to Vol. 53 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. Now that school is back in session newsletters will go back to being a bit more regular. Keep in mind that suggestions are always considered for topics - as I know many of you have different learning needs. This week is a basic lesson covering one of the most important building blocks in the Spanish language. Also take a look at the Think Spanish magazine deal below - it's a new offering, and one I think makes a nice addition to any student's collection. Learning to read and write the language skillfully can often be a bigger hurdle than learning to speak.
This and That, Here and There
These words identify specific things and locations in Spanish.You
don ’t have to use the “location ”every time you want to use these
words, but it ’s good to remember which location the word belongs
to. That way you won’t end up saying “that guy way over there ”
when the guy is right in front of you!
Another memorization technique is to remember them in order: aquí, allí, and allá, and remember that you get farther away as you go through the list. Acá is synonymous with aquí - and you'll find that some countries use acá more frequently, while others stick with aquí.
click to hear mp3 about aquí and acá
Estas flores aquí son bonitas...These flowers here are pretty
Ese hombre allí no habla inglés...That guy there doesn’t speak English
Aquellos países allá en la Africa...Those countries over there in Africa
Aquí, Allí, and Allá
Quiz: Aquí, Allí, and Allá
|Travel Spot of the Week
With all of these hurricanes lately it may not sound like the greatest time to take off for the Caribbean...but Cuba is actually a hot tourist destination. Did you know that Havana is the largest city in the Caribbean, with a population of over 2 million? You can't get there directly from the US, but there are many other nearby countries like Canada, Mexico and the Dominican Republic that do have direct flights to Cuba. The laws regarding US Citizens travel to Cuba are a bit convoluted, but you can read about ways for U.S. citizens to get official permission to go there here. For more history about this former Spanish colonial center can be found here.
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