10 False Cognates in Spanish

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One of the beautiful things about studying Spanish as an English-speaker is that there are many words that sound very similar in the two languages. These are called cognates. There are endless examples, but here are just a few: “Direction” -> “dirección”, “completely” -> “completamente”, “continue” -> “continuar.” Sometimes, if you don’t know a Spanish word, you can just try Spanish-izing the English version, and it’ll often work—or at least come pretty close. But sometimes, these words get tricky, and what sounds almost exactly like an English word actually means …

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Spanglish

Spanglish

What is Spanglish? You’ve probably heard of it. Much like it sounds, Spanglish is a combination of Spanish and English to create words that end up not quite belonging in either language. Spanglish is a way of speaking that takes the grammar and lexicon of Spanish and English, mixes them up and shifts them around, and creates a whole new kind of Frankenlanguage. You might think that Spanglish is something that mostly Americans are guilty of: we take an English word, throw a Spanish ending on it, and voilá! Span(gl)ish! Right? Wrong. Americans make mistakes and accidentally …

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5 Spanish Words We Don’t Have in English

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5 Spanish Words We Don’t Have In English — But Should One of the coolest things about learning another language is finding individual words that express ideas that take a whole mouthful of words in your own language. A great example is schadenfreude—the feeling of happiness or satisfaction at another person’s misfortune. So, what are some Spanish words that express ideas we don’t have a single word for in English? Empalagarse When something is way too sweet and kind of grosses you out. Seriously, why don’t we have a word …

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4 Must-Visit Places in Latin America

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4 Best Places to Visit in Latin America Are you considering a trip to South or Central America? We’ve got the shortlist of must-see destinations to visit. Whether for their nature, their culture, their history, or a combination of all three, each of these 4 places is breathtaking. 1. Machu Picchu, Peru Machu Picchu is one of the New Seven Wonders of the world. These magnificent Incan ruins sit on a peak high in the Andes Mountains. The mysterious city may have been a royal retreat, a military stronghold, or …

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