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Welcome 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.

aseguranza
appointment
babysit
break
brekas
blokes
bill
baby
carpeta
cuquear
chequear
cash
cheeseburger
clikear
cada otro día
deal
e-mail
eskipear
field
freezer
gasoline
glasso
grocería
honey
jeans
llamar para atrás
libreria
lonche
manager
money order
mopear
la movie
marketa
parkear
party
puchar
parkeadero
quitear
sale
startear
signear
security
safety
soda
show
socketines
shopping
ticket
troca
taipear
washateria
watchar
yarda
seguro
cita
cuidar niños
descanso
frenos
cuadra
cobro o factura
bebe
alfombra
cocinar
examinar
dinero en efectivo
hamburgesa de queso
oprimir
cada tercer día
trato
mensaje
salarsela o faltar a clase
campo
congelador
gasolina
vaso/glass
alimentos
querida
pantalones (de dril)
volver la llamada
library
almuerzo
gerente
giro posta
trapear
la película
mercado
estacionar
fiesta
empujar
estacionamiento
dejar
venta
prender
firmar
seguridad
seguridad
refresco
espectaculo
calcenites
compras
boleto o infracción
camioneta
escribir a maquina
lavandería
observar
patio, o solar
insurance
appointment
babysit
break
brakes
block
bill
baby
carpet
cook
check
cash
cheeseburger
click
every other day
deal
e-mail
skip
field
freezer
gasoline
glass
grocery
honey
jeans
call back
biblioteca
lunch
manager
money order
to mop
the movie
market
park
party
push
parking lot
quit
sale
start
sign
security
safety
soda
show
socks
shopping
ticket
troca
type
laundry
watch
yard

Worksheet: Spanglish Vocabulary

Quiz: Spanglish

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

visit Chiloé and practice your Spanish!

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.

 


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