Spain: Spanish Language Welcome to our guide to Spain! This is useful for anyone researching Spanish culture, customs, manners, etiquette, values and wanting to understand the people better. You may be going to Spain on business, for a visit or even hosting Spanish colleagues or clients in your own country. Facts and Statistics Location: Southwestern Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, and Pyrenees Mountains, southwest of France Capital: Madrid Climate: temperate; clear, hot summers in interior, more moderate and cloudy along coast; cloudy, cold winters in interior, partly cloudy and cool along coast Population: 40,280,780 (July 2004 est.) Ethnic Make-up: composite of Mediterranean and Nordic types Religions: Roman Catholic 94%, other 6% Government: parliamentary monarchy The Spanish Language The official language is Spanish, also called Castilian, and is the first language of over 72% of the population. Why not learn some useful Spanish phrases? Spanish Society & Culture
Spanish Idioms Webster's dictionary defines an idiom as: "1) the dialect of a people, region,etc., 2) the usual way in which words of a language are joined together to express thought; 3) a conventional phrase or expression having a meaning different from the literal; 4) a characteristic style." Webster's New World Dictionary,Compact School & Office Edition - The World Publishing Company, 1967 The use of idioms allows you to expand your fluency in a language. Return to Student's Page
Cafe Cortado Download mp3 file | Subscribe in iTunes You're listening to the Café Cortado, the podcast where we answer your questions about the Spanish language. In this week's show we'll be hearing from Juliet in London who has a question which puzzles many learners of Spanish: just which word for "you" is the correct one? Juliet is quite right: there are different words for "you" in Spanish. In English there's just the one - if I'm addressing my wife, my friend or my son I use the word "you"; and if I'm addressing my boss, or my mother-in-law, or indeed a random person in the street, I still use the word "you". In the standard form of Spanish, there are two basic forms of "you" in the singular. So much for the singular forms. It's also important to mention that since Spanish has different forms of the verb for different people, you need to use the correct form of the verb corresponding to whichever "you" you're talking about. ¿(tú) quieres bailar conmigo? In each situation the pronoun is optional.
Learn Spanish Free Online - Woodward Chile Spanish Courses Spanish Idiom Dictionary Spanish idioms are essential to understanding and communicating with native speakers. Because Spanish is spoken in so many different countries, extra care is required when learning idioms. Make sure to pay attention to who is saying what under what circumstances before you attempt to use anything but the most common expression. Browse below to take a look at just how many different ways you can express yourself in Spanish. a (la) merced de at the mercy of (n.b.: the “la” is often omitted) a altas horas de la madrugada in the small hours of the morning a cargo de in charge of; responsible for; by a causa de because of; as a result of (lit.: at the cause of) a chorros in abundance; plenty; lots a contrapelo wrong way; backwards; backassed a corto plazo in the short run; short-term; in the short term (lit.: at short place) a deshora at an inconvenient time a diario daily; every day a disgusto reluctantly a duras penas hardly; barely; with difficulty a eso de around, about (time) (lit.: a this of)
Amusing Spanish Idioms See also Spanish Slang, Spanish Words & Phrases An idiom is a phrase that is understood to have a meaning different from its literal meaning. For example, in English when we say “it’s raining cats and dogs” we mean it’s raining heavily, it’s a downpour. Like the cats and dogs example, idioms are fun, colorful expressions and the direct translation of an idiom from one language to another is often hilarious. Below are some of my favorite Spanish idioms. No tiene dos dedos de frente. Tiene más lana que un borrego. A otro perro con ese hueso. La carne de burro no es transparente. Cada quien tiene su manera de matar pulgas. Da un beso a la botella. El hijo de la gato, ratones mata. Antes que te cases mira lo que haces. Más vale pájaro en mano que cien volando. Mientras que en mi casa estoy, rey soy. Yo tengo una tía que toca la guitarra.
Wordplay - Spanish Vocabulary Game One Minute LAm Spanish One Minute Spanish provides an introduction to basic Spanish. With this course you will not become fluent, but you will acquire a range of useful expressions which you can use while on a trip to a Spanish-speaking country in Latin America. Your efforts are guaranteed to make a good impression on people you meet. The phrases included in this course have been specially chosen to help the learner make fast progress on the basics of Spanish, with each new episode building on previously-learned knowledge. Use the buttons above to access the free audio files in our lesson library, or buy the premium pack in our store.
Grammar and Vocabulary List of Codes for Spanish teachers and students This list of Spanish Grammar and Vocabulary Games and Notes contains extra activities and information that support a class a student has been in. It can also be used for additional practice in areas where students feel they need more help. As a Spanish teacher (at any Spanish school around the world) you can also refer your students to this site (www.spanish.cl) and mention the code (and name) of the activity you would like them to do. The code next to the name of the activity makes that activity easier to find. Note that this list is NOT in order of difficulty. This section is continually in the process of creation and improvement. Spanish Pronouns A Pronoun in Spanish as well as in English is like a shortcut to refer to a noun, a word that stands for or represents a noun or noun phrase, a pronoun is identified only in the context of the sentence in which they are used. So you must have a prior idea about who "he or she" "él or ella" is. In English we find "me, her, what, that, his", In Spanish they're used pretty much the same way, the main difference is that in Spanish most pronouns have a gender, masculine or feminine and rarely neuter to unknown objects or ideas. Types of pronouns include personal pronouns (refer to the persons speaking, the persons spoken to, or the persons or things spoken about), indefinite pronouns, relative pronouns (connect parts of sentences) and reciprocal or reflexive pronouns (in which the object of a verb is being acted on by verb's subject). This table below shows examples of all pronouns categories in Spanish: Subject pronouns: Spanish Possessive Pronouns: Mine= el mío / la mía /los míos / las mías.
Testeando - El trivial educativo para colegios One Minute Spanish One Minute Spanish provides an introduction to basic Spanish. With this course you will not become fluent, but you will acquire a range of useful expressions which you can use while on a trip to Spain. Your efforts are guaranteed to make a good impression on people you meet. The phrases included in this course have been specially chosen to help the learner make fast progress on the basics of Spanish, with each new episode building on previously-learned knowledge. Use the buttons above to access the free audio files in our lesson library, or buy the premium pack in our store. The table below provides further details about the features of the premium edition of One Minute Spanish.
Spanish Verb Conjugation Drills Home / Verb Drills Find topics in left sidebar. Anyone who has studied Spanish knows that one of the biggest challenges is to learn all of the verb conjugations. That's why we created this section. Spanish Verb Quizzes When combined with Camino del éxito, these Spanish verb drills will finally allow you to master the verb tenses so that you start to use them automatically in your speech. For each topic you can generate quiz after quiz after quiz, giving you the practice you need to succeed. Learning Spanish Verbs in Context While simply learning to conjugate Spanish verbs may enable you to pass a test, it's not going to go very far when it comes to incorporating the tenses into your speech. How to "Really" Learn the Verb Conjugations To help you really master the verb tenses, we present our verb drills in the context of complete sentences.
Fiestas & Festivals in Spain | Spanish-Living.com Spanish fiestas symbolise the very essence of Spain and the Spanish people. They're colourful, vibrant, usually extremely noisy, often chaotic and always great fun. The origins of many of the country's countless fiestas lie in religious feasts, often honouring a patron saint. It's the same in northern Europe where many public holidays were born out of religious 'holy days'. But northern Europe simply can't compete with Spain when it comes to turning a religious celebration into a riotous round-the-clock knees up. Perhaps it's the warm weather or maybe it's the exuberant, uninhibited nature of the Spaniards who just love to party. Every day throughout the year there are fiestas taking place somewhere in Spain, either at a local, regional or national level. These may revolve around the major religious festivals such as Christmas, Easter and All Saints (Halloween) or they may be highly localised events, with their origins in obscure local folklore. The hottest fiesta of them all!