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.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Travel with Spanish: Casares, Spain

The summer in Europe is almost over this year, but there is no reason to give up on pleasant climate, good food, rich culture and a relaxed life. Why not explore Andalusia's white villages right now?
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Travel with Spanish: Mexico City

Visit Mexico City, one of the largest cities on the planet. You can spend days wondering around the posh Polanco, hip Condesa, green Bosque de Chapultepec, visit its museums, Frida Kahlo's house and many other things.

To get you up to speed with the language and practical tips for your trip to Mexico, we have a special crash course on travel to Mexico. Get ready for your journey at bocaletras.com.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Spanish Notes: Yours or mine?

There are two ways to express ownership in Spanish: you can put the possessive adjective in front of the substantive or after it:

my house: mi casa = la casa mía
your house: tu casa = la casa tuya
his/her/its house: su casa = la casa suya
our house: nuestra casa = la casa nuestra 
your house: vuestra casa = la casa vuestra
their house: su casa = la casa suya

The latter form stresses the ownership (Esta lápiz tuya, ¿la puedo usar?).

In both cases, the possessive adjective has to match the gender of the substantive:
masculine singular: nustro amigo
femenine singular: nuestra casa
masculine plural: nuestros amigos
femenine plural: nuestras casas.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Travel with Spanish: Lima, Peru

Prepare for your trip to Peru in our special fast track course, combining a quick language course with practical information on travel through Peru. Useful tips and Lima included.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Travel with Spanish: Cobá, Mexico

All Mayan sites have a specific charm. In Coba on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, you can even take a bike to get around the site. Knowing some Spanish helps - and why not take a crash course that will prepare you for the practicalities of traveling through Mexico at bocaletras.com?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spanish Notes: And / Or

Now, that's simple, isn't it: AND = Y, OR = O

Well, unfortunately, there are some exceptions. They are driven by their sound:

If there is something that sounds similar to "i" after the y (AND), then y changes to e.
  • Pedro e Iván
  • padres e hijos
  • único e irrepetible

It's the same with o (OR): if a similar sound follows, it changes to u.

  • Juana u Olga
  • siete u ocho
  • amar u odiar
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Travel with Spanish: Tulum, Mexico

A stunning location above the Caribbean as well as the proximity to the tourist spots of the Riviera Maya make the Mayan site of Tulum a frequent destination. It is definitely worth visiting though - and with a bit of Spanish, you can reach an unspoilt piece of paradise within a couple of miles from Tulum.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Travel with Spanish: Lake Umayo, Peru

Not far from Puno and the famous lake Titicaca lies the magical lake Umayo with its serene beauty. Prepare for your trip to Peru with our dedicated travel course, which combines practical information with the basics of Spanish.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Spanish Notes: If I studied...

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Si estudiaría no tendría que trabajar todo el día. (Incorrecto)
Si estudiara, no tendría que trabajar todo el día. (Correcto)

Si +
Pretérito imperfecto +
Condicional  simple