Spanish Lesson – Limpiando los zapatos

Next in our series of “streeter” Spanish lessons comes a nice surprise. Meet Chamorro, a fellow who shines shoes at a stand outside of a popular hotel in the district of Miraflores. The lesson today? The Spanish words for brushing, cleaning, shining, and some popular colors of shoe wax. This is a very visual lesson, […]

Spanish Lesson – La obra en construcción

High mineral prices over the past decade have meant a boom for the Peruvian economy, and new construction is everywhere! In this Spanish lesson, Juan Carlos bumps into a crew of workers doing road work, and he doesn’t pass up the opportunity to teach a hands-on lesson on tool-related vocabulary. If you enjoy these Spanish […]

Spanish Lesson – Hablemos de guerra

We produced this Spanish lesson in a battlefield site museum that commemorates the War of the Pacific (1879-1883) – a bloody conflict between Chile on one side, and Peru and Bolivia on the other. The war was fought over mineral deposits on the Pacific coast – and even though the war ended over a century […]

Spanish Lessons – ¿De dónde eres?

In last week’s Spanish lesson, we asked “What do you do?”. This week – and following in the same nosy vein – we pry even deeper and ask “Where are you from?”. ¿De dónde eres? This is a wonderful, simple structure that will give you a way to break the ice with Spanish speakers. If […]

Spanish Lessons – ¿A qué te dedicas?

 It is true in most of the world: people have a tendency to define themselves by what they do for a living. So, it only goes to follow that we are often curious about what other people do. Are they students, employed workers, or something else entirely? Our Spanish lesson this week shows you how […]

How to say “watch” and “clock” in Spanish

We hope you have “time” for this Spanish lesson. It is all about watches, and clocks, and what they are called in Spanish. Join Juan Carlos as he visits a store that sells timepieces of all types and sizes. And remember, if you would like to take a few Spanish lessons online with a private […]

Spanish Lesson – El corte de pelo

“A little off the top, but leave it long at the sides, please”. That´s right. You are getting your hair trimmed, and giving the correct instructions to the barber may mark the difference between walking out with a cool sexy look, or a haircut that dooms you to social suicide for the next 2 months. […]

Do you say “La radio” or “El radio” in Spanish?

Before we begin our Spanish video lesson, just a quick word to thank all of the people who have signed up to receive our lesson alerts by email. These lessons are non-traditional in their approach to instruction, so it is a big vote of confidence that so many of you are finding them useful.. or […]

How to ask “Where is the bathroom?” in Spanish

Our tongue in cheek look at the old the standard cliché from the Universal Traveler´s Phrase Book: ¿Dónde está el baño? Where the heck is the bathroom, indeed??!! And when you hear the instructions, don´t forget them in your haste. A mistake at this point would be costly indeed.

Spanish Lessons – El mapa y no “la mapa”

Our Spanish teachers online can help you learn to navigate the gender minefield. If you think some private classes online could help you, drop us a line at Sometimes, there is a logical reason why the word doesn’t conform with the norm (see lesson “La moto”), but other times, the exception is just that – an […]