Here's a quick test of your English vocabulary: Which English verb possibly comes from the same Indo-European root word as oír? If you know what oír means and guessed "hear," you're off to a good start.
Here's the harder question: Which English verb comes from the same Latin verb as does the Spanish verb escuchar, which means "to listen"? Don't know? Find out in our newest lesson, on using oír and escuchar.
What's the best way to translate the title of the hit song Let It Go into Spanish? Even the folks at Disney, who produced the movie Frozen that features the award-winning song, don't have a single answer.
In preparing a Spanish language soundtrack for distribution of the film in Spain and Latin America as well as U.S. Spanish-speaking audiences, Disney used two versions of the song. One, titled Suéltalo, translated "let it go" literally (you can hear it here), while another, Libre soy (here), took considerable liberties, using a title that means "I'm free."
Which translation — or perhaps the second should be called an interpretation — is better? Read More...
Habits die hard, and one of them those of us who grew up speaking English have is thinking that the "b" and the "v" are pronounced
differently. That's true enough in English — but not in Spanish! In terms of pronunciation, b and v
might as well be the same letter in Spanish. (That's one reason many native Spanish speakers get the two letters mixed up while spelling, and why a few words, such as ceviche
, are correct with either spelling.)
What can make matters mildly difficult is that the sound of b/v can vary depending on where it appears in relation to other sounds. Read More...
both mean "quality" — but their meanings are different. Our lesson on comparing two words derived from the Latin qualitas