3 Good Movies to practice Spanish

If you’re looking for some good Spanish movies to watch, you won’t be disappointed with the three that we are going to share with you. Watch them on a three-day weekend, one for each night, and see what you think. Romantic comedy, adventure, drama, history, and mystery are what you have in store if you get a chance to check out these films. Read on for the titles and full details.

Ocho Apellidos Vascos (Eight Basque Surnames, or “Spanish Affair”) is a 2014 Spanish romantic comedy in which Rafa, a young Andalusian man, has to do what he has never done: leave his beautiful Seville hometown, his so-called finery, his hair gel, his accent, and even his favorite Spanish soccer club (the Real Betis), to get the Basque girl that he loves. Her opposition is what sparks his interest – all the other women in his life have been too easy to get close to. She presents a challenge and he claims that he can bring her back to his native southern Spain in as little as three days. He is surprised when he finds that he must cross the cultural divide between his original homeland and her northern country! He quickly realizes that it will take a lot more to conquer her love, so he pretends to be Basque to get past her resistance. He goes so far to even adopt the first name Antxon and, off the top of his head, eight Basque last names (an act which lends to the title of the film!): Arguiñano, Igartiburu, Erentxun, Gabilondo, Urdangarín, Otegi, Zubizarreta, and Clemente. The comedic action runs throughout the movie (with accents, politics, memes, and stereotypes) till the very end – if you want to get the most out of the movie, familiarize yourself with these ahead of time. This film is one of the highest grossing in Spanish Box Office history. The director, Emilio Martínez-Lázaro, simply gave the public what they wanted: laughter. Although it is more about how the Spanish view the Basque, it ultimately provides a message of uniting with others (no matter how different they are!) through love.

Perhaps it is another type of love that differentiates the previous movie and the next. Alatriste (or “Captain Alatriste: The Spanish Musketeer”) is a 2006 film set in 17th century Spain in which Diego Alatriste serves in the Eighty Years War for the King of his country. It is based on the writings of Arturo Pérez-Reverte, that is, Las aventuras del Capitán Alatriste (The Adventures of Captain Alatriste); it artistically combines elements from each of the five books of the series it is inspired from. There is blood, sweat, and tears, along with love, loyalty, and intrigue. Torn clothes and swordfights, scars and skin, this movie depicts the rawness and vulnerability of living the troubled life of a soldier turned mercenary. For the 21st Goya Awards, it was the winner of Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, and Best Supervision of Production. For the beautiful visuals that recreate the book’s atmosphere, there isn’t much that the director, Agustín Díaz Yanes, can be questioned on, except one: the length of the film. Be prepared to sit for a little more than two hours!

There are story characters who shouldn’t feel prepared to sit beyond what they should, but they do anyways and lose themselves for it. Hable Con Ella (Talk to Her) is a 2002 Spanish film that explores the way in which emotions can overpower one’s thoughts and actions. Two men find themselves facing the silence of the women for whom they’ve become drawn towards: Benigno Martín is a nurse obsessed with his beautiful comatose patient Alicia Roncero, a ballet student, while Marco Zuluaga is a traveling writer lost in the short entertwining story between him and Lydia González – a female bullfighter whose attraction and fear pull at him, even after she becomes gored and comatose. They first meet at the private clinic in which the comatose women are being cared for, and become friends. There is beauty and sadness in the strange intimacy of the characters, and yet it gives off a mysterious realism in the coincidences and encounters at the beginning and end of the film. Pedro Almodóvar’s directing will pull you in to the story; he will have you contemplating the lives of others and the subjectiveness of love.

Listening Spanish is always a good practice. If you want to get some conversation with a Spanish native speaker, do not hesitate to ask about my classes.

How can I learn Spanish?

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Spanish is not only melodic and beautiful to hear, but also an important language nowadays, as it is one of the top 5 language spoken worldwide, 21 countries list Spanish as an official language, and it is one of the most studied languages in the world. As it is quite influential through international politics of Spain and Latin America but also media, it is accessible to learn and there are many ways disposable to anyone interested in it. Some of the learning methods that are charged for as personal lessons, instructional CDs or language courses are cognitive learning of the language structure, vocabulary and grammar. Those followed by indirect learning through books, movies, radio etc makes a perfect blend of educational and fun language acquisition.

Personal Spanish lessons

Even though it might seem that personal Spanish lessons are the most expensive way to learn a language, it is the best and the most beneficial investment.

Spanish language is a living artifact with numerous dialects that have evolved differently in different places due to history, geography and culture. That is the reason why face-to face interaction with your Spanish teacher, a native speaker of the country whose Spanish you’re interested in, is the best way to learn it. Not only you learn by listening to them, but they can also provide you with an immediate feedback by correcting your pronunciation and grammar mistakes and relating cultural contexts.

Audio CDs

Buying a language instructional CD is less expensive, but has also proven to be less effective. It is a good way to start learning, but if not accompanied by another method, it can be rather inefficient. You can’t just learn a new language by passively listening a CD and doing grammar exercises whenever you feel like. The option not to it regularly leaves the freedom to be inconsistent. Still, there are good audio CDs that focus on not only listening, but also speaking, reading and writing.

Free online courses

This is probably the most accessible way to learn Spanish. The benefits are that they are interactive and user-friendly as they contain a simple and thoughtful software devices. Not only do you learn the grammatical aspects of a language, but you also get the opportunity to be evaluated by a native speaker. Duolingo is a friendly social learning platform where learners are motivated by getting badges and awards for completing milestones. Another online course is Livemocha, where you learn a language by teaching somebody else a language. Thus, you connect to many teachers worldwide and share methods and experiences. Other famous ones are Mindsnacks and Nulu.

And of course, the unconscious way of learning a language is by such activities as listening to Spanish music, Spanish local radio and TV programs, reading Spanish books and watching movies or series in Spanish. The best thing about all these is that you learn the common, everyday colloquial language, the phrases, connotations and contexts that will most likely get you by. But those are best when accompanied by some of the previously mentioned ways, as just receiving without language production tends to be not as efficient. A combination of all these would be the best, with the possibility to interact with a native speaker.

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How to choose a good website design

Your website is one of the most important tools for succeeding in your business. With the marketing change over the past few years, consumers are given a wide variety of different platforms to choose from. Website templates, if you choose the right one, will help you achieve your website goals and attract potential customers. Indeed, it is not easy to choose when having such a vast number of them, but this post will help you focus on some key points.

Figure out the type of website you want to build

Whether you are planning a freelance writer’s blog, online clothing store, a photographic portfolio or a church website, it is surely important. Your website design depends on the type of website you’re creating. Does it require more text or images? Do you want more colors or would you rather keep it simple? Your template has to be structurally and stylistically planned.

Choose a layout that suits your needs

The structure of the information you are going to show is surely important, as you don’t want to confuse your readers into a labyrinth of clustered information, nor you want to disappoint them with lack of it. Make sure you choose a template that does not require too much redesigning, but is rather practical. This can be seen if you pay attention to how the home page and its interior pages look like. In addition, keep in mind the use of pictures, graphics, tables and text. Decide the distribution according to your needs.

Less customization for more efficiency

As you want your website to be downloaded fast, search-engine friendly and easy to be navigated, you surely do not need a lot of customization. Nowadays, customization options are exceptionally large, and it is easy for a website maker or company to fall under the influence and exaggerate in their choices. Be careful when choosing color, font, background etc and try not to be tricked by overuse of multimedia and animation as it reflects the speed of your website.

Professional Design leads to success

What is the most important it seems, is thebalance between the professional design and practical usage. Your goal is to lead the viewer into the desired direction. For that, your website should look good, be fast to download, accessible to search engines, simple to follow, web-browser friendly etc. It is not merely a template made by web designers that would suit your needs. Web designers would have to cooperate with programmers so that your website does not only look good, but it is also user-friendly.

As making a website is a hard task upon yourself only, there are many websites that offer you design templates for different prices. Some of them are for free as Wix, Moonfruit and Weebly that offer a variety of free templates, while Squarepace, Light CMS and Voog among others are known to be sleek, full of features, inexpensive and practical. However, whatever your choice is, it is quite essential that your attention is to the content you are adding rather than making it work.

What Tasks Can You Ask Your Spanish Copywriter To Do?

What does a Spanish website copywriter do?
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So, you’ve hired a Spanish copywriter. Maybe you’ve hired him to write some content for you. If you think that’s all your Spanish copywriter can help you with, be ready for a pleasant surprise. If you’ve found a great Spanish copywriter, you can ask them to help you with a number of other tasks that will improve your already existing content and help you with the development of future projects.

Below are some of the tasks that you can ask your Spanish copywriter to help you with:

Search Engine Optimization (SEO): If you’ve hired your copywriter to help with your website, then you should definitely think about asking your copywriter for advice about how to make your website SEO friendly. Usually copywriters can help make the articles and text on your website SEO friendly by including appropriate keywords and repeating them enough times so that your ratings on search engine results pages are improved. These results pages show websites based on keywords or relevance to them and also by popularity. A great copywriter can get you a larger audience by producing high-quality, interesting material for your site.

Topic Suggestions: If you need to keep up a blog with weekly posts or want to make pamphlets, brochures or booklets about your products and need some additional content, but you’re not quite sure about exactly what, your copywriter is a great person to use as a resource. They can help you brainstorm and come up with appropriate additional topics.

Improving Content: Your Spanish copywriter can help you improve your already existing content in a variety of ways. He can make the content SEO friendly, make it more persuasive, informative or more interesting and likely to catch the reader. Use it to improve your ads, blogs, pamphlets and homepage content. This can be especially useful if you want to be in control and write out your ideas, but have someone else put it together in a pretty package. It can also be useful if you’re updating your content from a few years back and want your content to be similar, but refreshed.

Proofreading: If you have some content that’s already been created and you just need someone to look it over, ask your Spanish copywriter to help. Although the person who wrote the content may be a great writer, having someone proofread will ensure there are no mistakes or errors before it goes to print. This is very important to keep a professional image.

Translating: Your Spanish copywriter may be able to help you with full translations or with turning your English outline and content guidelines into Spanish content.

Headline Creation and Advice: Headlines and titles are key for getting clients and the general public to read your articles. A great Spanish copywriter can help you improve your headlines and be sure to include effective ones for the content he creates. Good headlines and subtitles for online publishing also include SEO considerations, something your Spanish copywriter will know all about.

How to Proofread in Spanish

If you’ve written an essay in Spanish, are going to turn in another Spanish assignment, want to send a letter in Spanish or simply have a Spanish text on your hands that you’d like to proofread, there are some basic errors in Spanish to be on the look-out for. Especially for non-native Spanish speakers, there are some typical mistakes that can be caught in a good, thorough proofreading.   Although word processing programs such as Microsoft Word may help catch mistakes, some things may still slip through the cracks. Here are…

Some of the basic points you should strive to notice when proofreading in Spanish:

Ser/estar: Make sure you check through the uses of ser and estar. You might end up writing that you are boring, someone is a sad person or coldhearted instead of what you meant: that you are bored and someone was feeling sad or felt cold momentarily. Remember the rule for ser and estar. Ser is for permanent descriptions or things beyond your control, like “soy alta”, “I’m tall” and estar is for feelings and telling where someone is, for example “estoy feliz”, “I’m happy” and “Estoy en casa”, “I’m at home.”

Tener: Be sure you’re using the verb tener correctly. This can be a confusing one if you’re not a native Spanish speaker, and might slip through the cracks in your word processer’s grammar check. Be sure you keep straight a few basic uses of tener:

  • Hot and Cold- Tengo frio, voy a por un suéter
  • Age – Tengo 23 años
  • Hunger – Tengo hambre
  • Sleepy – Tengo sueño
  • Lucky – Tienes suerte

Double negatives: While these don’t work in English, they are a normal part of Spanish and you must use them to write correctly. For example “No dijo nada” (He didn’t say nothing) is correct and “No dijo algo” (He didn’t say something) sounds strange. When reading through you work, notice any negative sentences and be sure that they are constructed correctly with a double negative where appropriate.

The “there, they’re and their” of Spanish ahí, ay and hay: The Spanish language has its very own spelling difficulties just like English. In English, many struggle to use there, they’re and their correctly, whereas in Spanish many struggle to use ahí, ay and hay correctly. We’ll take a look at each to make sure you’re getting the right spelling for what you mean:

  • Ahí is a place, it´s like saying “there.” You could write for example “¿Quieres que nos sentemos ahí?
  • ¡Ay! Is an exclamation or interjection, like “¡Ay! Me quemé”
  • Hay is a verb for saying that there is or isn’t something. For example “Sí, hay huevos en el refrigerador”

Gender agreement: This is another mistake that even the most seasoned Spanish learner may have trouble with. Be sure that all the nouns have the proper gender article to go along. Don’t make the mistake of writing el silla, it’s la silla. And remember…ma ma ma masculino, so it’s el problema, el clima and el idioma. This rule doesn’t always apply, but it’s a helpful reminder that irregular gender combinations in Spanish do exist, meaning that not all nouns ending with a are feminine and not all ending with o are masculine.

So, get in there and get that editing done! And when in doubt, ask for help with the Spanish language. You can always find a native Spanish speaker to help or find a professional to hire for your most important work. Happy proofreading!

 

What is and what is not considered to be freelance working hours?

While a regular job would be more or less 8 hours per day, 5 days per week, what would a freelancer consider as working hours? One of the reasons why freelancers decide to be so, is the freedom that comes from setting their own hours. So, they can either wake up early in the morning and work until lunch, or enjoy the morning and work from lunch to evening, or work all night, or make a combination of them all and still have time for family and friends. Sounds really good, doesn’t it? But at the same time,

what is freelance working time
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when determining them. Is replying to an e-mail at 1 after midnight, searching for information online for your writing or learning how to write a particular text- working time? In order to distinguish this, we should take into consideration freelance writing for a fixed price or by the hour.

Working hours is time spent to any work that an employer permits an employee to perform. That would mean that any time the employee has spent to do work even if not instructed so or the work was done out of working hours, the employee should be paid. Thus, that would mean that a freelance writer that charges by the hour should include every time spent on research, not just the time spent on the writing itself. But then, how could an employer control that? Or even how could a freelance writer determine working time? Well, there are numerous tracking apps for freelancers. While Google Calendar helps you organize your time and to-do lists, Office Time is one of the many time-tracking applications that contains features as dashboard, spreadsheets data import and stat reports. So, you can start your freelance writing project, determine an hourly rate and generate the full invoice. Chrometa is another app that automates time tracking and records your software usage. You can therefore examine your daily reports, as well as your time spent on web surfing, Skype, coding etc. It isn’t as difficult as it seemed before, is it?

Concerning freelance writing for fixed price, it is quite easier to determine what your working time is. You get the same price as agreed no matter how much time or effort you have put into it. That is the reason why if you determine the price, you should take into account the research time you would spend on a specific topic, depending on your previous knowledge. It is rare, or almost impossible not to do research and write it all in no time. If, on the other hand, your employer suggests the fixed price paid, take it only if you think that price would be equivalent to the effort and energy put into it. Using trustworthy academic sources as google scholar among others will help you not only argument your writing, but it will also save your time.

Of course, estimating all that time spent in meeting or at phone, ordering another coffee while working from Starbucks, taking a small rest or eating your lunch is fairly difficult. Still, it all depends on your choice. That’s the beauty of the freelancing jobs, being able to decide for yourself and to recognize what can be considered working time, and what not.