Madrid-Style Stew

A little-known secret about Madrid is the climate. Spain has, of course, been famous since the 1960s as a tourist destination for those seeking sun and high temperatures. The good weather in the country, however, is found primarily on the southern and eastern coasts, and not typically during the winter months (keeping in mind, of course, the fact that the Canary Islands enjoy a mild climate all year round). It’s true that if you visit Malaga or...

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Verbs in Spanish: the Future Simple

As you’re well aware of, one of the most difficult aspects of mastering the Spanish language is learning the verbs. In previous posts, we’ve discussed regular present simple verbs, as well as regular past simple verbs, both of which are quite challenging tenses. Today, however, we’d like to take a look at a tense which, in fact, is rather easy — the future simple. After having memorized verb conjugation after verb conjugation, it will come as a...

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Concerts in Madrid in 2015

As we’ve mentioned on several occasions, Spain is one of the most visited countries in the world by tourists. Why is this? Well, for a number of reasons. Spain is a geographically privileged country, possessing a relatively mild climate and miles and miles of beaches. As a result of its climate, it’s possible to grow a great deal of crops essentially making Spain Europe’s garden. Naturally, these fresh fruits and vegetables are the basis on...

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Neighborhoods in Madrid: Chamberí

In our last post on Madrid’s many neighborhoods, having previously discussed several of the areas located within the center district — namely Malasaña, Huertas (el Barrio de las letras), la Latina and Lavapiés — we ventured outside the city center to the affluent Barrio Salamanca. This time around we’re going to highlight another unique area of the capital: Distrito Chamberí. Adjacent to the center district (Malasaña bordering to the southwest)...

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Ordinal Numbers in Spanish

As we’ve discussed on several previous occasions, being able to use numbers properly in a foreign language is an integral part of gaining fluency. Whether it is merely a phone number, an address, a price, telling time, saying the date, or what have you, it is impossible to function is society without being able to express these concepts linguistically. For those that find numbers to be difficult in any language (the case of the author), this...

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The Spanish League and the King’s Cup

As most Americans are well aware of, football — or soccer as it’s known in North America — is absolutely huge in Spain. For many Spaniards, it’s as if their entire lives revolved around their favorite team; when the team wins, they are happy and when it doesn’t they are upset. These feelings become even stronger when it comes to important matches, such as cup finals. It seems as if football, rather than religion, is truly the ‘opiate of the...

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