Friday, 19 February 2016

Popular Spanish Language Phrases

Have you heard of Hasta La Vista? Ese? Yes? Well what about Bueno Honda?


Spanish language phrases are popular in Hollywood movies, used sometimes as slang or made into catchphrases in the case of Schwarzenegger, in Terminator 2. 

Hasta la Vista is so much tied to him and his public persona that he used it, when running for political office.

Ese is another popular phrase, used in American television and film as a term of affection, typically among young men. However it actually means ‘that one’ or ‘him’, and for some Spanish people can be offensive, if it comes from someone who is not Spanish or Latin American.

There are some more common phrases that can help if you decide to travel to Spain, or a Spanish speaking country, and that will ease your way to communicating with the local people.

Greeting people and understanding their response
Como Esta: How are you?
Bien gracias: Fine thank you

Getting and understanding directions
¿Dónde está un restaurante?: Where is a restaurant?
Derecho: Straight ahead

Eating out
Un menu: a menu
Quiero: I would like

Other useful phrases
¿Qué hora es?: what time is it?
¿Cuánto cuesta?: How much does it cost?


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Famous Spanish People

Have you heard of Nadal? Neruda? Dali? Reno? Picasso? Cruz? Banderas? Bardem? 

All are people of Spanish or Latin American descent who have achieved a high level of success in their chosen field. The reach and influence of Spanish language speakers, stretches back centuries, and includes many different cultural and intellectual fields.

Famous Sportsmen

Fernando Torres (20th March 1984-) is a world famous footballer who currently plays for Atlético Madrid, temporarily on loan from Milan. He’s a member of the Spanish International team, and first played for them in 2003. His goal scoring ability is such that he is the third highest Spanish goal scorer of all time.

Rafael Nadal (3rd June 1986) is the fifth ranked tennis player in the world. He holds many records due to his talent on the court, one of which is that he is one of only two male players to have won on clay, hard court and grass, the other is Mats Wilander.

Famous Artists

Salvador Dali (11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989) was a prominent Surrealist, well known particularly for the Persistence of Memory, a painting which included melting time pieces. His physical appearance was equally striking, particularly in his later years, with a distinctive moustache.

Pablo Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a multi talented man, but is famous mainly as a artist. He is also known as Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, and co founded the Cubism movement. He was a prolific artist, producing lots of different pieces such as ‘The red armchair’ and ‘Harlequin’.

Famous Actors and Actresses

Penelope Cruz (28th April 1974) a world famous actress who has been in big budget Hollywood fare such as Vanilla Sky, and also appeared in La niña de tus ojos (The girl of your dreams), along with a number of Pedro Almodovar’s films.

Jean Reno (30 July 1948) was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez, but changed his name. He has appeared in many Hollywood films including Leon, and Mission Impossible, but has also appeared in French language films such as Les Visiteurs.

Antonio Banderas (10 August 1960) is a Spanish actor and producer who has been featuring in Hollywood films such as the Legend of Zorro and Evita since the 1990s. He began his career in Spanish language films including Laberinto de pasiones, which was his first credited screen role.

Javier Ángel Encinas  Bardem (1 March 1969) is a Spanish actor best known for his role in the Hollywood film No country for old men but has also appeared in many Spanish language films including Huevos de oro. He was nominated for a Oscar in 2011, becoming the 1st Spanish born star to do so.

Famous Writers

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) you might not have heard the name, but probably will have some knowledge of his most famous work, Don Quixote. It’s impact is so great that Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes thinks of de Cervantes as ‘the founding father’ of Latin American literature.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927- 2014) was one of the predominant magic realists, receiving the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982, largely because of Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude).

Pablo Neruda (July 12, 1904 – September 23, 1973) he was a poet and a diplomat. His most famous work is Twenty love poems and a song of despair, and he was held in such high esteem by the literary community, that not only did he win the Nobel Prize for literature but Garcia Marquez thought he was ‘the greatest poet of the twentieth century in any language’.

If you liked this article, or feel inspired to seek out some of the work mentioned such as the novels or poems, in it’s original Spanish, then there is someone who can help you understand it, regardless of your current ability. That person is Katja Adimora.

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The website also contains the details on pricing and how to book a session with Katja. 


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Katja Adimora can be contacted for further details on the courses, assessments and learning Spanish in general at info@lalengua.co.uk 

Find Katja on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/La-Lengua-976799722377911/ 

Cultural Spanish Traditions

Are you crazy about festivals? Love fresh tomatoes?  You’ll love La Tomatina, in Valencia!

Spain is a country of many different and long held cultural traditions. The ones that most people are aware of are probably bull-fights a
nd flamenco dancing.


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Bull fighting is popular throughout Spain, but the most famous event is the ‘Running of the Bulls’ which takes place during the Sanfermines in Pamplona. However there are many more cultural events that people will enjoy, if they decide to take a trip to Spain, here are some of the more well known ones.

Semanta Santa (Holy week) held in Seville

This event goes back to the 16th century, when the Catholic Church attempted to reach more of their congregation, by asking the most famous artists of the day to create huge wooden figures of the Saints. They are carried in a procession, which is arranged by the Cofradio. Ahead of the procession are Nazarenos, penitents who carry crosses, and costaleros who carry the figures of the saints which can weigh up to 100kg. Thousands of people flock to Seville for it every year.

Feria de Abril or April Fair was originally set up as a cattle market, but is now one of the most popular events in Spain. It takes place two weeks after Semanta Santa (Holy Week), and many casetas (provisional houses) are built and then decorated with lots of colourful lamps.

Landowners come to the Feria in the morning, on horseback, or driving horse coaches.

The party starts in the afternoon, held in the casetas, but often goes on all night.

La Tomatina
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This is a festival held annually in Bunol, a small town close to Valencia. It’s held on the last Wednesday in August, and is the world’s largest tomato fight. It’s not entirely clear why or who decided to throw the first tomato, but it’s been going for fifty years.

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Are you familiar with Spanish food?

Pollo al ajillo? Gambas al ajillo? No? How about Chorizo, sangria or paella? How familiar are you with Spanish food?

Most people living in Britain today, will have come across Spanish dishes, whether they have been to Spain, or a country with a lot of Spanish people. It’s become another strand of the multi cultural melting pot of modern Britain that we can see frozen calamari next to battered cod in supermarket freezers.

Spanish dishes not to missed when on holiday

Traditional Tapas : Image Attribute Author: Ana Ulin 

Gazpacho: this rich chilled tomato soup is a staple in Andalucia during the summer months, residents enjoy it most days

Gambas al ajillo: this garlic prawn dish is standard on most tapas menus

Chorizo is a spicy or sweet sausage often made with a large amount of garlic.

Paella Valenciana has chicken or rabbit, saffron, runner beans and butter beans. The best rice that you can use if possible are bomba and calasaparra grown on the East coast of Spain, but any paella rice will do.

Pisto is the Spanish version of the French dish ratatouille, and is most common in the towns of La Mancha. It’s most usually presented as a starter, but can be a main course too.

Pollo al ajillo: this is a common dish, many Spaniards believing that their grandmother’s recipe is the best one. It’s chicken, garlic, olive oil, rosemary, thyme and sherry or white wine, and the recipe varies depending on the person making it.

Tortilla Espanola: eggs, onions and potatoes are the basic ingredients for a true Spanish omelette, but you can add anything that you fancy.

Cochinillo Asado: is a suckling roast pig or lamb most commonly served in Segovia. It’s cooked in a wood fired oven, and if done right can be so tender that it’s cut with the side of a plate.

Tostas de tomate y jamon: is ham, garlic, and tomato served on toast. The ham should really come from pigs raised in Western Spain, if it’s Iberico ham being used.

Patatas Bravas: one of the most popular types of tapas, it’s fried potato served in a sauce. The recipe for the sauce can vary a good deal depending on which part of Spain you have it in, Madrid residents tend to make the sauce with spicy pimenton, olive oil, flour and stock but never use tomatoes.

Turron: this is eaten mainly at Christmas and is almond nougat. It’s produced largely in the town of Jijona. Jijona Turron is soft and smooth, whereas Alicante Turron is hard and contains almond pieces within it.

If you liked this article, and would like to know more about Spain and Spanish language, then there is someone who can help you, regardless of your current ability in Spanish. That person is Katja Adimora.

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The website also contains the details on pricing and how to book a session with Katja.


Visit www.lalengua.co.uk

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Katja Adimora can be contacted for further details on the courses, assessments and learning Spanish in general at info@lalengua.co.uk

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Learn Spanish Easily With Just 5 Lessons!


With the popularity of the Internet has come the opportunity to partake in a plethora of new services. Who would have imagined that you could, for example, learn the fundamentals of the Spanish language from an online course? All you need is an Internet connection and the desire to learn.

Providers of online Spanish language courses offer a number of programs from which to choose. Online language-course services not only offer fast-paced Spanish language lessons but many also try to make the learning experience a pleasurable endeavour.

Various exercises are offered to assist online students in becoming more familiar with the Spanish language. Some providers use the “natural language acquisition” method which closely resembles the way children in every culture learn their own language. With this approach, online students build the foundation, attitudes, habits, skills and learning strategies that will help them to learn quickly the Spanish language.

Online resources are available, like English/Spanish dictionaries, online translators and other learning tools, that may be downloaded from various sites free of charge.

For those who want a more traditional education, there are online Spanish courses administered by expert language tutors and self-paced independent study programs. Some Spanish courses conduct weekly online “meetings” using live voice chat to provide students with a real-time exchange of information and to help them learn proper pronunciation. Spanish courses found online include introductory and advanced level Spanish, business Spanish, health care Spanish, Spanish and Law, Spanish for Emergency Situations, and Spanish for teachers.

All the courses online are administered by expert language tutors so you can be sure that you are learning correct Spanish. There are various Spanish learning resources offered to students in order to enhance further their knowledge of the language, including interactive drills on grammar, verbs, and vocabulary.

There are many benefits to learning Spanish online. You can study any time, from any location and most importantly at your own pace and you earn a certificate of completion that’s acknowledged by educational institutions..

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The website also contains the details on pricing and how to book a session with Katja.

 for more tips and advice on learning Spanish. 

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Saturday, 26 December 2015

Learning Spanish Online Is Simple

Everyone now has the opportunity to learn whatever they like using the internet. Who would have imagined that you could, for example, learn the fundamentals of the Spanish language from an online course?

All you need is an Internet connection, a person who can teach and the desire to learn! Online Spanish language courses offer a number of packages to choose from, if you are a beginner, want to learn it fun or to help you be better at your job then online spanish language-course can be the easy answer.

Various exercises are offered to assist online students in becoming more familiar with the Spanish language. Some providers use the “natural language acquisition” method which closely resembles the way children in every culture learn their own language. With this approach, online students build the foundation, attitudes, habits, skills and learning strategies that will help them to learn quickly the Spanish language.

For those who want a more traditional education, there are online Spanish courses administered by expert language tutors and self-paced independent study programs. Some Spanish courses conduct weekly online “meetings” using live Skype voice chat to provide students with a real-time exchange of information and to help them learn proper pronunciation. Spanish courses found online include introductory and advanced level Spanish, business Spanish, health care Spanish, Spanish and Law, Spanish for Emergency Situations, and Spanish for teachers.
There are various Spanish learning resources offered to students in order to enhance further their knowledge of the language, including interactive drills on grammar, verbs, and vocabulary.

There are many benefits to learning Spanish online. You can study any time, from any location and most importantly at your own pace.

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