Inspiration

Three Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Spanish

Many people look for Spanish lessons in NYC trying to find the place where they will go, and they will be “taught” Spanish. This is true to a certain point; you will need a Spanish teacher or tutor to answer your specific questions and give you hints and tricks to motivate your learning. But at the end of the day, your instructor is only a “facilitator” of your learning process. The real success depends on you, the student. 

The Spanish Speaking World Celebrates Lent 0

Enough Lent for the Season

We are reaching that time of the year where the Sun is fighting to stay out and you start to feel the change in the air; that smell of nature, the smell of trees, grass and blooming flowers. We are reaching the time where the day is longer and the great City of New York finds more excuses to stay out with him, the sun. Luckily, we are also grasping the end of Lent, that period before Easter that, in the Christian Church, is the commemoration of Christ’s fasting in the wilderness during forty days.

The Wall / La Muralla (Listening Exercise) 0

It is the name of one of Pink Floyd´s most popular albums. In Spanish, we usually say “Pared” or “Muro” to translate“Wall”, but we also use “Muralla” for certain cases; like The Great Wall of China, which is translated “La Gran Muralla China”. This word (muralla) is mostly related to forts, castles and any wall erected with defensive purposes, like “Rampart”, in English.

It’s Pisco Sour time! 0

Peruvian Pisco is brandy distilled from several different grape varieties grown in South America.

It is the national drink of Peru and comes in many styles–from smooth and sippable to rough and fiery. (Chile also produces pisco, although Peru contends that the Chilean version is not real pisco but a Chilean brandy that needs its own name.) Pisco became popular in California during the Gold Rush, when Peruvian miners there extolled its virtues to fellow fortune-seekers.

The history of the Cuba Libre 0

The story goes that during the Spanish-American War, a group of off-duty U.S. soldiers got together for some drinks in a bar in Old Havana. A captain came in and ordered rum and cola on ice with lime. He liked it so much that he got the interest of the soldiers, who ordered another round and toasted “Por Cuba Libre!” in celebration of Cuba’s newfound freedom.