Spanish is one of the richest languages in vocabulary in the world.

And it has a good number of long words.

According to RAE, The Spanish Royal Academy the longest word in the Spanish dictionary is «electroencefalografista».

So, to help you get into the habit of enrichening your vocabulary, here are five long Spanish words you can actually use:

1. Esternocleidomastoideo (22 letters)

Meaning: Sternocleidomastoid, muscle of the neck.

2. Interdisciplinariedad (21 letters)

Meaning: Interdisciplinary, combining or involving two or more academic disciplines or fields of study.

3. Internacionalización (20 letters):

Meaning: Internationalization, to make something international.

4. Desvergonzadamente (18 letters)

Meaning: Shamelessly, lacking any sense of shame.

5. Desconsoladamente (17 letters)

Meaning: Inconsolably, that cannot be comforted

6. Electrodoméstico (16 letters)

Meaning: Home Appliance, electrical or mechanical machines which accomplish some household functions

Bonus:

Paralelepípedo (14 letters)

Meaning: Parallelepiped, a three-dimensional figure formed by six parallelograms

Caleidoscopio: (13 letters)

Meaning: Kaleidoscope, a toy consisting of a tube containing mirrors and pieces of colored glass or paper, whose reflections produce changing patterns.

As you can see, most of them are compound words (adverbs or two based-words). It could be a good exercise you try to practice their pronunciation!

 

Learn Spanish in Colombia: In-Class & Online Courses

Bogota has plenty of possibilities to get great cultural enrichment. Every day there are 35 to 45 cultural public and private events along with the city, from street theater, concerts, and workshops to art expositions and free exchanges events at cafes and bars.

Here you will find a list of the activities that will help you learn Spanish and enjoy the culture at the same time.

1. Free Dance Lessons:

You can enjoy salsa, tango and milonga free lessons every Sunday morning at Centro Cultural Gabriel García Márquez, in La Candelaria, in the centre of the city.

More info: Fondo de Cultura Económica

2. Language exchange and international party:

Gringo Tuesdays at bar La Villa, in Chicó, in the north of the city, is a language exchange and international party event that takes places every Tuesday from 5 pm to 3 am. This is an excellent opportunity to meet local and foreign people, to practice Spanish and to share experiences.
More info: GringoTuesdays

3.Party nights on a Chiva:

If you want to know how “bogotanos rumbean”, you also can enjoy party nights on a “Chiva rumbera”, a traditional bus with no windows, no chairs that is exclusively designed to go dancing and drinking meanwhile you go all over the city. The Chiva finally arrives to La Calera, a natural and touristic zone at northeast of the city with spectacular sightseeing and rumba zones.

4. Bike Tours:

Enjoy the Ciclopaseos through La Candelaria and other traditional zones. In those you rent a bicycle and with a guide, run through key points and places to know the traditional Bogota centre. If you prefer, every week there are also possibilities to run the centre on foot with a guide visit. Besides, every weekend there are outside walks, in which you can know natural runs and places in Bogota hills and some zones around Bogotá.

Amateur photographers meetings:

On the other hand, at Parque Nacional, near the centre and the Planetario, there are amateur photographers meetings at weekends, in which you not also meet new local people but enjoy routes designed to photograph special zones in the city as parks, graffiti and heritage zones, traditional neighbourhoods and buildings, among others. Off course, you could get good memories and images of all over the city.

These are just a few of many different options that are now available to enrich the learning experiences of Spanish language and cultural involvement in Bogotá. These offers get visitors interact with locals to improve their speaking and listening skills, and off course, to enrich cultural and local lifestyle knowledge at the time they provide practice with vocabulary that is inherently more applicable to your interests.

Living in a different country means not only to know basic vocabulary but to get in touch with contextual words and expressions, which are both interesting and very useful. Here you have 6 words to know and use in your visit in Colombia:

1. Chévere:

it’s a very Colombian expression; you won’t listen to it in other Latin-American countries. It means “cool”. It’s very common y Bogotá and most used by young and adolescents.

2. Paila:

this is a very cultural and routine word. Its original meaning refers to a frying pan, but Colombians use it to mean when a person is in trouble and there’s nothing to do. For example, when your boyfriend or girlfriend leaves you out, “paila”, you can do nothing.

3. Bacana/o:

it’s another informal and routine word; its meaning is very similar to “chévere”, but it commonly refers to a cool person, for example, you can say “that man is a “bacan””. There’s not real difference if you omit “o” or not.

4. Camellar:

it´s a very colloquial expression and it’s used in the whole country. It means “to work”. And “El camello” is the job. For example, you can listen “No tengo camello”, that means “I have no job”.

5. ¡Caray!:

it’s a very Bogotá’s word. It’s a total surprise expression. You use it when you get surprised or even annoyed. For example, “¡Caray!, no puedo ir a la fiesta”, that means “Damn! I can’t go to the party”.

6. !Qué boleta!:

it’s a very Bogotá’s expression and it’s used when you identify an embarrassing person or situation. For example, if you get drunk and fall down, your friends will say “¡Qué boleta!”.

From university courses to private tutoring to chatting up the local next to you in the bar, there are many different great ways to learn Spanish while visiting or living in Bogotá, Colombia.

With the explosive growth in tourism in Colombia in the last decade, as well as the development of new teaching tools over the internet and mobile devices, here are four important trends we have seen here in Bogotá in the Spanish Language learning landscape:

1. Greater Cultural Enrichment.

Salsa lessons in Spanish. Windsurfing in Spanish. Cooking in Spanish. Guitar lessons in Spanish. These are just a few of many different options that are now available to enrich the learning experiences of Spanish language students in Bogotá. These new types of classes get students out of the classroom so that they can interact with locals to improve their speaking and listening skills. And of course, provides practice with vocabulary that is inherently more applicable to your interests.

2. Online Tutoring.

If you find a great tutor, why stop your classes with them when you move? With Skype and other online tools, it is now easier than ever to continue conversational lessons while you are on the move. And with tools like Duolingo and Babbel, there are now even more options than ever for guided self study.

3. Voluntourism Classes.

With it’s 50 year history of conflict in the country, Colombia offers numerous opportunities to get in touch with vulnerable communities at the time you´re practising your Spanish, helping and learning in real context.

4. Business Spanish Classes.

If your interests are on professional growth, language centres take this into account to offer, short, long, specialized, skill focus, individual or group classes, all these in response of students’ needs and intentions, with technical Spanish books and material.

Have you ever heard the word “fritanga”? It’s a dish that ever single visitor in Colombia must try!

“Fritanga” is a typical weekend lunch for Colombians. It is a varied dish served in a basket and enjoyed not with cutlery but your hands. When ordering fritanga you can mix and match, but it’s ingredients are commonly potato criolla (or “papita bogotana”), grilled banana, blood sausage (morcilla), long spicy pork sausage (longaniza), fried cassava (“yuquita frita”), stuffed potato, crackling (chicharrón), chorizo and chunchullo (fried pork small intestine). Nicknamed “the vitamin Ch” plate: chunchullo, chorizo, chicharrón are considered indispensable in it, and normally it is served with a beer, “una fría”.

One of the things that characterizes and differentiates Colombian regions are their different typical dishes. Fritanga is the most tipical dish in Andina region: Boyacá, Cundinamarca, Tolima, among others have Fritanga as the familiar weekend dish. It is very common to enjoy this delicious preparation in “plazas de mercado”, outdoor places where you can find and buy fruits and vegetables or, more typically in “Piqueteaderos” – restaurants specialized in Fritanga. If you’re in Bogota, one of the best well known places to try Fritanga is in “Piqueteadero Doña Segunda” in “Plaza 12 de Octubre”, in the northeast of the city.

But fritanga is so traditional and delicious that you can also find it in more formal restaurants. And while it’s most popular in Andina, people from all over Colombia eat Fritanga. The dish varies in each region, according to particular variations in the preparation of ingredients or even in quantity or variety of them.

No doubt, this is a dish in which takes you on a complete tour of Colombian food culture and traditions, by way of many colors, textures, and tastes. Go talk to your Colombian doctor and get a prescription for vitamin Ch to cure what ails you.

Thinking about immersing yourself in a Spanish speaking country while studying the language? To get the most of your experience, you need to do more than just choose the country where you will study. Sure, the accent you want to develop is important, but choosing a great Spanish program in that country is equally important. Here are the 6 important things to keep in mind when choosing a Spanish immersion program.

1. Qualifications of the institution

First of all, look into the qualifications of the institution that offers the course and make sure it is a DELE certified school. This means they are certified to teach Spanish as a Second Language (DELE is a Spanish acronym, hence the different lettering). This gives you total assurance about the quality and content of the courses.

2. Teachers, materials and programs offered

Ask about the teachers, materials and programs offered. It is vital to have an idea about the people who are going to teach you and what kind of focus the program has. Of course, make sure that the focus is in line with your interests.

3. Course’s curriculum

Check the course’s curriculum and make sure that it covers all the major skill areas: reading, listening, writing, speaking and grammar (as a transverse point). If you are a beginner, look for a course that has a conversational focus. This will give faster results as you gain the skills you need to continue your practice in everyday settings outside of the classroom.

4. Cultural complement

Following point number three, it is important that the course offers a cultural complement as well. There is nothing more helpful than the real life-immersion that a course can give you. In addition to being extremely effective, this will also make your classes a lot more fun.

5. Number of students per course

Check the number of students per course. Depending on your learning style, your time, and the learning rhythm you look for, larger or smaller classes may be better. Of course, programs that offer personalized classes are ideal. That way, your teacher can focus more deeply on your weaknesses and at the same time teach material related to your interests.

6. Do you feel comfortable?

Lastly, make sure you feel comfortable and confident about the school you choose, and that you find it fun! If you don’t like the course, you can always look elsewhere or seek out private tutoring as an alternative. Make sure you answer these 6 questions before you end up inscribed in a lengthy course that you find boring.

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For every Spanish learner, to master the accent and the language’s highly regional vocabulary, it is essential to immerse themselves to achieve fluency. But there are so many amazing countries to choose from, how do you pick where to study?

Colombia is a fantastic place to learn Spanish, and here are the top 3 reasons why:

1. The accent and culture

The Colombian Spanish accent is well recognized as being both neutral and very natural at the same time. For a foreign Spanish learner, accent and word use is essential in order to achieve good pronunciation, and the Colombian accent makes it easier to understand others and be understood as you are learning. Specifically, the Bogota accent is considered to be one of the best examples of spoken Spanish in the world, and the cultural variety provides an excellent backdrop for practicing the language in new and exciting environments.

2. Availability of learning institutions

Colombia has a culture of high-quality education. Colombia’s capital Bogota is called the “Athens of South America”, named for its huge number of educational institutions and high student population. In Colombia you will have access to high quality learning available through university programs, Spanish schools and institutes, and a massive population of highly educated teachers and tutors.

3. Learning Spanish in Colombia is extremely affordable

And as the Colombian Peso continues to fall vs. the Dollar and Euro, it is becoming even more so. Whether you prefer a formal classroom setting in a university or private tutoring, you can find prices ranging from $10-$30 per class hour.

So remember, when you ask: Where should I learn Spanish? The answer is Colombia.