Spanish

Where did the Canary Islands get their name from?

The Canary Islands are part of Spain but situated 70 miles off the coast of Africa, the closest one is Lanzarote.

There are seven main islands Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, Gomera and El Hierro.   

Just where did the Canary Islands get their name from?

 

presa canario   3 yellow canaries

The dog?                                                  Or the Canary?  read more »

Día de la Cruz, 3rd May

Día de la Cruz (day of the cross) is celebrated on the 3rd May across the Canary Islands each year.

Most towns and villages have crosses and these are completely covered with flowers in beautiful intricate patterns and they smell gorgeous too!

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Recommended Spanish Language Course - Online

Rocket Spanish

I've had a couple of people recommend Rocket Spanish to me - which is a Spanish language system, and judging by the way they were talking in Spanish with me, it must work! So I had a good look at their website.

You have to get past the cheesy American style sales pitch, but the program looks pretty good. They say you will be able to converse within 8 weeks, and they do have a money back offer.  read more »

Lanzarote Guanche Names

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If you are looking for an unusual name, these are typical Guanche names originating from Lanzarote:

Lanzarote Guanche Names (Female):

Aniagua
Dafra
Faina / Fayna
Ico
Teguise
Timanfaya
Yaiza

Lanzarote Guanche Names (Male):

Ache
Ahuago
Alby
Altaha
Asche
Atche
Atchen
Avago
Chemira
Dafra
Guanarame
Guardafía
Mahan
Mahey
Saco
Tiguafaya
Zonzamas

Spanish Playing Cards (Barajas)

Spanish Playing Cards (Barajas)

Have you ever tried to buy a pack of playing cards in Spain? They are not what you would expect to our traditional 52 card pack in the UK.

The baraja has 40 cards and have existed in spain since 1300's. The traditional Spanish deck has four suits (palos) made up of gold/coins (oros), cups (copas), swords (espadas) and clubs (bastos).  read more »

Lanzarote Books and Spanish Language Courses

We've compiled a list of books and Spanish language courses we like or have found useful, and here they are! We've put a brief description of each and if you click the picture, it will take you to Amazon, where you can buy it at a discounted price!

Best Walking Guide
David Brawn's walking book is acknowledged as the best of its kind for anyone interested in walking in Lanzarote.  read more »

Rolling your Spanish rrrrr's

The Spanish r is rolled. You need to practise this sound so that you can insert it into the word when pronouncing it as you get more fluent.

Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth with the tip tucked behind your front teeth, the tongue has to vibrate against your teeth to make the sound. To practise try saying Enrique but pronounce it Endrique the driq part of the word is your rolled r!

The r is always rolled more when at the front of a word than in the middle and a double rr needs extra emphasis and longer in length.

Now let me hear you...........RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

Christmas Spanish

Feliz Año Nuevo & Happy New Year

Feliz Navidad - Merry Christmas

Feliz Año Nuevo - Happy New Year - not to be confused with ......

Feliz Ano Nuevo - which means Happy New Anus! Make sure you say the ñ so anyo not ano when pronouncing it!


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