Our Spanish classes in NYC focus on nuances in the two languages, to help one learn Spanish faster with more interest and enthusiasm

HAPPY HOUR OR HORA FELIZ?

The influence of the English language is as dominant as ever. With technology advancing through smart phones and social media it is easier for non-English speakers to learn many Anglowords. Words like E-mail, Chat, Show, Happy Hour, Man, and Business and of course the words OK and bye now make a fundamental part of our language. Let’s not forget that these words bring culture and identity with them. A great example is the Happy Hour.

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Spanish classes in New York City by an experienced teacher for over 20 years

NO GRAMMAR NO DRAMA.

I have always wondered who’s got it best. A Latin American who is trying to learn English, Or An American trying to learn Spanish? Often, I hear people debating which language is easier to learn and which is harder. I am not sure if I found the answer to this but I am willing to try. When I arrived in New York City, I was 17 years old. I spoke very little English and had no idea what grammar was. Having said that, my first challenge as an immigrant was not to get a job or start school but rather figure out what these new Yorkers are saying. Read more

a Spanish speaking couple talking in a bar restaurant in New York City

Useful Expressions in Spanish to Use in a Bar

Useful Expressions to Use at a Bars and Restaurants. The sun is out. Beautiful people walk on the streets and the Caribbean breeze brings promises of great vacations. It’s 90 °F in that Spanish paradise and you could not have a better companion. As a tourist, you might have found yourself in that moment at the Bar, right in front of the beach. Read more

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The Wall / La Muralla (Listening Exercise)

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 […]

Four easy techniques for using foreign language every day

Most language learners I work with live in a native language environment. If you’re one of those learners, you’ve probably decided to get involved in a foreign language out of love and curiosity. You may be taking weekly classes or sitting down with a self-study book every so often. Read more

meaning of ojala in spanish

Expressing wishes in Spanish with “Ojala”

Ojalá is a Spanish word meaning  “If only…” “God grant!” or “I hope so!”. It has its roots in the Arabic word “Inshallah!” which means “God grant!” or “God willing!”, and which entered both Spanish and Persian languages following the spread of the Arab empire to the East and the West. Read more

Spanish speaking bands and artists at SXSW 2014

South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) held yearly in March is the largest festival of its kind in the world. Here’s a selection of Spanish speaking artists and bands playing at SXSW 2014.

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learn basic spanish phrases

These basic Spanish words and phrases will help you in many real life situations.

This page contains useful Spanish phrases, expressions and words for everyday life conversations. Spanish greetings, and survival phrases that will help you if you simply want to know what to say when being introduced or chatting in Spanish! Read more

How to speak Spanish for the Table

Spanish vocabulary to use at the restaurant table

When you’re eating out at a Spanish-speaking restaurant, knowing some basic Spanish vocabulary can make the ordering process easier and fun. Here is a list of essential words and expressions. Read more

Spanish instructor Louis Cardozo in Europe

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Let us sum up the interrogative pronouns in Spanish: Read more