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Translation Problem #003 – Don’t say “Penis”

The waiter walks over to take our order. Don’t say ‘polla,’ don’t say ‘polla,’ don’t say ‘polla’! I tell myself for the thousandth time. “Me gustaría…” I say, using the verb and tense I learned to order food with in high school Spanish. Don’t say polla, don’t say polla… “…polla asada,” I say. Dammit! Pollo means chicken, […]

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10 Best Spanish Movies

Spain is known as the country that spread the Spanish language, Christian religion, and European disregard for human rights to the Americas. But in the past decades, Spain’s additions to world culture have involved less gold hunting and more movies with compelling characters and the same five or so actors.  Whether you’re looking to improve […]

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10 Common Expressions in Spain That You Never Learned in School

1. ¡Qué guay! Meaning: How cool! (Pronouned: “Gwhy”) English has dozens of words to describe how totally kick-ass something is: Cool, sick, awesome, amazing, groovy, killer, legit, dashing, splendid. Spanish has significantly less, and you will here the word “guay” used all the time to describe anything remotely thrilling. It also means that Uruguay and Paraguay […]

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Mexican tacos from La Fruita Feliz in Austin.

How to Swear in Spain

Local profanity is key to surviving in Spain, because being able to curse in a language means mastering a language. At least that’s what my 12 year old students seem to think. Tacos Literally means: Swear words Tacos is the word for “profanity” in Spain. Swear words are also called “groserías,”  “palabrotas,” and “insultos.” Don’t ask […]

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9 Things I miss about America

1. Personal space You walk up to a street corner where people are patiently waiting to cross the street. How close do you stand to the next person? If you’re like most Americans you probably leave at least three feet between yourself and a stranger, and you’ve also probably never thought about it. I thought […]

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