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The Essential Guide to Being Polite in Spanish

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“Be polite!”

I heard that short sentence more times than I could count when I was a kid.

My mother was determined that I be a polite child who would hopefully grow into a polite adult. So she gave me …

Spanish Possessive Pronouns: Rules, Examples and Practice Resources

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“Mine!”

Remember when you were a kid and someone looked as if they were thinking of laying claim to your favorite toy, shiny seashell or half-eaten apple?

You responded, didn’t you?

You probably made it real clear that whatever you …

Back to Basics: Easy Spanish Words for Every Occasion

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Maybe you’re planning a trip to an exotic destination.

Are the rainforests of Costa Rica calling? Or, is dinner in Madrid on your to-do list?

Or, you could be hoping to fall in love with someone from Spain—because, let’s …

Learning Spanish from Scratch? Explore These Great Online Lessons for Beginners

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”—Lao Tzu

Every journey has a beginning.

Regardless of where we’re going or what we’re trying to do or learn, we need to start somewhere.

And at some point, …

Practice Spanish Verb Conjugation (and Have Fun!) with These 10 Online Resources

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This might be slightly mean, but I’m going to say something that just may make your blood run cold, your hands turn clammy and your heart beat fast. Consider this your warning.

Are you ready? Okay, here it comes:

Verb

9 Easy Spanish Short Stories (and Story Compilations) for Bite-sized Learning

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“A short story is a different thing altogether—a short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.”—Stephen King

Bestselling author Stephen King has it right: Novels and poems might have their own values but short …

Movie Night! 6 Spanish Movies on Netflix Perfect for Language Learning

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“Netflix completely shook up the world.”Steven Van Zandt

Netflix definitely did shake up the world.

I mean, does anyone remember Blockbuster?

Those days when you had to physically walk out to get your movie fix?

And if …