Jokes are a great way to get to understand the humor and cultural mind of Spain. They’re often explicit and are hardly ever politically correct, usually regardless of who’s telling them. Here are a few (not too graphic) you can try on your Spanish friends: TU AND USTED *Su = your (usted form) AND his/her (regular third person) *Tutear = to refer to someone in the tu form (as opposed to the more formal usted form) -El director de una empresa grande habla con un detective privado: The director of …CONTINUE READING

With St. Valentine’s just around the corner, we thought you might appreciate some romantic phrases that will help you express your Latin passion: Uno aprende a amar, no cuando encuentre a la persona perfecta, sino cuando aprenda a creer en la perfección de una persona imperfecta. One learns to love not when one finds the perfect person, but when one learns to believe in the perfection of an imperfect person. Duda que sean fuego las estrellas, duda que el sol se mueva, duda que la verdad sea mentira, pero no …CONTINUE READING

The Andalusian city of Malaga, on the southern tip of Spain just across from Morocco, is one of the best locations in the country for a summer study abroad experience. Its blue skies, sunny beaches and exciting nightlife – all of which can also be found in abundance in Malaga’s surrounding coastal towns – draw thousands of students a year from across the world to this laid-back Mediterranean enclave. Perhaps the most popular areas in the city for foreign students are the outlying neighborhoods of El Palo and Pedregalejo, once …CONTINUE READING

As a student, the opportunity to study abroad is one of the best advantages you have. Not only will you be given the chance to learn a new language, but you’ll come into contact with a culture different from your own. These experiences often result in profound personal growth and a widening of perspective, and what better time to get them under your belt than as a student, when traveling is at its easiest? A study abroad experience in Spain is an excellent choice because you’ll find it a highly …CONTINUE READING

Modern, historical, abstract, Romanesque, contemporary, diverse, Gothic, scientific, popular… Barcelona is a city for anyone and everyone, as Spain’s second largest city Barcelona boasts famous works of art and architecture, along with the sea for beach-lovers, delicious cuisine and the mountains for any type of adventure or leisure activity. The city is layered thick with a fascinating history and just as brilliant present.  Art and cultural spectacles can be seen throughout the multitude of museums and monuments in Barcelona.  It is also possible to see these marvels among Barcelona’s fascinating …CONTINUE READING

Learning Spanish is undoubtedly one of the best things you can do to open future doors of opportunity in your life. Spanish is spoken officially in more than 20 countries by over 400 million native speakers throughout the world. Its importance from a cultural and economic perspective continues to grow as Spain strengthens the relationship between Europe and Latin America and the Hispanic population in the U.S. (predicted to constitute nearly 25% of the population by 2050) plays an ever-larger role in the life and economy of the country. Knowledge …CONTINUE READING

Salamanca is one of Spain’s most beautiful cities. A UNESCO World Heritage Center, it stands as one of Europe’s best-preserved Renaissance towns. Its size is perfect; neither too large nor too small, it plays the role of a fresh and vibrant student town perfectly.  The University of Salamanca, the second-oldest university in Europe, is a prestigious institution that for centuries has played a significant role in the Western world. Historical figures such as Hernán Cortés, St. Ignatius of Loyola and Miguel de Cervantes formed their minds within its ancient campus …CONTINUE READING

Business Spain is an excellent study abroad option for business students in large part because of the crucial role it plays as a bridge between Europe and Latin America. Countless Spanish companies have made the leap across the Atlantic and taken root in Central and South American countries and, as of late, vice-versa. Madrid and Barcelona are the best destinations in Spain for business students. Both cities are important business centers in Spain; Madrid because of its status as the country’s capital and Barcelona thanks to its international connections to …CONTINUE READING

January: Fiesta de Antón, Madrid Every year on January 17th is the Festival de Antón. On this day many people in Madrid bring their pets to Calle de Hortaleza, where stands the church Inglesia de San Antón. Here their pets are blessed with holy water in name of San Antón, the Patron Saint of Animals. The animals normally range from, cats, dogs, guinea pigs, and any pet one might have. This is really the pinnacle day for animal lovers to show how much they love their companion. Febrary: Prepare your …CONTINUE READING

The most important thing to say about Spain in an article about softening culture shock is that it’s a wonderful country to visit and one shouldn’t expect to run into many problems or be overwhelmed by the difference in culture. Inevitably, however, certain details of Spanish life will vary from the background of students coming to study Spanish in the country, and it’s helpful to point out a few aspects that could prove surprising or disconcerting at first. Shopping and eating out A good thing to keep in mind about …CONTINUE READING