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Ordinal Numbers in Spanish

Topics: Learning Spanish

Published: Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Cardinal numbers in Spanish are fairly straightforward until you get into the billions, whereas ordinal numbers – first, second, third, etc. – get complicated way before then, and are certainly more complex than they are in English . . .

What Keeps Me in Mexico? The Enchanting City of Puebla

Topics: Living

Published: Monday, May 18, 2015

Puebla Cathedral

By Rebecca Smith Hurd

When I arrived in Puebla in August 2007 to study Spanish, I’d planned to stay for four months. Four years later, I’m still here, happily, with no plans to leave anytime soon. I recently traded-in my tourist visa for an immigrant one and even started consulting for the state . . .

When the Lights Go Out

Topics: Climate and Environment | Living

Published: Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Local power cuts are a regular feature in Mexico, especially during dramatic thunderstorms. If you travel to Mexico on vacation, you’re unlikely to notice it as most large hotels and resorts have power back-up systems in place; however, if you plan to live and work or retire in Mexico, you’ll come to know that localized power cuts are part-and-parcel of the living landscape here . . .

Insuring Your Property in Mexico

Topics: Living | Real Estate

Published: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Property Protection

Property ownership in Mexico carries all of the same responsibilities of property ownership elsewhere, and protecting your valuable physical assets against unforeseen events is an essential consideration as you formulate your annual budget . . .

Cinco De Mayo in Mexico

Topics: Culture & History | Festivals and Events

Published: Monday, May 4, 2015

Mexican Flag

It had been mentioned that Mexico’s May 5 holiday – Cinco de Mayo – is more celebrated among Mexicans in the U.S. than it is in Mexico, and that nobody really seems to know why . . .

Bring This With You When Yo Go

Topics: Learning Spanish

Published: Friday, May 1, 2015


Teachers of English frequently find themselves explaining the difference between “bring” and “take,” and when to use one and when the other. The Spanish verbs “traer” (bring), and “llevar” (take), are applied almost in the same way. That is, traer is mostly used when the action is toward the place where the speaker is, and llevar when the action is away from the current location . . .

Property Near Beaches in Mexico

Topics: Real Estate

Published: Sunday, April 26, 2015

Beach Property

It IS possible for foreigners to own property in Mexico — even by the beach. However, regardless of whether you are Mexican or not, you cannot own the beach

Mexico’s Rainy Season

Topics: Climate and Environment

Published: Saturday, April 25, 2015

Rain Storm

Mexico’s rainy season runs (generally) from May to September each year; sometimes spilling into October. Although some travelers try to avoid visits this time of year, the choice may be unfounded as there are several advantages to visiting Mexico in the rainy season.

U.S. Medicare in Mexico

Topics: Health Care

Published: Friday, April 17, 2015

Medical Appointment

We recently received this question from one of our readers:

“I have repeatedly heard that Mexico is a country where Medicare is accepted. If so, it would be the only place outside of the States. Once and for all, is this true or just one more expatriate legend?” . . .

Mexico’s Tipping Culture

Topics: Markets and Trade | Money

Published: Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mexican Coins

Tipping is woven into the fabric of Mexican social culture. The tipping ritual is so commonplace that it is also plays a significant role in Mexico’s informal, cash-driven economy . . .