For some reason, people either love or hate this subject in Spanish.
It is just a case of learning the key verbs and words, you don’t need to understand long complex sentences. With the whole topic of asking for and understanding directions abroad, the most important thing is to be able to understand what the Spanish words mean and to be able to listen to them and interpret into English rather than learn to say them in Spanish, unless of course you are mistaken for a local and know the area really well so you can give directions. Continue reading
When speaking in Spanish the last thing you want is to sound like a ‘gringo’ or a ‘guiri’.
A gringo is a foreigner in Latin America or in Spain the equivalent is a guiri. A gringo or a guiri is someone who really sticks out as being out of place.
Clearly you don’t want to sound like one of these and you want to fit in with the locals. Here is a quick and easy guide to the best ways to fit in and sound more like a local in a Spanish speaking country. Continue reading
Learning a new language can be frustrating, especially when you start from scratch; but if you are determined enough to do the hard work, it is totally worth it. Anyone can learn how to pronounce words in Spanish, communicate adequately, and start a conversation with a stranger – all you need is courage to make the first step.
According to a study conducted by the Mimic Method, the most difficult task for most Spanish students is understanding native speakers. In the end, how can that be false? Spanish is the second fastest language (somewhere near 7.82 syllables per second) after Japanese (7.84 syllables per second).
Acquiring new language skills means getting out of your comfort zone. If you are willing to do that, 20% of the work is already accomplished. Determination, perseverance, and openness are key elements in this equation. Now that we’ve cleared things up, let’s get down to business, Damas y Caballeros! Let’s see how we can make Spanish an easier learning process for you.
Deciding to learn a language on your own, without going to a group class, college course or having lessons with a private tutor is a brave decision. Obviously there are reasons why you may have no other option – your working hours or busy lifestyle may not allow you to attend a class at a college at the same time each week, you may not be able to find a good private tutor near you or you may not want to pay their fees.
The truth is that learning a language on your own is challenging but it is definitely possible and if you follow a structured approach you can make excellent progress within a short amount of time. The good things about learning on your own are that you can learn at your own pace, you create your own deadlines and you will have a greater sense of achievement once you reach your goals. Continue reading
People learn languages for a whole range of reasons. It might be to go on holiday abroad, to retire in another country, to communicate better with overseas clients, to set up a business abroad, to form better relationships with foreign relatives, friends and colleagues or to pass academic exams and secure a place at university.
Here are just a few of the people we have helped learn or improve their language skills recently. Continue reading
In Spanish-speaking countries most of the New Year traditions are aimed at bringing good luck for the following year. Most of these rituals take place amongst friends and family wither during the day or around midnight on New Year’s Eve (la Nochevieja). Continue reading
The traditional way of learning a language is often not that useful when it comes to chatting with native Spanish speakers in real life. Although I learnt Spanish throughout school and university when it came to living in Spain and living with Spanish people, a lot of what I’d learnt went out the window as talking to people every day was a whole new ball game.
In this blog post we will look at how you can become an expert at conversation without years of studying with textbooks. Continue reading
Most people think that learning a language is too difficult and time consuming even to string together a few basic phrases. Some people think it is too difficult to master the pronunciation and to be understood when speaking the language. The reality is that nowadays there are so many different ways to learn foreign languages with technology and apps that anyone can do it!
One of the best ways to perfect your pronunciation is by listening to songs sung by natives in the language. How many times has a song’s lyrics got stuck in your head so that you are singing them without even thinking about it.
One of the best ways to improve your Spanish is to read as much as possible.
• It has been proven to be more effective than watching Spanish TV as you learn more words per minute.
• You can also make good guesses at unfamiliar words from the context. Continue reading
With Christmas just around the corner you may be trying to think of a unique and interesting gift to give someone that you know they will appreciate and actually use! If you know someone who is learning a language here are a selection of gift ideas that they will love to receive. Continue reading