Monthly Archives: May 2014

O Copo Mundial no Brasil 2014!

The World Cup is about to start in a just a couple of weeks in Brazil. All eyes are on this colourful and vivacious country. Most Brazilians are extremely passionate about football and so this World Cup is going to be something special: a season of football, caipirinhas, yellow and green painted faces and exciting emotions!

Here is some key vocabulary to help with this football season.

I would point out the most important expressions to remember are: “vai, vai vaiiiiiiiii” and “goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!!”

 

 

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Muy v. Mucho in Spanish

“Muy” and “mucho” in Spanish are often mixed up and people get confused as to when to use which one. They are not interchangeable, “muy” is the adverb meaning “very”, whereas “mucho” can be used as an adverb, an adjective or a pronoun and is normally translated as “many”, “much”, “a lot of” although in other contexts it is translated differently. Here we will compare the two and show you when to use each one.

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10 Common mistakes to avoid when learning Spanish

When learning a foreign language it is impossible not to make your fair share of mistakes. Here are the most common mistakes to avoid in Spanish:

(1) To say “another …” in Spanish you don’t need to use “un” or “una”:
“Another book”  isn’t, un otro libro”, just “otro libro”.

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Why you must visit the Alhambra palace, Granada.

La AlhambraWith over two million visitors a year it is easy to see why the Alhambra, known as the “Jewel of Moorish Spain” is well worth a visit. Here are a few good reasons why:

Beautiful location:

The Alhambra is an ancient palace-fortress built by the Arabs in the middle of the fourteenth century which sits on a hilltop overlooking the Andalucian city of Granada with the Sierra Nevada mountains in the background. You can see the beautiful Alhambra palace from miles around.

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Huevos Rotos con Chorizo / Broken Eggs with Spicy Sausage

This is a quick and easy traditional Spanish recipe, similar to scrambled eggs in English. Practice your listening skills by listening to this Youtube video and read the script in Spanish with the English translation.

 

 

Hoy vamos a preparar huevos rotos con chorizo.
Today we are going to make broken eggs with spicy Spanish sausage.

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Qué v. Cuál

“Qué” and “Cuál” cause quite a few problems for learners of Spanish because they can both be translated as “Which” and “What” in different contexts. Generally “qué” means “what” and “cuál” means “which” however this can vary. In this blog post we will look at situations when you should use each one to avoid confusion and hopefully make things a bit clearer!

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AS / A2 Writing exam tips for language students

Revising for the exam

The key to getting a good mark in your writing part of the exam is to learn as much vocabulary as you can. Try to revise words every day leading up to the exam and ask someone to test you. To help you memorise words use pictures and images and group words into topic areas. Go through texts you have read in class and revise the words you find more difficult to remember.

Revise verb endings for different tenses, especially those you don’t use often: vosotros and ustedes forms.

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Reading exam tips for AS and A2 language students

Read through the questions before reading the text as they may give you a clue as to what the text is about and key vocabulary to watch out for.

Make sure you know whether you need to answer the questions in Spanish or English.

Read the whole text to understand its general meaning before you start to answer the questions.

Underline the key words in the text as you read through it.

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Travelling in Italy – asking for directions

Exploring Italy can be an adventure, but if you want to be sure to see everything on your list, you need to know how to ask for directions in Italian and understand the directions you are given. After all, if you don’t know how to understand what you’re told, you might miss the very things you hoped to see. Whenever you need to find something, the first thing to do is ask for assistance.

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