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Top languages to learn in 2018!

With fun quiz “What Language Should I Learn?”

According to a poll carried out by the British Council in December 2017, one in five Britons (21%) intend to learn a foreign language in 2018 with Spanish the most popular. 64% say they have always wanted to learn how to speak another language. Over half say they regret not making the effort to learn another language. 58% say that they think it is more important than ever now to learn another language. So if you are thinking about learning a language this year here are the British Council’s recommendations of the top languages to learn: Continue reading

10 ways to make sure you reach your language learning goals in 2018!

Learning a new language can change your life and open up many doors for you. It can improve your career prospects, allow you to make friends in other countries and help you get more out of holidays and trips abroad. Every January many people decide that this is the year they are finally going to learn that language they always wished they learnt more of at school.
I believe that anyone can learn a language given the right attitude and by sticking to habits that make it a part of your daily life.
At the beginning of a new year is the best time to set fresh goals however, sticking to them throughout the year can be the real challenge. In this blog post we will give 10 tips to help you make sure you stick to your plan and meet your language learning goals. Continue reading

5 Lucky New Year Traditions in Spain

12 lucky grapes

Every New Year’s Eve (Noche Vieja) people gather in the Puerta del Sol in Madrid to hear the chimes of midnight ring out. Upon each chime it is traditional to put a grape in your mouth and if you manage to eat all 12 you will have good luck through the coming year. Shops sell packs of 12 grapes especially for this new year tradition. Often they are not seedless grapes, making it even more of a challenge! It is a really funny experience especially when you have a go for the first time and you are surrounded by people laughing – it is not easy to achieve! Continue reading

Turrón – Spain’s traditional Christmas sweet

This sweet nougat made of almonds, honey sugar and egg white, is one of the most traditional desserts eaten at Christmas in Spain. It is of Arabic origin and was introduced in Spain over 500 years ago by the Moors. It is produced in the town of Jijona, 30 miles to the north of Alicante. The area’s economy is based on the manufacture of turrón and there is even a museum of turrón.
Turrón is produced in this area because the wild flowers on the mountains surrounding Jijona allow mountain bees to produce rich honey, a key ingredient. Along with honey, almonds from local orchards allow the “turroneros” to make this delicious artisan sweet.

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5 Weird and Wonderful Spanish Christmas Traditions

Everyone knows Spain likes to party. They have a fiesta for almost any reason throughout the year, however, especially at Christmas time, when they stretch out the celebrations for longer than us here in the UK, (from 22nd December with the Christmas lottery until 6th January – Kings Day) they have some really funny fiestas and superstitions. Here are the top 5 weirdest Christmas traditions in Spain: Continue reading

10 ways to keep your language learning going over Christmas

… and other busy times!

December is a busy time and if you are learning a language you are probably wondering how you are going to fit in your language learning on top of everything else. You may be preparing to take a whole month off and start again in January. However, if you prepare in advance, you can easily add in a few language learning activities to coincide nicely with the festive period. Read on for 10 tips to continue learning a language over the Christmas period. Some of them can also be applied to any busy time throughout the year. Continue reading

How to agree or disagree in Spanish

If you have ever had an in-depth conversation or discussion with a Spanish person you will know just how heated they can become! Spanish people tend to be very opinionated and once you get in a discussion with them or if you overhear one you may think they are arguing with each other by the way they speak so loudly, wave their arms around and stamp their feet. However, they are not normally arguing, this is just their animated way of expressing themselves.

In this blog post we will look at how you can agree or disagree with someone’s opinion in Spanish. Continue reading

The Past Perfect Tense in Spanish

Last week we looked at how to use the perfect tense in Spanish to talk about what you “have” done recently. After you feel confident with this tense it would be a good idea to learn the past perfect or the pluperfect (pluscuamperfecto) since it is formed in a similar way. The past perfect is used to talk about what “had” happened prior to something else. Continue reading

How to say what you “have done” in Spanish

The Perfect Tense

In Spanish to talk about what you have done recently or things you “have done” you would use what is called the “perfect tense”. Luckily it is one of the easier tenses to learn. In this blog post we will look at how to form this tense and the irregular verbs.

There are two parts to this tense: Continue reading

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