, This is Spain|Sin comentarios

Un libro y una rosa (B2)

Barcelona is a beautiful and tourist city. You might have heard about La Sagrada Familia, Las Ramblas or Barceloneta Beach. We’ve already talked about Barcelona on our blog here. Tomorrow, April the 23rd, will be a special day in Cataluña: El día del libro (The World Book Day) and El [...]

By |2017-07-04T18:14:33+01:00abril 22nd, 2015|B2, This is Spain|Sin comentarios