A highlight of my trip to Spain – exciting bull running competition!

After having been to several bullfights in the past, which I think are cruel, I was much more enthusiastic about being invited to see a “Concurso de Cortes” which is much less cruel for the bull and so much more exciting to watch. The bull is not killed or harmed during a Cortes competition. Even anti bull fighting groups do not oppose them. I spent the entire three hours literally on the edge of my seat and if you read on, you will understand why! Continue reading

Hiring a private language tutor will help your child improve their grades

Hiring a private tutor may be one of the best things you can do for your child. In today’s global economy, knowledge of a second language will help them succeed in the future job market, broaden their horizons by allowing them to apply for more and better jobs all over the world. Even in the UK, if you can speak another language you have the potential to earn much more than someone who only knows English. Read on to find out how a private tutor can help your child reach their full potential in school and in the future.

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Hiring a car in Spain

to hire a car:  alquilar un coche
to collect:  recoger
to drop off:  dejar
satellite navigation:  el sistema de navegación
air conditioning:  el aire acondicionado
a car:  un coche
an estate car:  un coche familiar
a van:  una furgoneta
a child’s car seat:  un asiento de bebé
boot:  el maletero
keys:  las llaves
driving licence:  el carné de conducir Continue reading

How to improve your Spanish listening skills

Listening skills are perhaps the most difficult to improve when learning a foreign language. You may not realise that your listening is improving as you still cannot understand everything, but IT IS gradually improving. The more Spanish you listen to and the more often, the faster your listening WILL improve. Here are the best ways to help your listening skills in Spanish:

 

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How to type Spanish characters on an English keyboard

I am often asked by clients how they can type Spanish accents easily on an English computer. Although it is easy to get away with typing without any accents, it is a good idea to include them if possible as this will help you to remember which syllable to stress in a word and also because it can cause confusion; si = if, whereas = yes. el = the (for a masculine noun) but él = him/he.
Here are the easiest ways to add accented letters when typing in Spanish:

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Watch out for “False Friends” in Spanish!

In Spanish there are many false cognates – words that look the same as an English word but they have a completely different meaning. This can be confusing and may lead to misunderstanding. Here are the most commonly used “false friends” to watch out for.

1. actual in Spanish means current/present. (To say “actual” in Spanish, use real / verdadero)

2. asistir = to attend NOT to assist (ayudar)

3. atender = to take care of/attend to NOT to attend (asistir)

4. bizarro = brave NOT bizarre/strange (raro / extraño) Continue reading

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One-to-one Skype lessons with native French, German, Italian & Portuguese tutors

We are delighted to offer one-to-one language tuition via Skype with qualified native Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and German tutors. We have carefully selected the most talented and enthusiastic native tutors to continue providing a high quality tuition service. Continue reading

Tips for developing good business practice in Spain

Build successful relationships

Spanish people like doing business with people they know and trust, therefore it is a good idea to spend enough time getting to know and building rapport with your colleagues. This is crucial for good business practice in Spain.
Once you have built up a good relationship with someone, this will continue regardless of whether you stay with their company as they have got to know you as a person rather than the company you work for. Continue reading