The Primavera English Blog
May 18, 2023
Many students study with us with the long or short term goal of taking the TOEFL or a similar test. Perhaps the most challenging part of these tests is the writing section. Why is this?...
Word of the Month: Adaptable
May 1, 2023
To be adaptable is important in order to survive in our ever-changing lives. This is true for humans, animals, and plants in ways that are both physiological and behavioral, long term and short term...
Idiom: Walking on Thin Ice
April 21, 2023
This expression describes a situation in which someone is doing something risky or dangerous that could have unpleasant or serious consequences...
Five More Minutes
April 13, 2023
Five o’clock p.m. is a close, fetid time of day, when the cobbled roads steam and the concrete walls of buildings seethe with foul hot air. I’m sitting in my classroom, trying to look perky, my hair tucked wetly behind my ears, when my student walks in...
Word of the Month: Intuition
April 1, 2023
What is that feeling deep in our gut, apart from logic and rational thought, that makes us choose a career, a job, a life partner, or even something as simple as what to buy or what to wear? What is the instinctive feeling of a mother that her child is unwell even before there is any evidence?...
Word of the Month: Strategy
March 3, 2023
The word strategy often suggests scenarios such as trying to win a game of chess or running a successful business. But it is also an important skill for many other factors of our personal lives such as getting a project done or learning a new language...
The Art of Learning
February 6, 2023
There are many ways to absorb a new language and practice the words and rules of English as you learn them. One of these ways is through creating art together. In the context of English class, I have the privilege of helping my student to discover her talents and beautiful gift for creating things...
Sensitive or Sensible?
February 1, 2023
In English, there are many words that sound similar to words in Spanish but cannot be directly translated. These words are known as false cognates or false friends. It’s important to learn these words because you could save yourself some embarrassment in the future!...
Star Gazing to Splatter Paint
January 10, 2023
The vocab for the last week had been astronomy, gaze, universe, telescope, reflect among others. Time to move on but one more class of review was needed, the final tap of the hammer on the nail. All weekend long my brain weaved in and out of various topics concerning life and the general upheaval of the world but somehow, it always returning again and again to this specific class; how can I make these words interesting so ten-year-old Felix remembers them?...