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Marie Ryan
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Just landed.  Hooray! You know that ticklish feeling in your stomach when you land in a country you have never visited before? Well, I had a serious case of the tickles as I landed in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. I had been extremely…

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You know when you’re just browsing through, surfing over and wandering along? Well, that was me last week when I stumbled upon, literally, an absolutely fabulous resource for Spanish language learners and I’m convinced it will help you in your Spanish…

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  My overwhelming impression of Guatemala is of a warm and welcoming people, in a diverse landscape of jungle, temples, volcanoes, lakes, small, colourful towns and warm Pacific waters. There was so much to see and do. “Guatemala” in the native Nahuatl…

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 Start your language learning preparation now. There’s always going to be something that pushes you to finally get down to do what you really want to do; speak another language. You know a friend who speaks another language fluently and you remember you…

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 Start your language learning preparation now. There’s always going to be something that pushes you to finally get down to do what you really want to do; speak another language. You know a friend who speaks another language fluently and you remember you…

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 Start your language learning preparation now. There’s always going to be something that pushes you to finally get down to do what you really want to do; speak another language. You know a friend who speaks another language fluently and you remember you…

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Sometimes Spanish can be a bit tricky, but only if it’s not following the same pattern as your native language. It really isn’t tricky at all for Spanish speaking people, so at least that has to be a bit encouraging. Imagine you are talking to two people…

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The origins of expressions and idioms are fascinating. Learn here about the 'fifth pine tree'!

If you wanted to say something was far away, many of us would have used the word for ‘far’ in Spanish, “LEJOS”.  “It’s very far away” could be beautifully rendered as ” Está muy lejos”. that would be fine and everyone would understand you. However, how…

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Strangely enough, it's not the word "GOLD" used in this Spanish expression but "BREAD". 

This a lovely expression. What could be nicer than being ‘as good as gold’?   Strangely enough, it’s not actually the word “GOLD” used in this Spanish expression but “BREAD”.  It’s clear that the Spanish expression is a little more modest using “bread”…

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I found 'vela' could mean either  a) a sail, (as in a sail on a sailing ship), or b) candle!

A lot of expressions are of maritime origin.  Many in the past have attributed this expression "Estar a dos velas" could mean "being with two sails", the association deriving from being without resources to travel, leading to the idea of having no money.
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