You just had the summer of your life; you’ve learned Spanish and managed to express yourself perfectly and fluently in a foreign country. But, like all good things, summer has come to an end, and you’ve returned home. What can you do to keep your Spanish skills fresh?
Trust us when we say that culture shock while studying abroad is real. We’ve all been there: You´re walking along a picturesque street one quiet afternoon when the surreal realization hits you like a flash of vertigo – Whoa, I am actually living in another country. Or maybe you’re standing in line at the grocery store and can’t get over how close the guy behind you is standing… a little personal space, please? And of course we can’t forget the inevitable scenario of finding yourself in conversation with a girl who is literally speaking at the speed of light, and you realize with horror that you have no idea what she just said …aaand cue the nervous laughter.
The Olympics are in the air. You’re in Spain, and conversation about what’s happening in Rio seems to be everywhere you turn. But what are people talking about and how do you jump right in there and keep up with the conversation in Spanish? Who are the most famous Spanish athletes? What are some common ways to talk about sports (and in particular the Olympics) in Spanish? Check out some of these tips for talking about the Olympics with Spaniards (in Spanish) and to keep up with all the chatter.
Even though summer in Spain is famous for its high temperatures, it is also a good time to play sports outside wherever you have chosen to travel. That being said, it’s important to choose the right time of day and place to get active to have the best experience. Because of that, we thought a few recommendations might come in handy.
UPDATE: We’d like to remind you that this contest is now over. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Madrid is a city that sparkles, has a 90s style grunge that gives it a special kind of charm, is metropolitan and down to earth, fancy and “punky” at the same time, electric and relaxed… It is one of those places that grabs you and never lets you go; a city with a soul all its own. Movies like “El día de la bestia,” music like “Héroes del Silencio” (although they’re actually from Zaragoza – for me they are the essential soundtrack to Madrid), Alaska y Dinarama, or experiences like sitting down at a terrace in the hot sun with a very cold caña and a plate of jamón serrano give you a special look into the heart and soul of the city; tell you a little something about its essence. So it’s no wonder Madrid has been voted the best Erasmus city in 2016. But let’s take a closer look at why students love Madrid so much specifically. Here are just a few of the best reasons, a little taste, just to whet your appetite:
Málaga como provincia ha sido designada como capital de la Costa del Sol, sin embargo como ciudad mantiene una belleza que no tiene nada que envidiar a los atractivos destinos turísticos que pueblan de forma masiva la popular zona costera andaluza.
Como ocurre con todos los idiomas, aprender español presenta aspectos más sencillos y otros que pueden no resultarlo tanto. ¿Cuáles son estos pros y estos contras a la hora de “enfrentarse” a nuestro idioma?
The University of Salamanca is one of the oldest universities in Spain; and in Europe only Oxford, Cambridge, the University of Paris and the University of Bologna have it beat. Since 1218 this university has been educating young people from across the country as well as foreign students from around the world, converting Salamanca into a meeting point for thousands of university students year-round.