Archive for the 'The Spanish You Already Know' Category

Jun 13 2004

Bad Habits of Americans Attempting to Speak Spanish

“No hable español señor.” It is “No hablo español, señor,” not hable when referring to oneself. It is the same for comprendo(e). Placing the ‘e’ at the end of both words makes the subject incorrect . Mispronounced, it refers to the other person. Also, it is muchas gracias not muchos. It is wrong to say […]

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Jun 12 2004

Very Basic Spanish Terms that Americans Know

hola (hello), ¿Cómo está? (How are you?), bien (well), gracias (thank you), mucho (much), muchas gracias (many thanks), buenos días (good morning), buenas noches (good evening), comprendo(e) (I/You understand), dónde (where), baños (bathroooms), calle (street), restaurante (restaurant), cerveza (beer), por favor (Please), sí (Yes), no, señor (Mr.), señora (Mrs.) and señorita (miss). Taco Bell Terms: […]

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Jun 11 2004

Common Geographical Terms

Arizona, Boca Raton, Alcatraz, El Camino Real, El Dorado, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Tierra del Fuego, Baja, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Ventura, Las Vegas, Mesa Verde, Montana, Florida, Nevada, Puerto Rico, San Antonio, (José, Francisco, etc.), Mesa Verde, Buena Vista, and Sierra Madres. Texas Cities: Amarillo, Del Rio, El Campo, El Paso, Port Lavaca, Victoria, Cuero, San […]

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Jun 10 2004

Words that have crept into use in American English

barrio (neighborhood), bronco, cabellero (gentleman), dama (lady), casa(ita) (house/little house), coyote, cantina, hacienda (ranch), chicano(a), corral, gorila (gorilla), incomunicado (incommunicado), junta (meeting), contra (against), loco(a) (crazy), machete, machismo (male chauvinism), macho (male, tough), matador (killer, bullfighter), toro (bull), nada (nothing), número uno (number one), padre (father), madre (mother), peso, político (political, politician), pronto (soon), pueblo […]

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Jun 09 2004

Some Popular Phrases from Movies and Music

arriba (up), ándale (let’s go) adelante (go ahead), Casablanca, Feliz Navidad (Merry Christmas), Qué será, será. (Whatever will be will be.), Rio Bravo, una paloma blanca (a white dove), Vaya con Dios. (God be with you.), amigo (friend), ¿Qué pasa? (What’s up?), gringo (Yankee), hombre (man), compadre (friend), Hasta la vista. (See you later.), La […]

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