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» by April 30th, 2008 at 9:29 pm » Comments (0)

Desafiar is to challenge. It can also mean to stand up to. In English we see these as two different sides of the same conflict. One person challenges and the other one stands up to the challenge.


» by April 29th, 2008 at 8:50 pm » Comments (0)

Aula is a classroom. Also the words salón and clase are used. But clase is used more to mean the people, not the classroom. On the university level aula is used to mean a hall, as in a lecture hall.


» by April 27th, 2008 at 9:21 pm » Comments (1)

Sangre, as you probably know, is blood. It is the noun form. The verb is sangrar, to bleed. Bleeding, the gerund, is sangrando. And the adjective bloody is sangriento.


» by April 25th, 2008 at 10:23 pm » Comments (0)

Walking through an office supply store today I ran into a section of estuches para discos. Just looking at them, I knew what they were, but certainly the word estuche was a new one for me. Estuche is a case. I was looking at CD cases at the store today.

Aún / Aun

» by April 24th, 2008 at 10:20 pm » Comments (0)

Aún (with the accent) means still. If it is used in a negative sentence it means yet. For example: Aún estamos aquí is We are still here. But Aún no fueron is They have not left yet. However, aun (without the accent) is even. Therefore the example of Aun cuando fueron is Even though they […]


» by April 23rd, 2008 at 4:11 pm » Comments (0)

Can you guess what adivinar means? That’s right. Adivinar means to guess. Conjetura is a conjecture. And suponer is to suppose.


» by April 22nd, 2008 at 9:39 pm » Comments (0)

Repente means a burst (of speed) or a fit (as in going wild). Most commonly this word is used in the phrase “de repente,” which means suddenly. I had thought the term de repente meant maybe or perhaps, but since I have been in Mexico I have heard it used to mean immediately or all […]

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