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The History of the Spanish Language: From Origin to Romance

history of spanish language

Spanish is a beautiful, lyrical language. It’s music to the ears of those who listen to it and sweet on the tongue for those who speak it.

Have you ever wondered where, exactly, does Spanish come from?

Just how much …

What’s Up with the Spanish Upside-down Question Mark? The Mystery, Explained

upside down question mark

For English speakers, Spanish punctuation is pretty standard.

A period is still a period, even if it’s called a punto.

A coma (comma) still shows a division of ideas or a pause in dialogue.

So, no news in the Spanish …

Señorita vs. Señora: Learn the Difference and Mind Your Manners

senora vs senorita

Are you thinking of visiting a Spanish-speaking country?

Did you just get a job in a workplace with Spanish-speaking coworkers?

Maybe you’re just wondering how to say hello to the Spanish-speaking woman who moved in next door?

In …

110 Common Spanish Words and Phrases to Supercharge Your Vocabulary

common spanish words

Are you meeting someone new?

Trying to locate your hotel or a restaurant in a Spanish city?

Nearly any Spanish conversation calls for an understanding of basic vocabulary.

No “fancy” language, involved terminology or four-syllable words are needed for …

It’s High Time You Mastered the Past Tense in Spanish with This Comprehensive Guide


Spanish past tenses.

Does just reading those three words have you in a state of near-panic?

Maybe you’ve heard that using the past tense in Spanish is one of the toughest grammar lessons to learn.

Well, it’s time to put

How to Introduce Yourself in Spanish: The Insider’s Guide

how to introduce yourself in spanish

“Hello, nice to meet you. My name is…”

“Hey, how’s it going? I’m…”

“What’s up, man? Call me…”

Let’s face it: first impressions matter.

As the above examples show, an introduction can determine the “flavor” of a new relationship. …

Shadowing Spanish: 3 Excellent Resources to Hone Pronunciation and Intonation



They have so many dark connotations. And even though they’re just areas of darkness that occur when a light source is blocked by a solid object, they still sometimes seem scary, don’t they? Creepy. Maybe even sinister.

But language