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

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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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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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

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Reflection on reflexive verbs in Spanish

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Lee este artículo en Español Yo me baño (I take a bath). Yo me aburro (I get bored). Yo me llamo (My name is). These are three similar reflexive structures that are totally different in essence. First class with reflexive verbs and a new challenge begins. For teachers to explain them and for students to use them. In Spanish, the concept of reflexive verbs varies from the traditional one. Let’s reflect on that. While teachers think understanding our reflexive ways is very important, students think it is very complex. And that does not surprise me, for two reason. One, because the so-called reflexive verbs are not such, but only when the subject is the same one that receives the action… Read More »Reflection on reflexive verbs in Spanish

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The necessary emphasis of intonation in Spanish

This dress fits me yes or no! I don’t understand you. Lee este artículo en Español In Spanish, as in many other languages, intonation has different values ​​that make it possible to understand or not the idea of ​​what we want to transmit. In this blog I am going to share with you a very old exercise of Spanish teachers as a mother tongue, but which is also very useful for students of Spanish as a foreign language. But first, let’s look at some distinctive aspects of Spanish intonation. As the crow flies, because this is just practice. By the way, bird flight, is a very popular expression to say that it will be explained quickly and superficially. Spanish intonation:… Read More »The necessary emphasis of intonation in Spanish