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Short story: The Wonderful Reel Posted by on Jul 31, 2012

Hi, everybody! Today is July 31st so let’s welcome August with a very interesting short story, it’s called La Bobina Maravillosa (The Wonderful Reel). It talks about how we want things to happen fast in our lives and also how we may miss out on great things by not paying attention to details. Some words…

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Spanish Lesson Intermediate 37 Popular Spanish idioms and proverbs Posted by on Jul 31, 2012

Hola ¿Cómo estáis? Hoy vamos a ver unos modismos y refranes populares españoles. Today we will see some commonly used Spanish idioms and proverbs. I very much hope that you enjoy gaining a closer insight into these interesting aspects of the Spanish language. An “Idiom” is a group of words with a meaning that is…

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Humor: Tenía dos guaguas Posted by on Jul 29, 2012

Some words have different meanings in Spanish and this is the case with the word guagua. In Cuba a guagua is a bus and in Chile it refers to a small baby. Read the following text: Una joven cubana que vivía en los Estados Unidos quería casarse a todo costo. En una fiesta conoció a…

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Ajoblanco, a cold Andalusian soup Posted by on Jul 28, 2012

Con el calor este verano, siempre es agradable comer un plato refrescante. El ajo blanco es una sopa fría típica de Málaga, aunque se hace también en otras zonas de Andalucía. Se hace con almendras, miga de pan y ajo. Vamos a ver qué ingredientes necesitamos para prepararlo: 150 g de almendras 100 g de…

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Tío Pepe, un vino español Posted by on Jul 26, 2012

If you ever come to Spain, you will see different images decorating the landscape. One of them is the figure of a wine bottle, with a red hat and bolero jacket, and a Spanish guitar: the image of “Tio Pepe”. We could also see it in the mythical kilometre 0 till recently. Tio Pepe was…

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Spanish Lesson Beginner 37 Spanish adjectives used with Ser and Estar Posted by on Jul 24, 2012

Hola ¿Qué tal? In this beginner level Spanish video lesson we will look at the way that some Spanish adjectives mean completely different things depending on whether they are used with the Spanish verbs Ser or Estar. The Spanish adjective “Listo”, for example, means “Clever” when used with Ser and “Ready” when used with Estar…

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How to use punctuation signs in Spanish (II) Posted by on Jul 18, 2012

¡Hola! ¿Cómo les va? Today let’s learn how to use more punctiation signs in Spanish. 1. El punto y coma (the semicolon) El punto y coma is used: a. Before mas, pero, aunque, sin embargo and no obstante in very long sentences. “Al oír esto, los flamencos, llenos de miedo porque estaban descubiertos, quisieron voltar…

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