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When in Mexico, Speak Spanish

Topics: Learning Spanish | Travel Essentials

Published: Friday, January 23, 2015


If you have plans to live, work, or retire in Mexico, you will need to have at least a working knowledge of the Spanish language for day-to-day living here. While those who come on vacation can enjoy Mexico without speaking a word of Spanish, when you’re living here and doing everyday tasks like shopping at the market, paying your electricity bill, getting your car repaired, and arranging for a plumber to fix a leaking pipe, only Spanish will do . . .

Terremoto or Temblor? Well, It Depends

Topics: Learning Spanish

Published: Monday, September 1, 2014

Earthquake Illustration

Mexicans have three words for earthquake. The choice of word can depend on where the person was at the time of the quake, and under what conditions . . .

The Rise and Rise of Spanish

Topics: Learning Spanish

Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013

Soanish Language

However advanced technology becomes, language remains the prime means by which we interact with other peoples and cultures, and is the principal way in which we learn from each other. If you’re planning to move to Mexico to live, work, retire or establish a home—full or part-time—learning Spanish should be high up on your list of ‘to-do’s’. Every-day living in Mexico demands that you exercise at least a modicum of Spanish language usage and you will get much more from your experiences in Mexico being able to speak some Spanish . . .

A Saying For Every Occasion

Topics: Learning Spanish

Published: Saturday, April 27, 2013

Mexico has a wide variety of dichos or refranes – sayings, maxims, or phrases – some of Mexican origin and others evidently not. By analogy or through rhyme, the dichos are supposed to convey time-honored truths that admit no argument. But they can be, and often are, pronouced in such a smug manner as to […]

A Donde Hablo? Vs Quien Habla?

Topics: Learning Spanish

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The phone rings when you weren’t expecting a call, so you pick up the receiver and mumble the usual “bueno” into the mouthpiece. ¿A dónde hablo? (where am I calling?) comes a sharp, testy voice. The easiest way to clear up wrong numbers is to say where the person has called, but usually you don’t […]

Numbers in Words

Topics: Learning Spanish

Published: Monday, March 25, 2013

It’s said that even people who can waltz through a lie-detector test without so much as blinking will stumble if required to do arithmetic in a foreign language. This probably wouldn’t be very useful for Sherlock Holmes to know in these days of $1 calculators, since it’s rather hard to find anyone who can do […]

¿Mande Usted?

Topics: Learning Spanish

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013

A visiting Colombian student at one of Mexico’s universities complained about the expression ¿mande? the Mexican way of saying pardon? or of responding to someone who has called your attention. Literally, it means command hence the dismay of the student who failed to see why one would submit to the orders of the speaker just […]

Speaking With The Right Accent

Topics: Learning Spanish

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thanks to modern technology, there’s no longer any need to learn how to put accents on Spanish words. Instead of bothering with complicated, picky rules, just announce firstly and loudly that the keyboard on your palm pilot, or better yet, your iPhone, “doesn’t DO accents.” Contemporaries will take this as a perfectly acceptable euphemism for […]

Learning Spanish

Topics: Learning Spanish

Published: Saturday, November 3, 2012

Language is the instrument that provides access to a country’s culture, so being able to speak some Spanish will enable you to get the most from your visit to Mexico and, if you plan to live and work or retire here, having at least a working knowledge of the Spanish language will be essential for day-to-day living. […]

A Word On Behalf Of Spanish Grammar

Topics: Learning Spanish

Published: Sunday, October 2, 2011

Modern methods for teaching languages tend to focus more on speaking and listening than reading and writing.  The average language teacher has probably lost count of the number of times he or she has heard someone say:  “I want to know how to speak the language, I don’t care about grammar.” One argument used for […]