10 problems Spanish learners have when speaking English 20

Sometimes it feels as if you’re banging your head against a brick wall. No matter how many times you tell your Spanish students to say: “She has blue eyes” they continue to say “She has eyes blues.” What’s their problem? Are they lazy? Are they stupid? Do they not listen to you? Before you start ...

Lost in Translation: The answers to last week’s quiz 1

Here they are…..the answers to last week’s quiz about Spanish titles of famous English language movies. 1. Casarse esta en Griego – My Big Fat Greek Wedding I think you’ll agree that the Spanish title is far less likely to offend than the original. 2. Milagros inesperados – The Green Mile ‘Unexpected Miracles’ is probably ...

5 reasons why Spanish are (or could be) good at learning English – according to an English teacher

As ’tis the season to be jolly‘, I’d like to begin this post on a positive note: Actually, Spanish are or should be good at learning English for the following reasons: Firstly, many words in English and Spanish share etymological roots. In other words, there are masses of Spanish and English cognates (maybe 40%). Spaniards ...

5 reasons why Spanish are bad at learning English (according to some Spanish friends) 7

There I was, having a copa (Rum and Coke) on Sunday evening with some Spanish friends and a chap from Chile. There were a couple of smokers in the group so we huddled around a table with a heater when one of them asked me how to say ‘Bufanda‘ in English. Before I could respond, ...