Expresar continuidad en español

It’s been almost a year since many things changed due to the pandemic. However, some may have remained the same, whether it’s a morning yoga routine or walking the dog. Today we’ll learn how to express continuity in Spanish.

Seguir + gerund
Continuar + gerund

The verbs “seguir” and “continuar” have a meaning in common, which is “to continue”, despite that “seguir” has other meanings which “continuar” doesn’t share. However, when “seguir” and “continuar” are followed by a gerund, they mean “to keep on doing” or “to continue doing” and are generally interchangeable with little difference in meaning.

Pablo sigue haciendo deporte en casa, le encanta.
Pablo keeps on doing sport at home, he loves it.

Continúo hablando con mi familia por zoom todas las semanas.
I continue chatting with my family on zoom every week.

Todavía + present (indicative)

This combination of the adverb “todavía” (which means “still”) and a verb conjugated in the present form, means that something hasn’t changed yet. Therefore, it somehow implies that it’s natural to think it will eventually change, or that there is a plan or hope that it will change.

Todavía llevamos mascarilla fuera de casa.
We still wear masks outside our homes. (we have until now and that hasn’t changed, but we hope it will soon)

 ¿Todavía estudias japonés?
Do you still study Japanese? (you have until now, but the person asking feels it has probably changed or will soon)


Our students continue learning Spanish! ¡Nuestros estudiantes siguen aprendiendo español!
¿What stayed the same for you despite the pandemic?

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El Carnaval en España

carnaval España

It’s “Carnaval” week! This celebration takes place every year between February and March, and it fills the streets with colors and music in a very cheerful atmosphere. Even though this year most events have been cancelled due to the pandemic, let’s take a look at what you’ll hopefully be able to see next year.

“Carnaval” has a religious origin. Leading up to Lent, it’s a period of celebration and excess before parties and fatty food are prohibited for forty days. Traditionally, it was said that there were no restrictions during this celebration, so people decided to wore a mask to ensure their anonymity during such a crazy celebration.

The biggest and most famous “Carnaval” festivals are:

  • Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Islas Canarias): it’s the most international and it lasts 3 weeks. It’s full of music, parades and elaborated, colorful costumes. One of the main events is the designation of the queen of the “Carnaval”.
carnaval tenerifecarnaval las palmas
  • Carnaval de Cádiz (Andalucía): it lasts 10 days and it has a rather humorous approach. The associations participating prepare satirical songs and costumes, and there’s traditional music.
Carnaval Cádiz
  • Carnaval de Sitges (Catalonia): it lasts for 7 days and it’s not as big, but it has been celebrated for more than 100 years. It’s open to all ages and it offers a wide range of activities and contests.

The celebrations end on Ash Wednesday. It’s a more solemn event consisting on a parade, at the end of which people observe the burning of a figure in the shape of a sardine (event known as “El entierro de la sardina”). It symbolizes letting go of the past to welcome spring and a new period.

entierro de la sardina carnaval

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*Imagen Carnaval de Tenerife (reina): por Tamara Kulikova. Extraída de Wikipedia, con licencia Creative Commons BY CC 4.0
*Imagen Carnaval de Las Palmas (baile): por Juan Ramón Rodríguez Sosa. Extraída de Wikipedia, con licencia Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0
*Imagen Carnaval de Cádiz: por Emilio J. Rodríguez Posada. Extraída de Wikipedia, con licencia Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0
*Imagen Entierro de la sardina: por Diario de Madrid. Extraída de Wikipedia, con licencia Creative Commons BY CC 4.0


Propósitos de año nuevo

January is almost over, which means that some of you may have already set some new year’s resolutions for 2021. Spanish people do so too, usually on topics like sport, saving money or taking up a new hobby. Let’s see how we can express new year’s resolutions in Spanish!


Me gustaría + infinitivo

Is the equivalent to “I would like to”. Therefore, it expresses a wish, something we’re not sure is possible, but that we hope for.

Este año me gustaría visitar a mi hermana en Perú.
This year I’d like to visit my sister in Peru.

Me gustaría encontrar un trabajo en Madrid.
I’d like to find a job in Madrid.


Quiero + infinitivo

If you feel you have somewhat more control to make it possible, you could use the verb querer (to want), which shows clear determination towards the resolution.

Este año quiero aprender japonés.
This year I want to learn Japanese.

Quiero ahorrar para viajar a México en septiembre.
I want to save some money to travel to Mexico in September.


Voy a + infinitivo

This expression is the equivalent to “I’m going to”. So, it shows an even higher degree of determination, and it may imply that some arrangements have been made for it to happen, for example buying plane tickets or signing up at the gym.

Este año voy a hacer deporte 3 veces a la semana.
This year I’m going to exercise 3 times a week.

Este año voy a beber cerveza solo el fin de semana.
This year I’m going to drink beer only at weekends.


 So, what are your new year’s resolutions? Let us know in the comments, in Spanish!


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2020 is finally coming to an end and despite this year’s restrictions, the most representative elements of New Year’s celebration in Spain will be present tonight to say goodbye to 2020 and welcome 2021.

Nochevieja” (New Year’s Eve) is usually a celebration with family and friends. It’s an occasion to dress up, and tradition says one should wear red underwear for good luck in the upcoming year. Also, many people buy the so called “cotillon”, a small party set which contains a few party items such as a party hat, a mask, a party blower or streamers.

For dinner, it’s very common to gather with family and have a special meal with expensive or exclusive products such as caviar, lobster or “jamón de bellota”. After the dessert (some more “turrones”), it’s time to wash and prepare the grapes while watching one of the many music and entertainment shows for NYE on tv.

Famous tv presenters and artists conduct these shows, which live stream the countdown to the new year. It starts with 4 rings, called “los cuartos” (the quarters) and then the tradition is to eat the 12 grapes as the bell rings 12 times into the new year (“las 12 campanadas”). Be careful not to start with the grapes during the quarters!! Many people watch this live in their cities’ landmarks, the most popular location being the Plaza del Sol in Madrid, which will be empty this year.

After midnight many people send text messages to friends and family saying “¡Feliz año nuevo!” and it’s popular to go partying in clubs, which offer special NYE deals usually above 30€ for entrance and a drink.

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Nochebuena y Navidad

Christmas is one of the biggest holidays in Spain, alongside Easter, and it marks the beginning of a two-week winter break. It’s a widespread tradition celebrated by both religious and non-religious families and, even though some aspects may vary throughout the country, here’s what most Spanish people do on those days:

December 22nd: The national lottery. Despite not being directly related to Christmas celebrations and not being a holiday, it’s a big deal in Spain. Many people buy lottery tickets to share with family, friends or co-workers and follow the live broadcast.




December 24th: on this day, called “Nochebuena” (Christmas Eve), many families gather to have dinner together. The menu usually consists on elaborate dishes which include expensive seafood or roast meat, and the dessert is the popular “turrón”, and also shortbread cookies and even Italian panettone. In Catalonia it is believed that “Caga Tió” is the one brining the gifts. It’s a log with a face and a red hat, which children feed for a few weeks before they poke it with a stick to get the presents out of its “belly”.



December 25th: depending on the area and each familiy’s traditions, they may gather on the 25th to open Santa’s presents and have lunch instead of dinner. This is the case in Catalonia, where people eat a soup called “escudella” (with pasta, “meatballs”, chickpeas, etc.) and stuffed turkey or chicken.





December 26th: this day is only a holiday in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. Families or friends gather (again) to eat cannelloni and soup, made from what was left from Christmas feasts.





How do you celebrate Christmas in your country? Do you eat a lot, too? :P

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- Imagen Lotería: por Thirunavukkarasye-Raveendran. Estraída de Wikipedia, con licencia Creative Commons BY CC 4.0
- Imagen Tió: por Toniher. Extraída de Wikipedia, con licencia Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0
- Imagen Escudella: por Emi Yañeez. Extraída de Flickr, con licencia Creative Commons BY CC 2.0 (recortada)
- Imagen Canelons: por Juan Emilio Prades Bel. Extraída de Wikipedia, con licencia Creative Commons CC BY-Sa 4.0

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