speaking english

Speaking English in a foreign land

You’ve studied hard, planned your trip and booked your ticket to an English-speaking country. Here are some tips to surviving, learning, speaking English and enjoying yourself when you get there.
Going coastal, paramilitary Colombia

Going coastal

In a departure from the regular Going Local feature that focuses on the idiosyncrasies of life in Bogotá, we're going coastal where our gonzo columnist finds himself in an uncomfortable conversation with an inebriated former paramilitary on the coast.
Nevado del Tolima, Páramo Colombia, Hiking Colombia

Nevado del Tolima: High above the clouds

The gruelling hike through jungle, páramo and finally ice to reach the top of one of Colombia’s highest peaks, the Nevado del Tolima, is not for the faint-hearted, but well worth it.
Spanish language 101

New to Colombia? Our Spanish language 101 is a must

Visiting a foreign country is best enjoyed when we can communicate with the locals. Not only does this allow us to express basic needs and wants, it’s the gateway to understanding a culture and a country. Even if we can’t summon the energy to learn Spanish, a few basic sentences are key in order to get by.
Feyisa Lilesa, Brigid Kosgei, Media Maratón de Bogotá, Bogotá Half Marathon

Feyisa Lilesa and Brigid Kosgei take marathon wins

Feyisa Lilesa and Brigid Kosgei took the men's and women's titles respectively at the 18th edition of the Bogotá Media Maratón on Sunday, July 30. The Ethiopian and Kenyan runners claimed the top spots in the prestigious race with Lilesa clocking in at 1:04:30, and Kosgei completing the 21 kilometer run in 1:12:16.
Media Maratón de Bogotá, Bogotá Half Marathon

2017 Bogotá half marathon in pictures

Ethiopian Feyisa Lilesa took the 2017 Bogotá half marathon overall race victory with a time of 1h 4m 30s, we look at the day in pictures.
Bogotá Media Maratón

Athletes to follow during Bogotá Media Maratón

As excitement grows before the Bogotá Media Maratón and runners rest up before the big race, Juliana Liévano Uribe hears from some of the big names who will be pounding the city’s streets.
volleyball colombia, Andrea y Claudia Galindo

Exclusive interview with volleyball hopeful Claudia Galindo

For the first time in history a Colombian team has qualified for the Beach Volleyball World Championships. Sisters Andrea and Claudia Galindo will defend their country’s honour in In Vienna, Austria between July 29 and August 5. Ahead of the tournament we catch up with Claudia, the youngest of the sisters.

Plastic surgery in Colombia

Plastic surgery in Colombia is big business. Ranked at number 11 worldwide for the total number of procedures, the country is targeting medical tourism as a possible area of further economic expansion. Experiences, both good and bad, are everywhere to be found.
La defensa del dragón Natalia Santa

Natalia Santa speaks about La defensa del dragón

Natalia Santa is a scriptwriter turned director, whose remarkable debut feature La defensa del dragón is about to hit theatres on July 27. In a candid interview with The Bogotá Post, the director talked about the long and difficult process of making a movie in Colombia and how her fascination for some of Bogotá’s most unique spaces inspired her to make this film.
La Leyenda del Dorado, Mountain biking Colombia

La Leyenda del Dorado race returns

Colombia is well known for road racing, but mountain biking is exploding in popularity. The apex of this is the annual La Leyenda del Dorado race. We spoke to the brains behind the project, Dave Procter.
Rigoberto Urán

Rigoberto Urán goes all the way to the podium

The Tour de France is a tough race, covering around 86 hours and 3,540 kilometres. While the race was disappointing for Nairo Quintana, Rigoberto Urán stepped up to finish with a spot on the podium in second place.
Media Maratón de Bogotá

Media Maratón de Bogotá: Stop walking, start running

It’s time to get your trainers on and join athletes from all over the world will participate in the Media Maratón de Bogotá, one of Latin America’s most important running competitions on July 30, bringing all eyes to the city.
Leyner Palacios Asprilla

Leyner Palacios Asprilla: a name to remember, an example to follow

July 18, 2017: We are sitting at one of the meeting rooms of the Canadian Embassy in Bogotá. We are waiting for the roundtable presentation of Leyner Palacios Asprilla. He is no politician, and he is no public figure, but he is certainly one of the most important voices representing victims in Colombia.
formal Spanish, writing a letter in Spanish

Better letters and formal Spanish formations

In the second of two pieces looking at writing letters in a more formal style we look at writing in Spanish. Writing in formal language is an important skill whether you’re dealing with a government bureaucracy or if making a request at work. Diana Mejía helps you through each step of writing a letter in Spanish.

Formal language and written English letters

In the first of two articles on letter writing, we look at writing in formal English. A difficult part of language learning is formality. It’s easy to chat with friends, but that’s not always an appropriate way to talk to everybody. Whether on email or snail mail, it’s important to be able to use formal language. Oliver Pritchard looks at some do’s and don’ts of formal communication.