Let’s stop and say Gracias – Thank you!

This morning I said a ‘thank you’ prayer. I didn’t want to ask for anything. It was a prayer of gratitude because I have learnt that at tough times and weak moments, the best thing to do is say ‘thank you’. As I prayed, I thought of the people who fight on a daily basis for things that we so often take for granted and that took me into an even deeper place of gratitude and compassion to the point of tears. So I prayed ‘Thank you for the air I breathe and the…

Summer, Summer, Summer… But Can You Take the Heat?

I am doing my best to hold on to the summer here in not so sunny London.  I still have hope that we might make it into the mid to high twenties before August waves us goodbye. The beautiful feeling of the sun on my back sends bursts of happiness all over my brain and my body and I’m not quite ready to let that feeling go just yet. But despite my love for the sun, I now appreciate the relief that the fluctuations of the British summer brings. Especially when I’m on a trusty Whatsapp…

Happy? – Learning the art of being happy

Sometimes we just need something to make us feel happy, especially on the days that we wake up feeling pretty low. Something to keep us moving forward on the days we feel a bit stuck. Something that can give us some kind of direction and motivation and help us to see that we do indeed have the power to change things. One of my Spanish teachers introduced me to the wonderful video in this post (courtesy of xanketita) to learn the imperative tense but there is really more to it than that. The phrases written out in the video can…

Learn Spanish by Writing – Power Gem No. 2

I was recently reminded that a fantastic way to practice your grammar and sentence structures in another language is by writing. It’s all part of actually using the language in context and with writing, be it creative or academic, you are using it in a context created by you. I started taking formal Spanish lessons again in London a whole year after my return from my 18 month pilgrimage (I exaggerate) to Spain and this is when my lovely new teacher reminded me of this wonderful Power Gem. We had spent a few classes learning grammar and in…

Learn Spanish with Podcasts – Power Gem No.1

Learning Spanish takes time and patience and a LOT of enthusiasm.  It can get laborious and you can often feel like you are going backwards in the process instead of forward. As Spaniards would say ‘no es moco de pavo’ translation = ‘its not turkey mucus’ (yuck) meaning = it’s not easy! So this is why it’s a good idea to have a few tools up your sleeve. Tools that will keep you going when you might feel like giving up. And that is the reason for this post. In my quest to learn…

Learn Spanish – Do you!

Have you ever thought about living like a Spaniard in order to absorb the language of Spaniard…dom…? I’m talking about carrying out some or even all of your of your daily routine in Spanish.  It could be a great way for you to pick up new vocabulary and ‘dichos’ (sayings) and make them stick – without doing the ultimate thing of uprooting your life, saying goodbye to your world and jetting off to a tiny ‘pueblo’ (town) in Andalucia. Let me explain. If I were to ask you what you do or what you use during the…

Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language

Is it me or has the education system got it wrong? They just don’t seem to start teaching us other languages young enough for our bouncy malleable brains to hold on to them as if they belonged.  On my travels and amongst my friends and family I hear the same thing and it sounds a bit like this:  ‘Oh, I learnt (insert language here) for 5+ years but I don’t remember a word!’ The story is the same with me. It begs the question – what the heck were we doing in class? I had proudly said ‘yaaaaay…