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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
15 Funny French Phrases (And What They Really Mean)
Just like English, French has a lot of idiomatic words and phrases, and some are fairly easy to puzzle out (for example, someone who "drinks like a hole", is drinking a great deal). Others are, to put it mildly, less obvious, especially when you are learning French. Here are some of the strangest French phrases you're likely to run across in otherwise harmless conversation. 1. Coup de foudre Only in French is it a good thing to be hit by a "stroke of lightning"; it means love at first sigh
5 Most Common German Pronunciation Mistakes
Are you having trouble with your German pronunciation? Below, German teacher Tyler S. shares the five most common German pronunciation mistakes and how to avoid them... Learning how to speak proper German can be difficult. Don’t be discouraged, however, if you feel stuck and can’t figure out how to pronounce certain sounds. After all, it’s hard to articulate sounds when they don’t exist in your native language. In this article, I will walk you through the top five most common German
5 Terrific Korean Learning Apps for Beginners
Learning to speak Korean can be challenging, especially for English speakers. The language has a different alphabet, Hangul, and it contains sounds that aren't found in English. The best way to learn Korean is through private lessons with a Korean teacher, but supplemental study materials can be very beneficial for Korean-language students. Between YouTube lessons and language-learning apps, there are lots of resources available to help you learn Korean. Check out the list below for fi
Part V: Conjugating Future & Conditional Tenses in Spanish
What do you know about future and conditional tense? Spanish learners should know how to conjugate these tenses so you can talk about upcoming events! Spanish tutor Jason N. teaches you here...   Conjugation is one of the most fundamental parts of learning Spanish. As we get to this last post on conjugation, you will already have a nice base for patterns and formulas. This post is the grand finale, part V of my series about conjugating verbs in Spanish. By now, you have come a

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