Train your Spanish Vocabulary with Joaquín Sabina!

Hi guys,

today I woke up with a song in my mind and I thought that I should have shared it with you. Do you know Joaquín Sabina? He is an influent Spanish singer, songwriter and poet born in Jaén in 1949. His biography is really fascinating and he can be considered a fervent anti-fascist artist. Because of his revolutionary ideology and in order to avoid persecution from the Dictator Francisco Franco, Sabina moved to London using a fake passport under the name Mariano Zugasti.

In London he performed in many local bars having the pleasure to meet George Harrison at   “Mexicano-Taverna” who gave him 5 pounds tip. Sabina went back to Spain in 1975 when Franco’s dictatorship ended.

Please, have a look at this video and try to get the lyrics in Spanish. If you need help don’t forget to use your 12speak! personal vocabulary!


Here, the Spanish lyrics with the English translation.

Joaquín Sabina – ¿Quién me ha robado el mes de abril?

En la posada del fracasoDonde no hay consuelo ni ascensor
El desamparo y la humedad
Comparten colchón
Y cuando por la calle pasa
La vida como un huracán
El hombre del traje gris
Saca un sucio calendario del bolsillo
Y gritaQuién me ha robado el mes de abril
Cómo pudo sucederme a mí
Quién me ha robado el mes de abril
Lo guardaba en el cajón
Donde guardo el corazón

La chica de bup casi todas
Las asignaturas suspendió
El curso que preñada
Aquel chaval la dejó
Y cuando en la pizarra pasa
Lista el profe de latín
Lágrimas de desamor
Ruedan por las páginas de un bloc
Y en el escribe

Quíen me ha robado el mes de abril
Cómo pudo sucederme a mí
Pero, quién me ha robado el mes de abril
Lo guardaba en el cajón
Donde guardo el corazón

El marido de mi madre
En el último tren se marchó
Con una peluquera
Veinte años menor
Y cuando exhiben esas risas
De instamatic en parís
Derrotada en el sillón
Se marchita viendo falconcrest
Mi vieja, y piensa,

Quién me ha robado el mes de abril
Cómo pudo sucederme a mí
Quién me ha robado el mes de abril
Lo guardaba en el cajón
Donde guardo el corazón

In the inn’s failureWhere there is no consolation, no elevator
The helplessness and humidity
share mattress
And when the road passes
Life as a hurricane
The man in the gray suit
Take a dirty pocket calendar
And shoutsWho stole April
How could it happen to me
Who stole April
I kept it in the drawer
Where I keep my heart

The girl almost all bup
The subjects discontinued
The course that pregnant
That kid left
And when the board passes
List of Latin profe
Tears of heartbreak
They roll through the pages of a notebook
And he writes

Who did stole April
How could it happen to me
But who has stolen April
I kept it in the drawer
Where I keep my heart

The husband of my mother
The last train left
With a hairdresser
Twenty years younger
And when those laughs exhibit
Instamatic in paris
Defeated on the couch
Wilt seeing Falconcrest
My old, and think,

Who stole April
How could it happen to me
Who stole April
I kept it in the drawer
Where I keep my heart.

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The most important SECRET to learn a Language

Everyone would like to find out the secrets of language learning.

What is the most useful trick? Which is the fastest way to learn? What can you do to ensure your success? Why do some people seem to learn languages easily and quickly while others can not do it at all?

There are plenty of techniques and tricks to learn languages, many are very useful, but the secret is not related to them. After learning Spanish from scratch in just over a year and teach English for two years, I have clear in mind which is the secret. It is not a specific method or trick. It is very easy to put in practice and it is generally free of charge.

Are you curious?

The secret is  … HAVING FUN!

learn a language having fun

If you enjoy the learning process you are very close to the victory.

So, you have to consider if what you are currently doing to learn is funny. If it is not, believe me, you won’t get to achieve your learning goals. You must find a way to learn a language which is funny for you. Even if you are really motivated in improving your language skills at some point you will find it hard or boring and that’s why you need to award yourself by playing and having fun.

You need to realise that a fun job is not an utopy. So, what you need to do is searching for and trying out different learning methods and adopt the one you feel better for you. But pay attention! What I’ve just said doesn’t mean you have to focus on just one side of language learning, such us reading, speaking or writing.

For instance there are different ways to improve your pronunciation. You could read a book, chat with native speakers, pay for a teacher or watch videos and movies. Every single activity has its pros and cons. If you go for the language exchange you will probably experience a dynamic learning method which could be kind of unstructured sometimes.

What I want to say is that if you like and enjoy something you won’t be bored of  it. Most likely the right choice would be a combination of different method and activities.

See you later!

 

 

 

 

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Get ready for Xmas with Spanish vocabulary!

Hi guys,

today we are going to explore Spanish Christmas tradition.

Spain is a deeply religious country, Christmas season begins December 8th with the Immaculate Conception Day. Christmas Eve is called Nochebuena or “the Good Night”. A large number of Spanish go to ‘La Misa Del Gallo’ (The Mass of the Rooster) at Midnight, so called because a rooster is supposed to have crowed the night that Jesus was born. During this night family members gather together to feast around the Nativity scene which is a must do in nearly every home. The Spanish Christmas is Navidad.

Traditionally, Spanish people have the famous ‘Pavo Trufado de Navidad’ for Christmas dinner which is Turkey stuffed with truffle. In Galicia (a region by the sea) the most popular meal for Christmas Eve and for Christmas Day is seafood, from shellfish and mollusks, to lobster and small edible crabs.

New Year’s Eve is known as ‘Nochevieja’ or ‘The Old Night’. According to a special tradition you have to eat 12 grapes together with the 12 strokes of the clock at Midnight! Each grape represents a month of the coming year, so if you eat the twelve grapes, you are said to be lucky in the new year.

Children have some presents on Christmas Day, but most are opened at Epiphany or Kings’ Day on 6th January which celebrates when the 3 Kings brought gifts to Jesus. Children write letters to the Kings on 26th December, asking for toys and presents. If the children have been bad, the Kings might leave pieces of coal made out of sugar as presents!

¡Feliz Navidad y próspero año nuevo!

 

Advent   Adviento

Advent calendar   Calendario de Adviento

Candle   Vela

Christmas   Navidad

 

Christmas carol  Villancicos navideño

Christmas present   Regalo de Navidad

Christmas tree    Árbol de Navidad

Happy Holidays!  ¡Felicidades!

Merry Christmas!  ¡Feliz Navidad!

New Year’s Day   Año nuevo

New Year’s Eve  Noche vieja

reindeer   Reno

Santa Claus Papá Noel 

snow   Nieve

snowball   Bola de nieve

snowman   Muñeco de nieve

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Get ready for Xmas with Italian vocabulary!

Hi guys,

 

keeping on with our Xmas tour around the world, today we arrive in Italy!

 

 

 

In Italy, the so-called bel paese (beautiful country) like in most European countries, Christmas celebrations are a time for family and friends! Most regions celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December, usually starting with a big dinner on the 24th night based on fish dishes and keep on celebrating until Xmas Boxing Day on the 26th. The typical Italian dessert for these celebrations is the Panettone or the Pandoro,  type of sweet bread loaf with a cupola shape that contains candied orange, citron, and lemon zest as well as raisins, which are added dry and not soaked. Nowadays many other variations are available such as plain or with chocolate. It is usually served with a sweet wine (moscato) and a cream of mascarpone.

Italians are well-known for their Nativity Scenes (presepe). Most families still set up a Nativity Scene in their house. Arrangements are pretty complex and truly elaborate: beside the manger, the cradle, Joseph and Many, the donkey, the ox, they usually include animals, plants, ponds,houses, artisans, shepherds with their flock, angels and so on. On the 6th of January, the Three Kings with their gifts are added to the scene.

The Italian tradition of the Nativity Scene originates with St. Francis of Assisi, who  in 1223, in Greggio (Umbria), for the first time represented the Nativity with a live scene. The  first sculptural representation of the Italian Nativity scene is from the late ’200, when it only included eight figures: Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, the donkey, the ox and the Wise Men.

That said, is time for you to learn some Italian vocabulary for the Christmas season! Don’t forget to copy&paste them into your personal vocabulary. Have fun playing with these new words!

 

Buona Natale e  Felice Anno Nuovo!

 

Advent   L’Avvento

Advent calendar   il calendario dell’Avvento

Candle   una candela

Christmas   Natale

 

Christmas carol  canto di Natale

Christmas present   un regalo di Natale

Christmas tree    l’albero di Natale

Happy Holidays!  Auguri!

Merry Christmas!   Buon Natale!

New Year’s Day   il primo giorno dell’anno

New Year’s Eve   la notte di San Silvestro – l’ultimo dell’anno

reindeer   la renna

Santa Claus   Babbo Natale

snow   la neve

snowball   una palla di neve

snowman   un pupazzo di neve

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Christmas time in France! Let’s learn some new words!

Hi guys,

fancy a romantic Christmas this year? If yes, French tradition is what you need: keep reading!!

In France like in most European countries, Christmas celebrations are a time for family and friends! Most regions celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December, but in some provinces, especially eastern and northern, celebrations begin on the 6th December with la fête de Saint Nicolas. Other regions celebrate la fête des Rois.

Lyon is a very particular city located in the South of the country. Here people begin the Christmas celebrations on the 8th December with la Fête de lumières, paying homage to the Virgin Mary with candle and light installation all over the city and especially on the river (see pic). 

That said, is time for you to learn some French vocabulary for the Christmas season! Don’t forget to copy&paste them into your personal vocabulary. Have fun playing with these new words!

 

Advent   l’Avent

Advent calendar   un calendrier de l’Avent

Candle   une chandelle

Christmas   Noël

Christmas carol  un chant de Noël

Christmas Eve   la veille de Noël

Christmas present   un cadeau de Noël

Christmas tree    l’arbre de Noël

Happy Holidays!   Meilleurs vœux !

Merry Christmas!   Joyeux Noël !

New Year’s Day   le Jour de l’An

New Year’s Eve   la Saint-Sylvestre

present   un cadeau

reindeer   un renne

ribbon   un ruban

Santa Claus   Père Noël, Papa Noël

snow   la neige

snowball   une boule de neige

snowman   un bonhomme de neige

 

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