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Listening Comprehension: Adir Ferreira Posted by on Jan 29, 2010

Hola a todos. Voy voy a contarles un poco sobre como yo aprendí el español. He grabado un audio y espero que les guste. Como todo ejercicio auditivo no voy a incluir la transcripción entonces ¡agucen el oído! como-aprendi-espanol-adir1 �

Paraguayan singer Perla Posted by on Jan 26, 2010

I’ve already written a bit about Perla some time ago and in this post I’m going to tell you guys a very interesting experience. Know when you dream of meeting your idol for so many years then one day, boom! you finally do it! That’s what happened to me. I’ve always been a Perla’s fan…

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The meanings of the verb coger Posted by on Jan 22, 2010

Coger has many meanings in Spanish. Check them out. 1. Esta fecha me coge muy mal. (This date is not good for me.) 2. Cógete fuerte cuando te montes en la moto. (Hold tight when you get on the motorcycle.) 3. Cójanme sitio pues voy a llegar más tarde. (Save me a seat because I’m…

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Spanish idioms Posted by on Jan 19, 2010

Let’s learn some very useful and colloquial idioms. 1. no poder pegar ojo – not be able to sleep a wink 2. dormir a pierna suelta – to have a good night’s sleep Mi mujer no pudo pegar ojo a causa del ruido, pero yo dormí toda la noche a pierna suelta. (My wife couldn’t…

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Diminutives in Spanish Posted by on Jan 14, 2010

Spanish uses a lot of diminutives and the Real Academia Española has some rules to form them; check them out. 1. One-syllable words a) ending in a vowel: pie (foot) – -ececito, -ececillo, -ececico, -ecezuelo: piececito. b) ending in a consonant or y: rey (king) – -ecito, -ecillo, -ecico, -ezuelo, -achuelo, -ichuelo: reyecito. 2. Two-syllable…

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Sustantivos colectivos Posted by on Jan 11, 2010

A collective noun is a word used to define a group of elements, where those elements can be people, animals, emotions, objects, concepts, or other things. Here are some collective nouns in Spanish. Alameda: Conjunto de Álamos. (poplar grove) Alumnado: Conjunto de Alumnos. (students) Arboleda, bosque: Conjunto de Árboles. (forest) Archipiélago: Conjunto de Islas. (archipelago)…

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Adjectives and Verbs + Prepositions Posted by on Jan 7, 2010

There are some adjectives that collocate with certain prepositions. The use of prepositions oftentimes doesn’t follow a fixed or set rule so it’s best to learn them together with the word they’re used with. Listo para – ready for Preocupado con – worried about Adicto a – addicted to Conforme con – in agreement with…

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