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.
Riding in the rain

Riding in the rain: You can call these rivers roads…

Riding in the rain. It isn’t much fun. But it’s fairly unavoidable given that we’re in Bogotá, so it’s something you should learn to live with. After all, everyone loves getting wet, right? Oli Pritchard promises you’ll be wet but happy with his guide for riding in the rain.

Flying high: Colombian airlines

Commercial airlines posted record profits in 2016, suggesting the traditionally volatile aviation industry could be an attractive proposition for investors. As passenger numbers grow and profits increase worldwide, the aviation industry believes Colombian airlines might offer lofty returns, though there may be some turbulence ahead.
El silencio de los fusiles

El silencio de los fusiles

In the documentary El silencio de los fusiles, journalist and filmmaker Natalia Orozco provides a chronological narration of the peace process that put an end to more than 50 years of war.
Mañana a este hora

Mañana a esta hora

In Mañana a esta hora, Colombian filmmaker Lina Rodríguez skilfully draws a picture of life as a series of small daily battles against the wearisome routine of the big city.
Kate Rawles, bamboo bicycle

Bamboo bicycle for biodiversity

Travelling across the continent on a bamboo bicycle to raise awareness about biodiversity, adventurer Kate Rawles chats to Emma Newbery about the cycle of life.
Rigoberto Urán, Tour de France 2017

Go Go Rigoberto Urán

On the first rest day of this year’s Tour, Rigoberto Urán is sitting comfortably in fourth position in the general classification, having just won his maiden stage in the most important Tour on cycling’s calendar.
Atlético Nacional, La Liga Águila

Football shorts July

Only weeks after the exciting final that saw Atlético Nacional claim the Apertura title, the second semester of the year is underway. Is Nacional again going to walk away with the Liga Águila or will we see a title in Bogotá this season?
Andino bombing, Movimiento Revolucionario del Pueblo

Far-left activists blamed for Andino bombing

Authorities have blamed the almost-unheard-of far-left group Movimiento Revolucionario del Pueblo (MRP) for the tragic Andino bombing at the shopping centre on June 17 that left two Colombians and one French national dead.
Galeón San José

Galeón San José: Galleons of gold

Following the discovery of the Spanish Galeón San José after more than 300 years below the waves, plans are now afoot to explore the wreck and bring it to land.
Social activists

Social activists continue to be murdered

Black weekend at the start of July with deaths of two more social activists. Amnesty International says killings ‘will leave an indelible stain on any resulting peace accord.’
FARC arms, FARC arms

Peace process latest July

On June 27, the FARC completed its disarmament process in a historic ceremony held in the central town of Mesetas, Meta. A UN mission verified the handover of 7,132 personal weapons that are now stored in special containers, ready to be shipped off and melted down.
Casanare Colombia

Mi Casanare es su Casanare

Casanare is not at the top of many people’s lists when it comes to Colombian departments. Colombia’s wild wild east is chock-full of capybaras, caiman and other animals, as well as spectacular scenery and generous servings of meat, as Oliver Pritchard discovers.
the story of Manuelita Sáenz

The story of Manuelita Sáenz

The story of Manuelita Sáenz, a show that touches on one of Colombia’s less well known parts of history, is coming to Colombia. British-Venezuelan Tamsin Clarke from the Popelei Theatre speaks about the award winning play.
Fracking in Colombia

Fracking in Colombia: What the frack?

Hydraulic fracturing – or simply ‘fracking’ – is a method of extracting oil and gas which has made its way from the US across most of South America and is in exploratory stages in Colombia. The possibility that fracking in Colombia might be allowed has sparked controversy – Steffan Frydkjær finds out more about this controversial extraction method.
Mujeres Empresarias Colombianas, Colombian women entrepreneurs, Colombian businesswomen

Mujeres Empresarias Colombianas make their mark

Colombian women entrepreneurs have played leading roles in creating some of the most successful businesses in Colombia, ranging from fitness to laughter. Luisa Leon was at the launch of a new book, Mujeres Empresarias Colombianas, that tells their stories.