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by CaptainCode

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December 11th, 2013

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Hola Amigos! Are you ready for Christmas? Have you finished your letters to Santa? ;) To get you ready to meet him in just 2 weeks, Visual Link Spanish gives you a few Christmas and Santa Claus- related phrases. Why not add some Spanish words to your Christmas fun?  We’re sure you all know Feliz Navidad, and here are a few things you would say to Santa (and make sure you teach your kids the last one ;)).

Yo creo en Santa Clos/Papá Noel. | I believe in Santa Claus.
Me porté bien este año. | I behaved well this year (I was a good boy/girl this year.)
Me alegra estar con mi familia. | It makes me happy to be with my family.
He perdonado a mis hermanos. | I have forgiven my brothers and sisters.
Me portaré mejor el año que viene. | I’ll behave better next year.
¿Podrías darlos a mis padres algo bien? | Could you give my parents something nice?


Enjoy the Festive Season Everyone!

P.S. In case you’re not done with your gift shopping yet, let us remind you that giving your loved ones the gift of learning Spanish is a great idea and something they’ll be thankful for years to come.

by CaptainCode

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November 26th, 2013

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Learning Spanish on your own can be difficult. Most of us are used to studying together in groups or classes, but what do you do if you want a quality Spanish education and don’t want to attend a formal class? Is there any hope for you to really learn Spanish?

Yes! There is!

Start with a Quality Self-Study Course

There are a few key things to look for in a self-study Spanish course.

First, the lessons must be enjoyable and easy to use. Learning Spanish is hard enough, so don’t torture yourself by using a boring course with hard to use lessons. Make sure the lessons are interactive, engaging, and user friendly.

Second, make sure the course focuses on the most important phrases and questions in the language. Most likely you will never need to know how to say, “The Frog Prince enjoyed swimming.” But it would be nice to know how to say, “I need to go to the store?” or “How do I get to the post office?” A course that deals directly with useful Spanish phrases will help you utilize your study time and increase your personal Spanish education experience.

Finally, find a course that fits your learning style. If you are a visual learner, use a Spanish course with visual computer lessons. If you learn better from just hearing and listening, look for an audio Spanish course. If you are not sure how you learn best, try out as many free lessons as you can and pay attention to which type helps you learn faster.

A Few Tricks to Help Your Self-Study Spanish Education

Here are a few study tricks to help you no matter what Spanish course or Spanish education curriculum you use:

  • Try not to cram all of your Spanish studying into one day. Studying instead for 30 to 45 minutes a day, three to five days a week, will allow you to retain more of what you study and solidify it in your mind.
  • If you don’t have access to someone who speaks Spanish with whom you could practice, a great way to practice your listening and comprehension skills is by listening to Spanish radio. Find a Spanish station and just listen for about 15 minutes. As you listen write down any words you recognize and try to guess the topic being discussed. This may be difficult at first, but as your vocabulary increases you will find you can pick up more and more. This exercise also works well with Spanish TV ;) .
  • Remember repetition is the key to learning a foreign language. Don’t hesitate to repeat a section a few times. Mastering the words and phrases you are currently studying will increase your ability to learn what you study in the future. So keep at it.

Use these suggestions in your personal study. They will help you teach yourself Spanish and help make your personal Spanish education a success.

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by CaptainCode

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November 21st, 2013

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If you have been studying Spanish for some time, you most probably know that there are two words to say You in Spanish. This is common for Roman languages, and the rules of French and Italian, for example, are the same – just so you know. Now, back to Spanish :).

So, there are Tu and Usted.

Tu is an informal and friendly pronoun, used when talking to a person you call by their first name. The word Usted used in cases of formal speech, or when you do not know a person well. Addressing anyone with a title in their name, you should use Usted.

Here’s our video to help you memorize the use of the Spanish pronouns

by CaptainCode

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November 7th, 2013

How comfortable are you using the future tense in Spanish? Do you remember the irregular verbs? Whether you need to refresh your memory or learn the future tense from zero, this Visual Link Spanish video is here to help:

Even if you are an absolute beginner or just consider learning Spanish – don’t just scroll down. This video gives you an idea of just how accessible Visual Link Spanish lessons are. And you know the extra good news? You can start learning Spanish now for FREE with almost 500 lessons available.

Explore Visual Link Spanish now!

by CaptainCode

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November 4th, 2013

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¡Hola Amigos!
We hope your lunes (Monday) is going great! Make sure you have some Spanish time on your schedule today. And just in case you don’t, we’re bringing you this lesson, with some dialogues (Monday – themed, actually!) and wish you a great week!

by CaptainCode

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October 31st, 2013

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Learn how to tell time in Spanish (or freshen up your skills if you already know it) with our video:

And here are some useful expressions and tricks to keep in mind:
• por la mañana – in the morning (no specific time)
• de la mañana: in the morning (specific time)
• por la tarde: in the afternoon (no specific time)
• de la tarde: in the afternoon (specific time)
• por la noche: in the evening or night (no specific time)
• de la noche: in the evening or night (specific time)
• la mañana: morning
• el mañana: tomorrow, future
• mañana por la mañana: tomorrow morning
• pasado mañana: the day after tomorrow
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• anoche last night
• la noche anterior, anteanoche: the night before last
• el lunes que viene: next Monday
• la semana que viene: next week
• el año que viene: next year
• el lunes pasado: last Monday
• la semana pasada: last week
• el año pasado: last year
• al mediodía: at noon
• a la medianoche: at midnight
• alrededor de: around
• de día: days
• durante el día: during the day
• a tiempo: on time
• en punto: exactly, on-the-dot
• tarde: late
• temprano: early

by CaptainCode

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October 29th, 2013

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¡Hola! As this Visual Link Spanish Blog comes back to life, we kick off our conversation of the Spanish language lovers with something nice and celebratory. And what can be nicer and more celebratory than delicious food? We mean Spanish food, of course! Don’t worry, there’ll be some vocabulary included with our new tradition, the 10 Palabras (words) section.

Seafood paellasmall

As autumn, naturally, makes us crave richer foods, and, contrary to popular stereotypes, autumn is THE seafood season, the choice of the dish we’ll be talking about today is obvious: Seafood Paella!

Just a short history note, the people of Moorish Spain often made casseroles of rice, fish and spices for family gatherings and religious feasts, which made rice a staple food by the 15th century, and the tradition of family gatherings over a huge rice dish is still well and alive –with Paella!

Naturally, on the Mediterranean coast of Valencia, the locals used seafood instead of meat and beans to make Paella. This created the true Spanish Treasure: Valencian Seafood Paella!

With lots of recipe variations being out there, go ahead, get creative and come up with your perfect Seafood Paella!

Before you do that, you will probably need to go grocery shopping. And when you do, imagine that you aren’t in your local food chain store, but in a real Spanish market somewhere in a cozy Valencian village. You would probably find these 10 Palabras useful:

Rice – Arroz
Shrimp – Camarones
Mussels – Mejillones
Lobster – La langosta
Onion – La cebolla
Garlic – El ajo
Tomato – Tomate
Salt – Sal
Paprika – Pimentón
Seasonings – Condimentos

¡Buen provecho!

by Jake Beus

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October 30th, 2012

The very best way that you can learn a foreign language is to live in a foreign country and be completely immersed in the language and culture. That is certainly not possible for everyone to do, but for those of you who can afford to do so, we have taken the time to list a few Spanish schools in Spain and Valencia.

We have specifically listed a few Spanish schools in Spain, which will cover the entire country. Or you might have a particular interest in Spanish schools in Valencia, and we have listed a few schools in the Spanish city of Valencia. Wherever you choose to go, you can bet that it will be the opportunity of a lifetime.

The Spanish schools we have listed do a pretty good job of helping you find housing. For the most part, you are able to choose where you want to live. I would suggest that you take the opportunity to live with a host family. That way you won’t be surrounded by others who speak English, and you will be forced to speak Spanish. It’s amazing how much you can learn when you don’t really have any other options.


by Dave Clark

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January 11th, 2012

¡Hola Amigos!

We are officially going to start the idea we presented last week of teaching you Spanish with a Guide/Instructor and Personal Trainer.

STARTING DATE: Wednesday January18th! (Be sure and let friends, relatives, barbers, beauticians and dog groomers know about it.)

There will be no cost to follow the lessons that we will lay out for you. You simply watch the daily prerecorded lesson and I will give you tips and show you what lessons in the software you should be learning to keep up (I will be your Guide/Instructor). You will need to have the Visual Link Spanish lessons to follow along with what we teach. You can order them in the online store.

After going through the recommended lessons, you’ll be able to come to our blog and leave your comments about the lesson and Jake (your personal trainer) will give you direction, answer questions and get you pumped up to learn more. So far, it looks like we will have a couple of guest bloggers who have volunteered. We will contact them and get their comments, as they go through the course, that we can put up on the blog.

We have a lot of people excited about this. Please keep in mind that this is a new thing, and we are experimenting with this type of delivery – please be patient with us. We would also love your suggestions along the way of how we can improve things.

Our goal is to help and motivate you to learn Spanish.

¡Hasta luego Amigos!


by Dave Clark

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January 4th, 2012

Hola Amigos!

We have something exciting for you that we’re going to start in the next week or two to help you better learn Spanish. It is designed to help provide you daily motivation and encouragement to learn.

I will be giving you daily guidance, instruction and a recommendation of how much of the Visual Link Spanish course you should be learning every day. I will provide material for 5 days a week with you studying 30-40 minutes per day.

I will recommend which lessons from the Visual Link Spanish software specifically to learn each day and show you a few minutes of each lesson.

Then, Jake will become your personal trainer to help you get pumped up to learn. He will provide training and encouragement here on our blog, on Facebook and Twitter.

Our goal is to involve as many of you and get you motivated to truly learn Spanish. If some of you are interested in being “guest bloggers/learners”, please let us know and we can get your daily feedback as you go through the Level I course with us. We’ll then post your comments on our blog. “Guest bloggers/learners” who make it through the whole course giving us daily updates, will get the price of the course refunded at the end of the course. We just ask that you give us at least 3-4 updates a week and stay caught up over the weekend. We’ll probably limit the daily “guest bloggers/learners” to 3 or 4 of you.

If you don’t want to contribute officially on the blog but just want to come along for the ride, that’s great – you are the real reason we are doing this – so you can accomplish together with all of us!

We will also answer your questions on the blog as we go through the course.

Before we get going, we would love your feedback.

Let us know what you think and if you have any ideas for us. We hope you will help us create one big Spanish-learning “virtual gym” – an environment where your “español” can blossom.

Hasta luego!

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