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Do Spaniards have a chaotic schedule?

A growing chorus of voices is asking to correct Spain’s time zone so we can stop being an anomaly in Europe. Since the sun sets an hour later than in neighboring countries (países vecinos), Spaniards go to sleep later. But they wake up at the same time. Therefore, their work days are so long and disjointed. There [...]

By |2017-02-15T22:31:57+01:00八月 17th, 2016|This is Spain|0 条评论

Exploring the verb “tener”: idiomatic expressions (A2)

The Spanish verb “tener” means “to have”, but it’s also used in some idiomatic expressions because we use it not only to talk about possession, but also to express very different sensations: “tengo hambre” (I’m hungry), “mi hermano tiene 42  años” (my brother is 42 years old) or “mi hija tiene frío” (my daughter is cold). Let’s [...]

By |2017-02-15T22:31:57+01:00七月 27th, 2016|A2, Pocket Grammar, Spanish Language, SpanishviaSkype|0 条评论

10 multilingual celebrities

Celebrities make a living off their skills to perform, act, sing, dance and master stage presence, but they also have to master their speaking and communication skills, especially when pursuing international careers. Though you’ve probably only ever heard most of the celebrities on this list speak English, as their success is primarily in USA entertainment industry, [...]

By |2017-02-15T22:31:58+01:00七月 6th, 2016|Spanish Language, SpanishviaSkype|0 条评论

¿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+01:00六月 15th, 2016|B1, Spanish Language, SpanishviaSkype|0 条评论

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+01:00四月 27th, 2016|Spanish language, This is Spain|0 条评论

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+01:00四月 6th, 2016|SIELE, Spanish language|0 条评论

¿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 [...]

By |2017-02-15T22:32:02+01:00三月 2nd, 2016|C1, Spanish language, Students doubts about Spanish|0 条评论