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Welcome to Vol. 33 of the Spanish Online Newsletter! Your weekly Spanish learning with mp3s, as well as links to Spanish travel spots and more. I've been busy trying to find good software for our newest site Spanishsoftware.net - if any of you have used a program that you love please let us know! I get a lot of catalogue requests, so I finally put a small one together in a little magazine called The Spanish Spot. Since last week we looked at cognates or easy words to translate, let's look at the opposite this week - false cognates! Words that aren't as easy as they look. Les deseo un fin de semana lindo a todos...


Lesson of the Week: Amigos Falsos - False Cognates

Beware of words that are not what they seem! A word that looks or sounds similar to one in English but actually has a totally different meaning is called a false cognate. Below are some of these tricky little guys.

spanish word

actual english
definition

how to really say
English version

actualmente

at present actually - la verdad es que
asisistir to attend assist/help - ayudar
carpeta folder carpet - alfombra
chocar to crash choke - ahogar/sofocar
embarazada pregnant embarassed - avergonzado
éxito success exit - salida
largo long large - grande
parientes relatives parents - padres
realizar to actualize realize - darse cuenta
recordar remember record - grabar

sensible

sensitive sensible - razonable, sensato

soportar

put up with support - mantener
últimamente lately ultimately - al final
vaso drinking glass vase - jarrón

Worksheet/Activity: Spanish False Cognates

Quiz: False Spanish Cognates

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Travel Spot of the Week

visit Colonia, Uruguay and practice your Spanish!

Colonia, Uruguay

This charming little town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and just a ferry ride from the Buenos Aires. It's often used as the easiest point to renew your Visa for foreigners living in Argentina (that's why I went anyway!) With its old cars, lighthouse, & cobblestone streets, Colonia is a world apart from the hectic pace of Buenos Aires. For more pictures, click here. For more history & travel info, click here.


Spanish Learning Tool of the Week

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