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How to Keep Your Spanish Language Skills Fresh After Returning From Study Abroad

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?
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Coping with Culture Shock: 5 Tips to Adapt Quickly while Studying Abroad

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.

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Tips for Talking about the Olympics with Spaniards

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.

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The Passion for The Red

The Spanish love of soccer is something mythical, but its passion for its national team, Spain’s national selection, is truly legendary. If the team, known as “The Red Fury”, “The Fury”, or simply “The Red” (although technically that nickname also corresponds to the Chilean national team) is playing, the country comes to a standstill. Everything becomes eerily quiet, at least until one of their players begins approaching the opposite goal… And God help the channel that isn’t playing the game on TV, because its ratings are guaranteed to fall sharply! It doesn’t matter if it’s for a huge championship competition or just a friendly game: if The Red is playing, the fans will follow.

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Spain on Top: The Best Wine, Olive Oil, Cheese… Really is from Spain!

You have some time to yourself and are sitting down to a simple but elegant meal. You’ve prepared a lovely salad complete with Italian olive oil, accompanied by some superb French cheeses and a glass of the best French wine. Sucker! You should know that if you’d chosen these products from Spain they would have been even more delicious!
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Who’s the Spanish Version of Your Favorite Singer? (II)

A few weeks ago we compared some of the most well-known English-language singers with some of the most well-known in the Spanish language. It was a pretty great list if we do say so ourselves, but we thought we’d give you a few more! So listen up, pump up the volume and get ready to listen to Spanish versions of…
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How to Have the Best Gap Year Abroad (just like Malia Obama)

With Malia Obama taking a year off between high school and Harvard, the phrase “gap year” has been floating around quite a bit recently. But what is a gap year really, and how can you best take advantage of this year between?
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Spain Inspires: The Best Books Written in Spain by Foreigners

There is nothing more evocative than a place where time seems to stand still, where the sun can shine with kindness or beat down its strong, harsh rays, where rain refreshes hot sidewalks or floods them with melancholy, where sunsets glow red with passion and dawn stains the Mediterranean sky blue.
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Who’s the Spanish Version of Your Favorite Singer?

If you have a Spanish friend it’s very likely you’ve noticed that we Spaniards tend to look for Spanish equivalents of international celebrities, artists and pop stars. We’ll say things like, “I think the Spanish Bruno Mars is Xuso Jones.” We can’t seem to help ourselves. So in case it comes up in conversation one day, take a look at some of these Spanish versions of some of the biggest international musicians out there. Ready?

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Diferencias entre los vinos andaluces

La cultura vinícola en Andalucía es una de las más importantes del mundo. Su tradición se cuenta también como una de las más antiguas, con datos desde la época de Cristo, aunque sus actuales producciones de mayor calidad derivan de los siglos XVI y XVII.

Tanta historia alrededor de la producción de vino ha fomentado una diversidad enorme entre la tipología de variedades existente, destacando por su metodología de producción y resultado final los finos, los manzanillas y los amontillados entre otros. Vemos en este artículo las principales diferencias entre ellos.

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