A stone throw away in Spanish

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Today you are going to learn  a new colloquial expression in Spanish: “a un tiro de piedra” or “a tiro de piedra” (a stone throw away), which means “near”, and other idioms with similar meaning. But in addition, we are going to “matar dos pájaros de un tiro”, which literal meaning is “to kill two… Continue reading

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The origins of Castilian language: The Gothic Cartulary of Cardeña

For a better knowledge of the origins of Castilian language, it is fundamental to study this old document “The Gothic cartulary of Cardeña”. Its name refers to the monastery of Cardeña where it was found, which still today is visitable. The temple is located in a village in the province of Burgos called Castrillo del Val,… Continue reading

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Fair trade of Asian products

Through the sale of Asian fair trade products in Spain, we demonstrate our commitment to a better distribution of wealth in the world, and our solidarity towards the developing countries. We sell garments for men and women, gifts, home textiles and costume jewelery. Most of them have been handcrafted with natural fibers in small workshops… Continue reading

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Football words in Spanish

The words in Spanish related to football are part of the called football jargon. Some of these terms are technical, others are colloquial and even vulgar, and foreigners are not lacking either. From this blog entry I invite everyone to expand  his vocabulary, whether you are fan of this sport or not, because football is… Continue reading

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Learning Spanish holidays

Would you like to come to Spain this summer on holidays? Of course yes! If you are learning Spanish language and thinking about improving it, this is a great opportunity to practice what you have learnt! You will have fun and speak Spanish better very quicky by immersing yourself in the extraordinary Spanish culture. Here at Origin… Continue reading

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Spanish for pilgrims in Burgos

Dear pilgrim of Saint James Way: If you speak Spanish language, but you still have some doubts or you would like to improve it, we offer private lessons. We adapt to the hours you need and teach you where you want: your hostel, a park,… in Burgos. You are free to choose the date, the number of… Continue reading

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Palabras infantiles en español

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Burgos fue reconocida como Ciudad Amiga de la Infancia en noviembre de 2012, porque cuenta con muchos servicios e instalaciones dedicadas al público infantil (en la foto superior se ven los columpios del parque de Fuentes Blancas).  Así que en nuestro blog hemos querido publicar una entrada dedicada a los niños, también llamados peques (diminutivo… Continue reading

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How to use “antes” in Spanish

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I’ll teach you how to use “antes y ahora” (before & now) taking as an example the changes that through the centuries has experienced the Way of Saint James in respect to the pilgrim’s clothes and luggage. This is an activity suitable for the A1 and A2 levels. Its objectives are two: to learn useful… Continue reading

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Do you know what does “cortar el bacalao” mean?

The literal translation of this Spanish expression is “to cut the cod“. It is used when we want to say that someone is who calls the shots. For example: Angela Merkel “corta el bacalao” in Europe. There are several theories behind the origin of this idiom: On one hand, there are people who say that in grocery stores when… Continue reading

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Study Spanish in Burgos (Spain), why?

1. History: The historical significance of Burgos is immense and even goes back to prehistory. Below I describe some of the most important events of which is protagonist: –  The famous Sierra de Atapuerca, which is located a few kilometers away, has been an important archeological site since a new human species was discovered in… Continue reading

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