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Beginner Spanish Listening Practice – Lesson 3 Numbers Posted by on Nov 30, 2016

In this Spanish lesson we will practice understanding basic numbers in Spanish. As usual, first we will review some relevant grammar and vocabulary and then see if you can follow a short listening.     This lesson is part of a Spanish course that practices the grammar and vocabulary first introduced in my beginner Spanish…

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Music and Poetry: Leonard Cohen and Federico García Lorca Posted by on Nov 28, 2016

This year has seen the departure of yet another great poet, writer and musician: Mr Leonard Cohen (Québec, 1934 – San Francisco, 2016) was probably the most well known Canadian author still in active in his 80s. He had always declared himself a devout fan of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, and many of Cohen’s…

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English Spanish Vocabulary – Electricity Electricidad Posted by on Nov 22, 2016

Build your repertoire of Spanish words little by little by tuning in to these biweekly posts on English-Spanish vocabulary. You will find lots of really useful words on essential everyday topics, complete with audio mp3 recordings to help you with the Spanish pronunciation. Enjoy! Today we are going to practice useful Spanish vocabulary related to…

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How to rent an apartment in Latin America and Spain (2) Posted by on Nov 21, 2016

This Monday we discussed how to rent an apartment in Spanish. We learnt Spanish vocabulary related to the process of renting an apartment in America. Now we will see the differences with European Spanish. To begin with, we talk about ” un piso” and not “un apartamento”, very much like the UK-US difference between “flat”…

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Beginner Spanish Listening Practice – Lesson 2 Introductions (Part 2) Posted by on Nov 15, 2016

In this Spanish lesson we will continue practicing understanding simple everyday introductions in Spanish. This lesson continues the theme begun in the previous lesson in this course Introductions (Part 1), but this time in a formal situation. Again, first we will review some relevant grammar and vocabulary and then see if you can follow a…

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How to rent an apartment in Latin America and Spain (1) Posted by on Nov 14, 2016

A huge part of growing up is related to being able to move out of your parents’ house. One of the options is renting out an apartment (or flat). You surely know how to do this in English, but what happens if you plan on moving to a Spanish-speaking country? Is alquilar the same as rentar?…

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5 Authors of the Latin American Boom to Add to Your Spanish Reading List Posted by on Nov 10, 2016

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Latin America is one of the most socially, economically, and culturally dynamic regions of the world as we plunge deeper into the 21st century, one of the things that makes Spanish one of the definite ‘it’ languages of today. To improve your Spanish language skills while learning about the culture and recent history of the…

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