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» by September 16th, 2007 at 10:27 pm » Comments (0)

Monte means mount or mountain…most of the time. It can also mean woods, brush or weeds. The second meaning is most common where we live. Since there are no rises much above a few feet in the Yucatán Peninsula, people just use the word to refer to brush or weeds. My first encounter with the […]


» by September 15th, 2007 at 7:12 pm » Comments (0)

To answer a knock at the gate or a doorbell you say, “¡voy!” It means I go and is quite opposite from what we say in English–“Coming!” It has been argued that in English there is a lack of understanding of the proper usage of the words come and go (as well as bring and […]


» by September 10th, 2007 at 9:58 pm » Comments (0)

I was explaining the biblical definitions of the words mercy and grace one time to a group of young people. These were completely new words for them; therefore, they did not catch the error that I wrote on the paper I handed them. Mercy is misericordia. Grace is gracia. The problem came when I wrote […]


» by August 30th, 2007 at 9:25 am » Comments (1)

I’m sure all new Spanish speakers have had this happen to them. You don’t know what the Spanish word is for sure so you just try the English word with the Spanish pronunciation maybe add an -o to the end. Well this happened to our son, who was 5 at the time, while we were […]

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