Tag Archives: Spanish

10 words that Spanish people ALWAYS say!

There are many words in the Spanish language, but there are some that are used A LOT more than others, here is a list of the main ones:

1. Tío/ tía

¡Hola tío! ¿Qué tal tía? ¿Qué pasa tía?

Hey mate! You alright girl? What’s up sweetie?

If you want to sound like a Spanish person, you need to call all of your friends and family tío or tía. Normally this word means Uncle or Auntie, but in Spain everyone is your tío!

2. Buenas

Buenas derives from Buenos días (good day) and bueno (good) and people in Spain use it to mean ‘Hello’. It’s a bit more casual and informal than Hola, so you can use it with your friends, but if you’re having a job interview it’s probably best not to go in and say Buenas hombre!

3. Claro

Bueno, ¡claro! Claro que sí. Claro, claro. 

Claro is a word of affirmation, used to mean sure or of course. Out of the many ways they have to say of course, Claro seems to be their favourite.

4. Guapo/a

Hola guapa. Gracias guapo. 

Hey babe! Thanks…

Read more about Entrelenguas language, Culture and Tours in Ronda

Five Spanish things that drive foreigners crazy! (and how to overcome them!)

© By Abi Nobes, Marketing and Communication Department

As a Brit-abroad, I’ve experienced somewhat of a culture shock upon arriving in Spain! These are five of the biggest surprises that were in store for me… Do you agree?

1.Eating dinner at 10 o’clock at night

I have been here for 3 weeks and I still haven’t been able to adjust to this. I am not a night owl, I’m a morning person, so eating dinner at 10 o’clock at night seems crazy! So far I have eaten once at 9:30 (it’s the latest I could manage), and that was only because I’d been snacking all day, trying to peg myself out until 10. I get too hungry to wait that long!

Solution: Each week I try to eat 15 minutes later, so far I’ve gone from 6pm to 6:45… it’s an improvement!

2. They don’t sell fresh milk, only long-life milk

As an English person, and an avid tea drinker, I was astounded the first time I went to a Spanish supermarket and couldn’t find the milk. I stood there for a good 10 minutes, staring…

Read more about Entrelenguas language, Culture and Tours in Ronda

Five programmes to watch on Netflix and practise your Spanish!

© By James Taylor, a student at Entrelenguas.

Netflix is a great tool for language learning – with a click of a button you have thousands of Spanish TV programmes at your fingertips, ready and waiting to be watched! Personally, I usually turn on Spanish subtitles whilst watching as it helps increase my understanding of the more subtle plot twists, but of course do as you please! Hundreds of Latin American TV series are available, as well as those produced here in Spain.

See below for some of my recommendations – enjoy!

1. Bajo Sospecha

Were you, along with so many other Brits (!), glued to your screens for each and every episode of Broadchurch? This is the series for you! Just after celebrating her First Communion, a young girl disappears and is nowhere to be found. Who is responsible and where is the girl?! A pair of detectives go undercover to find out the truth and encounter a village wracked with secrets and lies. There are eight episodes in the first series and if you…

Read more about Entrelenguas language, Culture and Tours in Ronda

What are the most typical Spanish dishes?

 

* Practice your Spanish by reading the Spanish version of the text (for A1.2 students or higher). 

If you are in Spain and you don’t know the typical dishes, see the list below made by our A1 students. They are delicious, SO yummy! Do not hesitate to try them.

Micky, Germany

Paella: Paella is a famous rice dish from Valencia. There are different types of Paella. It can be with vegetables, chicken, rabbit or seafood.

Fried anchovies: Anchovies can be fried or cooked with vinegar. I love fried anchovies fried with flour in a frying pan. You can eat anchovies with lemon and bread.

Rob, The Netherlands

Churros: Churros is a typical Spanish pastry, it is shaped like a long sausage and can be either straight or curly. You can eat them for breakfast either with sugar or chocolate.

Croquetas: Croquetas are covered by breadcrumbs. They are fried and made of meat, mushrooms or shrimps. You can eat them as a tapa (small portion).

Philip, UK

Gazpacho: There are plenty of gazpacho…

Read more about Entrelenguas language, Culture and Tours in Ronda