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    Don Emilio Jellinek-Mercedes

    Mercedes Benz logo

    Several years ago, I put together a table about Spanish automobile-related vocabulary to show how it’s very different in Mexico and Spain. My theory was that cars came to the Spanish-speaking world simultaneously to Mexico via the United States, and Spain via France, and somehow there was not enough time to assimilate the new vocabulary […] More

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    New Spanish verbs are mostly -ar

      In Spanish, one way to classify verbs is by their endings, -ar, -er, and -ir. In a few years, the -ar verbs will be the big majority. The reason is that almost every new verb that is being incorporated into the language is always -ar. Many of these verbs come from either English or […] More

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    Mission at Barnes and Noble.


    One of my friends who wrote a book asked me to go to Barnes and Noble, find his book, and take photos of it so that he could put them on his Instagram profile.  I didn’t think I was going to find it unless I went to the big one at Union Square, and I […] More

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    In Spanish, the verb sometimes comes first.

    The manual of style of some Spanish language newspapers dictates the use of a word order that is not the usual word order. Spanish sentence structure is very flexible compared to English. Latin, the parent language of Spanish, is much more flexible than its child language. English has a very rigid word order, that’s why […] More

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    The 10 Best Cities in the World in 2021, according to Condé Nast.

          Which really are the best cities in the world? Our readers voted for their favourite urban destinations – ranking them for architecture, their buzzing food scenes and smart places to stay. How many have you been to? And – do you agree with the list? — Condé Nast Traveller (@cntraveller) March […] More

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    Actually, remember this please English native speakers who are learning almost any other language, including Spanish, please watch out. Your word actual has a very different meaning in almost any other language. Spanish actual current, up-to-the-minute, happening at this time Portuguese atual current, up-to-the-minute, happening at this time French actuel current, up-to-the-minute, happening at this […] More

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    Some newspaper Spanish vocabulary.

      A few years ago, I had a Japanese student of mine who complained that in Spanish (and English) we always change the words over and over on an article to avoid repetition. He told me that for him, it seems very disorganized and that he thinks that when you chose one word, you should […] More

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    Queen’s Gambit

        The Netflix series Queen’s Gambit consists of seven episodes.  The main character, Beth, travels to chess tournaments in 4 different countries in different episodes, within the US, and later to Mexico, France, and the Soviet Union. In the episode where Beth is in Mexico, there are many minutes during which you can hear […] More

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    Really nice video of Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

        William Taudien from Sweden is a little crazy. Funny crazy. He is also a great video editor and has impressive drone skills. He has lived almost a year in Mexico and this is an example of one of his videos. Unfortunately, there is not much Spanish to listen to in this episode. (For […] More

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    Dato muy importante.

      Hoy es el día 21 del año 21 del siglo 21.   Today is the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century. Anyone free for a beer at 21:21 tonight? — 🚨 (@disclosetv) January 21, 2021 More