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.
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.
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.

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.

Wrong use of Spanish language in the media: Don’t get me...

Spanish language in the media isn't always right. Photo: Elijah O'Donnell, Unsplash We all make mistakes when...

Por-alysis Para-lysis

Mastering por and para is part and parcel of speaking good Spanish. Katie Jacoby crams everything you need to know into her no-frills column When...
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.
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!
Spanish chatting

Spanish chatting: Esk no c txtr :(

Chat away to your heart’s content with our guide to smartphone Spanish chatting.
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.