Thursday December 5, 2013
Usually, it is fairly easy to see the connection in meaning between words that share the same stem but have different prefixes. For example, both predecir (to predict) and contradecir (contradict) have to do with saying something, and both convivir and pervivir (to live longer than expected) have to do with living.
But what's the connection between percibir (to perceive) and recibir (to receive)? Read More...
Tuesday December 3, 2013
The h isn't the only silent letter of Spanish — sometimes the initial letter in words of Greek origin such as psicología or gnóstico is also silent.
And in some regions, that's not all. In Spanish, it is common for the consonants to be softer than they are in English, and sometimes they can become so silent as to be unnoticeable. Such is the case with the s and, as one Spanish student learned, even the g.
Sunday December 1, 2013
is one of those handy words to learn, since it is used frequently, especially in spoken Spanish, to express agreement
or to add emphasis. Do you want to learn more? ¿Claro que sí!
Friday November 29, 2013
can be handy words for showing the relationship among the various words in a sentence. But there are only so many of them — so it is very common in Spanish (and English, for that matter) to use what are known as prepositional phrases
, two or more words that act together like a single-word preposition. For example, in the sentence "Estamos fuera de nuestro país
" ("We are outside of our country"), "fuera de
" (as well as its translation, "outside of") is a prepositional phrase.