to Vol. 62 of the Spanish Online Newsletter! Part of the Spanish Learning Blog - your weekly lessons with mp3 files, as well as links to Spanish travel spots and more.
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¡Bueno, ahora a trabajar! A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article on the blog that some of you may find helpful - Homeschooling: Do I Need to Speak Spanish to Teach It? This week's lesson deals with an interesting vocabulary topic - Spanglish. Believe it or not, these hybrid words are super common Hispanic communities, and in many cases have replaced the original Spanish words as the norm in casual conversation. While Spanglish might not serve you all that well when you travel in Latin America, it's important to be aware of its use & the key vocabulary.
Spanglish: Where 2 Cultures & Languages Collide
Here is a partial Spanglish Glossary, with the Spanglish word followed by the actual Spanish translation and the English meaning. You'll find these terms used in all sorts of combinations: mostly Spanish sentences, mostly English sentences, or 1/2 and 1/2. While I wouldn't suggest using these terms instead of the authentic Spanish term when you are speaking with natives or traveling in a Spanish speaking country, you'll find them quite common among Hispanics here in the United States.
cada otro día
llamar para atrás
cobro o factura
dinero en efectivo
hamburgesa de queso
cada tercer día
salarsela o faltar a clase
pantalones (de dril)
volver la llamada
boleto o infracción
escribir a maquina
patio, o solar
every other day
Worksheet: Spanglish Vocabulary
Hangman: Spanglish Words
Articles & Links: Got Spanglish?
The Meaning of Spanglish - Interview by Newsweek
Academic Article about Spangish & University Students in Argentina (PDF)
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Travel Spot of the Week
Island of Chiloé, Chile
Jesuit missionaries were among the first settlers of this archipelago which includes South America's 2nd largest island, located in the lake region of Chile. The wooden churches they built can still be seen all over the island. The accents of the people are very distinct - and strong! Great place to practice your Spanish diversity. This sleepy island is known for their myths and legends, maritime traditions, distinctive shingled architecture, and more recently for their local artisans, particularly in the capital of Castro. Chiloé has a bit of an exotic feel to it - definitely one of the more unique places I've been in South America.