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Everything you Need to Know about the Auxiliar de Conversacion Program in Spain

I teach English in Spain through the auxiliares de conversación (“conversation assistants”) program, also called Language and Culture Assistants. So far it has been the most rewarding, most stressful, and easiest job I’ve ever had. Overview The Spanish Ministry of Education hires young people from the EU, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and China […]

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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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Guide to Andalusian Spanish

I overhear a Mexican family having a conversation at the airport. Having just returned from living in Seville for six months, I’m shocked by their Spanish. “Wow,” I think to myself. “There are so many sounds in those words!” “Los andaluces se comen las palabras,” is often used to explain Andalusian Spanish, or andaluz as it’s […]

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