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Vineyards near Barcelona to Visit this Autumn
by alison.chou on Monday, September 19, 2016
Enjoy the best of autumn in Barcelona: the most extraordinary vineyards, exquisite wines and breathtaking landscapes in all of Catalonia.
It’s October, which means that autumn is officially upon us. And who doesn’t love this beautiful and refreshing season? The stifling heat of summer is finally waning, replaced by a brisk chill in the air that has us gleefully reaching for our favorite sweaters and scarves. No longer are the days of sticky sweat and ice cold showers! Gone are the bitter and contentious battles with your air-conditioning unit (because it’s either broken or running up your electricity bill)!
Autumn is the ideal season to come study Spanish in Spain, especially Barcelona. Along with the high temperatures, the intense crowds of tourists also dwindle, making conditions infinitely more agreeable to go out and discover this exciting city. And trust us, just because summer is over, it doesn’t mean the fun is as well! A plethora of concerts, music festivals, art expositions and other cultural events kick off in the fall months.
Of course, autumn also brings about breathtaking changes in Spain’s landscape. Rolling hills of lush green landscapes slowly transition into lovely panoramas of rustic yellows, oranges and reds. If you’re studying Spanish in Barcelona this season, it’s the perfect time to take a day or weekend trip out of the city and check out all the exquisite and colorful catalán countryside. And while you’re out there, why not take a tour of a local vineyard or get out to a wine tasting event?… read more »
by Diego on Sunday, September 18, 2016
Disfruta del mejor otoño en Barcelona: los viñedos más extraordinarios, vinos exquisitos y paisajes que te dejarán sin habla por toda Cataluña. Es octubre, lo que significa que el otoño ya ha llegado. ¿Y quién no adora esta bella y refrescante estación? El sofocante calor del otoño finalmente se desvanece y es reemplazado por una fresca brisa que nos invita a ponernos nuestros jerséis y bufandas favoritos. ¡Atrás quedan los días de sudor y duchas de agua fría! Se han ido con las amargas luchas con el aire acondicionado (¡tanto porque se haya roto como porque haya hecho subir la factura de la electricidad!)… read more »
by alison.chou on Monday, September 12, 2016
One of the most curious phenomena of the Spanish language – and one that causes plenty of headaches for its students – is that our words have genders. As we know, masculine words tend to end in –o , and feminine words in –a (although there are plenty of exceptions to this rule!). Many times, the masculine or feminine character of a word is reflected by the actual gender of the person or animal; they are words that are within the same semantic category. For example chico vs. chica (boy vs. girl), toro vs. vaca (bull vs. cow) or caballo vs. yegua ( horse vs. mare) . However, there is another phenomenon regarding the variation of gender between words that isn't related to the masculine or feminine quality of the object. In fact, in changing the gender of the word, it actually takes on a completely different meaning. We'll give you some examples:… read more »
by Diego on Sunday, September 11, 2016
by Becca on Monday, August 29, 2016
One of the "tricky" questions related to Spanish culture is about Spanish names; along with all of the history and tradition involved in Spanish name culture. Imagine you’ve just arrived in Spain; now, imagine you’re introduced to someone named "Pepe García Paredes." You might think his name, based on the order it comes in, is: first name, Pepe; middle name, García; last name, Paredes. But after a week or so in Spain, you will have discovered that García is not his middle name at all, but rather part of his last name. Then you might think, "ok, his name is Pepe and his last name is García-Paredes," (one of those curious hyphenated last names). But no, after another week or so you realize that they are actually two different last names: one is García and the other, Paredes. And then, to complicate things even further, after another week in Spain, you realize that his given name is actually not Pepe, but rather José… read more »