Ever heard of false friends? And I don’t mean the pseudo-friends you need to watch out for in your social circle.
I mean false cognates!
False cognates are words that look and sound very similar in two languages, but don’t have the same meaning.
The English-Spanish false cognates in our list are definite “conversation killers” that can hinder or entirely derail the message...Read More
Your body is so much more than just parts.
Did you know that you communicate 90% of your thoughts and feelings nonverbally, through your body language? That’s quite a lot to say without saying anything! If you plan on taking a trip to a Spanish-speaking country, you don’t want to get caught saying something silently that you really don’t mean.
In this blog post,...Read More
If you’re looking for Spanish lessons for kids and you don’t know where to start, this post is for you!
As parents, we all want the best education for our children and a second language is an important part of that. Having decided that you want your kids to learn Spanish, is a wonderful present for them as you’re giving them a headstart in life and opening a wide door to a world of new...Read More
How can you sharpen our speaking skills, even if you only have five extra minutes a day? With Spanish tongue twisters, called trabalenguas.
Have you ever wished you could improve your Spanish accent so others could understand you better? Spoken Spanish has 39 elemental sounds, or individual speech sounds produced by vocal organs. You can easily master these through exposure and regular...Read More
When studying any new language, it’s important to understand the parts of grammar that you’ll be using.
Real quick—let’s talk about pronouns in English, before we get into Spanish pronouns!
Do you remember those from your school days? Try to identify the pronouns in the following sentences:
He went to the store to get her some medicine.I need to do it by myself.What do you...Read More
The rewarding challenge of raising bilingual children can take an unexpected turn into confusion. Despite your best efforts, you notice that your child refuses to speak your home language. The frustrations mount, and parents often begin to feel helpless in this situation.
But wait, the good news is up ahead! If your child used to speak Spanish at home and has stopped, this article may...Read More
Do you remember the blog about ya where we introduced you to the first of many Spanish words that have multiple meanings? Today, we’ll continue exploring the phenomenon of words that are spelled the same but don’t mean the same thing! We can categorize these words as:
Polysemic words – words that have one single origin, but when used in different contexts have different meanings....Read More
Building rapport with colleagues and customers in Spanish is one of the most important components of being successful at your job. Let’s face it, we want to do business with people we like and trust – therefore you need to be likable and trustworthy!
So how do you build confidence with others and get people to enjoy doing business with you in Spanish? Start with a...Read More
There are many perks to speaking Spanish; it can enhance your work experience by setting you apart from your colleagues and can increase your cultural competency – buzzwords that companies look for when hiring and promoting.
Now, let’s explore ways to use Spanish at work!
First Things First
You don’t have to wait until graduation to get a Spanish-speaking...Read More
Discovering joy in non-materialistic ways is all the rage. Many people are tired of being bombarded by material things and are encouraged to make memories instead – these are more fulfilling than buying the latest iPhone or Gucci bag. The memories that you gain through travel, hiking to ancient ruins learning about new cultures, or building strong relationships with family and friends...Read More