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.
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.
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.
Spanish language

Separated by a common Spanish language

There are so many regional differences when speaking the Spanish language that at times even native speakers get confused. Diana Mejía explains how the variations evolved and what to look out for.
English conditionals

English conditionals: (Un)conditional Love

If I’d known how to use conditionals, I’d have passed the test. English conditionals are very useful to talk about things that might happen, things that you’d like to happen, and things that you wish had happened. Phil Stoneman guides you through the linguistics of ‘what if..?’
Gender in Spanish, Spanish gender, Spanish gramar,

Gender in Spanish – putting gender on the agenda

Diana Mejía looks at some of los problemas you might have, and lays out some of the basic rules to identify and correctly use grammatical gender in Spanish.
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.
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.