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Archive for June, 2011

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June 27th, 2011

Adding the letter -o to the end of a word does not instantly change the word from English to Spanish.  This is a common mistake made by many.  We’ve heard people do it, and probably get a laugh or two out of it.  Just be careful as it can be both disrespectful and offensive.

Here are some instances where it actually does work.  

English                               Spanish

Active                                 Activo

Passive                               Pasivo

Massive                              Masivo

Notice how -ive ending changes to -ivo ending in Spanish.  Isn’t learning Spanish fun?



by E

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June 14th, 2011

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This week’s topic boils down to manners.  Latin Americans always say ‘con permiso’ or ‘excuse me’ when leaving a group or trying to pass someone.  This is a concept not used all of the time in the US, especially in busy areas.  Many of us are in a hurry and tend to be irritated by the people that are ‘in our way’.  If we could simply slow down, allow yourself more time to get to where you are going, and pardon yourself from a group or when trying to get by someone, life would be less stressful.  You might also find that people throw garbage at you less when politely passing.  You can learn other useful phrases in these Spanish lessons.

Good Luck!


by E

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June 6th, 2011

How many times has someone asked you to tell someone ‘Hi’ for them?  Did you actually do it?  I have to admit, there are many occasions where even I have not followed through.  I tend to get wrapped up in other projects or commitments, and it slips my mind. 

I admire this about the Latin culture.  They obviously care about each other and look out for one another. 

If you are going to learn Spanish and travel to Latin America, I’d make sure to remember to say ‘Hi’ to someone if you say you are going to do it. 


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