Author: daniel

2016 in Review (English/Español)

Dear students, What a 2016. Did you know that the percentage of Spanish speakers in Cincinnati (2.3%) currently ranks 92nd on the list of the 100 major metropolitan areas in the United States? That’s right. We’re down there at the bottom behind “well-known havens of culture”, such as Schenectady, New York and Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA. But guess what? This year, nearly 100 of you learned Spanish with us and we couldn’t be more proud of what you’ve accomplished. Many of you participated in Cincinnati’s first successful Spanish summer camp, our Four-Week Fluency Challenge, Spanish night, and we sure did drink...

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What Spaniards Really Think Of You For Speaking Spanish

Earlier this year, Nina, a former student of Coffee Shop Spanish, was admitted to the Auxiliares de Conversación program in Spain. She arrived in the beautiful Andalusian town of Granada in late September, 2016 and has graciously offered to take us with her by way of regular guest posts during her year-long journey. Below, you can read about her experience speaking Spanish with natives and her surprising discovery of their reaction. Enter Nina. I’ve heard mixed experiences when it comes to what native speakers think of non-native speakers of their language. Coming to Spain, I was more than a...

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A Step-By-Step Guide to Improving Listening Comprehension in Spanish

My greatest struggle as a student learning Spanish was understanding native speakers, and that struggle lasted for way more years than I’d sometimes like to admit. One of the practices that helped me the most was to listen to native speakers while reading transcriptions. In this post, I’m going to take you step by step through the exact process I would go through as a student, and a process I take students through to this day. The cool thing? We’re going to utilize an actual interview I did with FC Cincinnati soccer player Álvaro Antón Ripoll, a native of...

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Being An American In Spain After The Election

Earlier this year, Nina, a former student of Coffee Shop Spanish, was admitted to the Auxiliares de Conversación program in Spain. She arrived in the beautiful Andalusian town of Granada in late September, 2016 and has graciously offered to take us with her by way of regular guest posts during her year-long journey. Below, you can read about her experience as an American in Spain after the 2016 presidential election. Enter Nina. What a whirlwind the last two weeks have been. Watching the election happen when you live overseas is an experience like none other, and it’s not for...

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Living Like A Local To Improve Your Spanish

This past August, I had the unique opportunity to travel almost anywhere in the world for a few days. Summer’s end was quickly approaching and my wife, a flight attendant with the benefit of unlimited global flights, said it was time to get away. It was at that point that I freaked her out by doing this nuts back-flip/somersault-combo thing, threw on my best pair of leather pants, and proceeded to strut through the streets of Cincinnati like John Travolta singing Greased Lightning… Ok, so that last part didn’t actually happen, but you can imagine the eagerness with which...

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