BackgroundAs some of you know, I spent the better part of last year in South America. The main purpose was to acquaint myself with some of the South American dialects of Spanish as the majority of my readers are Americans and Americans overwhelmingly are interested... Read more
Español en 3000 is a podcast specifically for people learning Spanish. The name comes from the fact that they focus on the 3000 most commonly used words in Spanish, which they claim encompass 94% of spoken Spanish (that’s probably about right I’d say). ... Read more
This one isn’t as common as the others, but it’s still used in certain areas and is featured here mainly because I think it’s funny and interesting. “Su merced” literally means “your mercy”, sort of the Spanish equivalent of... Read more
It literally means “at the order” but translates to something more like “at your service”, it’s what servers in restaurants or people selling things on the street say to let you know they’re ready to receive your order. I suspect... Read more
Instead it’s a very polite way of saying “I’m sorry”, frequently heard from service workers like waiters when something goes wrong for the customer. I’ve had a waiter say it when I dropped my own money and he picked it up for me, just... Read more
Soft “j”, that’s how. Colombians pronounce the double-L and y as a soft j sound, like the j in “jay”, e.g. “llegar” = “jay-gar”, “yo” = “joe”, etc. This is in contrast with the traditional... Read more
This is actually an excerpt from a longer article I’m currently in the process of writing (should be out in a few weeks, when it is I’ll edit this) about Spanish pronouns. It’s just a brief guide to the form of address used in each country (regional... Read more
This is what a lot of people are looking for but they either don’t know it or don’t know how to describe it: Spanish-language videos that are interesting/entertaining, intended for native speakers (that is, these videos are not over-simplified for... Read more
Let's learn some travel Spanish together. "El avión se ha demorado cuatro veces" - "the plane has been delayed four times" - "the plane is two hours late" - "sonofabitch" - "hijueputa"/"joder" (Iberian") A post shared by Andrew Tracey (@andrewhasacamera) on Feb 22,... Read more
A recent conversation with a subscriber to my email list, Michael Rosenthal, led to him sending me a document that I think the rest of you will find useful. It’s a list of what Anthony Lauder calls “conversational connectors”. Anthony runs the site... Read more
Ok, I’m going to start a list of YouTube Spanish lessons I recommend, that is to say YouTube channels that teach Spanish and, in my opinion, do a good job of it. This list will be continually updated and maintained (as it will need to be in order to remain... Read more
1. En pelotas This literally means “in balls” (hence the photo) per the modern definition of “pelota”, but that’s not what it refers to at all (it’s not using the modern definition of “pelota”). Contrary to what many... Read more
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