Monthly Archives: December 2012

10 easy & fun ways to build Spanish into your everyday life – perfect for busy people!

If you have decided to learn or brush up on your Spanish before next year’s holiday but are now wondering how you are going to find the time to do this, here are some ideas for easy, enjoyable ways to use the language every day. Ok, so you don’t have time to sit over a Spanish grammar book for 2 hours a day, no problem, there are many other ways to learn a language which are much more enjoyable: Continue reading

Receta para “Roscón de Reyes”: Recipe for “King’s Cake”

What is a “Roscón de Reyes”?

The “Roscón de Reyes” (King’s Cake) is a doughnut shaped cake topped with sugared fruits and sprinkled with sugar. It is traditional to eat it on “El Día de Reyes”The King’s Day, (Epiphany, 6th January). The “King’s Day” is when Spanish children receive presents from the “Reyes Magos” (the Wise Men – the 3 Kings who brought baby Jesus gifts). It is traditional to put surprise figures inside the roscón and whoever finds them in their portion will have good luck the following year and will be the king of the party. However, you also put in a dry bean, “una haba” and whoever finds this has to pay for the cake.
Here is a simple recipe to make your own “Roscón de Reyes” (King’s Cake): Continue reading

Christmas in Portugal

Christmas is celebrated in different ways all over the world. Although more and more countries are adopting the American traditions that we see in the movies, some lovely traditions remain. Here are some of the special Portuguese Christmas traditions that you will still find going on in homes all over Portugal. Continue reading

Why should children start learning languages early?

Many adults wish they had started learning a language as a child when their brains were more able to absorb new information. Scientific research has proven that when we are young our brains are programmed to picking up new languages more easily. Babies and children are like sponges and absorb everything they see and hear around them. Read on to see why the earlier we introduce children to a foreign language, the better. Continue reading

Christmas and New Year greetings in Spanish

In this article we will learn some Spanish greetings that you can say to your Spanish friends and relatives or that you can write in Christmas cards. We will start with the more simple expressions and then look at some more complex structures for more advanced learners of Spanish. (Don’t forget the upside down exclamation mark at the beginning!) Continue reading

Filler words in Spanish (muletillas) – sound like a native speaker, not a textbook!

In English we have many filler words that we use to give ourselves time to think about what we are going to say next, such as; err, well, hmmm, like, you know etc. Particularly when you are learning to speak a foreign language like Spanish you start a sentence and then halfway you get stuck as to what to say next and you need a few seconds to think. It is here that these “filler words” come in handy. In Spanish, “filler” words are known as “muletillas” or “palabras de relleno”. If you can learn a few of these words they will not only make you to sound more natural and therefore more like a native speaker, but they can also give you time to think about how to word what you want to say next. Read on to learn the key “filler words” (“muletillas”) in Spanish and sound like a true Spaniard!: Continue reading

Healthy winter warmer recipe: Apple Strudel / Strudel de Manzana (English/Spanish)

Finding creative ways to eat healthy food does not need to be a boring affair. In this post I will share a few tips on making a delicious apple strudel your guests will love.
(Encontrar maneras creativas de comer saludable no necesita ser algo aburrido. En esta breve publicación voy a compartir algunos consejos sobre cómo hacer un strudel de manzana delicioso que tus invitados amarán.)

I hope you like it! I am Lyn Ashby and I love to share healthy living tips and recipes online. For more healthy food ideas click here.
(¡Espero que te guste! Soy Lyn Asby y me encanta compartir consejos para vivir saludablemente así como recetas en línea.  Para más ideas de recetas saludables visita mi sitio web.)
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All children from seven are to learn languages from 2014

Here at Viva Languages we are really excited about the announcement this year by Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, that all children from the age of seven are to be taught a foreign language from 2014. This is welcome news since according to recent official figures one in ten state primary schools do not offer any language lessons and a further 20 per cent only offer it to some year groups. Continue reading