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Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again! Time to start everything anew with a clean slate and a fresh look on life. Along with each new year comes the long-celebrated New Year’s Resolutions. For many people, the new year brings goals of eating better, getting in shape, or saving money. For […]

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The Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexican History and Culture

The Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexican History and Culture

Culture is something that can enrich and improve the lives of those who appreciate it. One of the biggest cultural celebrations held in Mexico is the remembrance held for the Virgin of Guadalupe, held every December 12. For many Mexican people, the Virgin of Guadalupe is regarded a cultural figure […]

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Spanish Filler Words

Spanish Filler Words

Okay, so… do you ever, like, use little filler words when you’re speaking with someone. Y’know, you just, um, say these words without even realizing it. Well, it happens so often that we, uh, just tune them out while having a conversation. Filler words are small words used in conversation […]

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15 surprising cognates that come from Spanish

15 surprising cognates that come from Spanish

Words often move from one language to another. When words sound similar between languages, they are called cognates. As languages develop and change, new words often transfer from one language to the next. Some words also get slightly distorted and become altered in their transition. English shares words with languages […]

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Learning a language in less than a year

Learning a language in less than a year

People often ask how long it really takes to learn a language. The answer really depends on the level each student is trying to achieve, as well as the tools students use to study. Some students have goals to learn basics while others want to become conversationally fluent. Even after […]

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Understanding Ya and Todavía

Understanding Ya and Todavía

Ask any native to describe the differences between ya and todavía, and you’ll get the response: because it sounds right. Sounding right is definitely something good to stick by, but understanding the concept, then using it correctly, may be a little more important. Though ya and todavía are often misused, […]

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Using Music to learn Spanish with Jesse & Joy

Using Music to learn Spanish with Jesse & Joy

Listening to Spanish music is one of our favorite ways to learn and practice Spanish. Learning through music can also be a fun way to take a break from grammar exercises and workbooks. But many people say the music is being sung too fast, or that expressions and grammar are […]

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El día de las madres – Mother’s Day

El día de las madres – Mother’s Day

This week you have likely been bombarded by emails, special promotions, and other reminders that Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. With the festive day just days away, we wanted to share a little bit of what we know about Mother’s Day in Latin countries around the world. The idea, of […]

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The verbs “to know,” in Spanish

The verbs “to know,” in Spanish

The verb “to know” in English is represented by the verbs saber and conocer in Spanish. While they both mean “to know,” they have very distinct purposes. Saber indicates “to know information” while conocer indicates “to be familiar with a person, place, or thing.” Let’s look at the present-tense of […]

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Learning Through Telenovelas

Spanish soap operas, known as telenovelas, are occasionally mocked as entertainment with crazy plots and even more absurd acting. They are also a fun way to learn and practice your Spanish. While most telenovelas are meant for native speakers, “¿Qué hora es?” is funny and made for “people who only […]

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