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:
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 sí = yes. el = the (for a masculine noun) but él = him/he.
Here are the easiest ways to add accented letters when typing in Spanish:
I went to the Don Quijote School in Madrid in May and June 2011. It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had! Before I went I had been studying Spanish with Fiona so I did know some Spanish before I went. Most people at the school already knew some Spanish but some people arrive as complete beginners! Continue reading
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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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
gym: el gimnasio
training/workout: el entrenamiento
membership: la inscripción
to join: inscribirse / apuntarse
personal trainer: el entrenador personal Continue reading
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
The most popular “Vaya” expressions are:
¡Vaya! Oh dear! / Oh my God! / Fancy that!
Vaya, vaya, vaya. Well, well, well.
¡Que te vaya bien! Hope it goes well (used when parting)
¡Vaya con Díos! Good-bye (an old-fashioned way of saying good-bye. Literally “Go with God.”) Continue reading
el camarero/la camarera: waiter/waitress
la mesa: table
la carta: menu
la cuenta: bill
la propina: tip
el cuchillo: knife
el tenedor: fork
la cuchara: spoon
el vaso: glass
el plato: plate Continue reading
La Tomatina, the world’s biggest tomato food fight is an authentic Spanish celebration and perhaps the craziest fiesta in Spain. It takes place on the last Wednesday of August each year in the small town of Buñol, near Valencia. This year it takes place on Wednesday 31st August when thousands of people will arrive from all over the world to throw tomatoes at each other in the streets. The festival lasts for one week during which there is music, dancing, street parades, fireworks and paella-making competitions. Continue reading