Sunday, April 15, 2018

Altiplano by Train

A train trip may not be the first thing that comes into one's mind when thinking about a trip to Peru's altiplano. However, the Andean Explorer service from Cuzco to Puno offers a superb service beyond words in addition to the spectacular views of the Andes and the Altiplano on the way. Why not treat yourself to an extraordinary experience in the extraordinary country of Peru?

Although the service is fully bi-lingual, we do think it's a good idea to know some Spanish on your trip to Peru - why not try a crash course of Spanish and essential travel preparation at bocaletras.com?


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Spanish Notes: Personal prononous

Today, let's look at some basic forms of personal pronouns. Similarly to English, there is a different form for the pronoun as a subject ("I") and as an object with a preposition ("me").

Sg. 1. [I - me] yo - mí: yo soy, para
Sg. 2. [you] tú - ti: tu eres, sin ti
Sg. 3. M [he - him] él - él: él es, con él
Sg. 3. F [she - her] ella - ella: ella es, con ella
Sg. 3. U [formal you] usted - usted: usted es, con usted

Pl. 1. M/F [we] nosotros/-as - nosotros/as: nosotros/-as somos, de nosotros/-as
Pl. 2. M/F [you] vosotros/-as - vosotros/as: vosotros/-as sois, contra vosotros/-as
Pl. 3. M/F [they] ellos/-as - ellos/as: ellos/-as son, a ellos/-as

Pl. 3. M/F [formal you] ustedes - ustedes: ustedes son, para ustedes

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Spain for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Although many contestants ditch their mother tongue for English, we are as happy as the RAE to see Spain's representants to perform in Spanish.

Do you have difficulty understanding the song? Try one of our online Spanish courses at bocaletras.com.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Travel with Spanish: Mercado de Colón in Valencia, Spain

Valencia on Spain's Mediterranean coast enjoys a lot of sun and is - among other things - famous for its delicious oranges. There is a lot more to the food scene here: don't miss the former market carrying the name of Christopher Columbus housed in a beautiful modernist hall, which has  been converted into a dining and shopping center.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Spanish Notes: Tricky Numbers?

Digits are easy to read - we write them the same way in Spanish and in English. But how do you read them in Spanish? That's easy, too:

$265 = doscientos sesenta y cinco dólares (masculine)
2500 ovejas = dos mil quinientas ovejas (femenine)

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Train? Spain!

If you like train travel, you'll love Spain's modern network. The AVE high-speed service will get you across the vast country in no time - and you can enjoy a delicious meal while the spectacular countryside moves quickly behind the window.

Here are some useful words:
andén - track
tren - train
coche - coach
asiento - seat
ventana - window
pasillo - aisle
mesa - table

You'll learn many more words and get practical advice on travel in the Spanish courses provided by BocaLetras.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Zumo or jugo?

Like in other languages, you can often tell a person's origin by the way they speak Spanish. There are many dialects to Spanish, but even beginners can usually tell if the speaker is from Spain or from Latin America by their pronunciation: while in Spain "c" would sound similar to the English "th" in "ce" or "ci", in Latin America, it sounds more like "s".

Similarly, some words are used differently and some things have different names altogether. If you enjoy fruit juices during your travel to Spanish speaking countries, you will know if this one was bought in Spain or in Latin America.