oct
21

Por vs Para

Among the Spanish grammar topics with which students struggle the most, probably the difference between por and para would be in the top 3.

We’ve created this infographic with the uses of por and para, we hope you find it useful!

You can download it here.

Spanish por vs para

Have you ever doubted between por and para when speaking Spanish? Let us know in the comments!

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oct
14

Why study Spanish online before moving?

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Are you moving to Spain or to a Spanish speaking country in the future? We know it requires many arrangements but there is one thing your plan should definitely include: learning some Spanish before moving. Here’s why:

  1. When you arrive in Spain, you’ll probably be busy enough settling down. If Spanish won’t be a priority in your first two months, study it now at your own pace! Don’t leave it for the last minute though, it’s a busy time too.
  2. If you start studying Spanish before you move, you’ll have time to develop the habit and it’ll be easier to get back into it once you’re in the country.
  3. If you already know some Spanish, the immersion will be a lot more enriching. You’ll be able to use the language to make new friends as an expat and you’ll pick up Spanish more quickly, and that feels great!
  4. Studying Spanish beforehand will also be helpful to become familiar with Spanish culture (like Spanish meal times!), so the cultural shock won’t be as big.

¿Not sure about learning Spanish online? Check our article about the advantages! Also, if you’re new to online study, here are 3 tips to make the most of your online Spanish classes!

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sep
30

Los horarios en España

times in Spain

Many Spanish people claim that “Spain is different”, and it is many ways a particular country. What seems to stand out the most to foreign visitors is that, in Spain everything happens later than in other countries.

To begin with, school and work hours hardly ever start before 9 am, so you’ll find a lot of traffic on the road and in the cafeterias at around 8.30am. Don’t hurry too much though, shops open no sooner than 10 am.

Lunchtime is usually at around 2pm. Don’t expect restaurants to be open before 1pm, but food is served until 3.30 or so! Shops, however, can have a 2-hour, or even a 3-hour break, meaning most medium and small businesses stay closed, at least, from 2 to 4 pm. Luckily, in the evening they’ll be open until around 8pm.

 Dinner is so late. Many afterwork activities (such as sports clubs or art classes) last until as late as 8.30pm, so we rarely have dinner before 9 pm, and therefore most restaurants open just after 8.30pm (but close at about 11.30pm).

If you’re thinking about going shopping at the weekend, make sure it’s Saturday morning, because only big shopping malls and businesses in the city center are open on Saturday afternoon. Also, shops are closed by law on Sundays (with a few exceptions), but restaurants are open, as their days off are usually Monday or Tuesday.

What differences are there with your country? Let us know in the comments!

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sep
23

Cambios en la rutina

cambios en la rutina Spanish

This year is definitely a peculiar one, so our lives and routines are changing a lot. Here are some expressions in Spanish you can use to talk about changes in habits or habitual situations, whether they are in the past, present or future.

  •  Empezar a + infinitive: it means to start doing something or to take up a hobby.

- He empezado a hacer yoga y me siento genial. I started doing yoga and I feel great.

- En octubre quiero empezar a ir al gimnasio. I want to start going to the gym in October.

  •  Seguir + gerund: use this to express that you continue doing something, that the habit or situation continues as it was.

- ¿Vas a seguir estudiando alemán? Will you continuestudying German?

- Sigo viviendo en Madrid, pero en otro barrio. I continue living (I still live) in Madrid, but in a different neighborhood

  •  Dejar de + infinitive: “dejar” has many meanings but in combination with “de” and a verb in the infinitive form it means to quit or stop doing something.

- Quiero dejar de fumar. I want to quit smoking.

- He dejado de comprar esta marca porque no era muy buena. I stopped buying this brand because it wasn’t very good.

  •  Ya no + present: slightly different from the previous one, it would translate as “not anymore” or “no longer” and it’s used in combination with the present tense.

- Ya no voy a clases de pintura. I’m not taking painting lessons anymore.

- Mis hijos ya no estudian francés. My children don’t study French anymore.

 

¡En Dime este mes hemos empezado a hacer clases presenciales otra vez y seguimos haciendo clases online!

What’s changing for you this year? Let us know in the comments!

 

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sep
16

Ruta a pie por Barcelona

Barcelona Spanish

Barcelona is a beautiful city with many well-known sites. Given the current situation, it’s best to discover them on foot in order to avoid public transport crowds, so, if you’re new to the city or will be moving here soon, here’s a walking tour you can take to get to know the most representative!

The tour starts at Palau Güell and it ends at Sagrada Familia (uphill walk) but it can also be done the opposite way (downhill). It takes about 1h15 minutes without stops (4,6km), so please calculate accordingly in order to have time to enjoy the architecture. Somewhere around 3h30min should be enough, but it’s totally up to you :)

We recommend doing this tour in the morning or early afternoon because Las Ramblas and Passeig de Gràcia area get quite busy in the late afternoon-evening.

Here’s a list of the monuments along the way and where to check some information about them in English:

Download our Barcelona Walking Tour for some maps with directions and links to the tour in Google maps.

Let us know in the comments if you make the tour! What was your favorite site?

 

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