Talking About Fall in Spanish: Vocabulary, Poems and Songs

Fall is here, so let’s look at some vocabulary that will come in handy for talking about fall in Spanish, otoño en español. Colores (Colors) One of the first things…

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Halloween and El Día de los Muertos in Spanish

To help get you in the mood for fantasmas (ghosts) and brujas (witches), let’s look at some Spanish vocabulary for Halloween and El Día de los Muertos. El Día de…

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What the heck is «ya»?

I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I told you that every Spanish student I’ve ever had has asked me –at least once– what does ya mean? They think it’s the German…

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Spanish Letters: Call Them by Their (New) Names

¿Cómo se escribe? How do you spell…? Nine years ago, the Real Academia de la Lengua Española published its latest and updated manual of Ortografía, the official conventional spelling system…

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What’s the Difference? por qué, por que, porqué and porque

You’ve seen pairs like él and el, but a quadruplet? You already know that many Spanish words come in pairs that look alike, apart from an accent mark. If these…

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The Gender of Water: El Agua y Las Aguas

  Every Spanish learner has been told over and over to always pay attention to the gender of nouns. Normally Spanish courses make things easier and list the definite article…

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Would you like some tea? Sí or si, tú or tu?

Perplexity, that’s the word that better describes my astonishment when, innocently and naively, decided to learn some Chinese and heard that different pitches of a single sound vary the meaning…

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Beware of the Silent H! Echo and Hecho

    They say that in Spanish you have to pronounce all the letters. Yes, that’s certainly true, except for the ‘h’, which –we all know– is silent. Well, it…

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Do you drink your coffee solo or sólo?

Sólo or solo? Traditionally Spanish distinguished the adverb sólo (only/just) from the adjective solo (alone) by using the accent for the adverb. So, if you wanted to say: –At breakfast…

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