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Spanish Language December 2012 Archive

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Sung to the Tune of Auld Lang Syne

Monday December 31, 2012
If you're like many English speakers, sometime tonight or in the first hours of 2013 you'll either sing or hear the classic New Year's song Auld Lang Syne. If you ... Read More

De in Spanish More Often Than 'Of' in English

Sunday December 30, 2012
Corte de apelaciones, medidas de fuerza, costas de Brasil, canciones de amor and incendio de un avión. What do these phrases have in common? Aside from the fact that they ... Read More

Official Spanish Dictionary Added Words in 2012

Friday December 28, 2012
All languages in everyday use are changing constantly, and one of the most marked changes in Spanish in recent years has been the expansion of its vocabulary, much of that ... Read More

In the Mood

Wednesday December 26, 2012
If you're a beginning Spanish student, you learn fairly early about a verb's properties such as tense (past, present, future and variations thereof), its person (first, second or third) and ... Read More

¡Feliz Navidad a Todos!

Monday December 24, 2012
This evening and Tuesday, believers and their friends throughout the world celebrate a miracle — for Christians, Christmas marks the mortal birth of the Baby-God. Despite the secularization of the ... Read More

Launch of a Series: Real Spanish Grammar

Saturday December 22, 2012
One problem that some people face when learning a foreign language is that when they try to read (or listen to) something a bit above their knowledge level, they quickly ... Read More

Chile's No Makes Semifinal Oscars Cut

Friday December 21, 2012
One Spanish-language film, Chile's No, has made the shortlist of nine films eligible to be among the five nominated early next year for the Oscars' best foreign-language film. Even beginning Spanish ... Read More

Verbs for 'To Be'

Wednesday December 19, 2012
The differences between the two Spanish verbs for "to be," estar and ser, can be difficult to grasp for some people who are new to learning Spanish. Spanish speakers think ... Read More

Put on a Show With Mostrar

Monday December 17, 2012
Here's an interesting etymological tidbit I just discovered: Despite their vastly different meanings, there's a connection between the words "monster" and "demonstration": Both come from a Latin family of words ... Read More

Recognizing Reconocer

Saturday December 15, 2012
The Spanish verb reconocer, obviously derived from conocer, has at least three common meanings. Fortunately, they correspond fairly well common meanings of the English cognate, "recognize." In our lesson on ... Read More

Get These Meanings Down

Thursday December 13, 2012
A down pillow has nothing to do with looking down, and neither of them has anything to do with a down payment. Obviously, "down" is a word of many meanings ... Read More

Jenni Rivera, que en Paz Descanse

Tuesday December 11, 2012
Jenni Rivera, known in Spanish as la diva de la banda (the diva of banda) for her stellar performances in that style of regional Mexican music, will be remembered not ... Read More

Using Deber

Monday December 10, 2012
While the "must" in the sentence "You must study hard" is used to tell you what you should be doing, the "must" in "You must be kidding" suggests that a ... Read More

The Best of Lo Mejor

Sunday December 9, 2012
From the mailbox: After reading your explanation on the use of "it" in Spanish, I saw this expression on a Spanish-language website advertising a women's tennis tournament: Lo mejor está por llegar. I ... Read More

Comienza Esta Noche la Fiesta de Janucá

Saturday December 8, 2012
The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, begins at sundown tonight. Although it isn't the biggest event on the Jewish calendar, it nonetheless is connected ... Read More

Servir, at Your Service

Wednesday December 5, 2012
Yes, you could translate servir as "serve" most of the time and be understood. But usually this Spanish verb is used to indicate that someone or something is suitable or ... Read More

Telling Time

Sunday December 2, 2012
If you can count to 29 in Spanish, you can learn to tell time. Then if you want to sound friendly, you can learn a few time-related greetings such as ... Read More

All in the Family

Saturday December 1, 2012
As you travel around the Spanish-speaking world, chances are that you'll frequently be asked about your family. Even if you're new to Spanish, you can learn how to refer to ... Read More

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