Spanish Grammar and Vocabulary

15
Aug

Manual Transcription – Can it be Replaced by Transcription Apps?

Recently, The Spanish Academy carried out video transcribing of a live panel event in Madrid for The Economist. Following completion of the work, we began thinking about apps and whether they can replace manual transcription work – after all, we have an app for almost everything these days. We need apps, there is no denying it Every smart device that

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24
Aug

Useful Spanish news resources

Learning Spanish is a great skill to possess and one that is taught in many environments and mediums. However, beyond the classroom, be it virtual or in person, learning Spanish can be enhanced by reading the Spanish news. Vocabulary is vital to the way in which you learn Spanish whether it’s for Spanish A level, Spanish GCSE or just general

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25
Apr

Three differences between Spanish and English

Spanish and English have many linguistic similarities but they also have their fair share of differences, which is what makes learning Spanish challenging at times. There are three differences which are frequently forgotten and their importance is often not emphasised at schools and language centres. In this blog I will emphasise these differences and explain why it is important to

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18
Mar

Spanish exam preparation classes

There is no point denying it – exams are approaching! Whether you are a nervous student or a hopeful parent, it’s time to get serious about your studying. Now that the Easter break is drawing near, most GCSE and A level students will be making the most of their study leave to cram. While the exam period is always nerve-racking,

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26
Feb

Spanish GCSE Easter Revision Course in Cardiff

GCSE Easter Revision Course in Cardiff: Saturday 2nd April at 10am – 12pm The Spanish Academy is delighted to announce our Easter revision course, which will be held in our Cardiff branch on Saturday 2nd April at 10am – 12pm. This course is aimed at GCSE and A level students who are looking to brush up their language skills and

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15
Feb

AS and A2 Level Spanish Easter Revision Course – London

The Spanish Academy in London are offering 1 day AS and A2 Level Easter revision courses for students who wish to consolidate their knowledge and practice exam techniques. Course outline: The course is suitable for all exam boards including AQA, Edexcel, OCR, CIE and IB and is tailored to each student’s requirements (determined at pre-booking assessment). It is an excellent

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23
Jan

Spanish Punctuation

Correct use of punctuation is important in any language. If you are preparing for a Spanish exam, you’ll need to make sure your punctuation is tiptop for the best mark. Likewise, if you need Spanish for work and you are in constant contact with clients, it would be embarrassing to makes silly spelling mistakes or miss out commas, accents or question

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16
Jan

Masculine and Feminine

For native English speakers, the idea of masculine and feminine nouns and agreements is initially a hard one to grasp. After all, how could an object be a man or a woman? Gender is something that is very common among the languages of the world, and English is one of the few languages that have very few agreements. On the

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9
Jan

Spanish Accents

In English, we have many different accents across many different English-speaking countries: Deep-south, New York, Canadian, Scottish, Northern Irish, Southern Irish, Welsh, East London, Queen’s English, Scouse, Geordie, Yorkshire, Dorset…..just to mention a few. Now that you’ve started your Spanish classes, have you ever wondered if this is the case for all languages? Does Spanish have distinct accents in different

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27
Dec

A Daily Dose of Spanish

Learning a new language takes time, patience and concentration – something a lot of us don’t have much of with all of our other daily duties. For this reason I’d like to share a few tips about ways in which you can keep your Spanish going on a daily basis. 1.) Listen If you can find 10 minutes a day

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19
Dec

How to Master Spanish Spelling

Getting used to the orthographic rules in any language can always be a little tricky and may take some time. However, it is crucial for accurate communication and can be especially important for formal settings, such as in business contexts. The good news is that in Spanish spelling is not as intricate as many other languages and it can usually

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5
Dec

Best Ways To Improve Your Spanish Accent

Pronunciation is something that everybody wants to improve when learning a language. While having a perfect and native-sounding accent is not at all essential in order to communicate fluently in a language, having clear and accurate pronunciation can definitely help us to be understood and can also give us the confidence we need to progress in a language. Here I

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9
Nov

Spanish GCSE & A level Exam Preparation

Many students and parents worry about how well their school is preparing them or their children for their GCSE or A level language exams, as the results have a big impact on the universities that they will be able to apply and be accepted to. For that reason, many parents choose to put their children into private tuition in order

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8
Nov

The “Voseo”

If you have every travelled to Argentina, or watched an Argentinian film, you will have heard the word vos being used quite a bit, or at least in its conjugated form. Voseo refers to the use of vos. Vos is a subject pronoun, which has a similar meaning to the more commonly taught form tú. It is used extensively in

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15
Sep

Castellano Argentino

Mastering Argentinian Spanish is certainly an art! Not only do they have their very own expressions, colloquialisms and an accent as thick as glue, but they also conjugate verbs in a way in which you were definitely not taught at school. If you’re considering a trip to Argentina, getting the hang of the local jargon is essential for your survival!

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8
Sep

Colombians and Britons – Cultural Differences

To follow on from my discussion on languages and translation from last week with my Colombian and British family, this week I’d like to highlight some interesting cultural differences that I’ve noticed throughout my Colombian family’s stay here in England. Keep reading to have a glance at the differences that I found most striking. Expressing emotions Firstly, I’ve noticed that

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30
Jul

Benefits of Being a Bilingual Baby

Did you know that in Africa those who speak just one language are amongst the minority? Imagine if you woke up one morning with the ability to speak two, three, or more languages. Life would be effortless – no more language classes, textbooks or memorizing masculine and feminine nouns! At Cardiff Spanish Academy, we tutor students who are bilingual in

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25
Jul

Back from holiday, now back to the books!

Are you eager to keep your Spanish language skills up to scratch but don’t have the time or means to travel to or live in Spanish-speaking countries? Don’t be dispirited, many people are in the same boat as you. Here at London Spanish Academy we have plenty of students who have come back from trips abroad, having practiced and improved

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24
Mar

Avoiding common GCSE Spanish exam mistakes

As we approach exam time here at London Spanish Academy, we’ll be releasing a series of blogs dedicated to avoiding the common pitfalls of the Spanish GCSE, AS and A2 level exams. This guidance will apply to all exams taken across the board: AQA, OCR, Edexcel, CIE and IB Spanish students: Here are some common mistakes students make in their

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