Is there an auditory equivalent of hindsight—hindhearing, maybe?
If so, I suppose it’s also 20/20.
Audio was my best Spanish learning tool, and I didn’t even realize it until long after becoming fluent in the language.
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 …
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 …
You’re packed like sardines on the train with smelly passengers.
This traffic jam is lasting forever, and it’s driving you nuts.
Your friends are telling dirty jokes and doing some friendly smack-talk over your fifth round of beers.
Your favorite …
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.
You’ve probably heard people talking about how “easy” Spanish is.
“It’s much easier than English!”
“It’s so easy to pronounce the Spanish vowels!”
“You can basically add a Spanish ending like -ción, -ista, -o or -a to English words, and …
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 …
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 …
Videos are our window to the modern world.
It’s not like the olden days when we just had a lifeless snapshot, and perhaps an observer’s biased opinion to give it meaning.
Oh, no. The internet has spoken, loud and …
Ecuador might just serve up the best slang in the Spanish-speaking world.
Okay, I’m definitely too biased and not quite well-traveled enough to make that statement—but I just wanted to start off with a bang.
Ecuadorian slang is a unique …
If you’re looking to strike some major goals off your bucket list, look no further than Ecuador—they’ve got it all there.
This tiny country is jam-packed with must-see travel destinations.
The Andes mountains, the Amazon, gorgeous beaches and the Galápagos. …
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 …
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 …
What’s the most flattering question a non-native Spanish speaker can receive?
“¿De dónde eres? ¿Argentina?“
Wow. That’s just the ultimate compliment.
Seriously, it doesn’t get better than that.
When people think you’re from a Spanish-speaking country, you’ll know …
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 …
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 …
“Why are they laughing at me? What the heck did I just say?”
Sometimes we Spanish learners don’t realize our own strength.
We have tons of inappropriate words and phrases already stored in our brains.
Have you ever accidentally said …
You’ve got fluency in your sights.
It’s tantalizingly within reach.
So, how can you push yourself beyond advanced Spanish?
A little more formal study might be the boost you need to get you where you’re going.
Once you’ve nailed down …
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.
I’ve got a secret for you intermediate Spanish learners.
When you’re intermediate, you ain’t that far from advancing to advanced.
It doesn’t matter how lofty your Spanish language goals may be.
All you need to advance is a wider breadth …
Back in 1995, when I was 13 years old, flashcards were the method to learn languages.
I still remember my shoebox full of little pieces of paper with words in both English and Spanish, the color codes to know which …
The moment you realize you need a dictionary, it’s already too late.
Kind of like with toilet paper or a plunger.
Dictionaries are extremely important learning tools, but they’re often neglected by modern Spanish learners.
You’ve already got access …
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 …
Food is the heart of culture.
Rituals, events, and family dynamics are centered around food.
We grow closer to family and friends by choosing ingredients, cooking meals, and sitting down to meals together.
As Spanish language learners, we grow closer …
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 …
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 …
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, …
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!
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 …
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.…
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 …
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.…
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 …
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.…