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El Blog de Lis, en español, acerca de sus experiencias y pensamientos

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Lo que más echo de menos de Colombia

Creo que extrañamos a lo que nos acostumbramos, las personas, el clima, al humor, los hábitos,  los sabores, los olores, los amigos y desde luego a nuestros seres queridos que siempre nos acompañan y cuidan. Salir de Colombia significó un...
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Starting again in Spain

Meet Mick. Mick did what many people dream of, and left England to start a new life in Valencia, Spain. Being old friends from Valencia, we went to visit Mick and his family in their lovely country-side villa to the...
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A (very short) linguistic history of Spanish

Every language has evolved other languages, and Spanish is no exception. From its roots as a Vulgar Latin dialect in Castilla to its current status as a global language, Spanish has been heavily influenced throughout its history by many other languages. Modern-day Spanish is a fascinating reflection of a multitude cultures and histories, from ancient Greek to English (and even Hungarian!).

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Celebrating Cervantes

Forensic scientists believe they have found the tomb of Cervantes, nearly 400 years after his death. According to a BBC article, the celebrated author of Don Quixote was found buried with his wife, although they say they will have a...
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La Leyenda del Dorado

Después de visitar la exposición de oro traída de Colombia al Museo Británico, me pareció interesante describir un poco más a fondo sobre los ritos de mis aborígenes indígenas a partir de una leyenda, que ha decir verdad, no se por que le llaman leyenda si mi abuela y mis tíos lo cuentan como parte de nuestra historia real.

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How Spanish changed my life

We all have different reasons for choosing to take up the beautiful Spanish language. When we first start, we often have no idea how far we will take Spanish – but maybe the question should actually be, how far will Spanish take us? Here, I share the ways in which learning Spanish has changed my life.

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Falsos Amigos: False Spanish Cognates you should avoid like the plague

“Falsos amigos”, or literally, “false friends” (also referred to as “false cognates”), are words which sound like they mean the same thing in English as in Spanish. This is the case with true cognates, such as horrible, which does in fact mean “horrible”. However, does carpeta really mean “carpet”, and is it a good idea to say that you are “embarazada” if you feel embarrassed? Read on to find out the top “falsos” amigos that you should avoid like the plague!

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5 inspiring polyglots share their language learning secrets

In recent years, there have surfaced a number of “hyper-polyglots” – people who can speak a large number of languages – on YouTube and other social media. There are plenty of videos of these guys speaking 8 different languages in one conversation. Pretty impressive, I’m sure you’ll agree. Fortunately for us, they are also very forthcoming with their advice about how to learn languages.

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Spanish Phrases for Tourists

So you’re off to a Spanish speaking country? Lucky you! Make sure you pack some sun-cream, plenty of towels, and our guide to Spanish phrases for tourists! We’ve no idea what you’ll be doing of course, but hopefully you can find a use for our fine collection of phrases below.

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