Monthly Archives: April 2013

Interview with British expat living in Ronda, Spain.

The following interview with British expat Frank Hughes, who has recently relocated to Spain, gives a real insight in to what it is really like to live there. It is a worthwhile read for anyone who is planning to move to Spain.

Where are you from originally and where in Spain do you live?
I am from Birmingham and live in Peterborough and in Spain in Ronda, Andalucia.

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5 tips to improve your Spanish pronunciation.

Learning new words and understanding the grammar is just half the battle when learning a language. If you don’t pronounce the words correctly you will find communicating effectively with native speakers difficult which can sometimes lead to confusion and embarrassment. Here are some useful tips on how you can improve your pronunciation and sound like a native Spanish speaker in no time at all! Continue reading

When to use “mal” or “malo” in Spanish

“Malo” is the adjective (describing word) which normally means “bad” but can also mean “ill”, “poor”, “wrong”. It also has a feminine form, “mala” as well as plural forms, “malos” and “malas”.

Look at these examples:

Empecé a leer un libro tan malo que no podía terminarlo.
I started to read such a bad book that I couldn’t finish it.

¡Mala suerte!: Bad luck! [suerte is a feminine noun] Continue reading

Receta para “Tortilla de patata”(Tortilla española) [Spanish & English]

Tortilla de patata (Spanish potato omelette) is a classic Spanish dish served either hot  or cold for breakfast, as a main course or in Spain, as a tapas bar snack, cut into small pieces or wedged between chunks of fresh bread as a filling in a “bocadillo”. It is delicious, very filling and perhaps a little fattening! Here is a simple recipe to make this tasty, traditional Spanish dish. Continue reading

Lets Practice the Numbers in Spanish with “Los Niños Gritones”

Today we will learn a little about Mexican culture, we will practice the numbers in Spanish and we will exercise our listening and comprehension skills using a short 46 second video in a creative way.
Although counting in Spanish is easy, understanding the main characters of today´s video is not as easy as it may seem at first (you’ll see, it will be interesting). Continue reading

Impress the examiner!: Simple ways to use the subjunctive in your Spanish speaking/writing (AS, A2 Spanish advice)

If you can show the examiner that you know how to use the subjunctive mood in Spanish you are proving to them that you are capable of using complex grammar structures and therefore you will gain higher marks. Here we will look at ways you can easily include subjunctive phrases into your essays and your oral presentations. Continue reading