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The pronunciation of letter “ñ” in Spanish (Intermediate Listening Practice) Posted by on Jul 29, 2022

The pronunciation of letter “ñ” in Spanish can be a little tricky for Spanish learners, especially if this sound is not present in their native language. This peculiar letter does not derive from Latin as some might think. Its origins date back to the 12th century, when monks used to copy books by hand in…

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The Origins of the Arepa (Advanced Listening Practice) Posted by on Jun 30, 2022

Arepas are a staple in Venezuelan and Colombian homes, but it has grew in people’s hearts throughout the American continent thanks to immigration. In 2014, Venezuelan arepas ranked first on the list of the 18 best breakfast around the world according to Thrillist. The arepa is not only the queen of breakfast, it is very…

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Oda a la manzana (Listening and Reading Practice) Posted by on Apr 29, 2022

Welcome to a new blog! Today you will practice your listening and reading skills with Oda a la manzana, a poem written by the acclaimed Chilean poet at writer Pablo Neruda. This poem is part of a collection of odes Neruda wrote between 1954 and 1957. It is a reflection of the poet’s dream for…

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Alfajores de Maicena: Recipe + Listening Practice Posted by on Apr 28, 2022

Do you want to practice your cooking skills while learning Spanish? Then today’s blog is for you. Here you have the recipe of alfajores de maicena, delicious cookies filled with dulce de leche that melt in your mouth and are very popular in several countries around South America, specially in Argentina. This recipe is very…

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Song: El Niágara En Bicicleta (+ Vocabulary) Posted by on Mar 30, 2022

Today’s blog post is a listening practice. Sing along this song written and performed by the Dominican cantautor (singer-songwriter) Juan Luís Guerra. If you read my post on the of rhythms Latin America, you will recognize that this song belongs in the music genre merengue. This canción (song) is very popular in the Spanish-Speaking world…

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Instrucciones para llorar (Reading and Listening Practice + Vocabulary) Posted by on Mar 28, 2022

To help you keep practicing your Spanish reading and listening skills, this week I introduce Instrucciones para llorar (Instructions on How to Cry) written by the Argentine writer Julio Cortázar. Instrucciones para llorar  Dejando de lado los motivos, atengámonos a la manera correcta de llorar, entendiendo por esto un llanto que no ingrese en…

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