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28 Spanish Phrases & Jokes That Don't Quite Translate

28 Spanish Phrases & Jokes That Don't Quite Translate

Have you ever tried to translate a Spanish saying, and realized it didn't quite mean the same in English? Read on as Spanish tutor Jason N. shares the meaning behind some funny Spanish phrases, sayings, and jokes so you don't get confused again!   I was exposed to my first Spanish saying back in 2009, when my Mexican host-mother told her sister that “Jason no tiene pelos en la lengua” (Jason doesn’t have hair on his tongue). When I inquired, they both laughed and explained that pe … Read More

28 Spanish Phrases & Jokes That Don't Quite Translate
Have you ever tried to translate a Spanish saying, and realized it didn't quite mean the same in English? Read on as Spanish tutor Jason N. shares the meaning behind some funny Spanish phrases, sayings, and jokes so you don't get confused again!   I was exposed to my first Spanish saying back in 2009, when my Mexican host-mother told her sister that “Jason no tiene pelos en la lengua” (Jason doesn’t have hair on his tongue). When I inquired, they both laughed and explained that pe
3 Rules to Remember When You Speak Japanese
Japanese can be difficult to learn -- there's no doubt about that. Having quick references to remind yourself of the rules is immensely helpful as you begin to learn the language. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. shows you three rules that make conversations in Japanese all the easier... Speaking Japanese is very different from learning Japanese in a textbook or classroom. When you learn to speak Japanese in a classroom, you will learn grammar rules and the polite, formal version of the la
3 Ways to Help Your Child Learn to Speak Italian
Bilingual children enjoy creative, cognitive, and cultural advantages because of their early exposure to multiple languages. Fortunately, childhood is an ideal time to learn a new language, especially when the brain is still developing. However, your child doesn't have to start taking language lessons in infancy or grow up in a multilingual household to speak Italian. You just need to stay involved in their learning process and think of creative ways to keep them engaged. If your son o
20 Easy Spanish Phrases for Striking Up a Conversation
Casual conversations with Spanish-speakers are a fun and easy way to practice your language skills! Here, Spanish tutor Joan B. shares 20 Spanish phrases that will come in handy. When you're learning Spanish, it's useful to have a few topics of conversation in mind so you can practice your conversational Spanish skills with another Spanish speaker. If and when the opportunity arises, use any of the following Spanish phrases to put all you've learned into practice! 20 Spanish Phrases for
Essential Italian Vocabulary Words for Beginners
Learning basic vocabulary words helps you build a solid language foundation. Below, Italian teacher Nadia B. shares some of the most essential Italian vocabulary words to add to your study list... Are you ready to start learning Italian? Before you dive into the more difficult lessons like grammar and writing, it's best to start with a foundation of basic Italian vocabulary words. Learning these words will give you a running start, and enable you to communicate in a simple, yet clear way

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