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. I’ll be brief but please humor me for a moment in order to understand what I’m talking about and see if this is for you or not:... Read more
Ok, I’m going to start a list of YouTube channels that teach Spanish. This list will be continually updated and maintained (as it will need to be in order to remain current and useful) in the same vein as my list of websites where you can watch Spanish videos... 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
So I just started watching Ocho Apellidos Catalanes and I’m immediately running into words and phrases I don’t know. I’ve been learning Spanish for something like 9 years now. “What, don’t you speak Spanish yet?” No one ever really... Read more
This is a simple technique I developed on my own as part of the Telenovela Method years ago and I’ve just never gotten around to writing about it because it never occurred to me how much trouble most people have learning to pronounce certain parts of foreign... Read more
Ask a local. No, not for a language exchange. Ask a local for a place to post a request for one. You want a bulletin-board/classifieds type setup run by either the city or a local university. In particular, look for where local university students (and just people... Read more
I finally got the 2nd edition of my book published (was supposed to happen last fall, turns out self-publishing was a lot more complicated than I thought it was going to be). A lot of you had asked if a print version of the first edition was available, so that was... Read more
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