Strange Spanish Verbs

As we’ve discussed in our previous post on Spanish verbs, the Spanish language is deceptively simple. Due to the fact that locals make such an effort to understand foreigners, many a tourist leave Spain thinking they are practically fluent! It is true that there are a many similarities when it comes to vocabulary, but when it comes to syntax and verb conjugations, things can get rather complicated. Thus, without a great deal of study and...

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What Are You Doing Here in Spain?

When you’re here in Madrid, once you tell people you’re American, the first question they will ask you is why you’ve come. Locals will typically find it interesting — or at least peculiar — that you’ve left everything behind in order to change not only countries, but continents, just because you wanted to. Although emigrating has been a big part of Spanish culture in recent history, the concept of willfully going to live in another country is...

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Our Upcoming Video

It has been said that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. If so, then what about video? Does every frame convey as much meaning as each solitary image? Whether or not this is the case, suffice it to say that video is an excellent medium when it comes to transmitting information. For this very reason, we’ve decided to put together a video ourselves, shooting having taken place last Wednesday afternoon and evening. This way we have the...

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Madrid: City of Photography

When it comes to studying Spanish, Madrid is certainly an excellent choice; what better place to go study the language than the capital of Spain? Old World traditions in harmony with modern life provide the perfect backdrop to experience not only language learning, but cultural understanding, as well. After spending some time in the city, you’ll find that in addition to improving your Spanish, you’ll have gained valuable life experience. But...

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Laughing Off Your Mistakes in Spanish, and learning from them!

Without a doubt, learning a foreign language is anything but easy. Not only do you have to study grammar, memorize verb forms, learn prepositions, and so on, but also to use these elements all together to form words and sentences through which you can communicate. Unfortunately, secondary and university-level foreign language education is often limited to memorization and written comprehension — that is, anything and everything but speaking and...

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Summer Expressions in Spanish

Madrid is by all means a year-round destination. Any time of the year is perfect to study Spanish, take in the sights, and enjoy a bit of the lifestyle that has put Spain on the map. That being said, the city is much more vibrant and lively when it’s warm, particularly during the spring and summer months. This is when everyone and everything is laid-back and relaxed, and the cold winter is only a distant memory in the back of people’s minds. If...

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Study Spanish in Salamanca

Thinking of coming to Spain to study Spanish? If so, an excellent option is to head to Salamanca. Located approximately 2 hours from Madrid in northwest Spain, Salamanca is known for being one of the best places to study Spanish in the country. In fact, over 25.000 foreign students venture there every year just for this reason. Why is this? Well, the reasons are many!   Salamanca’s History The beginning of what would become the city of...

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Common Spanish Expressions

One of the first things American students notice upon arriving in Spain and speaking Spanish is the prevalence of colloquial language. Due to the fact that schools and universities in the US typically focus more on Latin American varieties of the language, much of the informal jargon Americans are familiar with is slightly different or has no equivalent in Spain, or in other cases would mean something very different. This is true in the case of...

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Learn Spanish Language and Culture through Cinema

Ever since the beginnings of Hollywood, American cinema has been one of the highest grossing and most prolific film industry of any nation. Superseded in production numbers only by the Indian and Nigerian film industries, respectively known as Bollywood and the low-budget Nollywood, American cinema is famous all throughout the world and is the main source of films for most countries in the Western world. European countries have also developed...

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Study Spanish in the Mediterranean Sun

Study Spanish in Spain — seems like a logical choice, right? Without a doubt Spain is an excellent place to be if you’re interested in acquiring or improving your language skills. So just head anywhere in the country and get started, right? Not so fast. You may not be aware of it, but there are four official languages at the federal level in Spain; in addition to what we know as Spanish, which is also referred to as Castilian (castellano),...

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