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Indicative vs subjunctive: 4 uses that will drive you crazy

If we did a survey about what is the hardest topic for our students at Spanishviaskype.com, we’re sure that they would answer ‘the subjunctive mode’. During these years, we’ve analysed many uses of subjunctive from a functional point of view: how to express wishes, opinions, probabilities…, but also giving syntactic [...]

By | 2018-10-08T17:13:47+00:00 octubre 10th, 2018|Pocket Grammar, Spanish Language|Sin comentarios

Heat wave in Europe: 5 warnings against it

Heat is whipping Europe. This first half of summer 2018 is breaking all records. Maybe we’re used to deal with it in Spain, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t need to follow some advertencias (warnings). Every year, some kids and old people die because of golpes de calor (heat strokes), ahogarse (getting drowned) or [...]

By | 2018-07-24T09:58:01+00:00 julio 25th, 2018|Pocket grammar|Sin comentarios

Common mistakes made by our students (July)

Football World Cup 2018 has just finished and now we have a new campeón (champion): France. Felicidades (congratulations) to our neighbours. This championship will go down to history not only for its unpredictability (many of the most powerful national teams were eliminated during the first rounds) but also for the goalkeepers’ mistakes: David de Gea [...]

¿Cómo?: 8 Funny Expressions to Show Manner in Spanish

There is a huge variety of choices to express modo (manner) in Spanish. You have at your disposal adverbs of manner (así, despacio, bien, perfectamente…), gerunds (estudia español reservando una clase en www.spanishviaskype.com) or subordinate clauses (haz el examen DELE como te hemos enseñado en clase). Manner seems to be [...]

By | 2018-05-08T17:25:25+00:00 mayo 9th, 2018|Pocket Grammar, Spanish Language|1 comentario

Semana Santa: the 7 Deadly Sins of the Spanish Language

It’s time of arrepentimiento (repentance) and penitencia (penance): La Semana Santa (Holy Week) it’s here. Many Spanish Christians will celebrate this festivity along the country. It’s not easy to understand these traditions (procesiones, nazarenos, cofradías…) for a foreign tourist. Here, you will find a guide to do it. At www.spanishviaskype.com, [...]

By | 2018-03-31T19:23:28+00:00 marzo 28th, 2018|Actualidad, Pocket Grammar|2 Comments

Is Spanish a sexist language? (A2)

Grammatical gender is one of the easiest linguistic categories in English language. Nevertheless, it’s more complicated in Spanish. On Spanish for Different Levels Course at SpanishviaSkype.com our students can learn how to form masculine and feminine nouns, adjectives and pronouns. For many years, feminism has been fighting against inequality between [...]

By | 2018-02-21T12:15:43+00:00 febrero 21st, 2018|A2, Actualidad, Pocket Grammar|Sin comentarios

2017 Spanish Constitution Day (A1)

A day like today, 39 years ago, Spain started its transition from a dictatorship towards a democracy with a new constitution. After hard negotiations and efforts, Spaniards left their differences aside and decided to build a common place to live together. Nowadays, those differences have surfaced again stronger and stronger. The Catalan independence movement and [...]

By | 2017-12-05T13:50:22+00:00 diciembre 6th, 2017|A1, Actualidad|2 Comments

Sergio Ramírez: 2017 Cervantes Prize awarded (B2)

Sergio Ramírez, Sandinista revolutionary, politician, journalist, novelist and Nicaraguan. This is the new Cervantes Prize winner’s profile, the most important Spanish literature award. The first Nicaraguan awarded ever, has opted for social commitment, questioning our reality and searching the historical models of literature and art in his works. “Cuando uno no es Quijote, se convierte [...]

By | 2017-11-21T13:27:08+00:00 noviembre 22nd, 2017|B2, Pocket Grammar, Spanish World|2 Comments