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Spanish traditions: Fiestas de la Magdalena Posted by on Feb 26, 2016

¡Buenos días! Entre Carnaval y Semana Santa, la tradición católica (muy arraigada en España y muchos países latinoamericanos) celebra la Cuaresma. Durante la Cuaresma, las actividades en la iglesia se relacionan con el arrepentimiento, el recogimiento, la reflexión y el sacrificio. Sin embargo, el calendario de la Cuaresma también sirve para establecer muchas fiestas locales…

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The Many Dialects of Spanish (and What They Mean for Language Learners) Posted by on Feb 22, 2016

Ambitious language learners the world over are devoting hours and hours every week to learning Spanish, but most of them have never spared a thought for which Spanish. Last week we posted about European vs Latin American Spanish, but the differences don’t stop there. Spanish, like its distant cousin English, is a pluricentric language, meaning…

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European and Latin American Spanish (with videos!) Posted by on Feb 19, 2016

Good morning! Today we would like to talk about European Spanish (basically, from Spain) and Latin American Spanish (including 20 countries from North and South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile,Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela, in alphabetical order). Of course, differences in vocabulary between a…

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English Spanish Vocabulary – Crime Crimen Posted by on Feb 17, 2016

Today we are going to practice useful Spanish vocabulary related to Crime. Hoy vamos a practicar vocabulario español útil relacionado con Crimen.   Use the player below to listen to and repeat the pronunciation of the words in Spanish: Crime Crimen accessory – el/la cómplice acquittal – la absolución alibi – la coartada arson –…

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Spanish vocabulary: Saying I’m sorry – Cómo disculparse en español Posted by on Feb 15, 2016

Good morning! Today we are going to review how to say I’m sorry in Spanish. There’s one way for each situation, so let’s see if you already know which one to use. ¡Buenos días! Hoy vamos a repasar cómo disculparse en español. Existe una manera diferente para cada situación, así que veamos si ya sabes…

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Carnival in Latin America Posted by on Feb 4, 2016

These days we are enjoying the Carnival (Carnaval, en español) season all over the world, mainly in countries that follow the Christian tradition. Carnival comes 40 days before Easter (Pascua)and takes place during the three days before Ash Wednesday (Miércoles de ceniza). More or less all countries respect the calendar, but traditions and celebrations are…

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English Spanish Vocabulary – Sport – Deporte Posted by on Feb 3, 2016

Today we are going to practice useful Spanish vocabulary related to Sport. Hoy vamos a practicar vocabulario español útil relacionado con El deporte.   Use the player below to listen to and repeat the pronunciation of the words in Spanish: [audio:https://blogs.transparent.com/spanish/files/2016/02/Deportes-128.mp3] Sport – Deporte El fútbol: soccer El fútbol americano: American football El baloncesto/El basketball…

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