Become Fluent in Spanish and 3 More Languages? It’s Not About Effort

My wife’s cousin Anna, from Mexico, married a Dutchman, Ruudek (Ruud) and they now live in West Africa with their two children Elea and Ulysse. The children, ages 5 (Ulysse) and 9 (Elea) both speak 4 languages fluently: French, English, Spanish and Dutch.  They even speak a smattering of an African language.  Both children learned Spanish and… Continue reading Become Fluent in Spanish and 3 More Languages? It’s Not About Effort

Acquire Spanish While You Enjoy a Good Television Drama

I recently started watching the television drama from Spain called Gran Hotel and, I have to say, I’m hooked. The series, filmed over the last 3 years, consists of 39 episodes and takes place in Spain at the beginning of the 20th century. It’s reminiscent of Downton Abbey and is an interesting mix of drama, mystery,… Continue reading Acquire Spanish While You Enjoy a Good Television Drama

Learn Spanish Vocabulary by Refining and Expanding: It’s the Little Things

I’ve written several times about Bernardo, the man who works on my family’s ranch and only speaks Spanish, and am going to follow that trend today. I called him last week to relay a message from my dad about things that needed to be done that week, including charging the display screen for a scale they… Continue reading Learn Spanish Vocabulary by Refining and Expanding: It’s the Little Things

Learning Spanish Vocabulary Words in Context: More Than Meets the Eye

One thing I love about where I work is that we have a vegetable garden. There are basil plants, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, and a few other things. I think it is a great example of our company’s vibe and part of what makes it a great place to work. It has also given me one of… Continue reading Learning Spanish Vocabulary Words in Context: More Than Meets the Eye

Repetition in Spanish Listening Exercises: Building and Improving, Bit by Bit

A great way to improve your Spanish listening skills and overall fluency is repeated Spanish listening exercises. When you listen to the same content over and over, your brain gets more and more adjusted to the flow, rhythm, and structure of that audio and can thus understand and absorb more and more. I love when… Continue reading Repetition in Spanish Listening Exercises: Building and Improving, Bit by Bit