Pedir v Preguntar

Both of these verbs in Spanish mean “to ask” but you would use each one in different situations. In this blog post we will explain when to use them.

To ask for something / to request something / to order a service or an item

e.g. Voy a pedir los postres ahora. I am going to order the desserts now.
e.g. Pedimos que vuelvan enseguida. We ask them to return straightaway.
e.g. Pido la carne bien hecha. I order the meat well done. Continue reading

8 fun ways to continue your language learning over the summer!

Despite the fact that summer is a busy time – it is also the ideal time to focus on learning a language – many people are off work, have more free time and the weather is better to get out and about doing different things. As most people learning a new language know, if you take a break from learning you really notice the difference when you come back to it and find that you have forgotten many things that you knew so well before. This is why it is really important to keep your learning going over the summer months. Here we will look at some fun ways you can keep learning over the summer: Continue reading

Learn Spanish with music!

Despacito – Justin Bieber, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee

An easy and fun way to improve your language skills is by listening to songs. Here is the huge summer hit by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee which Justin Bieber has released a new version of, meaning that it is heard in not just Spanish-speaking countries but English-speaking ones too. It is very catchy and proves that it seems like everyone is learning Spanish these days! Watch the video below and follow the Spanish section’s lyrics that have been translated into English: Continue reading

15 Spanish expressions using animals

The Spanish language is full of idiomatic expressions that are used in everyday conversation. When you chat with native-speaking people it can really help you keep up with what they are saying if you can learn some of the most common ones. Here we are going to focus on popular idioms using animals. Some are similar to ones we use in English but others do not exist in English at all:

1) Estar como una cabra – To be completely mad Continue reading

11 Spanish expressions to learn before your business trip to Spain

If you want your business trip to Spain to be as successful as it can be, it would be wise to learn a few phrases in Spanish to make a good impression with people you are trying to set up good relations with. Spanish employers, colleagues and clients will really appreciate your efforts to learn their native language. Here are a few to begin with:

1. Encantado/a * de conocerle.Pleased to meet you. * If you are female, use “Encantada”

2. Le presento a mi compañero/a (name)I’ll introduce you to …

3. Quisiéramos hablar del asunto de …We would like to talk/discuss the matter of … Continue reading

“One” of my star pupils!

Individual language tuition is so effective!

The best thing about my job is seeing how much progress people make. Most people start out learning Spanish as complete beginners, not knowing barely a word of the language except perhaps “hola” (hello) or “Dos cervezas, por favor” (Two beers, please). However, this soon changes! A lot of people who have private lessons choose to do so because they prefer a one-to-one or two-to-one lesson rather than learn in a classroom full of people which they find too intimidating. They would be reluctant to speak out in front of everyone, therefore get little opportunity to practise the language or to ask questions. Also, they find that in a larger group of people, everyone tends to be at different levels – some know more than others and want to progress faster than those at lower levels who can get left behind and lose interest.

These are the reasons why one of my clients came to me to learn Spanish. She was very lacking in confidence and felt that she would “never master this language”, however, she has now moved to Spain permanently and here is a list of things she has been able to use the language for in addition to the general daily getting-by when living in a foreign country: Continue reading

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