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Los Carnavales de Oruro Posted by on Feb 28, 2014

Desde Europa hasta América, el carnaval es la gran fiesta de ritmo, color y sabor. La gran fiesta europea también se celebra en toda América Latina. Brasil es el destaque de la región, con sus diferentes formas de celebración que van desde los desfiles de las escuelas de samba, pasando por los tríos eléctricos y…

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Spanish Carnival traditions: la Mussona. Posted by on Feb 27, 2014

Vuelve el carnaval, y con él tradiciones y fiestas a cual más curiosa. Gracias a un amigo he sabido de este inquietante personaje que sale a pasear durante los carnavales de Águilas (Murcia): la Mussona. Se trata de una figura mitad humana, mitad animal, que representa tanto el lado civilizado como el lado salvaje que…

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Intermediate Spanish Review Lesson 26 Probability and possibility in the past Posted by on Feb 25, 2014

¡Hola! ¿Cómo estáis? Hoy vamos a practicar hablar sobre probabilidad y posibilidad en el pasado. Today we are going to practice how to talk about probability and possibility in the past in Spanish. Answers to all tasks involved in this lesson will be given at the end of the post and you can also follow…

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Practice The Past Tense With Songs: Me Dediqué a Perderte Posted by on Feb 23, 2014

Hey, there! I use songs in my classes all the time. Why? First, because I love music and also because music brings people together and it’s a fun way to learn. I chose a song by Mexican singer Leonel García, featuring Thalía. This song has lots of verbs in Simple Past and the Imperfect tense…

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Learning with dialogues: What do you like? Posted by on Feb 16, 2014

Hello, there! Let’s kick off this week with a sample dialogue between Ramón and Juan. [audio:https://blogs.transparent.com/spanish/files/2014/02/what-do-you-like-01.mp3] Ramón: ¿Qué te gustaría ser si no fueras webdesigner? [What would you like to be if you weren’t a webdesigner?] Juan: No lo sé. No me veo haciendo otra cosa. Aunque tal vez hubiera sido veterinario, me gustan los…

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Intermediate Spanish Review Lesson 25 How to use Spanish Indirect / Reported Speech (Part 2) Posted by on Feb 14, 2014

¡Hola! ¿Cómo estáis? Hoy vamos a practicar mas sobre El Estilo Indirecto en español. Today we are going to practice more about the Spanish Estilo Indirecto – Indirect or Reported Speech in Spanish. Answers to all tasks involved in this lesson will be given at the end of the post and you can also follow…

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Spanish false friends… Beware! Posted by on Feb 13, 2014

Learning vocabulary can be very easy (I´m sure you remember the “Similar words in English and Spanish” post) because Spanish and English have lots of cognates, words with the same etymology and similar meaning. However, it can also be confusing because in both languages there are words with similar spelling or pronunciation, but quite different…

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