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Let’s Play: Add a Word to the Last Word.

Agrega una palabra a la última palabra.  Ejemplo

Flor

Flor – Jardín

Jardín – Rosa

Rosa – Roja

Roja…

We will start very simple. We are using nouns in this game. You can also write the meaning if you wish.  Participants will join a FREE session.

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Expresiones Para Conversar

These are very useful expression to have handy while learning Spanish

Confiesa que…                                                           El / ella / ud. confesses that

Cuenta que…                                                              El/ ella / ud. says that

Piensa que…                                                               El / ella / ud. thinks that

Afirma que…                                                              El / ella / ud. afirms that

Cree que…                                                                  El / ella / ud. believes that

Explica que…                                                             El / ella / ud. explains that

Le parece que…                                                         El / ella / ud. thinks that

Contesta / responde que.                                           El / ella / ud. answers that

Al principio                                                                at first

Primero                                                                       first

Luego                                                                          then; next, later

Enseguida                                                                   immediately

Antes                                                                           before

Antes de eso                                                               before that

Después/más tarde                                                      afterward; later

Después de eso                                                           after that

Por último                                                                   finally (last in a series)

Por fin/finalmente                                                      finally!

Al final                                                                       in the end

Así que / entonces                                                      so…  (logical result)

Por eso                                                                        that’s why

Por consiguiente/ por lo tanto                                    therefore

Sin embargo                                                                however

A pesar de (eso)                                                          despite, in spite of (that) / Nevertheless

A pesar de (que) / aunque                                          even though

Aún así / con todo y eso                                             still, and yet…

Al igual que                                                                just like, as

De la misma manera/forma/modo                              in the same way

Como consecuencia/resultado                                    as a result

Una razón por la cual                                                 one reason why

Ya que, puesto que, como                                          since

Conducir a, llevar a                                                    to lead to

Parecerse a                                                                  to resemble

Ser similar / parecido/ semejante a                            to be similar to

A diferencia de                                                           unlike

Diferenciarse de                                                         differ from

En cambio                                                                   instead

En contraste con                                                         in contrast to / with

Por un lado…                                                             on one hand…

Por otro lado/ por el otro…                                        on the other hand

 

 

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So You Think English is Easy?

Many people think that English is easier than Spanish because of the verbs conjugation. Well… it’s not always the case. Please read to the end. It’s true and funny.

1) The bandage was wound around the wound. 

2) The farm was used to produce produce .

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present 

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object. 

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid. 

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row .

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let’s face it – English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries inFrance . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS. – Why doesn’t ‘Buick’ rhyme with ‘quick’ ?

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this .

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is ‘UP.’ 

It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP ? Why do we speakUP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report ?

We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car. At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, workUP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.   We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP ! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UPwith a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP . When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP

When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP.

When it doesn’t rain for awhile, things dry UP.

Now, do you think you can learn Spanish?

Note: A Spanish language student shared this article years ago in class. Not sure where he got it from but it made them think twice.