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Spanish traditions in St John’s night: the Galician queimada and its spell. Posted by on Jun 27, 2013

Hi all! Some days ago we welcome summer in this part of the world, and we also celebrated St John’s night (or witches’ night) burning good wishes and bad memories, washing our faces in rivers or natural springs to keep our beauty, and trying to find out our future using eggs (read more about all…

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What’s the relation between tango and lunfardo? Posted by on Jun 26, 2013

Do you know what lunfardo is? Check out this short Wikipedia intro: Lunfardo is a dialect originated and developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the lower classes in Buenos Aires and the surrounding Gran Buenos Aires,and from there spread to other cities nearby, such as Rosario and Montevideo, cities with similar…

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Beginner Spanish Review Lesson 33 Practice using Can in Spanish – El verbo Poder Posted by on Jun 25, 2013

Hola ¿Cómo estáis? Today we are going to practice another very useful Spanish verb – El verbo Poder – the verb Can. Answers to all tasks involved in this lesson will be given at the end of the post and you can also follow a link with this post to watch the original theory video…

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I Hope You Have Enjoyed Our Last Posts… Posted by on Jun 24, 2013

…because I’m going to take the headline of this post to teach you a very common Spanish verb tense: pretérito perfecto de subjuntivo. “Come on, Adir! Grammar again?” Well, my dear, when students first come in to have classes with me I tell them: first thing you gotta do is try to get your verbs…

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Breakfast, en español Posted by on Jun 21, 2013

I was not the kind of person who would have a big and hearty breakfast. Then I had to go on a diet (doctor’s orders) and I had to learn how to have breakfast and it actually changed my life. I feel a lot more energetic and active after some bread, ham, coffee or juice…

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One of our favorite places during summer… ¡Mediterraneo! Posted by on Jun 20, 2013

We are having sun, sun, sun… and where do most of us Spanish people go on sunny days? To the Mediterranean Sea! Not only for holidays, but also to spend the weekend or just the day, as in my case. It is so big the influence of this sea in our culture, that there are…

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The Past Tense in Spanish Posted by on Jun 19, 2013

Choosing between using the Pretérito Perfecto or Indefinido in Spanish may cause a little trouble for learners, so let me share some tips to help you use these tenses correctly: Sentences with Time Expressions We use the Indefinido with obvious time expressions like ayer (yesterday), anteayer (the day before yesterday), anoche (last night), la semana…

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