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Back in the day life was… Posted by on Sep 30, 2013

Hello, there! We know things have changed in the last century so here’s a dialogue between Facundo and Gregorio,two friends talking about what things would be like if there weren’t computers, Internet or cell phones. Facundo: ¿Consigues imaginar cómo era la vida antes de las computadoras? Gregorio: No mucho. Mi abuelo tenía una máquina de…

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Para ser más fluído en español: la lectura Posted by on Sep 27, 2013

¡Hola, mi gente! ¿Cómo les va? Un gran amigo me preguntó la semana pasada qué tipo de actividad le ayudaría a llegar a la tan famosa fluidez en español. Yo, sin pensarlo mucho, le dije: la lectura! ¿La lectura? Explícame eso mejor. Cuando leemos algo es porque elegimos leerlo. Como estudiantes adultos tenemos la libertad…

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Motivation and Learning Spanish Posted by on Sep 25, 2013

Let me tell you a little about my story of when I started to learn Spanish. I started learning Spanish in my teens, back in the 90’s, and as everything was new to me I felt I was making a lot of progress and was actually able to have a decent conversation en español. Then…

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Intermediate Spanish Review Lesson 4 El Presente de Subjuntivo with hopes and wishes Posted by on Sep 24, 2013

Hola ¿Cómo estáis? En este video vamos a practicar uno de los usos del Presente de Subjuntivo. In this video we are going to practice using El Presente de Subjuntivo – the Spanish Present Subjunctive – when expressing hopes and wishes. Answers to all tasks involved in this lesson will be given at the end…

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The Emperor’s New Clothes in Spanish Posted by on Sep 20, 2013

Hello, there! Have you read The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen? It was first published in 1837 and it’s a very interesting story. Here’s the Wikipedia Spanish description: Hace muchos años vivía un rey que era comedido en todo excepto en una cosa: se preocupaba mucho por su vestuario. Un día escuchó a…

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Animal idioms in Spanish Posted by on Sep 19, 2013

As you know, we Spanish people have an old tradition of proverbs and sayings. There are many colloquial expressions using different animal names. Today we are going to review some of them. Instead of giving you the translation, I´ll provide several definitions and you have to choose the right option according to the meaning. I´ll…

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Real Spanish Conversation: Meeting José Posted by on Sep 18, 2013

Hello, everybody! I found a very cool video of a real life conversation in Spanish. Unlike other videos, this one is spoken at a normal speed and it is a great listening practice. ¡Aprovechen! Learning tip: remember to watch the video several times and get used to the way the speakers say things. Repetition is…

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