English idioms

An idiots guide to idioms

Oliver Pritchard sheds light on the hot potato of English expressions including proverbs, idioms and metaphors as he helps us to not murder the language.
Puns, play on words

Pun-believable!

Get to grips with wordplay as Oliver Pritchard takes things in a pun direction with some light-hearted language learning.
Word families, word building

English word building

Transform your language by learning how to make a noun into a verb and a verb into an adjective. Oliver Pritchard explains that it’s all about getting the beginnings and endings right.
English adverbs

English adverbs: quickly, easily & painlessly!

If you think you already know your English adverbs from your adjectives, skip straight to the quiz – otherwise learn more about this handy language construct with Phil Stoneman’s guide.
vowel sounds

Vowel sounds not bowel sounds

Research shows that mispronunciation accounts for about two-thirds of communication breakdowns. So this month Oliver Pritchard shows you how to work on those all too difficult vowel sounds.
Spanish and English

Common confusions

It’s easy to mix up words that sound similar in Spanish and English but have completely different meanings, Oliver Pritchard explains

Spanish

Spanish proverbs

Spanish proverbs: Dicho y hecho

Los dichos y refranes, Spanish proverb and sayings, are an integral part of a regional culture and identity. Mastering them can be particularly helpful, as a single line can convey thousands of years of oral history, and with it, an incredible amount of information.
Trabalenguas, Spanish tongue twisters

Spanish tongue twisters: Tres tristes tigres

'Trabalenguas', as the name implies, will get your tongue stuck trying to figure out their pronunciation. Tangle and torment your tongue with Diana Mejía’s tongue twisters.
Spanish diminutives, Spanish augmentatives.

Spanish diminutives and augmentatives

Diana Mejía tells us how to transform words into a smaller, cuter and perhaps even less offensive versions of themselves using diminutives, or make them big and violent through augmentatives.
Spanish words, Colombian Spanish Vocabulary

A few of my favourite Spanish words

Katie Jacoby presents some of her favourite words in Spanish. Some because they’re beautiful, others because they’re fun to say, others because she likes how they’re used or their meaning, others because she gets a kick out of their translation, and others still because they just have a je ne sais quoi about them.
sporting Spanish, Colombia Olympics

Sporting Spanish – En sus marcas, listos, ¡fuera!

We’re nearing the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and if you’re anything like us, your sporting Spanish could use a little brushing up. Katie Jacoby journeys the lexical road to Rio with a guide to give you everything you need to go for gold in Spanish.

All happening at the language zoo

While there are tons of animal-related Spanish words and phrases that are universal, Katie Jacoby focuses on ones that are either exclusively Colombian, ones that you’re especially likely to hear here, or ones that are just too ubiquitous to not include.