Ask a local. No, not for a language exchange. Ask a local for a place to post a request for one. You want a bulletin-board/classifieds type setup run by either the city or a local university. In particular, look for where local university students (and just people... Read more
RTVE is Spain’s state-owned corporate television station, very similar to the BBC in the U.K. or PBS here in the U.S. They’re the largest and most popular broadcaster in Spain, and they show a wide variety of news, documentaries, fictional dramas, reality... Read more
It’s two-for-one day here on How to Learn Spanish! We’re going to cover two phrases in one Learn Spanish for Real post, primarily because they both mean the same thing: something is really far away. For the curious, this is from the Sochi Winter Olympics,... Read more
I’ve been wanting to write about the culture in other countries for a while now but wanted to wait until I actually started traveling to do so. I’m in Spain at the moment and have had just a ton of observations and interesting little insights into Spanish... Read more
Ok, so I’ve been here two weeks now, I’ve done nearly ten face-to-face language exchanges so far (all with native speakers), I’ve interacted with other natives quite a bit (buying groceries, ordering food, etc.), and I’ve got some insight I... Read more
My first in-person language exchange was superb, if you can find a native speaker in your area to work with I can’t recommend it enough. First face to face language exchange in Spain. A video posted by Andrew Tracey (@andrewhasacamera) on Sep 8, 2015 at... Read more
Hey guys, just wanted to post this video for you that I made, I give you a quick (~10m) tour of my apartment so you can see what I’m getting for what I’m paying in this particular location. A couple of things to keep in mind: This is located in El Centro,... Read more
First: The problem isn’t “speaking Spanish” (or not), it’s speaking their Spanish, and fast enough. I found that I could pick up a Spanish paper (I prefer Heraldo because it’s local) and easily and quickly read through any article and... Read more
I have bought the tickets, booked the apartment (and paid the first month’s rent), bought the necessary luggage, and I’m about to buy some train tickets to get from the airport in Barcelona where I’m arriving to the city where I’m staying for... Read more
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