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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sep
08

Reservar una mesa

reservar mesa restaurante Spanish

Speaking Spanish on the phone can be a challenge for Spanish learners, but it’s also the only way to book a table in most restaurants in Spain. So, if you live in a Spanish speaking country and you’d like to go out for dinner, this is for you!

 When the restaurant picks up the phone, they’ll usually say the restaurant’s name and a greeting. To be polite, use quería:

 Restaurante: Restaurante La Fonda, buenas tardes.

   Cliente: Hola, quería reservar una mesa para cenar esta noche.

 For the booking details, you’re likely to be asked the number of people, the booking time, a name and a phone number.

Restaurante: ¿Para cuántas personas? / ¿Cuántas personas son? / ¿Cuántos son?

   Cliente: 4.

Restaurante: ¿A qué hora?

   Cliente: a las 9h.

Restaurante: ¿A qué nombre? / Un nombre, por favor.

   Cliente: Fischer. F-I-S-C-H-E-R

Restaurante: Perfecto, y un teléfono, por favor.

   Cliente: 612 345 678

Restaurante: pues ya está, muchas gracias.

   Cliente: muchas gracias.

*Remember that to say the time of an event you should always use “a las…” (plural), except for “a la 1 (una)” (singular)

*You can give either your name or family name for the booking, whichever you think might be easier to recognize/understand for a Spanish speaker. Spelling it in Spanish can help complete the booking faster.

*”ya está” means it’s done, so that’s your confirmation that the booking is complete.

Are you ready to book your next table in Spanish?

 

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ago
27

¡Qué calor!

que calor Spanish

Summers can be very hot in Spain, so in Spanish there are many expressions related to heat which are used on a daily basis during this time of the year. Some of them are based on the word “calor”.

calor vs hot

“Calor” is a noun and it literally means “heat”. Despite being a noun and meaning “heat”, it’s used like the adjective “hot” in English when talking about the weather. Because it’s a noun, you should say “mucho calor”, not “muy calor” to express intensity, which is a very common mistake. It’s a masculine word in most of Spain, but in Andalucía and some regions in Latin America it’s feminine, so you may hear both “mucho calor” and “mucha calor”.

Here are some examples of how to use “calor” to express what the weather feels like:

  • Hoy hace mucho calor. It’s very hot today.
  • Hoy hace un calor asfixiante / sofocante. It’s stiflingly hot / scorching today.
  • Hace demasiado calor para salir a pasear. It’s too hot to go for a walk.
  • ¡Qué calor! Wow, it’s hot!
  • Tengo calor, ¿tú no?. I’m hot, aren’t you? (in a different context, this may have another meaning)
  • Me estoy asando / achicharrando / cociendo (de calor).  I’m roasting / burning / boiling hot.

Enjoy your summer in Spanish!

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ago
18

Festa Major de Gràcia virtual 2020

The festival “Festa Major de Gràcia” is one of the most famous and crowded in Barcelona during the summer. It’s well-known for the street decorations and the magnificent hand-made figures as well as for its many live concerts and activities which last for about a week. This year it takes place between the 15th and the 21st of August.

This year, exceptionally, there won’t be a decoration competition and access to the ornamented streets is limited in order to avoid crowds. There are decorations only on the balconies and at a certain height but the organization has launched an app where you can find a 360° view of all the streets not only of this year, but also of as far as 2016!

Although the events are only accessible to the residents of the Gràcia neighborhood, the festival has adapted to the current exceptional situation by offering many concerts, theatre and art exhibitions online on streaming. You can find a list of the live and recorded events of the festival on their app.

The app is only in Catalan but it’s very easy and intuitive, so finding the 360° street views and the events list won’t be a problem at all! You can download the app for Android here and for iOS here, and you’ll find the latest updates on the festival’s facebook page.

Don’t miss the “Festa Major de Gràcia 2020”!

 

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