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Welcome to Vol. 69 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. For anyone who had trouble viewing the videos or the animations from the last newsletter, the loading problems have been corrected and are online here: http://www.spanish.bz/flash/videos.htm

The e-learning system is coming along nicely, but is not quite ready for deployment yet. We are integrating virtual characters that speak Spanish - using new technology that has lifelike computer generated speech. This can be very handy for language learning, as the characters can respond to a variety of questions and commands. I hope to debut this new system sometime before August!

This week we take a look at vocabulary that can help you find your way in a Spanish speaking country. For those of you celebrating el Cuatro de Julio this weekend - ¡que sus fiestas sean felices!

Spanish Directions: Where Do I Go?

Finding your way in a Spanish speaking location can be a real adventure, as they often talk very FAST and words that sound similiar can have very different meanings - such as "derecho" which means straight, and "la derecha" which means the right. You might encounter something like "da la vuelta a la derecha y sigue derecho media cuadra" - turn right and keep going straight half a block. Spoken in rapid fire that can be pretty confusing! Memorizing the words below can help get you off on the right foot.

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la calle - the street
la esquina - the corner
la ciudad - the city
el país - the country

arriba, encima, sobre - above, on
abajo, debajo de - below, under
atrás, detrás - behind
delante de - in front of
entre - between
en frente de - facing
junto a - next to

lejos - far
cercano/a - near

en la casa de - at the home of
allí - there
acá, aquí - here

afuera - outside
adentro - inside

derecho, siga derecho - straight ahead
el próximo, el siguiente - the next one
a la derecha - to the right
a la izquierda - to the left

el norte - north
el sur - south
el este - east
el oeste - west
el sudoeste - southwest
el nordeste - northeast

Oregón está al norte de California
Oregon is to the north of California

El país de Canadá está directamente arriba de los E.U.
The country of Canada is directly above the U.S.

Mi casa está entre el hospital y la escuela
My house is between the hospital and school

El perrito está adentro de la casa de perros
The puppy is inside the doghouse


Worksheet/Activity: Spanish Directions

Quiz: Directions in Spanish

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Travel Spot of the Week:

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Cuenca, Ecuador

The third largest city in Ecuador, Cuenca is known for its lovely colonial architecture and Panama style hats still worn by many of the residents. Cuenca was one of the first cities that came under the Inca Empire domination. When the Incas arrived to this city, they named it Tomebamba, which means "River Valley of Knives". The ceremonial center of Ingapirca, which was built by the Incas, is located some sixty kilometers north of Cuenca, in Hatun Cañar. This place is considered to be the most important archaeological place in the country.


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