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Body idioms II Posted by on Jun 30, 2008

We’re back with the second part of body idioms. This post will be totally dedicated to la cabeza (the head). Check it out! 1. ser la cabeza pensante – to be the brains. (Es la cabeza pensante de la banda. – He’s the brains of the band.) 2. tener la cabeza dura – to be…

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Chilean Spanish Posted by on Jun 26, 2008

I went to high school with two Chilean kids and one year I spent Christmas Eve with their families. I ended up learning some Chilean Spanish expressions. Here are some interesting ones: ¿Cachai? – Do you understand? Get it? Agarrar p’al hueveo/leseo/chuleteo – make fun of someone Al tiro – right away, immediately Año de…

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Grammar tip: forma reduplicativa Posted by on Jun 23, 2008

Take a look at this pair of sentences: Puedes elegir la carrera universitaria que quieras y, hagas lo que hagas, siempre te vamos a apoyar. (You can choose whatever degree you want and, whatever you do, we’ll always support you.) Pase lo que pase, tienes que estar en la oficina a las ocho. (Whatever happens…

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Expressions with TOMAR Posted by on Jun 20, 2008

Tomar is a very common verb in Spanish. Here are some uses and expressions with it. 1. to take Tomó el libro en las manos. – He took the book in his hands. El camarero no ha querido tomar la propina que le daba. – The waiter didn’t want to take the tip he was…

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The Imperative Posted by on Jun 16, 2008

The imperative mode is used to give orders, instructions, suggestions, and commands. Formal commands (using the pronouns usted and ustedes) are formed with the subjunctive form of the verb. Note that the vowel of the subjunctive ending is the reverse of that usually associated with the particular conjugation: -ar verbs have the vowel –e and…

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Word origins Posted by on Jun 13, 2008

We’re going to start a series today with word origins and history (etymology). 1. cirujano It was around 1340 that the word “cirujano” (surgeon) was registered in the Spanish language, even though  cirujano had already appeared in Siete Partidas (1251-1265) by Alfonso X el Sabio: “Y esto que diximos delos orebzes se entiende tanbien delos…

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Phone calls in Spanish Posted by on Jun 10, 2008

Today we’re going to have a look at some useful language to talk on the telephone. 1. Saying your telephone number Mi número de teléfono es el … – My phone number is … 2. Answering the phone ¿Sí? ¿Dígame? ¿Diga? ¡Aló! ¿Bueno? (Name of the company), buenos días. 3. Asking after someone – Buenos…

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