2 Things That Will Always Remind Me of My Summer in Spain: A Reflection

1. Encountering a Struggling Nonnative English Speaker After dedicating several years of my life to studying Spanish, I still found communication the biggest challenge. In every language class most people say that speaking in a classroom is far different from speaking in spontaneous, “real life” conversation. Don’t ignore the cliché: speaking a foreign language in … Continue reading 2 Things That Will Always Remind Me of My Summer in Spain: A Reflection

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3 Reasons Why I’m Not Ready to Leave Spain

1. The Flexible Time Schedule There exists a heavy stereotype against Spaniards that claims they are nearly always late due to their flexible time schedule and general nonchalance in regard to the pressure of the clock. I would like to politely confirm that stereotype. For nearly every meeting point, bus schedule, or mealtime, the determined … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why I’m Not Ready to Leave Spain

3 Spanish Phrases that Should Be in Everyone’s Vocabulary

1. No pasa nada. Direct Translation: Nothing is wrong. Functional Translation: An excuse and dismissal of nearly every negative situation. It’s the perfect way to pacify any qualms one might have over a poor test score, an exceptional lack of punctuality, or a few broken dishes. This brush-off-the-shoulder phrase is a perfect representation of the … Continue reading 3 Spanish Phrases that Should Be in Everyone’s Vocabulary