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Partes del Coche Posted by on Aug 31, 2009

I had this great teacher and friend, Mariza Ribeiro, and she taught me a very valuable lesson. Learn a bit about everything, vocabulary-wise. So today we’re going to learn a bit about parts of the car. Check them out! Acelerador – gas pedal Asiento – seat Cambio de marchas – gear shift Embrague – clutch…

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Prepositions and Art Posted by on Aug 27, 2009

Let’s practice our prepositions with a little bit of art. Using this Van gogh’s painting from 1889, fill in the blanks with the following prepositions:   ENCIMA DE / SOBRE A LA IZQUIERDA (DE) DELANTE (DE) / ENFRENTE BAJO / DEBAJO DE A LA DERECHA (DE) DETRÁS DE DENTRO DE CERCA (DE) ARRIBA / ENCIMA…

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Describing People Posted by on Aug 20, 2009

We use the verbs ser (to be), tener (to have) and llevar (here, to wear) to describe what people look like in Spanish. Take a look at these examples: Es alto (tall), bajo (short), feo (ugly), guapo (handsome), delgado (thin), gordo (fat), tonto (stupid), inteligente (intelligent), simpático (friendly), rubio (blond), pelirrojo (red-haired). Tiene los ojos…

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¡Adivinanzas! Posted by on Aug 17, 2009

Let’s play a bit! What’s the answer to these guessing games? 1. Antonio se preguntaba que si el hijo de Pedro era el padre de su hijo, ¿qué era él de Pedro? 2. Carlos estaba mirando un retrato y alguien le preguntó: “¿De quién es esa fotografia?”; a lo que él contestó: “Ni hermanos ni…

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El acento ortográfico en español Posted by on Aug 13, 2009

Let’s review the use of accents in Spanish words, en español. 1 – Palabras esdrújulas – Son las que tienen como sílaba tónica la antepenúltima (la tercera contando desde el final de la palabra). Ejemplos: pájaro, fábrica, bolígrafo, plátano, música, hispánico … Llevan acento (´) TODAS las esdrújulas: cáscara, índice, plástico, séptimo, física 2 –…

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Currencies in Spanish-speaking Countries Posted by on Aug 10, 2009

Here are some currencies in Spanish-speaking countries. Check them out! Balboa – Panamá Bolívar – Venezuela Colón costarricense – Costa Rica Colón salvadoreño – El Salvador Guaraní – Uruguay Lempira – Honduras Oro Córdoba – Nicaragua Euro – España Peso argentino – Argentina Peso boliviano – Bolivia Peso chileno – Chile Peso colombiano – Colombia…

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Mini Quiz Posted by on Aug 7, 2009

OK, let’s see how much you know about the Spanish language itself. Take this little quiz and find out. 1 – Spanish and Castillian are: a) the same language; b) two very different languages; c) two very similar languages. 2 – Spanish is spoken as a first language in: a) only in Spain and America…

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