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How to speak the Spanish language of love

The Spanish language is one of the most romantic in the world. here's our St Valentine's Day guide to speaking the language of love!

How to speak the Spanish language of love
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Whether you want to learn a few new words and improve your vocabulary or your trying to win the love of your Spanish sweetheart, here we give you some great phrases to help you navigate the dating scene in Spanish.

Spanish phrases when you meet someone

 

When you meet someone for the first time whether online or in person: Here are some useful words/expressions to suggest your interest in them.

  • Me gusta tu perfil

        I like your profile (if you meeting the person online)

 

  • Tienes una sonrisa bonita:

        You have a beautiful smile 

 

  • ¡Qué ojos más bonitos tienes!

        You have beautiful eyes

 

  • ¿Tienes algún hobby?:

        What are your hobbies?

Spanish phrases to ask someone out

So, you've started chatting and you are interested and you are ready to make a move but: How do you ask them out? Here are some lines you can use:

  • ¿Qué haces el viernes?

        What are you doing on Friday?

 

  • Estrenan una película este fin de semana. ¿Quieres venir?

       There is a new film coming out this weekend. Do you want to come?

 

  • ¿Te gustaría quedar?

       Would you like to meet up sometime?

 

  • ¿Vamos a tomar algo?

     Shall we go for a drink?

 

  • Conozco un sitio genial para comer…

     I know a really nice place to eat…

 

READ ALSO: Seven of the best cheesy chat up lines in Spanish

 

Spanish phrases when you're on a date

Whoop, whoop! You've made it to dating stage! Now, it's all about keeping the conversation flowing. Learn how to be 'chatty' in Spanish!

  • Cuéntame sobre tí…

       Tell me about yourself…

 

  • ¿Te apetece tomar algo?

      Would you like to get a drink?

 

  • No te preocupes, yo invito.

        Don't worry, I'll pay.

 

  • ¿Te pido algo más?

      Should I order you something else?

 

  • ¿A que te dedicas?

       What do you do for a living?

 

  • ¿Cuando volvemos a quedar?

      When are we seeing each other again?

What to say in Spanish when you like someone 

At this stage you are completely sure you like this person and your ready to let it all out! Here are some smooth phrases in Spanish:

  • ¡Me gustas mucho!

        I really fancy you (British)/ I'm really into you (American)!

 

  • Me encanta pasar tiempo contigo.

       I love spending time with you.

 

  • ¡Eres increíble!

      You're amazing!

 

  • ¿Me gustaría volver a verte?

       I would love to see you again

 

Spanish phrases when you're thinking about someone

When you miss that special one… Love is in the air!

  • No puedo parar de pensar en tí.

        I can't stop thinking of you.

 

  • Te echo de menos.

        I miss you.

 

  • Estuve pensando en tí.

        I've been thinking of you.

How to lay on the romance if you're already with someone

Want to whisper sweet nothings to your partner and impress them with your Spanish? Here are some seriously smooth phrases:

  • Te quiero

         I love you.

TIP: In Latin America te amo is used more widely but in Spain it sounds quite cheesy!

  • Eres lo más bonito que tengo.

       You are the most precious thing I have.

 

  • ¡Eres preciosa/o!

      You're beautiful!

 

  • ¡Qué bien te queda …!

     That really suits you!  

For example: ¡Qué bien te queda ese vestido! That dress looks really good on you!

 

  • ¿Qué tal fue el día, amor?

      How was your day, honey?

 

  • ¡Haría cualquier cosa por tí!

      I'd do anything for you

 

So there you have it! All the Spanish you need to make Valentine's Day the most romantic day of the year.

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This word of the day has been contributed by LAE Madrid, the leading Spanish academy in Madrid. Accredited by the Insitituto Cervantes, it offers Spanish courses for all levels and also has Spanish classes for kids and families.

 

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New rules and laws: Everything that changes in Spain in July 2021

As the month of July kicks off in Spain, we take a close look at all the important changes that come with it, from vaccines to entry requirements, new VAT charges, car devices and more.

New rules and laws: Everything that changes in Spain in July 2021
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Delta variant expected to become dominant in Spain 

Spanish researchers and public health officials believe the Delta variant of coronavirus, first identified in India, will become the dominant Covid-19 strain in Spain over the course of July.

On June 24th, the Delta variant accounted for four percent of the cases detected in Spain, three points more than the previous week.

In Catalonia, at least 20 percent of new cases are due to the Delta variant, the region’s health official Josep Maria Argimon told reporters at a press conference on June 17th, adding that it would be “predominant” in two to four weeks.

The Health Ministry has so far only officially recorded 62 cases of the Delta variant in Spain, but several regions have reported many more cases than this. Galicia has reported 25 Delta variant infections, while Castilla y León are investigating 83 possible cases. 

The variant has also been found in Andalusia, the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, the Valencian Community, Extremadura, Murcia, Navarra, La Rioja, Ceuta and Melilla.

READ MORE: How much is the Delta variant spreading in Spain?

Vaccines for thirty-somethings

In July, Spain’s vaccination campaign will focus largely on getting people in the 30 to 39 age group their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Many Spanish regions have already started inoculating those aged 35 to 39 towards the end of June, whilst Madrid has decided it will start allowing thirty somethings to book their vaccine appointments in July.

Administering second doses to those in their forties, fifties and sixties will also be a priority, especially for the latter group as only around 30 percent of the 60 to 69 age group have completed their vaccination treatment (roughly half that of people in their fifties). 

That’s in large part because the AstraZeneca vaccine has been reserved for this group and delivery delays and side-effect investigations have hampered its distribution. As a result, Spain’s Health Ministry has brought forward their second dose by two weeks. 

As of June 29th, 16 million people (35 percent of the population) have received their full vaccination treatment and more than half of the population (52 percent, 24.7 million people) have at least one dose.

To read all the latest vaccine news from Spain, visit The Local Spain’s Covid-19 section

Photo: Pau Barrena/AFP

New travel entry requirements 

July 1st marks the start of the requirement for British travellers to Spain to show proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR test.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez made the announcement on Monday June 28th with regards only to the Balearic Islands, but it has been widely reported that the requirement will apply to travel to all Spanish regions, to be confirmed in an official government bulletin on Tuesday. 

Conversely, Spain added the United States to the list of third countries that are exempt from presenting negative tests or vaccination certificates, meaning American travellers will able to visit Spain more easily during the month of July. 

To read all the latest travel news and information relating to Spain, visit The Local’s travel section

EU digital Covid pass launches

Still on the topic of travel, this digital ‘travel pass’ should make things a little easier if you’re venturing out of the country. 

The EU’s Digital Covid Certificate, as it’s officially known, launches across the bloc on July 1st, although Spain’s regions have made it available to their residents in June. 

In theory, people travelling from Spain to another EU/EEA country will be able to use their vaccination, testing or recovery certificates to get a QR code which allows for quicker and hassle-free travel in Europe. 

READ ALSO:

How to get a Digital Covid Certificate for travel from Spain to the EU

New VAT rules for imported goods

Imported goods with a value of €22 or less used to be exempt from tax, but this condition will be scrapped on July 1st across the EU. 

This means all goods arriving into Spain and other EU countries from non-EU countries will be subject to VAT, regardless of their value.

This EU-wide regulation will particularly affect businesses that import goods from outside of the bloc and people who shop online on international websites such as China’s AliExpress. 

If the goods cost more than €150 (not including transport, insurance and handling charges) you will also have to pay customs duty.

If businesses don’t register with the The Import One-Stop Shop (IOSS), the VAT will be paid by the customer when importing the goods into the EU. 

Postal or courier companies may charge the customer an additional clearance fee to collect this VAT and carry out the necessary procedures when importing the goods.

New device for cars in Spain

Back in January we reported how the warning triangles drivers in Spain have to carry in their cars in case of a breakdown are being phased out and replaced with these new emergency lights.

As of July 1st, drivers in Spain can use these DGT-approved V-16 emergency lights (luces de emergencia) instead of the warning triangles, although it won’t be obligatory to do so until 2026. 

Photo: Osram

VAT drop for electricity

The Spanish government’s bill to reduce the VAT on electricity from 21 to 10 percent in light of opposition to historically high rates comes into effect on July 1st.  

Last month we also reported how Spain’s main electricity access rates, the regulation costs of electricity which customers pay for, will no longer be frozen as they have been since 2018. 

The changes to the electricity rates means it has become more expensive to use electricity in the first part of the day from 10am – 2pm and in the evenings from 6pm – 10pm from Monday to Friday. The average times are between 8am – 10am, 2pm – 6pm and 10pm – midnight. 

READ ALSO: Spain’s new electricity rates for 2021 -the tricks to help you save up to €300 a year

July kicks off with a heatwave 

As is customary during the summer, July will bring suffocating heat to mainland Spain, with the mercury expected to hit 35 C in many areas. 

It hasn’t been a particularly scorching month of June in Spain but July is forecast to start with temperatures between 5 and 10 degrees higher than normal from Friday, the first heatwave of the year. 

That means that in parts of Andalusia and Murcia the temperature in the first weekend of July could be above 40 C. 

Photo: Jaime Reina/AFP

Ten single-use plastics officially banned

As of July 3rd, changes to the Packaging Act will come into force. 

Manufacturers will not be allowed to produce food and beverage containers made of Styrofoam from July. Furthermore cutlery, cosmetic cotton swabs, balloon sticks, stirrers, plates, bowls and drinking straws will also no longer be made from plastic.

If retailers and restaurants have remaining stocks, they can continue to hand them out so that they do not end up unused in the rubbish bin.

According to the EU Commission, the products prohibited under the law represent 70 percent of the waste that pours into oceans, posing a threat to wildlife and fisheries.

Money for staycations 

Twelve autonomous communities in Spain are offering their residents – and in some cases people from other parts of Spain-  holiday vouchers worth hundreds of euros as an incentive for them to spend their summer holidays in their part of the country.

These offers are available for the month of July, so if you want to find out more click on the link below. 

TRAVEL: Which regions in Spain are paying residents to go on staycations?

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