La Candelaria- February 2 in Spain

La Candelaria- February 2 in Spain Conversa Spanish Institute

It’s no surprise that many holidays in Spain come from Christian traditions and event, and La Candelaria is no exception. This holiday actually incorporates another aspect of Spanish culture that people around the world recognize as very Spanish indeed- bullfighting. If you’re planning on being in Spain on February 2, keep this holiday in mind. […]

What Is Mindset Theory?

What is mindset theory? Conversa

Behind all of the blogs, podcasts and lessons around the power of mindset is mindset theory. According to it, people have either a growth or fixed mindset. Those with a growth mindset believe that you’re able to change and develop your abilities, while those with a fixed mindset think their abilities and intelligence aren’t able […]

Learning Strategies to Practice Spanish at Home

All throughout your time as a young student, your teachers used different learning strategies in the classroom. Different strategies work for different people, which is why your teachers may have used lots of different things! Do you remember any learning strategies that you liked? If not, don’t worry, because we’ll show you a few that […]

Long-Term Benefits of Mindfulness

Long-term benefits of mindfulness Conversa

If you’re new to mindfulness, you might have noticed some benefits right away. You might feel calmer or more focused immediately after a mindfulness exercise, but there are plenty of long-term benefits waiting for you down the road. Many researchers have looked at long-term mental health effects on mindfulness after 4 years, and we’ll show […]

The Science of Focusing

The science of focus Conversa

If you have a hard time concentrating or focusing, know that you’re not alone. Lots of people have a hard time getting in the right mindset to do a task. Even if you’re trying to work on something you enjoy, it can be hard to concentrate! Luckily, researchers have been working on the science of […]

5 Mindfulness Tips to Feel Refreshed

5 Mindfulness tips to feel refreshed Conversa.

It’s good to push yourself to reach your goals, but there’s a limit. That limit looks different for everyone, but there’s always a point where you’ve pushed yourself too far and feel burnt out. If you’ve been feeling less motivated and are looking for a way to feel refreshed, we’ll give you 5 tips to […]

Make Your Vocabulary Lessons Stick

Make Your Vocabulary Lessons Stick

Of all the thousands of words in the Spanish language, did you know that native speakers regularly only use about 18,000? That can still seem like a huge, even scary, amount of vocabulary to learn. How can someone learn all of that in a manageable way? The key is to make your vocabulary lessons stick. […]

Feeling Drained? Take a Break!

Feeling drained? Take a break Conversa

Sometimes, it’s too easy for the day to just fly by. Going to work or class, finding time to make food and eat it, trying to keep in touch with family and friends, and all of the other daily activities, can be exhausting. If we do this too many days in a row, it’s common […]

Declutter Your Space to Free Your Mind

Declutter your space and free your mind Conversa

Having books everywhere, piles of clothes and random items everywhere isn’t just distracting- it can actually make it hard to focus. If you want to free your mind, you need to declutter your space. This way, you’ll be able to pay attention and retain more of what you’re learning. Even if you think you thrive […]

Day of the Dead is Not Halloween

Day of the Dead is Not Halloween Conversa

Have you started seeing beautifully decorated altars around your town or neighborhood? Maybe in the grocery store, you noticed a section filled with brightly colored skulls and paper. Day of the Dead is coming up in just a few weeks, and although it’s around the same time as Halloween, they couldn’t be more different. We’ll […]