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The first Iberian general strike Posted by on Nov 16, 2012

Hace dos días tuvimos huelga general en España, al igual que en otros países europeos  como Portugal, Italia o Grecia. Los periódicos escribieron sobre la primera huelga general ibérica, ya que ambos países de la península decidieron paralizarse por un día. La gente salió en manifestaciones en prácticamente todas las ciudades, algunos no fueron a…

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Things to do on a long weekend, en español Posted by on Nov 15, 2012

Hey, there! Today is a holiday here in Brazil, the Proclamation of the Republic, and a lot of people are going to enjoy the 4-day weekend, because most of them took tomorrow off too. So I was thinking here the types of activities people like to do during these long holidays – you guys are…

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Intermediate Spanish Lesson 42 Expressing annoyance and indignation in Spanish Posted by on Nov 13, 2012

In this intermediate Spanish lesson we will look at various ways to express annoyance and indignation in Spanish with useful structures such as Me molesta, Me fastidia, and Me alucina. We will see how to say in Spanish that something annoys you, how to say in Spanish that you are completely fed up or wound…

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How to use “hace” to mean “ago” Posted by on Nov 9, 2012

¡Hola! ¿Cómo están las cosas? I’m here in Nashua, NH, and I was talking to a Spanish friend the other day and I tried to take notes of some expressions he used when he was talking. One that caught my attention was the use of hace to mean “ago” in English so I decided to…

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Rewriting our traditional sayings: the new Spanish “refranero” Posted by on Nov 9, 2012

Do you know there is a financial crisis going on all over the world? Even more, do you know we also have a political and social crisis in Spain? I know we as a country have a lot of faults, but one of the best things of our “national character” is the sense of humor…

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How to speak Spanish fluently Posted by on Nov 8, 2012

Yes, it’s finally here: the post where I tell you exactly how to speak Spanish, or any other language, fluently. Don’t go away, you’re going to like this. I’ve been thinking about this a lot and I even visited a language institute in Boston to see how things work. On paper it is all very…

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Spanish Numbers 1 – 20 with video Posted by on Nov 8, 2012

Below is a simple table of Spanish numbers through 20, designed for students who are just getting started learning Spanish.  We’ve also included a video with voice pronunciation. Listen to it a few times, and make sure to practice saying the words out loud too; this will really help your brain retain the information! When you’re…

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