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Venezuelan Spanish and the Plethora of Colloquialisms Posted by on Mar 18, 2019

Languages are much more than what books teach us. For example, English offers a more picturesque repertoire than just OK, no problem, or the well-known “f-word”. Similarly, Spanish—and Venezuelan Spanish in this case—has a colorful lexicon that, if used by a non-native, makes you sound more natural and closer to other speakers. In that sense,…

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Intermediate Spanish Listening Practice – Expressions of annoyance, resignation, lament and consolation Posted by on Mar 17, 2019

Review relevant Spanish grammar and vocabulary and then listen to a conversation in Spanish between two people. Practice Spanish expressions of annoyance, resignation, lament and consolation.

Survival Spanish for Traveling Posted by on Mar 13, 2019

In my travels around Latin America, I am often told “¡Hablas muy bien español!” (You speak Spanish very well). To be completely honest with you, though, mi español no es muy bueno (my Spanish isn’t very good). I just love traveling, learning about different cultures, and meeting people. This has led me to achieve a…

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Intermediate Spanish Listening Practice – Spanish Present Subjunctive in relative clauses Posted by on Mar 10, 2019

Review relevant Spanish grammar and vocabulary and then listen to a conversation in Spanish between two people. Practice the Spanish Present Subjunctive in relative clauses.

The Blooming Jacarandas in Mexico Posted by on Mar 7, 2019

Spring is here and many streets in Mexico City are already adornadas or decorated with the lovely flores de Jacaranda.  Spring and the 40 days of lent are distinctly marked by the beautiful violeta flower that blooms until Easter, until it falls and the tree turns green. How did this beautiful tree come to México…

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