Semana Santa en España – Holy Week in Spain (Easter)

As Spain is a Catholic country, Easter, (Semana Santa) “Holy Week”, is the most important celebration of the religious calendar. The spectacular celebrations go back centuries and the processions through the streets were invented to teach the fall and rise of Jesus Christ. I have been lucky enough to experience the most traditional celebrations which take place in Castilla y León (Valladolid). However, the most flamboyant processions can be seen in Seville and Málaga in Andalusia. Read on to find out how Spain celebrates Easter. Continue reading

Beginner’s Spanish: Months of the year

Los meses del año

The months of the year in Spanish are one of the most important things to learn as a beginner. The good thing is that they are very similar to the English months, all except January (enero).

You will also notice that they are all masculine and do not have capital letters, just like the days of the week in Spanish: Continue reading

Beginner’s Guide: Days of the week in Spanish

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

How to say “Let’s …” in Spanish

If you want to invite someone out in Spanish or suggest going out to do something the easiest way is just to say “Let’s go to the beach”, “Let’s have a coffee”, “Let’s dance” and so on. Once you learn how to say this in Spanish, you will sound a lot more natural and native like rather than a textbook. This blog post explains how to form this phrase, “Let’s …”: Continue reading

Power verbs in Spanish: Gustar (to like)

When you first start learning Spanish you need to learn the most common verbs to help you form questions and basic needs and wants. One of the most important verbs to know is “gustar” (to like) so that you can express what you like, what you don’t like and ask other people what they like. This verb works a bit differently to most verbs as you also need the pronoun in front to say who likes the thing.

In this blog post we will look at how to use this important Spanish verb “gustar”: Continue reading

Spanish Power Verbs – Querer (to want)

When you first start learning Spanish you just need to learn a handful of verbs that will allow you to form the most important questions to express your needs and wants to get by. These include words like want, need, looking for, have. In this post we will look at how to express what you want in the present tense.

querer = to want

(Yo) quiero = I want
(Tú) quieres = you want (informal)
(Usted) quiere = You want (formal)
(Él) quiere = He wants
(Ella) quiere = She wants
(Nosotros) queremos = we want
(Vosotros) queréis = you all want (informal)
(Ustedes) quieren = you all want (formal)
(Ellos) quieren = they want Continue reading

¡Feliz Día de San Valentín!

Valentine’s Day in Hispanic countries

In Spain, Valentine’s Day (El Día de San Valentín or El Día de Enamorados) is celebrated on 14th February in much the same way as in the UK and America. Restaurants are fully booked, cards, flowers and chocolates are sent. In most of South America it is known as “El Día del Amor y la Amistad” (Love and Friendship Day). This day is not just for lovers but friends also go out for dinner.

Here are some romantic words and expressions related to love and relationships in Spanish: Continue reading

What does “–ísimo” mean in Spanish?

In Spanish if you want to say, “very, very …” or “extremely …” with adjectives you use the –ísimo ending on the end of any adjective. This blog post looks at how to do this correctly with different endings of adjectives:

Most adjectives:

e.g. caro = expensive

To say “very expensive” or “extremely expensive” you just take off the last –o and add –ísimo. Make sure the ending agrees with the noun depending on if it is masculine, feminine, singular or plural: Continue reading

How to learn a language from scratch!

Are you planning a holiday, short break in a foreign country this year? Or maybe you are planning to move to a country for work or to spend your retirement. It can be daunting enough to do this anyway but even more so if you don’t know much or any of the language spoken there. The aim of this blog post is to give you a few handy tips of ways you can learn a language quickly for whatever purpose. Continue reading