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Bilingual Post

Bilingual Post. See English translation below.
Tercera Edad = Seniors. Third season of life.

Por: Arnaldo Liechtenstein, médico.

Siempre que doy clases de clínica médica a estudiantes del cuarto año de Medicina, hago la siguiente pregunta:

¿Cuáles son las causas que más hacen QUE LAS PERSONAS DE LA TERCERA EDAD tengan confusión mental? Continue reading ¿POR QUÉ LA CONFUSIÓN MENTAL EN LA TERCERA EDAD?¿ WHY MENTAL CONFUSION IN SENIORS?

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How to Lose the Fear of Speaking “Spanglish.”

How to Lose the Fear of Speaking “Spanglish.”

We are often shy when it comes to making mistakes, especially when we don’t have “YET” all the tools or experience necessary because “We are just learning.” In this video I will mention how to recognized the problem and to build confidence to overcome it. Also, I’ll  make them available for you to practice and to learn Spanish while enjoying it.

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How to Lose the Fear of Speaking “Spanglish.”

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To Study Is Not The Same As To Do Homework.

How to Study Verbs – Study Guide & Example 

Because these classes are meant for you to become conversational, you need to study as much vocabulary as possible and verbs to build up fluency. To study is not the same as to do homework. Study requires of concentration, using tools, going over the homework, figuring out how it works, adding more, going the extra mile analyzing and using some common sense.

I use colors whenever I want you to see something such as similarities and endings. It helps in the study time. Remember. At this point you should still be using the pronouns until you master conjugations. Don’t rush it.

  1. Study your vocabulary. Start with the words and their meaning. Repeat them, visualize them, repeat again this time aloud and listen to yourself.
  2. Connect the words. Start making short sentences with two or three random words. Repeat them, visualize them, repeat again, but this time aloud and listen to yourself
  3. Look at the verbs conjugations sheet. Try practicing some conjugations from the list of regular verbs. Take as much time as you need to practice it until you feel it’s time to move on. The success of the conjugations is repetition and finding common ground. Look at the colors. They mean something. Add any word you may already know in Spanish. Make it fun!

Here is an example of how to study vocabulary.

  • Yo cocino, yo cociné, yo cocinaré, yo estoy cocinando. (present, past, future and progressive – YO)
  • Tú limpias, tú limpiaste, tú limpiarás, tú estás limpiando. (present, past, future and progressive – TÚ)
  • Yo escucho pop, ella escucha rock, nosotros escuchamos música (present several subjects: YO, ELLA, NOSOTROS. Add something.. a word you may know)
  • Pedro y Pablo comparten la comida hoy. Hoy están compartiendo un sanduche. (just select words to make a sentence)

More examples:

  • yo ayudo en casa, tú trabajas en la oficina y ella nada en el lago.
  • Ayer ayudé en casa, tu trabajaste en la oficina y ella nadó en el lago.
  • La próxima semana yo ayudaré en casa, tu trabajarás en la oficina y ella nadará en el lago.
  • Hoy estoy ayudando en casa, tu estás trabajando en la oficina y ella está nadando en el lago.
  • Luis corre con el perro, María lava los platos y los niños saltan.
  • Ayer Luis corrió con el perro, María lavó los platos y los niños saltaron.
  • Mañana Luis correrá con el perro, María lavará los platos y los niños saltarán.
  • Luis está corriendo con el perro, María está lavando los platos y los niños están saltando.

Continue to write and repeat more verb conjugations.

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Hispana? Hispanic? (Bilingual Post)

Hablamos Español

La primera vez que escuché a alguien preguntarme si soy Hispana fue en los Estados Unidos. En mi país, Colombia, jamás alguien me preguntó eso. En los paises latinoamericanos preguntamos de manera diferente: Eres Argentina? Colombiana? Mexicana, Guatemalteca? Hondureña, etc. Utilizamos el pais para definir la nacionalidad de la persona o preguntamos simplemente “De qué país eres?” “De dónde eres?”. Tampoco escuché a nadie preguntar si un Americano es Estadounidense. Todos nos consideramos americanos. En realidad lo somos. Definimos a los “Americanos” como “Norteamericano o Gringo” y así mismo “Centroamericanos” o “Suramericanos / Sudamericanos.”

A propósito, en mi pais “gringo” no es ofensivo como mucha gente lo piensa. Gringo quiere decir alguien blanco, rubio, delgado y atlético. Era la percepción que teníamos de los norteamericanos.  Es mucho más fácil que decir “ES – TA – DOU – NI – DEN – SE.”

The first time I heard someone ask me if I’m Hispanic was in the United States. In my country, Colombia, nobody ever asked me that. In Latin American countries we ask differently: Are you Argentinean? Colombian? Mexican, Guatemalan? Honduran, etc. We use the country to define the nationality of the person or we simply ask “What country are you from?” “Where are you from?”. I also did not hear anyone ask if an American is American. We all consider ourselves Americans. Actually, we are. We define “Americans” as “North Americans or Gringos” and also “Central American” or “South American / South American.”

By the way, in my country “gringo” is not offensive as many people think. Gringo only means, someone white, blond, slim, athletic. That was the perception we had of a North-american person. It’s easier than to say  “ES – TA – DOU – NI – DEN – SE.”



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How To Memorize Vocabulary?

The best way to memorize new vocabulary and to increase it, is not only to repeat, but to connect, associate and repeat aloud.  Flash cards are a great way to drill words. It combines visualization, repetition and association with the image shown.  Great for group activities. However, if you has to study by yourself or in a small group, there is a different way to study vocabulary and it has proven to be successful when learning a second language. Here is how it works.


  1. Read all the words of the vocabulary.
  2. Go back a read it again but this time visualize, imagine the word.
  3. Go back and connect the words.
  4. Go back and create a story using words from previous vocabulary or add your own with the help of a dictionary.
  5. Go back a read your story aloud.Vocabulary Chart


  1. Read all the words once.

Libro, lápiz, me gusta, manzana, fresas, contigo, ayer, hoy, la tarde, perro

  1. Read them again visualizing them.

Libro:               Imagine the book, you reading it, big, old, great, blue, on the table..

Lápiz:              Imagine a pencil, writing with the pencil, cute pencil, broken pencil, yellow…

Me gusta:        Me gusta comer, bailar, correr… see yourself doing it

Manzana:        Picture yourself buying it, cutting it, eating it, holding it.

Fresas:            Make a juice, eat it with chocolate, enjoying it.

Contigo:           see your friend with you, a dog with you,

Hoy:                 Think of what you would do today.

La tarde:          Imagine what would you do in the afternoon.

Perro:              See a big dog, a puppy, a sleeping dog, a playing dog or a dog peeing your door.

  1. Connect the words

√   El libro y el lápiz.

√  Me gustan las manzanas, las fresas, el libro y el lápiz.

√  En el parque contigo y mi perro

  1. Create a story and see it, imagine it.

“Me gusta el parque. Hoy por la  tarde, voy contigo y el perro. Leo un libro y escribo. También como manzanas y fresas.”

  1. Read it aloud so you can hear yourself.

That is a vocabulary that you will learn by heart for life. Try it. You can do it. ☺