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.
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..?’
Spanish grammar, Colombian slang, Ordering food in Spanish

Eat my words

Bogotá has a diverse and growing restaurant scene but navigating the vocabulary of the experience, however, can cause the occasional hiccup. So, here is some key vocab to help make your words flow just as smoothly as the accompanying wine!

Opinion: What is ‘nea?’

What does it mean to be nea? Photo by Arjun Harindranath “¿Usted sí sabe qué es nea?” was...
writing anecdotes

Anecdotes! A funny thing happened to me the other day…

Anecdotes can have a bad reputation – sometimes because they seem trivial. They are, however, an essential part of human interaction. With Phil Stoneman’s helpful anecdote tips you will never be at a loss for a dinner party story or a funny tale to break the ice.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.