Author Archive | Anna Maria

Want a Family Vacation That Never Ends? 5 Immersion Programs to Travel and Learn Spanish


At first, it seems like a typical day.

You wake up, wash your face and put on a pot of coffee.

You call for the kids to get out of bed.

You pick up the paper and start reading the …

Home, Sweet Home: 6 Spanish Homestay Programs Around the World


Have you ever driven past houses and wondered what went on beyond the closed doors?

Or maybe you’ve walked down a city sidewalk after sunset, glanced up at a high-rise apartment and tried to imagine what the tenants were doing …

Jump-start Your Nicaraguan Spanish with These 8 Slang Terms


Do you hear it? Nicaragua calling out to you?

Visit to catch a glimpse of some beautiful but globally-threatened birds or gorgeous volcanoes.

Dine on the national food staple, gallo pinto (beans and rice—though, literally, it means something …

Don’t Change That Channel: 9 Spanish TV Commercials That Sell the Language!


Did you know we watch nearly four years’ worth of commercials in our lifetimes?

No, that’s not a typo.

Four years.

Most of us don’t pay much attention to those commercials, do we? We watch mindlessly, mute them or just …

What’s in a Name? 10 Spanish Names and Meanings


I’m throwing down a challenge.

Right here, right now.

The challenge is a simple one.

Take a minute and think of as many things as you can that have layers.

That’s right: layers.

Go on. Consider all the things …

6 Immersion Options for Learning Spanish That Are… Different


You seem like someone decidedly unordinary.

As in unique.

A little “extra.”

You don’t ever settle for ho-hum or hum-drum, do you?

I knew it!

And I bet that goes for every aspect of your life—including your Spanish language journey.…

What Is the Best App to Learn Spanish? We Couldn’t Just Pick One, Here Are 10!


So, spill it.

What’s your reason for learning Spanish?

Go on, you can tell us. We’re all friends here.

Me? I was born into the Spanish language but I’ve studied others, so I understand many different reasons.

I learned …