Over the past ten years I’ve taught several students who have been dyslexic. Although learning a language is challenging for everyone, it can be particularly daunting for people with a learning disability. However, if you adapt general language learning techniques it has been proven that even those with dyslexia can learn to communicate effectively in another language.
Here are some tips for helping people with dyslexia learn a language: Continue reading →
One of the interesting parts of learning a new language is seeing how it compares to your own language. It is interesting to see the similarities and differences when using idiomatic expressions in another language. Here are some common phrases that use “estar” (the temporary/situational verb for “to be”):
Estar todavía en pañales – To still be in nappies/naïve
Estar como pez en el agua – To be like a fish in water (To be in one’s element, enjoy your own comforts)
Estar como agua para chocolate – To be like water for chocolate (To be at boiling point) Continue reading →
There are 26 Spanish-speaking countries in the world and 469 million speakers. Companies need to make sure their products are understandable for Spanish-speaking consumers and no legal issues may arise for using unsuitable terms or concepts. We can assist in the market research stage and investigate the industry and competitors to help you identify new business opportunities in the Spanish-speaking world. Continue reading →
Medellin is known by its residents as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’ due to its warm weather and cool nights all year round. Now maybe they will add on to that description the fact that it is also currently the world’s most innovative city. Continue reading →
As nearly always with learning grammar there are exceptions to the general rules. With nouns in Spanish try to remember the following changes:
Nouns that end in –o that are feminine:
There are words that appear to be masculine from their -o ending but they are feminine.
Often these words have been shortened:
la radio [is orginially from “la radiografía”] (radio)
la foto [la fotografía] (photograph)
la moto [la motocicleta] (motorbike) Continue reading →
As explained in the previous blog post, words that end in –o are classed as masculine and words that end in –a are feminine. What about words ending in other letters? Although this is more tricky because they can be either masculine or feminine. there are patterns to watch out for. If you can remember them, you can quickly work out if a word is masculine or feminine. Here are the main patterns to watch out for: Continue reading →
As well as for members of the family and names of jobs, all nouns in Spanish are classed as either masculine or feminine.
Masculine nouns normally end in –o and feminine nouns normally end in –a:
el niño (the boy)
la niña (the girl)
“el” and “la” both mean “the”. This is known as the definite article. Continue reading →