Chistes españoles – Spanish jokes

(1) – “Jefe, auménteme el sueldo, que hay cuatro empresas detrás de mí.” (“Boss, give me a pay rise, there are four companies after me.”)

– “¿Cuáles son?” – “La del cable, el gas, la luz y el teléfono!” (“Which ones?” “The cable, the gas, the light and the telephone companies!”) Continue reading

Learn Spanish through songs – Listen to Beyoncé singing “Oye” (Listen)

 

 

Read the lyrics below:

Oye, lo que tengo que decir / Listen to what I have to say
No puedo ya seguir viviendo así / I can’t go on living like this
Oye (mmm) como llora mi canción / Listen to how my song cries
Preciso tu atención, debes oír / I need your attention, you should listen
Hoy no sé quién soy ni sé adónde voy / Today I don’t know who I am nor where I’m going
Encontrarme hoy es mi misión / To find myself today is my mission
De tu prisón, por fin ya soy libre. / From your prison, I am finally free. Continue reading

Feliz Día del Padre (Happy Father’s Day)

Hoy tengo que decirte Papá (Today I have to tell you Dad)

Listen to the Spanish Father’s Day song, “Hoy tengo que decirte Papá” on YouTube

Hoy tengo que decirte Papá / Today I have to tell you Dad,
El tiempo nada cambiará / Time won’t change anything
Estaremos siempre juntos / We will always be together
Todo el tiempo sin parar. / All the time, without stopping. Continue reading

Writing a business letter in Spanish

Greetings

When you do not know the person to whom you are writing:

Muy Señor Mío / Muy Señora Mía

A little less formal:

Estimado Señor [male] / Estimada Señora [female] – (Dear Sir / Madam)

If you do know their name, the following is appropriate:

Estimado Señor García [male] / Estimada Señora López [female] – (Dear Mr García / Dear Mrs López)

If you have met them and have established a good relationship with them, use their first name:

Estimado Juan [male] / Estimada María [female] Continue reading

French – the Language of Love

Think of Paris and you can imagine no end of wonderful, romantic scenes … Strolling along the banks of the Seine, wandering hand in hand under the Eiffel Tower, sharing a Menu du Jour in a rustic café, tucked away in the Latin Quarter. But it is not only France’s capital city that conjures up ideas of love – French itself is often nicknamed ‘the language of love’. So, this Valentine’s Day, why not have a go at expressing your romantic side through ‘La Langue d’Amour’, using the following lovely phrases! Continue reading

A taste of Spanish summertime; Receta para gazpacho

Gazpacho is a cold, raw vegetable soup typical of Andalucía in the south of Spain but consumed all over Spain, Portugal and parts of South America. It is mainly consumed during summer due to its refreshing qualities and cold temperature. It is believed that it was introduced in to Spain as an Arab soup during the invasion of the moors. The traditional ingredients were garlic, olive oil, salt, vinegar and stale bread. It became particularly popular amongst farmers as it was a good way to cool off in the summer and to use up seasonal vegetables and stale bread. Now there are many varieties which may include ingredients such as meat, seafood, watermelon and grapes. However, the most traditional modern gazpacho recipe (see below) consists of tomato, cucumber, peppers, onions, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt and stale bread. Continue reading

 

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