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...
How to Extend a Student Visa in Spainvideo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2tH7pcdv6g It's that time again! Back to school season. If you are a foreign student studying in Spain, then now is the moment to extend your NIE or TIE. Follow the steps in the video to fly through the process, without leaving disappointed! When should you extend your NIE? You should begin the process around 60 days (two months) before your NIE/TIE is...
How to renew your Spanish student visa
You've survived and thrived through your first year as a student in Spain. Congratulations! You've already dealt with the first and most difficult round of Spanish bureaucracy. Now that you've decided to extend your stay, you'll have experience from the previous year and a better idea of what lies ahead. One thing to keep in mind when discussing "renewals" is...