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Archive for April, 2009

Wedding Anniversaries in Spanish Posted by on Apr 27, 2009

Here you have a list of the traditional materials for wedding anniversary presents. This list has the materials for the first fifteen years of marriage, then for every five years until the 60th anniversary, and next for the 75th. Pay attention to the ordinal numbers in Spanish! 1º primero – el papel (paper) 2º segundo…

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Another ‘cuando’… Posted by on Apr 23, 2009

The most common word for ‘when’ is ‘cuando’, but you can also use the contraction ‘al’ (a + el) to indicate when something happens. Check out some examples: Hay error al enviar los mensajes por Outlook. – There is an error when you send messages using Outlook. Al enterarse de lo que había sucedido, se…

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The suffix -ado/-ada Posted by on Apr 20, 2009

The suffix –ado/-ada can mean “-ful” or “-load”. So, a “cucharada” is a “spoonful (cuchara = spoon). Let’s see some more examples. la barcada – boatload (el barco – boat) la brazada – armful (el brazo – arm); stroke (in swimming) la calderada – cauldron full (la caldera – cauldron, boiler) la camionada – truckload…

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Colombian Recipe – Ajiaco Posted by on Apr 16, 2009

Ajiaco is a potato soup from Colombia. It contains pieces of chicken, usually on the bone, large chunks of corn on the cob and two or three kinds of native potatoes, like papas criollas, sabanera and pastusa. It is seasoned with guasca, a kind of aromatic herb. Here’s a recipe for ajiaco in Spanish with…

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Latin American Idol Posted by on Apr 12, 2009

Wow, every week I just can’t wait to watch American Idol and see so many talents and of course, so many bad people singing and freaking me out! But did you know we also have American Idol in Spanish? Latin American Idol is broadcast by Sony Entertainment Television for all of Latin America. It has…

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I take it you’re taking this too seriously, so don’t take it out on me, ok? Posted by on Apr 9, 2009

You must have noticed by now that learning a foreign language is not easy job, because so many words have different uses and meanings. Let’s take a look at several verbs with multiple meanings. LLEVAR – to take/carry, take a person (somewhere), wear llevar a cabo – to carry through, accomplish llevar a los niños…

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If we took a holiday… Posted by on Apr 6, 2009

Everyone loves a holiday, but do you know how to say them in Spanish? Check out this list with American holidays and special times of the year! New Year’s Day – el día de Año Nuevo Valentine’s Day – el día de San Valentín Presidents’ Day – el día de los Presidentes St. Patrick’s Day…

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