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Oda a la manzana (Listening and Reading Practice) Posted by on Apr 29, 2022

Welcome to a new blog! Today you will practice your listening and reading skills with Oda a la manzana, a poem written by the acclaimed Chilean poet at writer Pablo Neruda. This poem is part of a collection of odes Neruda wrote between 1954 and 1957. It is a reflection of the poet’s dream for…

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Alfajores de Maicena: Recipe + Listening Practice Posted by on Apr 28, 2022

Do you want to practice your cooking skills while learning Spanish? Then today’s blog is for you. Here you have the recipe of alfajores de maicena, delicious cookies filled with dulce de leche that melt in your mouth and are very popular in several countries around South America, specially in Argentina. This recipe is very…

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Five Years in Latin America Posted by on Apr 25, 2022

Do you know that old saying “El tiempo vuela cuando te estás divirtiendo” (Time flies when you’re having fun)? Well, it’s certainly true, because I just celebrated a milestone of cinco años en América Latina (five years in Latin America) and that time absolutely flew by! I always like to reflejar (reflect) in moments like…

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Frida Kahlo’s Final Years and Legacy Posted by on Apr 6, 2022

In my last post, we took a closer look at Frida Kahlo’s later years. This included moving back to Mexico and her subsequent divorce from Diego Rivera. The couple were later re-married, although they lived rather separate lives. The intersection of politics and art continued to be a theme in her later years. Unfortunately, her…

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Song: El Niágara En Bicicleta (+ Vocabulary) Posted by on Mar 30, 2022

Today’s blog post is a listening practice. Sing along this song written and performed by the Dominican cantautor (singer-songwriter) Juan Luís Guerra. If you read my post on the of rhythms Latin America, you will recognize that this song belongs in the music genre merengue. This canción (song) is very popular in the Spanish-Speaking world…

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English Spanish Parallel Texts – Reflexive Verbs (Part 2) Posted by on Mar 29, 2022

reflexive verbs (part 2)

Practice more using Spanish Reflexive Verbs with these English Spanish Parallel Texts. Read the Spanish version and do your best to understand before later checking the English translation.

Instrucciones para llorar (Reading and Listening Practice + Vocabulary) Posted by on Mar 28, 2022

To help you keep practicing your Spanish reading and listening skills, this week I introduce Instrucciones para llorar (Instructions on How to Cry) written by the Argentine writer Julio Cortázar. Instrucciones para llorar  Dejando de lado los motivos, atengámonos a la manera correcta de llorar, entendiendo por esto un llanto que no ingrese en…

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