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Thursday, August 26, 2004

Se casa mi hermanito...no newsletter this week!

Lo siento mucho, but I'm busy with my brother's wedding this week - un día muy festivo! I'll get back to work next week though, promise :)

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Some Spanish Reading for the Day! Venezuela's Chavez Victory

Dos Mundos Bilingual Newspaper

CARACAS, (IPS) - Millones de venezolanos salieron a votar desde la madrugada de este domingo, en el referendo que decidirá si Hugo Chávez es ratificado o revocado como presidente, formando ante los centros de sufragio las más largas colas que se hayan visto en proceso electoral alguno en este país sudamericano.

”El Centro Carter (para la Paz) ha participado en más de 50 elecciones en el mundo, y ésta es la presencia de electores más grande que yo haya visto”, dijo al promediar la mañana el ex presidente estadounidense y premio Nobel de la Paz Jimmy Carter.

Chávez sufragó al mediodía en una escuela secundaria en la barriada obrera ”23 de Enero”, tradicional bastión izquierdista en el oeste de la ciudad, donde hacían fila para votar unas 700 personas, más varios miles de habitantes que se congregaron en los alrededores para dar vivas al mandatario.

English version of this story - remember that translation is never a word for word affair!

Chavez claimed victory early Monday morning, and his U.S.-backed opposition immediately challenged the results. Voters queued for hours outside the polls in the longest lines ever seen in an election in this South American oil-producing nation.

Nobel Peace laureate and former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, one of the international observers, said the Carter Centre had monitored nearly 50 elections around the world and that he had never before seen such a turnout.

Chávez voted at noon in a local high school in the “23 de Enero” working class neighbourhood, a traditional bastion of the left in western Caracas, where some 700 people were queueing up and several thousand others crowded around to cheer the president.

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Friday, August 20, 2004

Newsletter Lesson: The Verb Hacer = to do or to make

Undoubtedly one of the most prevalent verbs in the Spanish language, getting comfortable with the variations of hacer will help bring your Spanish up a notch.


hacer verb conjugations
Time Expressions with Hacer


hace + (quantity of time) + que


used to show how long it has been since an action took place, or since it has been taking place


hace un año que no voy a la escuela

it's been a year since I haven't been going to school


hace 10 minutos que hablé por teléfono con mi esposo

I spoke to my husband on the phone 10 minutes ago


hace 2 años que vivo aquí

I've been living here for 2 years


(present tense verb) + desde hace + (quantity of time)


used to show how long it has been since an action took place, or since it has been taking place


estudio italiano desde hace 5 años

I've been studying Italian for 5 years


¿vives en Nueva Yorque desde hace 2 años?

Have you been living in New York for 2 years?


trabajo en la compañia desde hace 10 años

I've been working at the company for 10 years


Worksheet: Hacer & Time Expressions


Quiz: Hacer & Time Expressions


Hangman: The Verb Hacer


Hacer Practice Website: StudySpanish.com






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Thursday, August 19, 2004

Back from Vacation!

Hola guys - I've had a fantastic time on vacation but I suppose I better get back to work! You'll find your newsletter posted tomorrow am. ¡Espero que aprendan algo! Remember you can submit any requests by adding comments here on the blog.

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