Category Archives: Curiosidades

American Dream, el sueño del otro lado. A play by Brad Erickson.

I always suspected Brad Erickson was #gifted, not only in his study of Spanish but from his deep insights and sensibility in conversation. A man of words, who could make himself perfectly understood in Spanish. It is hard to express … Continue reading

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Different countries, different words in Spanish.

Although we share the same language with different countries, we use different words. Here is an example of words we might use differently.

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Gestures to make ourselves understood when words fail us in Spanish.

  When words fail us, we have to find ways to make ourselves understood.

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¿Qué es el lunfardo? ¡Con el nuevo Papa habrá que aprenderlo!

  El lunfardo es un argot que se originó en la segunda mitad del siglo XIX  a orillas del Río de la Plata. Es una mezcla de palabras extranjeras:  polacas, árabes, gallegas, inglesas, romanís, hebreas, quechua, mapuches, portuguesas, guaraní pero … Continue reading

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Botijo: Go for this “green” alternative for drinking water!

A botijo, búcaro, càntir, pitxell or poal in Catalan, is a traditional Spanish clay water container. When you fill it with water and let it sit in the sun, it cools the water! What could be greener than this?

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Benedetti for Valentine’s Day!

Mario Benedetti is considered one of the most important writers of the 20th century in Latin America and Spain. He was Uruguayan and was part of the Generación del ‘45. His language was simple, universal and easy to relate to. … Continue reading

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Why studying Spanish is good for your health!

According to the New York times, bilinguals are smarter! I disagree. There are a lot of people out there who speak more than one language and don’t make the smartest decisions. Yet, there are advantages to learning a language and … Continue reading

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Spanish proverbs: Wise words to live by.

When there were no self-help books, as Delfin Carbonell Basset mentions in his article “ Proverbs to guide us through the year,” people took refuge in proverbs. Proverbs were probably born out of mistakes people made repeatedly, as we still … Continue reading

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Gestures speak louder than words in any language

While Hispanics are famous for their continuous gesturing while talking, all countries have their unique gestures to communicate an opinion, an idea, a word or an insult too. People can have conversations omitting 40% of the words. If you are … Continue reading

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Love: A good reason to study Spanish.

People come to us to study Spanish for several reasons: for work, travel, because they want to understand what they are singing or dancing to, or one of the most popular: love! Many of our students have significant others who … Continue reading

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