España en el cine – Spain at films

Where would you say Almodovar’s Volver was shot?  Did you know that Nicole Kidman shot Los Otros (The Others) at the northern region of Cantabria, Spain? Learning by watching films is always a good idea! Here we share this map of films shooted in Spain, for you to choose the region that you want to see. Notice that not all of them are spanish productions or are made totally with spanish actors, but in some of them you will be able to tell a regional accent!  Hope you enjoy and that you like all those the different Spains! 🙂

Spanish Naturally now using MONEDA SOCIAL (Local currency)

Spanish Naturally is from now on participating into nets of exchange with moneda social o local (local currency), giving spanish lessons without the use of conventional money. So how does that work? Social currency is an alternative system to traditional money exchange, out of the rules of capitalist economy and banks system, and focusing on local direct exchanges of products and services. “There are many ways of exchanging what we have and can do for the things we need. Money is just one of them. The internet revolution has brought us new ways without the unnecessary step of acquiring money first.” This words are taken from CES (Community Exchange System), a platform […]

Gender confusions in spanish

Spanish students, when not having latin roots, use to get confused with spanish gender and ask why una mesa is supposed to be female and un sofá is a male!!!  We know it’s not easy to understand and, well, it’s not even necessary to understand it if you know how to use it! So here we show you some common mistakes with spanish gender to which you should pay attention! 

Spanish diminutives: gatito or gatillo?

If you go walking down a street in Spain and we see a little tree, would you say “mira qué arbolito” or “mira qué arbolillo”?  Is there any difference? We have such an interesting variety of the diminutive in spanish, many ways to say that something is little, tiny or sweet. The most common and neutrum forms of the spanish diminutive are -ito and -illo, correspondant with the standard spanish variety. If we use some of the others we will be giving our partner more information about where we come from in Spain, or where we have learnt spanish. This diversity deals with the influence of the native peninsular languages […]

Abrazo House, learning in nature

  Here’s a big place for a big project! If you decide to visit Abrazo House you will have the chance to learn lots of useful things for a self sufficient and healthy life, such as how to build your own house, how to get food from nature, how to use solar energy and, of course, how to share life with others in nature. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Robert, Almu, and their two bilingual daughters have made their home there. They settled down some years ago in this amazing place at Valle de Aras (eastern Cantabria, not far from our also partner project Las Lindes), from which you can see […]

How to be more fluent in spanish

Today a few tips that can be useful to improve your spoken spanish! Listen. A lot. Listen to native speakers if you can, or listen to music in spanish, reading the lyrics and trying to memorize al least little parts of it. Watch movies in spanish, with subtitles in spanish, and try to get the structures that are repeted often. Imitate. Practice and exagerate your imitations. Don’t worry and take it as a game, it can be fun and it’s a way to start interiorizing sounds and entonations. Later you will find your own “personality” on spanish! In conversation, find the expressions that you feel comfortable with and use them […]

Smart Spanish course in Granada

Hey, do you REALLY speak spanish?  We’re preparing this special presential course in the granadian village of Dúrcal, 30 km south from the beautiful city of Granada. This 4 day intensive course is thought for people with a basic knowledge of spanish, and interested on understanding better andalusian culture and language, specially on rural areas.  We know how life can be for a foreign person in the rural Granada without the basic communication tools, and know as well some of the frequent – sometimes frustrating – sometiemes funny – situations that can happen if you don’t get the right word…  This is why we will work for four days on getting those right keys to be […]

Why teaching one to one

Well, we like it! And for on-line learning we think it is absolutelly the best choice! In any teaching process, to be succesful it is really important to get to know well the student: his/her needs, interests and, specially, learning style. Not every persons learns the same way, we all find easier some subjects than others and have different progressions… Knowing each other and respecting the students’s style provides a deeper learning, and the same time makes the relation teacher-learner more personal and real, trying to make the distance shorter and working constantly on the motivational factor, wich we consider the base of an effective learning. One to one lessons […]

Las Lindes, hidden reserve

In the council of Ampuero, near a historical shrine called La Bien Aparecida, starts a little path up the hills. If we follow it we will soon arrive to a big and beautifull stone house among the trees, and behind that house we will see a huge garden full of growing vegetables. A young man will gently say hi!, that’s probably Rober, and we are of course in Las Lindes. Rober is the one who lives in the big stone house, that is now transformed into a very comfortable and spacious place, with an amazing view of the cantabrian mountains. He’s in charge of the farm, and he also finds time […]

Spanish cityzenship? Language test!

Yes, foreign people who want to get spanish citizenship have now to take a language test, that’s what the new immigration spanish law includes, getting always more restrictive as time goes by…  The rules on accessing nationality are very different from one EU state to another, and during the last years Spain has been a kind of door to Europe, specially for immigrants coming from Latinamerica and North Africa.  Although with the arrival of the crisis many emigrants have returned to their origin countries (and many spanish young people have left the country to find a job abroad) the spanish conservative government has now included this linguistic test to get citizenship, in which requesters […]