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Fuel Shortage in Mexico Posted by on Jan 31, 2019

People in Mexico began 2019 with an unexpected challenge: fuel shortages. Gas stations around the country were suddenly short on the gasolina that people needed. For a country that is highly dependent on personal cars, the desabasto or shortage meant people couldn’t get to work. What caused this shortage of gas? How did the government deal with…

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One country, two presidents: an uncertain future ahead for Venezuela Posted by on Jan 28, 2019

Venezuela is going through the harshest political, social, and economic crisis of its history. The once rich nación petrolera (oil country) is now drowning in a deep ocean of misfortune and uncertainty. The current situation dates back to 1999, when Hugo Chávez took power and implemented the so-called socialismo del siglo XXI (21st-century socialism) in…

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Intermediate Spanish Listening Practice – El Futuro Perfecto Posted by on Jan 27, 2019

Review relevant Spanish grammar and vocabulary and then listen to a conversation in Spanish between two people. Practice using El Futuro Perfecto, the Spanish Future Perfect grammar tense.

Top Spanish Songs of 2018 (Part Two) Posted by on Jan 23, 2019

Most Popular Spanish Songs of 2018

We’re taking a look at the top Spanish songs of 2018 here to kick off the New Year. If you missed it, go back and check out Part One for five of the most popular songs en español from last year. Get your notepad out, put your dancing shoes on, and let’s listen to another handful…

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Intermediate Spanish Listening Practice – El Presente de Subjuntivo – Hopes and wishes Posted by on Jan 21, 2019

Review relevant Spanish grammar and vocabulary and then listen to a conversation in Spanish between two people. Pactice expressing hopes and wishes with El Presente de Subjuntivo.

Unexpected word meanings for a Venezuelan in Argentina Posted by on Jan 21, 2019

Living in Buenos Aires since 2018 has made me aware of the little, funny differences between the Spanish variants you’ll find in the Americas today. Even if it may be on a tiny scale, words have a significant impact in my day-to-day life as a foreigner on the south shore of the Río de la…

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Roma and Mexico’s Very Own Alfonso Cuarón Posted by on Jan 17, 2019

Who has not heard about Netflix’s latest movie Roma? There has been so much talk of the movie and of its director Alfonso Cuarón, of the awards received and of the great movie it is. I recently saw the movie and was taken back by the story as much as by the amazing photography involved. Every shot…

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