Author Archive | Maureen Stimola

Vamos! 20 Spanish Dog Commands to Teach Your Pupper

I adopted my dog in Ecuador. He’s a weirdly large and muscular chihuahua named Frodo. Fifteen pounds of fury, baby. He’s also a smart, bilingual pup who knows his commands in Spanish and English. Through the process of training …

10 Irresistible Types of Spanish Music to Make You Dance

Your ears aren’t just little ornaments on the sides of your face. They’re direct pathways to your brain. Take advantage of this convenient link by sending your brain a direct dose of Spanish music. Music gets your neurons moving …

Spanish Fish Names: 30 Words for Our Gilled, Googly-eyed Friends

For thousands of years, humans have turned to rivers, lakes, seas and oceans for sustenance. Believe it or not, we’re all dependent on fish for nourishment, wealth and ecosystem health. We need those floppy, googly-eyed water creatures to survive. No …

15 TED Talks in Spanish You’ve Been Missing Out On

Are you stuck in the infamous “English bubble”? Do you find yourself digesting information primarily in English, even when you ought to be tuning into Spanish? Well, I’ve got a way for you to pop that bubble, expand …

8 Cool Beginner Spanish Sayings About Day-to-day Life

Así es la vida. You’ll have many a Spanish speaker shrug and pitch this classic “that’s life” line at you when something goes wrong or your plans come crashing down around you. As a learner, it’s only natural that you …

Savvy Shopping in Spanish: 150+ Essential Words and Phrases

Tapas. Hand-sewn alpaca hair scarves. A cold cerveza. Fresh ceviche. Refreshing agua de coco (coconut water). What you want, baby, the Spanish-speaking world has got it. But money won’t get you everything you’ve been dreaming of—you need the right words …

11 Creative Ways to Get Daily Spanish Writing Practice

Do you keep pledging to start writing diary entries and blog posts—and failing? Even if you’re not the most naturally adept writer, writing practice is absolutely critical to your Spanish learning progress. It’s the best way to fully synthesize …

Spanish for Business: 5 Smart Ways to Use Spanish Like a Boss

It’s time to take care of business like a boss. Perhaps you’ve just started working at an international NGO based in Peru. Maybe you’re seeking out English teaching jobs abroad. Or maybe you’re not planning to do business in Latin …

Learn Spanish with Magazines: 10 Free, High-quality Mags

Learning Spanish with a magazine may never have crossed your mind. Unless you live in a Spanish-speaking country, Spanish-language magazines aren’t exactly in plain sight. Even if they were—who are you, the Queen of England? I mean, who has extra …

21st Century Learning: How to Study Advanced Spanish Online

Welcome to the 21st century. Now, where’s my rad hoverboard? We might not have levitating skateboards yet, but we do have some pretty kickass technology. And thanks to this ever-evolving technology, online language learning is more effective than ever. This …

Let’s Get Dramatic: How to Learn Spanish with Telenovelas

Spanish is a passionate language. Even more so when dramatically flung around by lead personalities in telenovelas. Their conversations revolve around long-lost evil twins, unexpected pregnancies, murder, betrayal and providing well-timed comedic relief. Deceased characters return from the dead so …

The Do’s and Don’ts of Spanish Language Immersion Abroad

By spending time in a Spanish-speaking country, you can accelerate your Spanish language learning full-throttle. Even so, many travelers come home wondering: “why didn’t my Spanish improve at all while abroad?” It’s a surprisingly common problem. Don’t want to waste …

9 Juicy Spanish Conversation Phrases for Language Learners

Ah, the beauty, fluidity, and romance of the Spanish language. Well, there ain’t nothing romantic about textbook Spanish. You’ve learned greetings, restaurant vocabulary, and survival phrases. Now it’s time to do more than just survive abroad. It’s …

How to Learn Spanish with Facebook

665 million are engaged in a daily flurry of friending, liking, tagging, updating statuses and uploading photos. The billions of likes registered by Facebook every day don’t lie. The people love Facebook and have welcomed it into their homes, computers, …

10 Tips for a Fun and Friendly Online Spanish Language Exchange

You wanted to learn Spanish to communicate with people, right? Yet 95% of the time you’re alone, staring at a textbook or laptop screen. Getting tired of this self-imposed isolation? Then it’s time to find yourself a conversation partner! The …

47 Romantic Spanish Words and Phrases for Your Next Date

They say there’s no better way to learn a language than sleeping with a dictionary. Dating will give you a real insider’s view of your travel destination! Hitting the streets of a new city, meeting locals, and striking up a …

Spanish Restaurant Vocabulary: 89 Words and Phrases You Should Know

Who doesn’t love to eat? What’s more important? Your waistline or your happiness? Explore delicious local foods while abroad – you won’t be sorry! Spending time at restaurants can really factor into your cultural immersion and Spanish language learning experience.…

4 Great Tips to Learn Spanish with Tumblr

Yeah, Tumblr is pretty hip. It’s so hip it doesn’t even need the letter “e.” The logo that greets you on its uber-posh minimalist homepage is all lowercase—the hallmark of true casual coolness—and is even so bold and fresh …

How to Learn Spanish with Pinterest

Do you want to immerse yourself in Spanish to learn at a faster pace? Are you a visual learner? Then in addition to Reddit, memes and Twitter, an absolutely fantastic tool for enhancing your Spanish skills is Pinterest.…

3 Easy Tricks to Learn Spanish with Twitter

Do you want to improve your Spanish, but feel like you never have enough time? With the simple use of Twitter, you can learn Spanish during any spare moment of the day—whether you’re taking a quick break at work or …

How to Learn Spanish Vocabulary with Reddit, Memes and More

You say you’re too busy to learn Spanish? You’re not fooling anyone. Let’s be real here. You’re probably spending some of your time at work or home tumbling, pinning, tweeting, facebooking, blogging, or busily turning blue links purple on Reddit.…