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The Origin of Color Names in Spanish: Advance Listening Practice Posted by on Jul 28, 2022

Have you ever wondered how they came up with color names in Spanish? Find out in today’s blog! Video transcription and translation   Quizás nunca te lo habías planteado, pero el color es fascinante. You may never have thought about it, but color is fascinating.   Cómo los rayos de luz rebotan en todo y…

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Spanish Suffixes: Another Meeting Point for English and Spanish (Part 3) Posted by on Jan 28, 2022

Welcome to the third and last part of my blog about suffixes in Spanish and English, where we will be finishing our linguistic tour by exploring five more of the most common suffixes in both languages.   -idad English equivalent: -ity Usage: This suffix is used to change adjectives into nouns to describe something…

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Spanish Suffixes: Another Meeting Point for English and Spanish (Part 2) Posted by on Jan 24, 2022

In this second part of my blog dedicated to suffixes, we will check another four of the most recognizable particles shared by Spanish and English. It must be said that, at least in the case of one of them, there are obvious differences in the way they are used that make them worthy of careful…

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Spanish Suffixes: Another Meeting Point for English and Spanish (Part 1) Posted by on Dec 29, 2021

Another special kind of particles shared by English and Spanish are suffixes, used to build new words by being placed at the end of the stem of nouns, adjectives, verbs or adverbs. These affixes work in one of two ways: either by conferring gramatical information to that word with an inflectional suffix—like when adding…

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Prefixes: Where Spanish and English Go Hand in Hand (Part 1) Posted by on Nov 26, 2021

If there is an aspect where Spanish and English truly match, it is the fact that both languages make extensive use of affixes to change the meaning of established words in a logical way. Specifically in the case of prefixes, the long-standing influence of Latin and Greek has left a notable mark in our modern…

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Beginner Spanish Video Series Posted by on Oct 24, 2018

Por qué me encanta vivir en México?

Being an absolute beginner to any language is difficult. It can bit a bit overwhelming and intimidating starting from square one with a foreign language. I know from experience, having studied Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, and most recently Spanish. That’s why I partnered up with my excellent Spanish teacher in Puerto Vallarta to put together a…

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An Ode to Valparaíso Posted by on Apr 25, 2018

An Ode to Valparaíso

These days, Valparaíso is famous for its laid-back bohemian vibe and vibrant street art scene. The city has long inspired artists, including one of Chile’s most famous poets. We’ll learn a bit more and study a great Spanish poem in an ode to Valparaíso. Neruda’s Escape Pablo Neruda was a poet, diplomat, and politician and is…

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