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Gentilicios de España Posted by on Jul 31, 2009

Here are some gentilicios (demonyms: name of the inhabitants of a country, state or city) from Spain. They are used very frequently, and they it is not always easy to figure out what the city of origin is. Check them out! Salmantino, de Salamanca. Vallisoletano, de Valladolid. Vizcaíno, de Vizcaya Riojano, de La Rioja Jiennense…

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Let’s Travel Part II Posted by on Jul 27, 2009

Today we’ll have the second part of the vocabulary list for traveling. Check it out! La moto – motorcycle El muelle – pier, quay, wharf La parada – (bus) stop El pasajero – passenger El pasillo – corridor, aisle El paso a nivel (en Méx. el paso a desnivel) – grade crossing La pensión –…

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Let’s Travel Part I Posted by on Jul 24, 2009

Most of us like to travel and it gives us a great opportunity to get to know people, places and cultures. So today here’s the first part of the traveling vocabulary. This time I’ve included the articles so you can also learn the gender of each word. La aduana – customs El aeropuerto – airport…

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Pedro Navaja Posted by on Jul 20, 2009

Remember that song, Mack the Knife, the 1958 classic performed by Bobby Darin? Well, Panamanian singer/songwriter Rubén Blades wrote one of his greatest hits, Pedro Navaja, based on Mack the Knife. It talks about a neighborhood thug who appears to die during a robbery (his song “Sorpresas” continues the story). Here’s some vocabulary so you…

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Arithmetic Terms in Spanish Posted by on Jul 17, 2009

Here are some useful arithmetic vocabulary terms in Spanish: Tres más dos son cinco. (Three plus two is five.) Cinco menos tres son dos. (Five minus three is two.) Tres por cuatro son doce. (Three times four is twelve.) Doce (dividido) entre cuatro son tres. (Twelve divided by four is three.) Doce dividido por cuatro…

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Education System in Spain Posted by on Jul 14, 2009

Each country has its own education system. Here’s how Spain’s educational system works, en español. Educación infantil: que comprende hasta los seis años de edad, es la primera etapa del sistema educativo, de carácter no obligatorio. Está dividida en dos ciclos, el primero hasta los 3 años de edad y de los 3 a los…

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Juego: Las Profesiones Posted by on Jul 3, 2009

Today we’re going to play a game! I’ll give you guys a list of 25 occupations, in Spanish, and what each one of them does. Try and match the occupations to the activities. Profesor Ingeniero Electricista Fontanero Carpintero Mecánico Dependiente Taxista Administrativo / secretario Arquitecto Bombero Albañil Farmacéutico Peluquero Veterinario Médico Abogado Carnicero Camarero Cartero…

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