Monthly Archives: September 2011

Interesting Spanish: Compound Words (2 words in 1)

Compound words, “palabras compuestas” are two separate words joined together to create a single word.

For example: parasol (sunshade) is formed from: para (it stops) + sol (sun) [it stops sun]

Often they are created for humour and many do not survive over time.

Here is a list of the most interesting and commonly used in Spanish today: Continue reading

Enjoy learning Spanish by listening to songs!

Listen to “Escapar” (Escape) by Enrique Iglesias

A popular and fun way to improve your Spanish can be achieved effortlessly through listening to songs in Spanish.

To get the most out of this activity, read the lyrics whilst listening to the song.


Aunque corras, no puedes escaparAlthough you run, you can’t escape 
Ves, tú y yoSee, you and I
es asíit’s like that
sube y bajaup and down
pero un día al finbut one day in the end
sin quereraccidentally
nos va bienwe’ll be ok
cuando uno ha dicho se acabówhen one says it’s over
una voza voice
dice no / says no
y se queda.and it remains.

[Estribillo:] / [Chorus:]

Si decides dejarme / If you decide to leave me
no te voy a suplicarI’m not going to beg you
allá tú si más tardeyou will see later
aunque corras, te escondasalthough you run, you hide
no puedes escaparyou can’t escape
aunque corras, te escondas, no puedes escapar. / although you run, you hide, you can’t escape.
Hoy si te vasToday if you leave
ya verásyou’ll see
que no es tan fácil olvidarit’s not so easy to forget
sale bien / it goes well
sale malit goes bad
como sea, pero es tan realhowever, but it is so real
que al finalthat in the end
lo demásthe rest
no te importadoesn’t matter

[Estribillo:] / [Chorus:]

Correrás,You’ll run,
te esconderás,you’ll hide
pero no te escaparás. (x2)but you won’t escape. (x2)
Hoy una vozToday a voice
dice nosays no
y se queda.and it stays the same.
Corre y dime adiós.Run and say to me goodbye.

[Estribillo:] (x2) / [Chorus:] (x2)

You can run, You can run, You can run …..
You can run, You can run, You can run …..
Correrás, nunca vas a escapar,You’ll run, you’ll never escape,
Correrás, correrás, nunca vas a escapar.
You’ll run, you’ll run, you’re never going to escape.
You can run, You can run.  
You can run, You can run. 
Aunque corras, no puedes escapar.
Although you run, you can’t escape.

To enquire about other enjoyable ways to learn Spanish or any language, you are more than welcome to contact VLS for complimentary advice or book a few lessons so that you can soon understand the lyrics of any song that you hear!

Learn Mandarin Chinese – the language of the future! 学习中文 – 未来的语言!

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. Learn to speak this popular language and you will be able to communicate with more people worldwide. By 2020-2030, China is set to become the world’s largest economy, therefore, if you can speak Chinese you will be able to tap into a growing market, develop good business relationships and gain a huge competitive edge! Read on to discover 10 great reasons to learn Mandarin Chinese. Continue reading

Fun Spanish games – keep the kids entertained and help them learn Spanish!

Shopping role play in Spanish

The best age to learn a language is when you are young – ideally between birth and the age of 7. This is when children absorb new words most easily. Make learning fun so that it is not seen as a chore. Introduce fun activities into everyday life – foods, colours, numbers, and clothes. Here are two tried and tested ways that I use to help children from 4 years old to learn useful Spanish for everyday situations. All you need is to learn some basic Spanish first. Children have so much fun they don’t even realise they are learning a foreign language! Continue reading

A highlight of my trip to Spain – exciting bull running competition!

After having been to several bullfights in the past, which I think are cruel, I was much more enthusiastic about being invited to see a “Concurso de Cortes” which is much less cruel for the bull and so much more exciting to watch. The bull is not killed or harmed during a Cortes competition. Even anti bull fighting groups do not oppose them. I spent the entire three hours literally on the edge of my seat and if you read on, you will understand why! Continue reading

Hiring a private language tutor will help your child improve their grades

Hiring a private tutor may be one of the best things you can do for your child. In today’s global economy, knowledge of a second language will help them succeed in the future job market, broaden their horizons by allowing them to apply for more and better jobs all over the world. Even in the UK, if you can speak another language you have the potential to earn much more than someone who only knows English. Read on to find out how a private tutor can help your child reach their full potential in school and in the future.

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