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Welcome to Vol. 8 of the Spanish Online Newsletter! Spanish lessons with audio links, as well as ideas for Spanish travel destinations and more. I hope you enjoy this week's lesson - if so please support our efforts by recommending our website to a friend or consider buying the program that these excerpts are taken from. (weekend sale, 50% off) ¡Muchas Gracias!

Lesson of the Week: Spanish Diminutives

From the Carnavalito Grammar Chapter


Diminutives - Making it Smaller

If you listen to Spanish enough, you’ll notice that little endings are often
added to words. These little endings are used to indicate that something is “little”, or somehow “LESS” of whatever the word is. These endings end in O or A depending on the original word’s ending. You'll also hear "ecito" or "ecita" (A general rule is that words ending in a consonant or "e" become "ECITO" or "ECITA"
).

payaso
clown

= payasito
little clown

ellos pueden bailar

beso
kiss

= besito
little kiss

chica
small (feminine)

= chiquita
very small (feminine)

niña
girl

= niñita
little girl

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Practice saying the below words out load - remember correct pronunciation! (if you've forgotten the rules of natural stress, look here)

"ito"
"ecito"
"ita"
"ecita"
trabajito Juancito plumita mamecita
loquito lugarcito casita almohadecita
librito avecito tortillita carnecita

Worksheet/Activity: Spanish Diminutives

Quiz: Diminutives

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Comer en un restaurante: Eating Out

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Travel Spot of the Week

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