Different Christmas Traditions: Las Posadas December 16th marks the beginning of Las Posadas, a Christmas tradition that originated in Spain and is now celebrated throughout Latin America. This tradition consists of 9 consecutive nights of candlelight processions re-enacting Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem. This celebration is full of symbolism beginning with 9 […]
The high school Spanish blog is a running list of our tips and suggestions for students who want to improve their high school Spanish experience.
High school students have the advantage of being exposed to the Spanish language frequently throughout the week and over long periods of time. Our goal is to support students in their efforts to learn the language, enjoy it, and use it practically throughout their lives.
Spanish Grammar Lesson: Ser vs. Estar ¡APRENDE! Learn the difference in uses between the Spanish verbs SER and ESTAR that both mean “to be” ¡MEMORIZA! Memorize this acronym- SHARPEN the EDGES so you know when to use Ser and when to use Estar ¡PRACTICA! Practice your new knowledge by completing the exercises in the free Cheat […]
Spanish Grammar Lesson: Por vs. Para If you’ve ever had trouble saying “for” in Spanish, you’re not alone! Let’s talk about POR vs. PARA: The key to understanding por vs. para is to think of the meaning you want to convey. For example: If I use a phrase such as “three for a dollar” in […]
I will never forget my first flight into a foreign country. As I leaned against the window, our plane descended into the Lima airport, the sun was just beginning to poke through the horizon. I gasped as I saw the curve of the earth. For the first time I knew the earth was round, not […]
Raise your hand! Don’t eat that! We give commands and instructions everyday…so how do I give commands in Spanish? Read these instructions carefully! Whether you are a teacher instructing students, a doctor instructing a patient, or a big brother bossing your little sister, it is important that you know the correct way to give commands in […]
How can you get your Spanish Teacher on your Side? We meet hundreds, maybe thousands, of Spanish teachers every year through our language training and Spanish immersion business. By and large they are a decent crew of people. Maybe we’re biased (because we’re Spanish teachers too) – but I don’t think so. Of course you […]
You know your student needs Spanish help – but you’re not quite sure how to help them….What can you do? Helping your student be successful in Spanish class is just like anything else, there are probably things you can do as a parent (or student) to improve before you look for formal Spanish help. Keep […]
Are you struggling to thrive in your Spanish class like you do in others? There are several things you can to do help improve your Spanish grade – keep reading! Disclaimer: If you’re a difficult student you’ve got an uphill battle to try and improve your Spanish grade. You know you’re a difficult student if: […]
Classroom Spanish comes alive when you give your students real Spanish opportunities. Spanish Immersion trips to Costa Rica: we deliver communication skills for the future! Do your Spanish students know how to communicate out of the classroom and in real life? Give them the opportunity to acquire Spanish while living and experiencing language and culture […]
And you thought that Christmas and Navidad were basically the same thing! A large majority of the Spanish-speaking population around the world celebrates Navidad (in lieu of Hanukkah or Kwanzaa) – but for many it is a very different celebration that what you might expect. It turns out that your Christmas traditions might be more culture-specific than […]