Reading in Spanish

Lee este artículo en español. We all know how reading can improve your Spanish. Your next challenge might be to finish reading a whole book in Spanish. You will know that feeling of satisfaction when you finally  turn the final page.  Sometimes we have to lower our expectations about books in Spanish. Believe me, if you are not an advanced student, you don’t want to read Don Quijote de la Mancha. It is a masterpiece, a difficult book, with an extraordinary and deep meaning. You want something light, easy to understand and read. Usually it is the same with movies, you don’t want to learn a dialect or be frustrated with slams. Reading in Spanish will  improve your skills. It’ll… Read More »Reading in Spanish

8 Untranslatable Spanish Words

Lee este artículo en español. In Spanish we have many expressions and words that perfectly define some actions that do not have  an exact translation in English. Some accurate words that precisely describe something you are doing or feeling and you wish to have them in your language. There are even  emotions that  can not be expressed , because other languages do not have words for them. That is the case of Querer y Amar, these words can describe different degrees of love. Some Spanish words capture and describe much better what you want to say. Learning Spanish unlocks new ways to express ourselves in these words-that-don’t-quite-translate. Sometimes it takes a whole phrase to attempt to translate the meaning of… Read More »8 Untranslatable Spanish Words

Are you moving to Spain?

Lee este artículo en español. Are you thinking of moving to Spain? Yes, you will discover an amazing country. You will find more than  sun, sea, tapas and sangría.  It is a country with history, a sense of community, diversity, and extraordinary natural beauty. With a famously laid-back lifestyle and a recovering economy Spain is appealing to a growing number of people, especially those  who have learned  Spanish. As any other foreign culture you need to fit in well. The knowledge of culture will make it easier for you to adapt, and remember a big part of the culture is the native language. We strongly recommend taking Spanish classes before you decide to set off this adventure. Remember if you… Read More »Are you moving to Spain?

How the subjunctive works in Spanish

We give you some starting ideas

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The subjunctive creates a lot of expectations in students. They hear about it even before it is at the learning stage. Some see it as a thousand-headed monster that they will have to battle. Others look forward to it because they want to feel part of the intermediate and advanced learners. The truth is the subjunctive is a new world to correctly express what the students previously incorrectly said since they used the only way they knew: the indicative.

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How to learn Spanish fast?

Lee este artículo en español. It doesn’t matter your reasons to learn Spanish. New job abroad? A Latinamerican boyfriend/girlfriend? Good business in México? In-laws from Madrid? You want to learn Spanish fast. We all know learning a language is a process where you have to invest time and effort. A process is affected by several factors, it is not a straight path. Your commitment, your method, your language-exposure will be part of this process. Answering the question: How can I learn Spanish quickly? I want to give you some effective tips that will help you to go faster. 1-IMMERSION Immersion is a learning technique that means you need to be involved with the target language as much as possible. Immersion … Read More »How to learn Spanish fast?

Do you speak “portuñol” and want to talk in Spanish? Learn some tips here.

Lee este artículo en español / Leia este artigo em espanhol Did you know Spanish and Portuguese are 90% similar? Yes, it is true  9 out of 10 words in these two languages ​​look the same. Both  Spanish and Portuguese are Romance languages. It means they derived from Latin,  the language of the Roman Empire. Despite that, native speakers could not understand each other because the remaining 10 percent is very different, especially pronunciation and syntax. Also, between Brazilians and  Spanish speakers from America, the typical speech speed of those living near the coasts will make communication impossible. To understand each other, they will have to know and introduce changes in the target language. Ah, but thanks to the vocabulary… Read More »Do you speak “portuñol” and want to talk in Spanish? Learn some tips here.

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General Spanish or Professional Spanish Classes. Which Spanish program to choose?

Lee este artículo en español. Let’s see. You have already decided to open up to an experience that will change your life. Yes, it is true. That is learning a language. It is to have a change of life, forever. To be bilingual is to have another identity. It is not having a passport that allows you to enter into other cultural worlds with permission. It is more than that. It is to be part of those worlds. Deciding it was the product of an intense internal debate. How much time will I have to dedicate to it? Will I spend a lot of money? Will it be easy or difficult for me? They are the first questions. However, did… Read More »General Spanish or Professional Spanish Classes. Which Spanish program to choose?

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Ready to speak Spanish and take a trip to our world?

Lee este artículo en Español  It is the first day of classes, day 1, or even day 0 because it is a day when we have not started the program yet. That day we introduced ourselves. That day we met. That day we are full of expectations and questions. Not questions about Spanish, questions, concerns about the other. I, the teacher, about the student, and he or she, about me.  Will you like me? Will you like our classes? Will you be curious, interested, and responsible? Will it be nice? Will I understand him? Will you understand me? Will he have a family? What will your job be? Has he traveled a lot? Will you know other languages? We have… Read More »Ready to speak Spanish and take a trip to our world?

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The value of the saying in Spanish

Lee este artículo en Español If you like animals, this article is for you. But it is also the case if you want to know about the set phrases used in popular culture. Those phrases in Spanish are called idioms and also, if they are more elaborated, sayings. Many of them have their equivalents in other languages. However, the vocabulary, the structure, and even the similes may be different. It is the best value we see for you to learn them. You will see. When you learn these phrases and sayings, it will be useful only if: – You reflect on the cultural imagery they express. -You pay attention to the vocabulary, the structures, and the image of meaning that… Read More »The value of the saying in Spanish

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Guess guesser, the grammatical gender in Spanish

Lee este artículo en Español If you are a Spanish student, you may have asked yourself, or asked your teacher, what is the most difficult thing to learn in the Spanish system. Our answer is: -the quantity and use of pronouns,-the number of conjugations of the different tenses of the verbs,-gender and concordance. Right away, when responding, we add:The first two are learned in the progress of levels of complexity, calmly and step by step. We are doing revelations, explanations, and practice. The third, gender and its concordance, although it is true it has grammatical principles that must be known, it will only be with the identification and use of the word that it will be recorded in memory with… Read More »Guess guesser, the grammatical gender in Spanish