5 Ways to Give your Spanish an Energy Boost

Learning a language can fun and exciting. It can also be a challenge, especially when faced with boring grammar rules or hearing someone speak so fast that all you can glean from the entire conversation is that you think they ate at McDonald’s yesterday. So, how to keep your Spanish learning alive and well? Here are 5 energy boostsContinue reading “5 Ways to Give your Spanish an Energy Boost”

New video! – Inspirational Spanish Tip #1

Hi everyone – I’m thrilled to share my first video blog entry with you! These videos help to inspire those of you who are learning Spanish. I’ll provide you with tips and tricks that, no matter how you are learning Spanish, will help you to take learning into your own hands. The topic for video #1?Continue reading “New video! – Inspirational Spanish Tip #1”

Around My Neighborhood: Berkeley, California

This is a special post, because it is a collaboration with the wonderful blog The Piri-Piri Lexicon. For blog owner Annabel’s feature called “Show me your neighborhood around the world,” I’m going to take you on a mini trip to Berkeley, California – my hometown. For this post, I have to share a minimum of six pictures of typical scenesContinue reading “Around My Neighborhood: Berkeley, California”

América invertida

A group of us Spanish-speakers in my workplace have begun a monthly chat and social time, usually focused on a particular article, book, or film. We discuss topics related to Latin America and Spain, and reflect on our experiences as Spanish speakers here in California. Our first meeting focused on the idea of “pegarle deContinue reading “América invertida”

My Top 4 Tips for Language Learning

I recently started taking Italian classes: Elementare Uno. So far I am thoroughly enjoying myself – I’d forgotten how wonderful it feels, after fumbling with words and tentatively mumbling a new verb conjugation, to be able to finally put a sentence together! Being a language student has reinvigorated my understanding of the general student experience.Continue reading “My Top 4 Tips for Language Learning”

What’s in a word?

What’s in a word? Well, everything. As anyone who has learned a new language will tell you, words have weight.  A perfectly placed word can make or break a joke. A thoughtful word can “hit the nail on the head” and express exactly what someone is feeling. There are the funny horror stories of confidently expressingContinue reading “What’s in a word?”