Travel and culture

Spanish Phrases for Tourists

So you’re off to a Spanish speaking country? Lucky you! Make sure you pack some sun-cream, plenty of towels, and our guide to Spanish phrases for tourists! We’ve no idea what you’ll be doing of course, but hopefully you can find a use for our fine collection of phrases below.

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Language learning

Why I won’t be using CatAcademy

From the folks at Memrise comes a new Spanish learning app, CatAcademy. With the tagline “Helping humans to be less dumb”, CatAcademy uses the ever-popular cute cat meme to illustrate a range of Spanish phrases, using visual mnemonics to aid memorisation of vocabulary. I know it’s a bit of fun, but to me it perfectly illustrates a depressing slide to the lowest common denominator.

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Cumbiambera

Un poema para mi hermana

Hoy quiero contarles el motivo de mi ausencia en cumbiambera. He iniciado una maestría en Derecho Internacional Comparado, aquí en la costosa ciudad de Londres, pero gracias al apoyo de mi familia, mis amigos y desde luego de Rob he podido iniciar este proyecto que había trazado desde que obtuve mi diploma como abogada en Colombia.

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learn

Infographic: Spanish Gender

One of the first things that we’re taught in Spanish is about gender, and it’s also one of the last things we’ll actually get right. The concept of gender is pretty alien to us English speakers, as it seems strange to us to assign a sex to not only people and animals, but also objects, and any other noun. There are some good guidelines to help to understand the genders that nouns belong to, and we’ve summarised some of the most useful rules in this infographic!

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learn

Saying you like things in Spanish, and other verbs

“Gustar” is a funny verb. When we first learn it, we equate “me gusta” with “I like” – “me gusta pizza” means “I like pizza”. Simple enough. However, this verb, and many others like it, are profoundly different to our English equivalents. They are known as “reverse construction verbs”

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