Author: daniel

Making Spanish A Part Of Your Life

This is not an article about soccer – don’t worry. Rather, this as an opportunity to recognize and explore the importance of making Spanish a part of your life – not just something you do once a week in your class. This is crucial for attaining fluency and I highlight below the exact path one should take to easily achieve that which may otherwise seem impossible.   The date is May 6th, 2009. FC Barcelona have just arrived in London to take on Chelsea in the 2nd leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final. It’s the biggest stage in...

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Otra Perspectiva: A Coffee Shop Spanish Student’s Journey through Spain – Week 2

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 weekly guest posts during her year-long journey. Below, you can read about her second week in Spain. Enter Nina. Spanish helps me jump out of my comfort zone. I remember that I first noticed it when I was in college. My university had a lot of students from India and they always seemed...

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Otra Perspectiva: A Coffee Shop Spanish Student’s Journey through Spain

When I first met Nina, I had no idea that she would leave such a positive impact on me and the Coffee Shop Spanish community. She first learned about Coffee Shop Spanish when she tore a tab off a flyer at Northside’s Sidewinder Coffee, preparing to move to Nicaragua just six months later. Since that time, she has lived and worked in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, worked with Su Casa Hispanic Center in Cincinnati, played a vital role in organizing Coffee Shop Spanish’s first high school Spanish Immersion Camp, and even traveled with us on our inaugural immersion trip to Spain....

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Can’t comprehend native Spanish speakers? Read this e-mail…

This week’s article is a change of pace from the podcast reviews and Spanish tortilla articles I’ve been writing recently. I wanted to take a bit more of a serious tone with this one and share an email with you that I received this week from one of my past students. She’s been living with an elderly Spanish couple in Madrid for the last few weeks as she prepares for her new job and this is what I received in my inbox this week, uncut: She writes… “My Spanish isn’t coming along like I’d have liked. I still struggle with...

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My Top 7 Spanish Podcasts for Intermediate and Advanced Learners

Transitioning from novice Spanish speaker to the intermediate and advanced levels is quite the achievement. But with the territory also comes the “terrifying” (as I’ve actually heard it called) expectation that you’ll now engage with natives and actually understand what the heck they’re saying. But as long as you have the right tools, it should be more of an enjoyable experience than a nightmare. Intermediate and advanced level podcasts have the tendency to really capture listeners because their creators often times have the freedom to tell stories, conduct interviews, and even produce their podcasts for natives and students of...

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