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.

Writing and reviewing recipes can help Spanish learners in a lot of areas: food related vocabulary, giving and following instructions, idioms etc.

The following recipe is for “Ají colombiano”, one of the most versatile a delicious hot sauce you will find in Colombia. This spicy condiment can go on everything: from empanadas to soups and it’s served in almost every Colombian restaurant.

Ingredients

1-2 chili peppers, seeded and finely minced (habanero or jalapeño)
2 green onions (white part only), finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tomato, peeled, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation

Put vinegar, water and pepper in a blender for 2 minutes.
Place all the remaining ingredients in a bowl and stir to mix.
Add the vinegar and peppers mix and mix well.
Enjoy!

Spanish version

Ingredientes

1-2 chiles, sin semillas, finamente picados
2 cebollas verdes (parte blanca únicamente), finamente picada
1 cebolla pequeña, finamente picada
1 tomate, pelado, y finamente picado
1/2 taza de vinagra blanco
1/4 taza de agua
1/2 taza de cilantro, finamente picado
1/2 cucharadita de sal

Preparación

Ponga el vinagre, el agua y el chile en una licuadora por 2 minutos
En un recipiente, mezcle bien los demás ingredientes
Añada la mezcla de vinagre y chiles y mezcle bien.
Disfrute!

We recently posted on our Facebook page about Palindromes. We think is such an interesting topic that we would like to talk a little bit more about it.

Memorizing palindromes in the language you are studying is a great way to increase your vocabulary and your understanding of the grammar. And for those who like to play word games, palindromes can be fun to play with in either Spanish or English.

A Palindrome is a word, phrase or sequence which reads the same in both directions. Words or sentences that use the same letters both backward and forward; spaces and capitalization don’t count, and neither do accent marks.

One of the most famous palindrome phrases in English is “Madam, I’m Adam.”

In Spanish, the word is “palíndromo” and probably one of the most popular phrases is “Dábale arroz a la zorra el Abad”. A rough English translation could be “The abbot gave rice to the vixen”

How to pronounce “Palíndromo”?

“Dábale arroz a la zorra el Abad” pronunciation

Here is a list of palindrome words and phrases in Spanish

  • Amada dama
  • Amor a Roma
  • Ana lava lana
  • ¿Somos o no somos?
  • Yo soy

Can you think of any other palindrome in Spanish?

There are many types of palindromes from many fields including math, language arts, history, music, poetry and biology.

A palindromic number or numeral palindrome is a number that remains the same when its digits are reversed, like 1646. In Spanish it’s called “Capicúa”
Finally, to put you in the mood for palindromes in Spanish, here is “Anina”, an animation movie from Uruguay who introduces us to the world of “capicúas”. Enjoy!