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Learning a new language should not be limited only to textbooks and homework, and we at Alegre Spanish Schools give you some ideas so that you can practice your Spanish in your day-to-day life.

Practice reading in Spanish

Change the language of your devices

Consider switching your phone, computer, tablet, Facebook profile, and whatever else you can, to the Spanish language. This is an easy way to practice Spanish, as you will see a lot of the context you always use, in the language you are trying to learn, and you will associate it faster.

For example, every time you look at your phone, you will see the date in Spanish, thus reinforcing the days of the week and the months of the year. Facebook will often ask you if you like to add friends, in this way you will know the verb add in English and its equivalent to Spanish.

Seeing some of the same words repeated constantly will help you become more familiar with the language.

Searches in Spanish

How many times a day do you Google something you needed to find? If you do a search, for example, on Wikipedia, use the Spanish version so that you can see the information offered in this version before you switch to the one shown in the English version. The same with any search you do, try to enter the Spanish versions and see how much you can understand.

Read newspapers in Spanish

In many cities you can find newspapers for free, and you can also find them on the internet. If you want to travel to Mexico or a Latin American country, visit a news site such as El Universal, Jornada, Reforma, etc., and read the information that is detailed there, this can help you practice your understanding of the language, as well as pronunciation. . In addition to practicing, you inform yourself about what is happening in the place you want to travel.

Read a book in Spanish

We recommend starting with youth reading or novels written by Latino authors that are popular and do not contain complex vocabulary. Or you can also start with poetry, which, despite being a bit complex, is short.

Another option you can do is buy a translated book, like the ones that exist for novels in English such as Harry Potter, the da Vinci code, etc. With these you will be able to compare the writing and the uses of different words.

Learn with games in Spanish

Since your game is set up in Spanish, many of the games in your store will appear in Spanish as well. Trivia games will help you to be faster to practice Spanish, since many of these are based on answering before the established time.

If you’re looking to go to one of the cities with the most cultural impact in south America, you should visit Colombia, a place where the people and the traditions are a real discovery. So, to take a note of the 10 best things to do in Colombia:

Land in Bogota

Land in Bogota, one of the most elevated capitals of the world (3,000 meters above the sea!) and get surprised by La Candelaria, it’s historical earth, full of colorful houses, street art and colonial buildings.

Beautiful places close to Bogota

Do you have time to pry close to Bogota? Go to the Catedral de Sal de Zipaquirá. It’s a chapel constructed inside a salt mine and it have the title of “architectural jewel of modernity”. There are tours that go from Bogota and you can get there by bus too.

Cocora Valley

The Cocora Valley is one of the most beautiful trekking places in Colombia. It’s true that walking by this place it’s hard, but is spectacular. One of the most principal attractive of the zone are the palm forest. The 10 km travel goes for truly amazing landscapes. At the end of the route you can visit the restaurant Donde Juan B and eat a delicious garlic trout.

Coffee Axis

The Cocora Valley its on the Coffee Axis. We recommend you to spend at least 3 or 4 days in this zone, here you can get to know deeper the coffee culture, one of the UNESCO World Heritage. If you want to know more about the Coffee Axis, we invite to stay alert to our posts.

Colonial towns

There are colonial colorful towns all over Colombia. If you like the rural tourism and “snorkeling” into the past of the country you should include these on your schedule. Like Villa de Leviya, one of the prettiest places in Colombia that surprises for his Plaza Mayor, one of the biggest in all America. Or Barichara, a town built into rocks where there’s a legend about a farmer and the Holy Virgin. We can’t let pass towns like Jardin, Santa Fe de Antioquia, Boyacá, Salento, Filandia, etc.

Finally you can visit Cartagena de Indias, the most marvelous place in Colombia. The most touristic place in Colombia. Here you can fall in love with the neighborhood of Getsemani, the ambient in la Plaza Trinidad, the lemonades with coconut, the food, the skyscrapers from Bocagrande, etc.

If you want to know more about the touristic places that you can find in Colombia, check out our posts and while you’re here, you can practice your Spanish in alegre spanish schools.

Still don’t know the Cancun beaches, here you can have some tips to start preparing your journey in this Quintana Roo paradise.

Is there a better plan to end the year than scape some days to the pretty Cancun beaches? If you still don’t know this paradise located in the Mexican Caribbean, but you are decided to go in your next vacations, take note of this advices and start planning an unforgettable escape.

Weather in Cancun

If you are looking for a warm destiny and with a lot of sun, Cancun it’s an ideal place. It’s weather is tempered and it rounds the 77°F and the 86°F in all year. In the season of rains, June-October, the temperature reduces significatively and there are more storms and hurricanes. The best months to travel with the best weather are from November to May.

We suggest you to check the weather before you go to Cancun, so you will know what kind of clothes you will pack. Obviously don’t forget your batsuit, sandals, cotton clothes and a pair of sunglasses.

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Archeological zones in Cancun

Cancun is not just synonym of paradise beaches, but history. Around the city you will find places that still remain from the past centuries. If you have a curious spirit, we recommend you to go out and explore.

Take advantage of your journey to Cancun and discover the archeological zones more important in Mexico: Chichen Itza. This enigmatic and impressive place its located by 3 hours on highway and 1 in a plane, there are direct flies from Cancun. If you prefer travel by highways, you can rent a car or go in a bus. The tour will take you almost all day buy you will not regret it.

Also you can go in an excursion to Tulum, there you will find Mayan ruins close to the side of beach that will let you marveled. Its to an hour and a half from Cancun.

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Aquatic activities in Cancun

One of the advantages when you travel to Cancun is that you can make a countless activity underwater, like snorkeling, diving or swimming with dolphins.

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Transport in Cancun

When you arrived to Cancun, you have many options of transport, one of them is the taxis and they define the fees depending the zone that you want to go. We advised you to get a deal with the taxi driver to avoid surprises. Remember that those taxis that you can take out of the hotel or restaurant are a little more expensive. If you are looking for more cheaper options, there are buses that can take you to the most touristic places by less money.

Another good options its to rent a car, it will be easier to move from place to place and its very recommendable if you are traveling with kids or a group of friends.

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Nightlife in Cancun

One of the reasons that many people around Mexico and abroad visit Cancun is for his nightlife. Here the party never ends and there’s a lot of restaurants, pubs, and discotheques with a lot of concepts to satisfy every taste.

Most of the discotheques opens at 22 hours, and the fee it’s more or less 50 USD, it includes free drinks all night. The most popular it’s The City Cancún (the biggest in Latin America) and the classics like Coco Bongo, Bulldog, Dady’O and Mandala.

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Gastronomy in Cancun

If you enjoy the food more than party, then we recommend you to explore the Mayan gastronomy. Taste the Tikin Xic, a marinated fish with a dressing of achiote and oranges. Delight your palate with typical cochinita pibil, the panuchos, ceviche and fish tacos.

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Shopping in Cancun

Many travelers enjoy collect handicrafts from the places that visit. If ypu are one of them, you have to visit the Mercado 28, the Mercado de Artesanía Coral Negro, the Mercado La Fiesta or the Casa del Arte Popular Mexicano. In these places you will find objects and souvenirs of all kind elaborated with the artisan hands of the people from Quintana Roo.

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Another thing that you can do its practice your spanish skills with the locals, and if you want to improve your spanish, check our services in alegrespanishschools, you can find a lot of spanish courses for your level and get a certification.