The digital age has made it much easier to learn a language, even at the most basic of levels. Even a beginner who has no opportunity to travel abroad can access resources to learning a language, provided they have an internet connection. Some are free, others cost a little bit of money, and some are quite expensive. How easy is it to learn a language with apps? My first piece of advice is that an app by itself is no substitute for formal education, or education from a native speaker even if it’s not a formal setting. Apps are all […]
Raimunda, her daughter Paula and her sister Sole travel from Madrid to the windy and superstitious village of Alcanfor de las Infantas to visit the grave of their mother Irene, who died years ago in a fire with her husband. Then they visit Irene’s sister Paula, an old senile aunt that raised Raimunda after the death of her parents that insists to tell them that Irene is alive and living with her; later, they go to the house of her neighbor and friend Agustina, who gives a support to Paula. They return to Madrid, and after a hard day of […]
Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) has lived and worked on his father’s ranch in Mexico his entire life. As the ranch encounters financial difficulties, Armando’s younger brother Raul (Diego Luna), shows up with his new fiancé, Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez). It seems that Raul’s success as an international businessman means the ranch’s troubles are over as he pledges to settle all debts his father has incurred. But when Armando falls for Sonia, and Raul’s business dealings turn out to be less than legit, all hell breaks loose as they find themselves in a war with Mexico’s most feared drug lord, the mighty […]
It’s not hard to forget the past, but the future that you have imagined.
There is a great amount of trepidation and anxiety that comes up when a student of a foreign language considers actually speaking. It’s one thing to study the language, it’s quite another when it’s an actual person. That familiar knot in the pit of your stomach, the fear of looking or sounding stupid… it’s really quite common. It’s something like an unrelenting but admittedly foolish dread of someone figuring out that you don’t know anything at all, that you are an impostor. You’re afraid you don’t know as much as you think you do, or as much as they think […]
In the small village where Amadeo lives there is no one good enough to challenge his skills at Table Football. But, while Amadeo may be a genius as a table football player in real life he’s a loser. He’s in love with Lara, his childhood friend, but he’s so shy that he can’t bring himself to confess his love for her. So he just hangs out in his quaint, timeless village. When Amadeo beats the village bully Flash at Table Football. The scene is set for an epic rivalry. Consumed with anger Flash vows to get even and 10 years […]
Mi grandfather used to say: “Where the heart tilt, is where the feet walk” ― Alejandro Jodorowsly
In Spanish, sometimes the etymology (the study of where words come from) can be very helpful in remembering the words. And in some cases, the meanings behind the words themselves can be odd, or funny, and quite a few are culturally relevant. Here are some very interesting and strange Spanish words. 1 – (el) duende The term duende is used in two different situations. First, el duende is a generic term for “goblin” or “gnome” or “wood spirit”. In this sense, the more Germanic legends of gnomes and goblins become linked to el duende, as does the Irish “leprechaun”. In […]