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Learn Spanish with Pronunciation Games

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Learning Spanish can be tough, and one of the hardest things is mastering its beautiful but unfamiliar sounds. This is not only because there are many Spanish phonemes that do not exist in English (we are looking at you, Spanish R!), but also because there are a few familiar letters that are pronounced differently than(…)


20 Mexican Slang Words and Spanish Phrases that You Need to Know

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If you’ve just arrived in Mexico and you cannot understand half of what the locals are saying, don’t start hyperventilating. You didn’t get on the wrong plane. The explanation is probably very simple: despite your efforts as a Spanish learner, you may be a bit lacking in the Mexican slang department. Knowing Mexican slang words(…)


Spanish Immersion Without Travelling: How to Achieve This

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People always say that the best thing you can do to achieve fluency in your target language is to spend a few months in a country where you will have to use it every day. However, unless you’re a digital nomad looking for your next destination, this plan may be impossible to carry out. So,(…)


7 Spanish Proverbs And What They Teach Us About Spanish-Speaking Cultures

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Phrases like “A bad workman always blames his tools” and “All that glitters is not gold” have two things in common. First, they have been consistently used across several English-speaking generations. And second, not many of us know where they come from. Now that you’ve finally decided to study Spanish, what about doing things differently(…)


Top 3 Shows You Need to See for Argentinian Slang

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Argentinian speech is not just full of unique intonation and pronunciation, but lots of slang and colloquial phrases, as well. If you ever hang out with Argentinians and do not understand half of what they are saying, even if you speak Spanish, do not feel bad; you are not alone! Instead, let us help. We(…)


Language switching

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Have you ever wondered how bilingual people can switch between languages so easily? According to new research, it seems they have separate “sound systems”. The study, at the University of Arizona, looked at 32 Spanish-English bilinguals. It tested them on some ‘rare’ words in Spanish and English, finding that if participants heard the words in(…)


Pinterest for language learning

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In case you haven’t heard of it, Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo sharing website, where you can ‘pin’ images from around the web on boards that you’ve created. You can also use it to help with your language learning. For example, you could use it to pin prompt cards, visual reminders of words, or infographics(…)


Speak up!

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I think it would be fair to say that speaking is the main problem area of my language learning attempts. Whilst I’ve had some success picking up individual words, and have decent reading skills in Spanish, speaking aloud is my big weakness. My biggest fear is getting words wrong – I dislike being incorrect. This(…)


Word talks

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You’ve probably heard of the famous TED talks. Well, TED have created a playlist of talks that have been given on various aspects of language. I particularly like Patricia Ryan’s talk, titled ‘Don’t insist on English!’. It’s all about how the focus on English may halt the spread of ideas in other languages. As we(…)