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35 Spanish Slang Words and Phrases You Should Know

35 Spanish Slang Words and Phrases You Should Know

Curious about slang words in Spanish to add to your vocabulary? Check out tutor Emmanuel N.'s list here -- and also learn how they differ by country!   Every language and every country has its own usage of slang. In fact, if we’re being specific, each generation invents new slang words or will reuse words from decades ago. When trying to learn Spanish “by the book,” you may find yourself in somewhat of an awkward situation when trying to communicate with Spanish speakers in rel … Read More

35 Spanish Slang Words and Phrases You Should Know
Curious about slang words in Spanish to add to your vocabulary? Check out tutor Emmanuel N.'s list here -- and also learn how they differ by country!   Every language and every country has its own usage of slang. In fact, if we’re being specific, each generation invents new slang words or will reuse words from decades ago. When trying to learn Spanish “by the book,” you may find yourself in somewhat of an awkward situation when trying to communicate with Spanish speakers in rel
How Often Should You Practice Spanish To Really Improve?
Not sure if you're practicing Spanish enough to reach your goals? Make sure you're getting enough practice time with these tips from Spanish teacher Emmanuel N... The fastest way to learn Spanish is to practice and use the language as much as possible. Think about it, kids go to school five days a week from kindergarten to high school, and they use English constantly. They read, write, and learn new words and vocabulary. In order to learn a new language, you have to practice speaking, w
When You Translate French to English Watch Out for These 3 Things
French is one of the most beautiful of the romance languages. Spoken as the official language in 29 countries, French is the second most widely spoken mother tongue in the European Union. Learning to speak and understand any language is a process of immersion. To truly understand and be able to translate French to English  means understanding French culture and the idiosyncrasies of the language. One highly effective method for truly understanding a language beyond simply speaking it i
French Grammar Basics: When to Use Tu and Vous
Mixing up your tu's and vous? Let French tutor Carol Beth L. break it down for you... As modern-day English speakers, most of us are accustomed to using only one word for “you.” It doesn't matter if we are talking to one person, many people, old people, young people, teachers, doctors, children, or anyone else. In some languages, this is not always the case – and French is one of them. French grammar provides French-speakers with two ways to say “you”: “tu” (pronounce it almost like the English
Jam Along to JPop: 6 Fun Songs to Help You Learn Japanese
While language lessons are the best, most effective way to learn Japanese, you can learn faster and have more fun when you listen to popular Japanese music. J-Pop (Japanese pop) is great for beginning Japanese students because the songs have simple lyrics and catchy rhythms. Plus, Jpop has taken Japan, and the rest of the world by storm, so you may already be familiar with some of the most popular songs and Jpop artists. Get ready to learn Japanese vocabulary and impress your friends a

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