Monthly Archives: March 2013

“Torrijas” (Sweet bread pudding) – Traditional Spanish Easter sweet [Receta/Recipe]

This traditional sweet is eaten in Spain during Lent (La Cuaresma), the 40 days leading up to Easter. In English we would call “torrijas” “bread pudding” and America they would call them “French toast”. Although they are normally eaten for breakfast, they can be eaten at any time of the day. They are also sometimes known as “rebandas de Carnaval” or “tortillas de leche”. There are several variations but the most typical consist of bread, milk, honey and sugar. Here is a quick and easy recipe for you to try them at home: Continue reading

Semana Santa en España – Holy Week in Spain (Easter)

As Spain is a Catholic country, Easter, (Semana Santa) “Holy Week”, is the most important celebration of the religious calendar. The spectacular celebrations go back centuries and the processions through the streets originally were invented to teach the fall and rise of Jesus Christ. I am lucky enough to have experienced the most traditional celebrations which take place in Castilla y León (Valladolid) although the most flamboyant processions can be seen in Seville and Málaga in Andalusia. Read on to find out how Spain celebrates Easter. Continue reading

Interesting interview: an insight into working with the Guatemalan Fire/Rescue Service (Bomberos)

Guatemalan Volunteer Bomberos

People learn Spanish for a wide variety of reasons; they have property in Spain, for holidays/emigrating or they work with Spanish companies. However, I recently helped a local paramedic, Cameron Wyatt, who had a different reason for learning Spanish – he was preparing for a trip to Guatemala City to work with the Guatemalan Fire Service. I recently interviewed Cameron to find out what to expect from a visit to Guatemala and how to prepare for such a trip. It sounds like a real eye opener! Continue reading

Useful everyday expressions using “Tener”

“Tener” (to have) is perhaps one of the most useful verbs to know in Spanish because apart from being used to express possession, it has many other everyday uses. In this post we will look at some of the most common idiomatic expressions using “tener”. (Idiomatic expressions are just phrases that cannot be understood by translating literally.) Continue reading

How do you say “it” in Spanish?

Although we have just one way of saying “it” in English, in Spanish there are various ways of saying “it” and sometimes there is no specific word used at all. In this article we will look at the different ways to express “it” in Spanish depending on the type of sentence and whether “it” is the subject, a direct object of the verb or of a preposition. Continue reading

How do Spanish accents vary throughout the Spanish-speaking world?

Travelling around the world is one of the most common reasons for learning a foreign language, and today we will take a look at a few different Spanish accents from different countries.

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world with about 400 million native speakers according to Wikipedia (See details here).

Although the Spanish language originally came from Spain, over the course of time several variations have developed around the world.

It is important to keep in mind that different variations of Spanish share similar grammar structures. The main differences can be found in pronunciation and regional words. Continue reading

How to make a complaint in Spanish at your hotel.

Hearing about people’s experiences in foreign hotels and after having faced problems when staying in hotels abroad myself, I thought this would be a good article for people learning Spanish, leading up to the peak holiday period. Read on to learn some key expressions which may just help you out on your next holiday in a Spanish-speaking country: Continue reading