One of the first things that beginners need to learn are the days of the week. They are useful for understanding the days that shops, restaurants and museums are open and closed. They are useful to make arrangements to meet up with friends, colleagues or relatives and days often come up in general conversation. They are therefore an essential part of any beginner learner’s vocabulary.
The days of the week in Spanish are:
lunes – Monday
martes – Tuesday
miércoles – Wednesday
jueves – Thursday
viernes – Friday
sábado – Saturday
domingo – Sunday Continue reading →
A lot of the people that I teach are often not complete beginners in Spanish. Often they have learnt the language in school years ago or they did an evening college course or they followed a CD course in their own time but have had several years or months break. They normally think they will never be able to get the language back or re-learn it, however the truth is that it can be easily done and does not need to take long either. What you have learnt well previously will have stayed in your long-term memory. It just needs a little refreshing.
For example, one of my clients learnt Spanish O’level in school over 30 years ago, however, because he learnt it so well at the time, he still remembers many verbs and how to conjugate them in different tenses. It is amazing how much he is able to reactivate because it is still there unused in the brain!
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January is the time when we all set our goals and new year’s resolutions for the coming year. A survey by the British Council has revealed that one in five Britons (21%) want to learn a new language this year with Spanish being the most popular choice.
Who says you can only learn a language from textbooks or by going to the country where they speak the language? There are so many different ways to learn a language. One of the most enjoyable ways, especially if you like watching films is to watch a subtitled movie. Not only does it improve your listening and understanding skills, but you also get to hear how the language sounds, the rhythm and accent of native speakers as well as the everyday words and expressions they use which you probably won’t find in any textbook or dictionary.
In this blog we will look at 5 popular films to learn Spanish: Continue reading →
Here are some of the most useful words in Spanish related with technology and computers used nowadays! Continue reading →
An easy and fun way to improve your language skills is by listening to songs. Here is the huge summer hit by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee which Justin Bieber has released a new version of, meaning that it is heard in not just Spanish-speaking countries but English-speaking ones too. It is very catchy and proves that it seems like everyone is learning Spanish these days! Watch the video below and follow the Spanish section’s lyrics that have been translated into English: Continue reading →
One of the greatest recent technological innovations has been the invention of video calling platforms such as Skype which has completely transformed the way in which we keep in touch with people across the globe. Communicating with people around the world has never been easier and international companies rely on such platforms every day to communicate with colleagues, clients and suppliers in other countries. This innovative method of connecting with people all over the world is particularly effective for people learning languages.
Everyone knows how popular Youtube is and how long you can easily spend on it. If you are learning a language you can use this time to help you improve. There is a whole range of channels by native speakers to help learners of all levels from complete beginners to advanced levels. Videos can be on grammar, travel phrases, cooking, beauty and fashion, fitness as well as soap operas and TV series. Find something you are interested in and you will learn more quickly.
The good thing about learning a language via Youtube videos is that you can see the speaker’s mouth so you can copy the sounds more easily than with audio.
Here are some popular Youtube channels to help your Spanish: Continue reading →
Using Facebook is a daily habit for a lot of people these days, so this is an excellent way to build some language learning into your daily life. Here are some tips on how facebook can help you learn or improve a new language.
When you log on to facebook go to “Settings” then “Language” and you can change the language you want to use facebook in. You can also choose which language you want news stories translated into. So now everything is in the language you want to learn:
Like = Me gusta
Comment = Comentario
Share = Compartir
Messages = Mensajes
Send message = Enviar Mensaje
Home = Inicio
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Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day, is a celebration observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, including China.
In China, there are so many different festivals already, and a lot of western festivals are also celebrated in China, personally I think it is a reflection of the Chinese hospitable culture that people love to take any opportunity to get together and have a good time.
Did you know there is also a Chinese Valentine’s Day, which is on the seventh night of the seventh lunar month, and people call it the double seventh night. Continue reading →