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Welcome to Vol. 16 of the Spanish Online Newsletter! Your weekly Spanish learning with sound samples, as well as links to Spanish travel places and more. This week is an easy lesson designed for those of you who are either beginning students or teaching beginners - ¡los colores! Don't forget to check out or fun and highly acclaimed products, which you'll find all over the website. Helps keep the newsletter free. :)

Lesson of the Week: Spanish Colors - Los Colores

Colors are easy to remember and very useful. When describing the color of things in Spanish, you reverse the word order we are used to in English. Whereas we say "the blue dog" - in Spanish, they switch that around and say "the dog blue" - or el perro azul (if you think a blue dog sounds funny, then you haven't been to New Orleans!) Remember also that the word for the color changes with the noun and can become plural or change gender - just like other adjectives. For example: for "the white houses" - you WOULDN'T say las blanco casas - instead you would say las casas blancas - the white houses. Notice that azul, verde, marrón, and gris don't change gender, and violeta doesn't change at all.

nombre del color
gender specific & plural

blancos, blancas

negro   negra, negros, negras
rojo   roja, rojos, rojas
azul   azules
amarillo   amarilla, amarillos, amarillas
rosado   rosada, rosados, rosadas
verde   verdes
gris   grises
anaranjado   anaranada, anaranjados, anaranjadas
azul marino   azules marinos
violeta   violeta
azul claro   azul clara, azules claros, azules claras
marrón, café   marrones, cafés

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Travel Spot of the Week

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Quito, Ecuador

At 9,400 feet Quito is the 2nd highest capital city in the world - so make sure to take some altitude sickness precautions if you go. If you loved the scenery in the movie "Proof of Life" - Quito is the place for you. Rich in Incan history, Spanish colonial architecture, and local artesanía, a visit to Quito offers an opportunity to explore the lovely country of Ecuador. For more pictures, click above. For history, click here.


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