Popular Spanish Sayings (refranes)

After collaborating with Spanish friends, we have come up with a list of the top sayings (refranes) used every day in Spain today.

1. Cuando las ranas críen pelos. (Lit. When frogs grow hair.)
English equivalent: When pigs might fly. / When hell freezes over.

2. A quien madruga, Dios le ayuda. (Lit. God helps the one who rises early.)
English equivalent: The early bird catches the worm.

3. No hay que empezar la casa por el tejado. (Lit. You mustn’t start the house before the roof.)
English equivalent: Don’t put the cart before the horse. Continue reading

20 Brilliant ways to improve your Spanish!

Are you looking for more interesting and fun ways to improve your Spanish that do not take much time or effort? The following ideas from learners will inspire you and keep you motivated. As there are so many options available, I would suggest trying one idea at a time so that you don’t become completely overwhelmed. Continue reading

10 Great reasons to learn Spanish

1. Spanish is spoken everywhere!

There are over 330 million native Spanish speakers in the world and Spanish is the most widely spoken language after Mandarin Chinese and English. This is only likely to grow over the next few decades. Spanish is spoken in more countries than French and German; most of South America, Spain, parts of the US, Equatorial Guinea, the Philippines and even parts of Antarctica. Continue reading

How can I help my child learn Spanish?

When is the best age for my child to start learning Spanish?

The simple answer is “the sooner the better”! Children start to pick up sounds all around them from the moment they are born and by the age of two they are quickly absorbing everything they see and hear. It has been proven that the earlier a child starts to learn a second language, the more likely they are to speak it as fluently as their first language. Additionally, it has been shown that children who have been learning a foreign language become high academic achievers, outperforming their peers. On leaving school and applying for jobs, if your child knows a second language they will have a competitive edge over those who don’t.
So if you want your child to excel in school and have the best opportunities when entering the workforce, encourage them to learn Spanish as soon as possible. Continue reading

How will learning Spanish make my business succeed internationally?

Spain is rapidly becoming one of the most important languages for business. Spanish is the official language of 21 countries. It is the third most spoken language in the world today and the second most used language for business. Globalisation is making the business world a much smaller place and those with knowledge of Spanish will have a clear competitive edge over those who only speak English. How nice would it be to be able to offer your product or service to other countries? Continue reading

Master the verb “to become” in Spanish

In Spanish there is not one single verb to say “to become”, there are several depending on the nature of the change involved, whether it is sudden or involuntary. The best way to learn when to use which verb is to remember specific examples. I have put together some key examples to help you master the verb “to become” in Spanish.

1. Hacerse
2. Ponerse
3. Volverse
4. Convertirse en
5. Other ways to express “to become” Continue reading

Must-See Spanish Festivals

Which are the most popular Spanish Fiestas?

Spain is famous for its lively celebrations attracting visitors from all over the world. Whatever time  of  year you visit Spain you can be sure to see a spectacular fiesta unlike any you will experience anywhere else in the world. Here are the most popular festivals not to be missed: Continue reading

Key tips to memorise Spanish vocabulary

Key tips to memorise Spanish vocabulary!

One of the keys to mastering Spanish is to learn new vocabulary. Many people find this difficult as busy lifestyles don’t allow you to spend as much time as you may like on learning new Spanish words. Many people do not have a great memory and struggle to remember even the most basic words. As a Spanish tutor, over the past nine years I have been creating new and inspiring ways to help learners memorise new words, which are described in this article. Continue reading