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Archive for August, 2011

La voz, y el instrumento: Carlos Gardel y el bandoneón. (El tango argentino II) Posted by on Aug 18, 2011

“Mi país es el tango y su capital las calles de Corrientes.” Puede parecer que me olvidé de dos elementos fundamentales al hablar del tango, pero no es así: el bandoneón, y Carlos Gardel. El bandoneón es un instrumento de viento similar a la concertina o el acordeón, que obtuvo su nombre del músico y…

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Spanish Lesson Advanced 20 Palabras que comienzan con ‘a’ tónica Posted by on Aug 17, 2011

In this advanced level Spanish lesson we will look at sustantivos starting with “a” tónica, for example: el agua, el hacha, el águila, el aula, el alma, el arma, el área, el hambre… You might think that these words are masculine, but curiously this is not the case. They are feminine words. This video lesson…

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Vídeo: Interview with Enrique Iglesias Posted by on Aug 16, 2011

Enrique Iglesias is a Spanish singer, whose father is world famous crooner Julio Iglesias.  Let’s watch a little interview with Enrique where he talks about sucess and failure. Below you will see the translated script. If you’re reading this post in your e-mail, click here to watch the video. Entrevistador: ¿Cuáles son tus mayores éxitos…

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Learning tip: Revisiting! Posted by on Aug 15, 2011

Hey, how’s it going? There’s a saying in Portuguese: a river doesn’t go through the same place twice, meaning if you go to the same place more than once the water won’t be the same, obviously. The same happens with learning. You may have enrolled in language courses once or twice and then when the…

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Canción: Imagíname sin ti, de Luis Fonsi Posted by on Aug 12, 2011

Born in Puerto Rico, Fonsi and his family later moved to Orlando, Florida, during Fonsi’s early childhood. Around the time he was ten years old, Fonsi began to dream about becoming a member of Menudo, a Latin American boy band. While not being able to pursue that dream, he did, however, join many local boy…

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“Ser y estar”, jugando con frases hechas Posted by on Aug 11, 2011

I’m sure you have studied the differences between “ser” and “estar” tons of times, but as I see there are some friends asking about them these days both in our blog and the Transparent Spanish page, I think it’s a good idea to review them, now in a particular way: we are going to see…

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Spanish Lesson Intermediate 20 Spanish verb tense “El Pretérito Imperfecto de Subjuntivo” Posted by on Aug 10, 2011

¡Hola a todos! Today we are going to see a new Spanish verb tense:“El Pretérito Imperfecto de Subjuntivo”. We will start by analysing its form and then afterwards we will see in which situations the “Pretérito Imperfecto de Subjuntivo” is used. -AR verbs: • (Yo) hablara/hablase: I spoke • (Tú) hablaras/hablases: You spoke (friendly) •…

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