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Prefixes: Where Spanish and English Go Hand in Hand (Part 3) Posted by on Dec 23, 2021

Welcome to part 3 of my blog dedicated to the most common prefixes in Spanish and English. This will be the last part dedicated to these affixes, as the next one will focus on the other type of particles that share traits in English and in Spanish: the suffixes. For now, let’s say goodbye to…

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Rhetorical Figures in Spanish Literature (Part 1) Posted by on May 25, 2020

Rhetorical figures are intentional deviations from the conventional sequence of words in a literary work, whose purpose is to create a sensorial meaning or rhetorical effect. Some rhetorical figures can be associated with figurative language, as it usually encompasses a non-literal usage of words, meant to evoke a variety of emotions from readers. Rhetorical figures…

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Spanish: A Language with carácter (Part 2) Posted by on Feb 24, 2020

Welcome to the second part of this blog post, where we are delving into those special little marks that distinguish altogether Spanish from other languages. So, which other character grants la lengua de Cervantes its unique flavor? It is, of course, el acento agudo (the acute accent) and the accentuation principle. Let’s begin!   Acento…

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Spanish: A Language with carácter (Part 1) Posted by on Feb 17, 2020

The Spanish language can be distinguished by many features: the way its words are formed, its sonority, its many regional varieties… But an easier way to recognize it among most other languages is its unique set of caracteres (written characters). Let’s make one thing clear: Spanish uses the Latin alphabet as well as English and…

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The Neutral Accent in Spanish… Is it real? Posted by on Jan 27, 2020

Admit it: You probably have tried to imitate the impeccable accent you have always been hearing on soap operas or TV series coming from the Spanish-speaking world, but you may have noticed it sounds very different from the language spoken elsewhere. Well, I congratulate you for using your TV as a learning tool—it is indeed…

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Introducing myself: Spanish de un lado y del otro Posted by on Apr 9, 2015

I would like to introduce myself as I will be one of the new Spanish bloggers for Transparent Language. My name is Paula and I have been working as a freelance translator and writer since 2009. Although my university training includes English, Literary theory and Comparative literature, my passion for languages has led me to…

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La Real Academia Española de la Lengua Posted by on Oct 15, 2010

En nuestra sociedad moderna, existen organismos y estamentos para regular todo. Es comprensible, en este caso, que el lenguaje también cuente con alguna institución que vigile su comportamiento. Por ello surgió la Real Academia Española en 1713 gracias a la iniciativa de Juan Manuel Fernández Pacheco, marqués de Villena, y el apoyo de un grupo…

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