Jul 26 2016

Portuguese Vocabulary tips for Spanish speakers

Portuguese and Spanish, although have a similar look and feel, are quite different from each other, when it comes to the spoken competency. The Portuguese,Italian, and the Spanish, although cannot speak each other’s languages, can understand the context and meaning of whatever each nationality says in their respective languages, because of one main factor- the vocabulary is similar. (not same) In this article we would be seeing how fluent Spanish speakers can look for quick vocabulary tips, in order to learn Portuguese effectively. As a […]

Jul 20 2016

Adjective Positions in Spanish

Usually, when you start learning Spanish, and you reach the chapter explaining adjectives, the golden rule taught is, “the adjective always comes after the noun”. However, this rule, albeit true in 90% of the cases, can be the other way around (i.e the adjective is placed before the noun),in about 10% of the cases. How do we decide these exceptions? Read on to find out more. Colors Colors come after the noun. la flor roja (the red flower) la Casa Blanca (the White House) Adjectives […]

Jul 09 2016

Think you can learn Spanish only in Spain? Think Again!

It seems to be a typical stereotype that Spanish can be learnt only in Spain. I recently visited Barcelona, and found that Spain does have quite a number of Spanish courses, but the Spanish accent in Spain is not really one of the best- it is not extremely clear, with apparently thick lisps in the “S’es”. Spain lies in Europe and therefore seems to attract most Spanish learners- but there is much more beyond the horizon that can be explored. One of my closest friends […]

Jun 09 2016

Spanish Origins for days of the week

The names of the days of the week in Spanish and English don’t seem very much alike. But in fact they have similar origins. Surprisingly, however, the day with the names in the two languages sounding the most alike — Saturday in English and sábado in Spanish — has names that aren’t connected. The etymology of most of the days of the week is linked to Roman mythology. The Romans saw a connection between their gods and the changing face of the nighttime sky, so […]

May 26 2016

Por v/s Para- The Spanish “for”

In English , the word "for" can take many connotations: 4kgs of rice for 60 $ This present is for my mother In these two sentences, the word "for" has different meanings. In the first sentence, we have used for to express a rate, where as in the second sentence it is an intention. English is quite practical, and uses the same word for different connotations. However, this is not the case with Spanish. European languages always like to keep things specific. The same specificity can […]

May 11 2016

Most difficult and easy languages for Native English speakers

If you are a language enthusiast or at least a wannabe language enthusiast, this question must have always crossed your mind, as an English native speaker, which would be the easiest language for me to learn and which would be the hardest? This is quite a logical question. The Foreign Service Insitute (FSI) has come up with the below table, to asnwer the same. The number of hours listed here, would enable the person to reach the "General professional proficiency"l in each target language. Enjoy! 🙂 […]