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Born in the winter
Barcelona is the city of sunshine, but what happens when the days get shorter and the temperatures drop? Believe it or not, the Catalan capital is still a wonderful place to visit during winter months. With less crowds and a more local feel, your bank account and personal space bubble will thank you. What are some ways to enjoy...
Panellets for la Castanyada
Right around the beginning of October, you’ll notice the balmy scent of roasted chestnuts and baked sweet potatoes in the air. It is a sign that the festival of la Castanyada is approaching. The Castanyada is a popular festival celebrated in Catalonia, Aragon, Valencia and the Balearic Islands. It is traditionally celebrated on the October 31st, the eve of...
Spanish question words
When getting to know someone in Spanish, questions are your best friend. Once you've mastered the basic sentence patterns, you can begin forming questions. Not only will you seem more interested when meeting someone, you'll be able to acquire a lot of new information. So, let’s go ahead and start with all the question words you will need to...
Por and Para. Get These Prepositions Right!
Mastering the differences between por and para can be a hard task for English speakers. These two seemingly simple words not only stand in for the preposition "for", as in English, but include many other uses as well. The best way to learn the difference is to understand the rules and uses, and to memorize examples.   Por The preposition por has...
Fun and experimental spread at Alsur Café
Some may think that brunch culture is something expressly American, but as the Barcelona food scene has grown in the past years, along with the numbers of tourists and expats, the hunt of the hungry is an ongoing one that has given birth to many breakfast-friendly innovations. Read on to see what some of our favourites are.   Brunch and Cake The...
Masculine and Feminine Nouns in Spanish
For native English speakers, the idea of gender applied to nouns can be a very difficult thing to wrap one's head around. What is a noun? A noun is a person, place, thing or idea. Just as in English, nouns can be definite (the) or indefinite (a, an). In Spanish, however, nouns are divided into two genders: masculine and feminine....
Backstreets of Barcelona, photo via @hrrbhn
Oh, beautiful Barcelona! As the popularity of the Catalan capital has risen in the past years, so have the prices of accommodation. This doesn't mean that there aren't affordable options out there. If you have just landed in Barcelona and plan on calling it home, here are a few things you should know.   When should you begin looking? If you are planning...
Llevar vs Traer
They say English grammar is hard. But then why does Spanish have two words for some verbs where in English we only use one? The example we are looking at today is llevar vs traer. For many non-native speakers, it can be a hard to one to wrap one's head around. Can't we just say "bring"? No, we cannot....
Your first trip to Barcelona, Casa Batllo, photo via @c.k.travels, Instagram
Your first experience when travelling to a new place is paramount in how you see it from that moment on. This is why the right "glasses" are needed to begin your trip. Knowing a little about the culture, language and customs will help you understand a place from a more local perspective and give you a leg-up with the...
Presente de Indicativo
The presente de indicativo (similar to the present simple in English) in Spanish is the first tense you will learn in a Spanish class. Knowing this simple tense is very useful as it is the first step to communicating actions, thoughts and ideas. The presente de indicativo can be used used to describe an action happening at the moment or in the very...