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Me Explico

» by January 16th, 2008 at 11:40 pm » Comments (0)

In Spanish (or Mexico at least), you don’t ask a person if they understand you, you ask them if you are making yourself clear. To ask them if they understand is putting the blame on them if they do not. But by asking if you are explaining yourself then you place the blame on yourself […]



Sentido

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

Sentido is a word that has multiple meanings. It is the participle for sentir, to feel. It can be used in just about any way we use feel in English. It can mean a physical touch type feel, or a feeling you get when you know something is right or wrong. Such as a perception. […]



Tarde o temprano

» by January 3rd, 2008 at 6:57 pm » Comments (0)

Tarde o temprano is an idiomatic expression that means sooner or later. An example of its usage would be: Tarde o temprano los Delfines de Miami van a ganar un partido. Sooner or later the Miami Dolphins are going to win a game.



Te obsequia

» by December 26th, 2007 at 10:14 pm » Comments (0)

I saw te obsequia on an advertisement tonight and thought it was interesting. The verb is obsequiar and its meaning is similar to the English word obsequious which means to fawn over someone or be ingratiating. Obsequiar means to shower someone with attention or gifts. Te obsequia can be used idiomatically to mean it flatters […]



Por tanto

» by December 6th, 2007 at 10:31 pm » Comments (0)

At church the other day, I noticed that a couple of the verses we read started with the phrase por tanto. I couldn’t reason out the meaning to myself. I knew that tanto was much or a lot and the verses just did not make sense with this meaning. One of the verses was: Por […]



Gato

» by November 30th, 2007 at 11:45 pm » Comments (0)

Anyone who has learned some Spanish knows that gato is cat. But did you know it has other meanings? One of the strangest is that a car jack is called a gato. On certain types of jacks they look similar to a cat when arching its back. This action pushes the car up. That is […]



Churros

» by November 27th, 2007 at 11:52 pm » Comments (0)

We just got home from the state fair. Something we always eat there are called churros. They are a deep fried batter covered with sugar and cinnamon. Something like a donut. Sometimes they are shaped into circles and sometimes they are just straight like sticks. I read that they are a popular breakfast food in […]



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