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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 Italian Slang Words and Phrases You've Gotta Know
Do you want to learn how to speak Italian like a true native? Below, Italian teacher Liz T. shares 15 common Italian slang words and phrases to help you communicate better in Italian... In the United States, there are hundreds of slang words and phrases people use to communicate with one another. For example, phrases like "I'm beat," "chill out," and "epic fail" are commonly used in conversation. Like Americans, native Italians use slang words and phrases to quickly communicate their emoti
3 Embarrassing Mistakes New Spanish Speakers Make [With Audio!]
If you're shy about speaking Spanish, you're not alone. Even if you feel comfortable reading and writing it, speaking it can be nerve-wracking! Check out these tips from tutor Emmanuel N. to learn how to pronounce Spanish words quickly and efficiently...   As you're learning Spanish, you may notice that reading it and writing it is often the "easy" part. Many people agree that speaking Spanish is the hard part. Wondering why that is? Usually it’s because learning how to pronounce Span
5 Travel Bloggers to Inspire Your Next Trip to Spain
Dreaming of visiting Spain? It's a common bucket-list destination for any world traveler, and an even better destination if you've been learning how to speak Spanish! We've given some recommendations for Spanish-speaking countries to visit on the blog before, but if you're looking for more in-depth info, we recommend exploring the many Spanish travel bloggers documenting their adventures. Below, we've rounded up 5 of our favorites to check out. Spain for Pleasure Spain for Pleasures's tag
20 Useful German Phrases for Oktoberfest
The world’s biggest celebration of beer, Oktoberfest, is right around the corner. In a couple of days, thousands of thirsty people will travel to Germany’s capital of Munich to celebrate all things beer. Before you head off to Munich, you might want to learn some German. After all, you’re going to be mingling with locals and traveling throughout the city. Learning a few useful German phrases will not only help you get around easier, but it will also enable you to make the most of your

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