Bar del Pla
If you're living in Barcelona, chances are you'll have a few visitors wanting to come for a visit. One of the trickier things about hosting guests is being unsure of where to take them. If you're searching for a special place for a nice dinner, then you don't have to think too hard. Here are five of our favourite...
El Pretérito Indefinido - the past simple in Spanish
Unlike in English, the pretérito indefinido (the simple past) tense in Spanish is a bit harder to master. Whereas in English, you simply use the same form of the verb for every pronoun, in Spanish, each pronoun has its own past form. The best way to learn it is by memorizing, reviewing, reading, practicing speaking with natives and watching films....
Tió de Nadal, Christmas Log
One of the best things about being a student in Barcelona is the opportunity to experience the blending of two cultures in one place. Christmas is an important festival in many parts of the world and it's wonderful to celebrate and observe the unique traditions of both Spain and Catalonia. If you want to understand more about the customs and...
Sagrada Família
Barcelona’s rich diversity in architecture, art, gastronomy, sports, leisure, beaches and nightlife has contributed to making it such a popular destination in these last years. Read on to see which sights in the city are our favourites. For those who prefer to wander off the beaten path and stay away from the major crowds, you can check out this blog...
El pato está cerca/lejos de la caja.
Prepositions are one of the most difficult things for learners of a new language to learn, no matter what language. Take a look at our thorough guide to explaining location in Spanish. We've included pictures to make it extra clear!   Al lado de / junto a Next to / beside Mi perro se sienta junto a mí en el sofá. My dog sits next...
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...