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» by December 7th, 2007 at 11:01 pm » Comments (0)

The verb gustar is most commonly associated with the word like. It would be used in most places that we use the word like in English. However, it is not a grammatical equivalent, which is why English speakers have such a hard time knowing how to use gustar. But if you think of gustar as […]

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 […]


» 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 […]

¿Te parece?

» by October 20th, 2007 at 7:59 pm » Comments (3)

The words say “it appears to you” but when asked as a question, it means “do you like it?” I think it could be translated, “how does it appear to you?” It seems to always be used when asking someone if they like what they see. When we were house hunting for some friends I […]

Cada tercer día

» by October 16th, 2007 at 6:27 pm » Comments (0)

Cada tercer día is an expression that means every other day. Literally translated it means every third day which would be every other day.

Dar de alta

» by October 6th, 2007 at 10:54 pm » Comments (2)

This week we had a friend who’s father went into the hospital. After he had recovered they were going to darle de alta. Though I had heard the phrase before, it still confused me as to what exactly it meant. Today we were visiting a friend who was telling about her short stay in the […]