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» by July 4th, 2008 at 9:05 pm » Comments (0)

Today we went to the playa, the beach, where there was arena. On the beach we wore our playeras, short sleeve shirts or t-shirts.


» by June 7th, 2008 at 9:47 pm » Comments (0)

Vencer has two main meanings that don’t seem at all connected. One is to defeat or conquer and the other is to expire. When vencer is used to mean defeat or overcome it is used in a straight forward manner. “Bill overcame the temptation” would become “Bill venció la tentación.” It is a transitive verb […]

Talla, tamaño, medida

» by May 28th, 2008 at 8:49 pm » Comments (0)

Talla, tamaño and medida all refer to size and what it is. Talla is used to describe how tall a person is or what size shirt or pants you wear. Tamaño is used to describe what size soda or french fries you want, large or small. Medida is the measurement of something, how long your […]

Bilingual is sometimes confusing

» by May 11th, 2008 at 8:43 pm » Comments (0)

We noticed something recently with our daughter. She watches Dora the Explorer in both English and Spanish. She occasionally will play out one of the adventures. If she is playing out a Spanish adventure she will insist on the English words be spoken in English. But, it is like she does not know the difference […]


» by May 10th, 2008 at 9:07 pm » Comments (0)

Encuesta is a survey or poll. This is a word that is hard to forget when you learn it. It sounds like an inquest.


» 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.

Elija su carril

» by February 16th, 2008 at 9:39 pm » Comments (0)

We recently made a big trip through Mexico. Along the way we saw many interesting signs that could be confusing and are nice to know about before you have to know what is going on. One sign was elija su carril. Elija is the imperative form for elegir which means to choose. Su carril is […]