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    10 expressions that are not so easy to figure out (35)

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      10 expressions that are not so easy to figure out (35)   Expression Approximate literal translation (what you might think you actually heard) Explanation “por poder” what? By power? by proxy (legal). Italiano, per procura. se vende como pan caliente It sells like hot bread?…almost. It sells like hotcakes, pancakes estar en pañales to […] More

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    El Rey

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    El Rey, José Alfredo Jimenez.

    El Rey is a very popular mariachi song that almost every Mexican knows from memory, just like the Himno Nacional, Las Mañanitas, Las Golondrinas, or Cielito Lindo. This is Plácido Domingo’s version in Washigton, D.C.       Yo sé bien que estoy afuera Pero el día en que yo me muera Sé que tendrás […] More

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    About people’s ages

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      adolescente adolescent, teenager quiceañero, quinceañera quince = fifteen A 15 year old person (or about) veinteañero, veinteañera veinte = twenty a person in his/her 20s treintañero, treintañera treinta = thirty a person in his/her 30s cuarentón, cuarentona (fam) cuarenta = forty a person in his/her 40s cincuentón, cincuentona (fam) cincuenta = fifty a person […] More

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    10 expressions that are not so easy to figure out

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    Here are 10 common random idioms you may have trouble with if you hear them for the first time: Expression Approximate literal translation (what you might think you actually heard) Explanation camión (Mexico) a truck? camion is a truck in Italian, French, Romanian, Portuguese, Spanish, etc. in Mexico, just in Mexico,  they also call buses […] More

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    Not all cognates look like twins, like naranja and orange

    Cognates are words that have the same origin. If, in addition, these words have the same meaning, they are true cognates, but if the meanings are different then they are false cognates. Examples of true cognates are teléfono and telephone, auditorio and auditorium, obtener and obtain. Examples of false cognates are the typical example embarazada, […] More

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    El último Grito. 10 expressions that are not so easy to figure out (4)

    El Último Grito

      Here are 10 common random idioms you may have trouble with if you hear them for the first time: Expression Approximate literal translation (what you might think you actually heard) Explanation pasado mañana past tomorrow, past morning the day after tomorrow, passing tomorrow el último grito the last scream? The last shout? the last […] More

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    Automóviles

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    Mercedes Benz

      Automobile vocabulary in Spanish. Talking about cars with people from another Spanish speaking countries is sometimes a big headache. The reason is that the vocabulary for this subject changes a bit from country to country for almost every element. In México, auto part names are often Spanglish words. Here are some examples: Mexico Spain […] More

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