Category: Spanish culture

About Spain and other parts of the world where Spanish is spoken

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Where the Spanish made cannon balls for the Siege of Gibraltar (1779-1783)

I have just had the pleasure of spending two nights in a rural hotel on the edge of Jimena de la Frontera, about an hour’s drive north from Gibraltar. Curiously enough, this building served as...

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Top 10 Spanish animal expressions

Happy New Year! (¡Feliz Año Nuevo!) Expressions in Spanish which use animal characteristics for reference often reflect their Engish counterparts, but there are some interesting differences. Check out this top 10 of expressions I...

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Plateauing in language

As an adult, when you start out learning a new language you are full of enthusiasm. Quite how long that enthusiasm will last is going to depend on many factors, including your ability to...

Alghero is in Sardinia. Mainland Spain is shown to the left

A minority language demise

I had no idea that Catalan was spoken in Italy! Normally associated with that region in north eastern Spain known to English speakers as Catalonia, the Catalan language made its way to Italy in...

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Jill Stanish reviews Speekee Accelerate

Over the last 10 years of homeschooling my 6 kids, we have tried multiple Spanish programs including computer programs, workbooks, and DVD courses. Speekee has been the most entertaining, while fostering the most interaction...

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Celebrating 10 years of Speekee!

There’s no great fanfare over here at Speekee Central but we’re quietly proud of the achievement: 10 years in operation! I still remember quite vividly the wildly creative brainstorming process in early 2006 – those reams...

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Once a Foreigner, always a Foreigner?

Chris Tarrant is a British TV presenter who first became a household name via a children’s programme called Tiswas. “Madcap mayhem” for children, on the set of Tiswas In later years he would present the...

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I, Guiri

Here in Andalusia Spring doesn’t always come early. This year, after a Winter which seemed not to exist, the weather became unsettled and cool in March, those conditions lasting until very recently. Then Wham!...

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