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Harina, Arena

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These two words, harina and arena, give me fits. Although they look very different, their pronunciation is very close, the difference of an i and an e.

Harina is flour and arena is sand. I don’t know how many times, no matter how hard I try, I have ordered sand tortillas.

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    One thing I do to help me remember them is that a football arena (spelled like the Spanish sand) has dirt at it. Therefore arena is sand.

    The problem with this method is that we pronounce arena in English, just like you pronounce harina in Spanish.

    David on June 22nd, 2008

 

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