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Are you learning Spanish and want to do a deeper dive into the grammar and culture? Join Sara from Language Answers every other week for short, helpful episodes that explore the hard-to-understand grammar concepts, unique vocabulary, and interesting cultural facts from Spanish-speaking countries around the world! Remember, learning a language is a lifelong journey. ¡Aprovéchalo, Disfrútalo y Compártelo! read less

Episode 83: Preparing for the New Year!
Dec 31 2022
Episode 83: Preparing for the New Year!
As we look to 2023, and the New Year, I wanted to end this year's run of podcast episodes with a mixture of things. First, a quick year in review, followed by - of course - some New Year's vocabulary, and then, finally, we will end with some preparations for the new year of 2023.Remember, learning a language is a lifelong journey.¡Aprovéchalo, Disfrútalo y Compártelo!SHOW NOTES:©2022 by Language Answers, LLCBlog for Episode 83Intro and Closing Music by Master_Service from FiverrCultural Tip Transition Music edited from song by JuliusH from PixabayResource LinksEpisode Content You can follow me on Facebook or Twitter!Episode 72: Neuter Demonstratives (Eso, Esto, and Aquello)Episode 74: Why Does Spanish Have B and V? Episode 1: New Year's TraditionsEpisode 44: Language Levels and Resources Spanish Language Resource Library"New Year's resolutions in the U.S. 2022" by Statista 2022"Tony Camargo - El Año Viejo // Letra" uploaded to YouTube by jisoolland on December 31, 2020 "auld lang syne (spanish Version)" uploaded to YouTube by Various Artists - Topic on November 2, 2021, and provided to YouTube by DistroKid. "Un Año Más" uploaded to YouTube by Reik on December 7, 2019"Camilo - 5 pa las 12" uploaded to YouTube by Camilo on March 4, 2021"Spanish level Test free - Test your Spanish level online" by Cervantes Escuela Internacional"The New Year - New Language Summit 2: Beyond The Beginner Level by Actual Fluency" by NewYearNewLanguage.comCultural TipNone
Episode 82: Return of the Merry Christmas Song Sampler!
Dec 20 2022
Episode 82: Return of the Merry Christmas Song Sampler!
Are you ready to get into the Christmas spirit? It's become an annual tradition to talk about 10 Spanish Christmas songs (see Episode 64 and Episode 42), and despite the chaos of my life, this year is no different! So whether you enjoy your canciones navideñas in moderation or at full blast all month, here are some ideas to add to your Christmas playlist. :DRemember, learning a language is a lifelong journey.¡Aprovéchalo, Disfrútalo y Compártelo!SHOW NOTES:©2022 by Language Answers, LLCBlog for Episode 82Intro and Closing Music by Master_Service from FiverrCultural Tip Transition Music edited from song by JuliusH from PixabayResource LinksEpisode Content Episode 64: Another Merry Christmas Song Sampler!Episode 42: A Merry Christmas Song Sampler!"SANTA LA NOCHE" by GRUPO VOCAL ADORACION to YouTube on December 25, 2019"SANTA LA NOCHE" Spanish lyrics sent by Evesson to Letras.com"Traditional Christmas - O Holy Night" on SongLyrics.com from the Harp and Flute Christmas - Traditional Christmas"¡Oh Noche Divina! - Adoración La IBI (feat. Sarah Jerez) [VIDEO OFICIAL]" uploaded to YouTube by Iglesia Bautista Internacional on December 18, 2016"Majo y Dan - Santa La Noche (Videoclip)" uploaded to YouTube by Majo y Dan on November 26, 2019"La Marimorena - Patylu 💗(Official Video) 🎄🌟" uploaded to YouTube by Patylu Oficial on November 14, 2019"Ande la Marimorena" from Mama Lisa's World"Quién fue la Marimorena y por qué el origen de este villancico está relacionado con Cuenca ... " Posted December 25, 2021 for LifeCuenca.es"Din Don Dan - Villancico Cantado con letra" uploaded to YouTube by PONTEVEDRATV on November 14, 2011"Myriam Hernandez - Navidad, Navidad (Lyric Video)" uploaded to YouTube by Myriam Hernández on November 18, 2022"CASCABEL (Con Letra)" uploaded to YouTube by TUS LETRAS on December 11, 2021"Tatiana - Navidad Rock" uploaded to YouTube by Tatiana on December 17, 2019"All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey (EN ESPAÑOL) | Gret Rocha Cover" uploaded to YouTube by Gret Rocha on December 1, 2017"Hannah Bayles", her YouTube Channel"Carolina Ross - All I Want For Christmas Is You (Versión Español)" uploaded to YouTube by Carolina Ross on December 17, 2021"Un Año Más" uploaded to YouTube by Reik on December 7, 2019"Mecano - Un año más lyrics + English translation" added to LyricsTranslate.com by Guest on December 20, 2016"La Oreja de Van Gogh - A Este Lado del Cristal (Lyric Video)" uploaded to YouTube by La Oreja de Van Gogh on December 22, 2020"La Oreja de Van Gogh - A este lado del cristal lyrics + English translation" added to LyricsTranslate.com by BlackRyder on December 23, 2020, and last updated on September 29, 2021"En Navidad - CD9 (Lyrics)" uploaded to YouTube by Suri Salas on December 16, 2014"Volvernos A Encontrar, Ventino" uploaded to YouTube by Ventino Oficial on December 3, 2020"Ventino - Letra de Volvernos A Encontrar + traducción al Inglés" published by AisVision to LyricsTranslate.com on December 5, 2020"Ventino - Ya es Navidad (Video Oficial)" by Ventino Oficial, uploaded to YouTube December 7, 2016"Lyrics and Translation: Ya Es Navidad" from musixmatch.com, Lyrics and English Translation, translated by Alyssa Chapman on December 15, 2020Cultural Tip"Holiday Traditions in Puerto Rico" by DiscoverPuertoRico.com"Parrandas: A Puerto Rican Music Christmas Tradition" posted by Captain Tim on December 28, 2012 for CaribbeanTrading.com"Las Octavitas Puerto Rico" from New York Latin Culture Magazine"Christmas Food in Puerto Rico" by Zain Deane on February 28, 2020 for TripSavvy.com"Philippines: The longest Christmas celebrations in the world" published by MOnica Pitrelli on December 20, 2019 for CNBC.com, updated December20, 2021"The Never-Ending Holiday Season of Puerto Rico" by Tatiana Mena Ramos on January 7, 2022 for BELatina.com"Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián 2019 | Puerto Rico" uploade to YouTube by InstintoPR on January 18, 2019"Puerto Rican Spanish (5+ Learning Resources, 20+ Immersion Resources)" by Marissa Blaszko on March 29, 2021 for RelearnALangauge.com"How to Make Coquito" by DiscoverPuertoRico.com"Mallorcas- Puerto Rican Breakfast Sweet Rolls with Powdered Sugar" by Marta Rivera on January 23, 2022 for SenseAndEdibility.com"The Noshery: a Little Something to Nosh On" food blog by MeseidyMore Recipes from The Noshery: "Authentic Coquito Recipe | Puerto Rican Coconut Nog""Tembleque (Coconut Pudding)""Pasteles de Masa - A Puerto Rican Christmas Tradition""Mallorca Bread: Puerto Rican Sweet Bread Rolls (Pan De Mallorca)"
Episode 81: 10 Fun Spanish Sayings
Nov 23 2022
Episode 81: 10 Fun Spanish Sayings
Hi everyone! First, let me apologize for the delay. About two weeks ago, we began a major house project: putting up all of the trim before our second baby arrives! And as all house projects go, we ran into a few issues. Which means that we haven't gone to bed before midnight in a long time, the house is a disaster, and the majority of my recording stuff is still buried in this disaster. I managed to extricate my microphone yesterday, but quickly realized that I was not going to get my episode done in time, again. Needless to say, it has been a crazy month! And if things sound a little different, it is because my normal setup is just not possible right now. :( But things are slowly coming together, so I am hopeful that by the middle of next month, it will all be better (just in time for Christmas!). So thank you for your patience - this has been quite the challenging time! :) And without further ado, let's begin our episode for today, talking about 10 fun Spanish sayings that you can immediately begin using! (Better late than never, right?) And, of course, we will continue our cultural tip mini-series on Puerto Rico by looking at their national holidays! ¡Vámanos!Remember, learning a language is a lifelong journey.¡Aprovéchalo, Disfrútalo y Compártelo!SHOW NOTES:©2022 by Language Answers, LLCBlog for Episode 81Intro and Closing Music by Master_Service from FiverrCultural Tip Transition Music edited from song by JuliusH from PixabayResource LinksEpisode Content "The saying 'Early to bed and early to rise makes and man healthy, wealthy and wise' - meaning and origin" Copyright Gary Martin for phrase.org.uk "A lo hecho, pecho" Refranero Multilingüe from the Centro Virtual Cervantes, the Instituto Cervantes.  "Al que no quiere caldo, dos tazas." Refranero Multilingüe from the Centro Virtual Cervantes, the Instituto Cervantes. "un caldo" from WordReference.com "26 Funny Spanish Phrases You'll Hear From A Native Speaker" by Adrian for Baselang.com"‘Al chile’ – Meaning / In English" by Rupert for SpanishUnraveled.com "Search results for: 13 must know chilean slang" from The Word Collector 2 on Tumblr.com "Puerto Rican Spanish: What Makes It Unique, Plus 14 Colorful Phrases" by Anna Maria for Fluent U on October 14, 2022Cultural Tip "National Holidays in Puerto Rico in 2022" by OfficeHolidays.com. See the individual holiday links for more information.
Episode 80: Things You Didn't Know About the Spanish Alphabet
Nov 1 2022
Episode 80: Things You Didn't Know About the Spanish Alphabet
Have you ever wondered what the official name is of each letra in el abecedario? Perhaps you like to play Scrabble or Boggle, where this knowledge would come in handy. Or maybe you're just curious. Either way, today we'll cover the official names of the Spanish alphabet and how to spell them! Plus we'll talk about some of the supposed "lost letters" and some common letter pronunciation mistakes that English speakers make. And, of course, we will begin our cultural tip mini-series on Puerto Rico! ¡Vámanos!Remember, learning a language is a lifelong journey.¡Aprovéchalo, Disfrútalo y Compártelo!SHOW NOTES:©2022 by Language Answers, LLCBlog for Episode 80Intro and Closing Music by Master_Service from FiverrCultural Tip Transition Music edited from song by JuliusH from PixabayResource LinksEpisode Content Episode 74: Why Does Spanish Have B and V?  Wordreference.com "La Diccionario de la lengua española" by the RAE"R" by the Diccionario panhispánico de dudas 2005 by the RAE"Digraph” From Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary by Merriam-Webster. Accessed 29 Oct. 2022."IPA Symbols Chart Complete" by the International Phonetic Alphabet.org "Spanish Alphabet Pronunciation" by SpanishDict, by Curiosity Media, Inc. "Fluent Forever Pronunciation Trainer" by Gabriel Wyner for Fluent ForeverCultural Tip"Puerto Rico - The World Factbook" by the CIA, last updated October 20, 2022"Puerto Rico" by Wagenheim, Kal , Wagenheim, Olga J. and Mathews, Thomas G. for Encyclopedia Britannica, on October 19, 2022. Accessed 29 October 2022."History of Puerto Rico" by Discover Puerto Rico"Puerto Rico votes in favor of statehood. But what does it mean for the island?" by Cristina Corujo for ABC News on November 8, 2020"10 Must-Try Traditional Foods In Bolivia - Updated 2022" by Sidharth for Trip101, updated July 22, 2022"Bolivian Food: 13 Traditional & Typical Dishes To Try" by Rainforest Cruises on June 15, 2021
Episode 79: Ser vs. Estar, Part 3
Oct 18 2022
Episode 79: Ser vs. Estar, Part 3
This is it, the final episode of our mini three-part series on Spanish's ser vs. estar. Last time, in Episode 77, we looked specifically at how and when to use ser, remembering the mnemonic SER + ¿SE TIENE?  Then in Episode 78 we looked at how and when to use estar, using the mnemonic SÍ, Lo Está TIRAndo. So if you haven't listened to those, I recommend that you download those podcasts first before listening to this episode. Why? Because even though we'll do a quick recap of these two mnemonics, today's episode is where we put it all together and look at how using ser vs. estar in different scenarios actually changes a sentence's meaning! Plus, we're also going to finish our cultural tip miniseries on Bolivia by looking at three unique cultural traditions! ¡Vámanos!Just a quick note - if you would like more resources to help you with Ser vs. Estar and other Spanish grammar, check out the links in today's Show Notes! Full disclosure, some of them are Amazon affiliate links (For more information, see my Disclosure Policy), and I have clearly marked which ones. But they were invaluable in preparing for this episode series!Remember, learning a language is a lifelong journey.¡Aprovéchalo, Disfrútalo y Compártelo!SHOW NOTES:©2022 by Language Answers, LLCBlog for Episode 79Intro and Closing Music by Master_Service from FiverrCultural Tip Transition Music edited from song by JuliusH from PixabayResource LinksEpisode Content Episode 77: Ser vs. Estar, Part 1 Episode 78: Ser vs. Estar, Part 2"Gramática para la composición (Spanish Edition) Segunda Edición" by M. Stanley Whitley and Luis González, August 6, 2007 (Amazon Affiliate Link)"The Everything Spanish Grammar Book" by Julie Gutin, March 1, 2005 (Amazon Affiliate Link)"The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice, First Edition" by Ronni Gordon and David Stillman, September 1, 1999 (Note: There is now a Fourth Edition out, as of June 24, 2019)"Manual de referencia: reglas y estructuras esenciales de la lengua española" by Olga M. Muñiz, Ph.D. and Kevin E. Teegarden, Ph.D., 2009 (These were made by my professors at college, so I don't know if you can actually buy this anywhere)"‘Ser’ and ‘estar’: what are some advanced uses of these Spanish verbs?" by Mango Languages on November 15, 2021Cultural Tip"Carnaval de Oruro 2020 - Cinematic Folklore" uploaded to YouTube by theBolivianTraveler on February 29, 2020"Diablada Ferroviaria - Carnaval de Oruro 2020" uploaded to YouTube by MonoMedia on June 9, 2020"Carnival in Oruro (Carnaval de Oruro)" by BolivianLife"Carnival of Oruro - intangible heritage - Culture Sector" by UNESCO"Entrada Universitaria: A Bolivian Parade That's Out of This World" by Bianca Bauza from Nomadbiba on July 29, 2017 "La UMSA realizó el lanzamiento oficial de la entrada universitaria 2022" uploaded to YouTube by UMSA on August 18, 2022"Sonso de Yuca Frito (Cheesy and Fluffy Bolivian Pancake)" by Lizet Flores de Bowen for Chipa by the Dozen on August 13, 2018If you'd like the recipe in Spanish. "10 Must-Try Traditional Foods In Bolivia - Updated 2022" by Sidharth for Trip101, updated July 22, 2022"Bolivian Food: 13 Traditional & Typical Dishes To Try" by Rainforest Cruises on June 15, 2021
Episode 78: Ser vs. Estar, Part 2
Oct 4 2022
Episode 78: Ser vs. Estar, Part 2
As an English speaker, one of the trickiest things to learn is when to use the Spanish verbs estar and ser. They both mean "to be," but are both used in very distinct ways. Last time, in Episode 77, we looked specifically at how and when to use ser, remembering the mnemonic SER + ¿SE TIENE? Today, we'll do a detailed look at when and how to use the verb estar. And we will continue our cultural tip mini-series on Bolivia! ¡Vámanos!Just a quick note - if you would like more resources to help you with Ser vs. Estar and other Spanish grammar, check out the links in today's Show Notes! Full disclosure, some of them are Amazon affiliate links (For more information, see my Disclosure Policy), and I have clearly marked which ones. But they were invaluable in preparing for this episode series!Remember, learning a language is a lifelong journey.¡Aprovéchalo, Disfrútalo y Compártelo!SHOW NOTES:©2022 by Language Answers, LLCBlog for Episode 78Intro and Closing Music by Master_Service from FiverrCultural Tip Transition Music edited from song by JuliusH from PixabayResource LinksEpisode Content Episode 77: Ser vs. Estar, Part 1 "Gramática para la composición (Spanish Edition) Segunda Edición" by M. Stanley Whitley and Luis González, August 6, 2007 (Amazon Affiliate Link)"The Everything Spanish Grammar Book" by Julie Gutin, March 1, 2005 (Amazon Affiliate Link)"The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice, First Edition" by Ronni Gordon and David Stillman, September 1, 1999 (Note: There is now a Fourth Edition out, as of June 24, 2019)"Manual de referencia: reglas y estructuras esenciales de la lengua española" by Olga M. Muñiz, Ph.D. and Kevin E. Teegarden, Ph.D., 2009 (These were made by my professors at college, so I don't know if you can actually buy this anywhere)"‘Ser’ and ‘estar’: what are some advanced uses of these Spanish verbs?" by Mango Languages on November 15, 2021Cultural Tip"National Holidays in Bolivia in 2022" by OfficeHolidays.com. See the individual holiday links for more information.
Episode 77: Ser vs. Estar, Part 1
Sep 20 2022
Episode 77: Ser vs. Estar, Part 1
As an English speaker, one of the trickiest things to learn is when to use the Spanish verbs estar and ser. They both mean "to be," but are both used in very distinct ways. So we'll do a three-part series to dive deep into how to use these verbs correctly! And we will begin our cultural tip mini-series on Bolivia! ¡Vámanos!Just a quick note - if you would like more resources to help you with Ser vs. Estar and other Spanish grammar, check out the links in today's Show Notes! Full disclosure, some of them are Amazon affiliate links (For more information, see my Disclosure Policy), and I have clearly marked which ones. But they were invaluable in preparing for this episode series!Also, there may be a little bit of an odd sound from about the 1:45 to 7:44 min. marks. My A/C came on in the middle of recording and I messed up on editing it out. Sorry about that! I fixed it a little, but couldn't completely fix it. I have learned what NOT to do in the future. :DRemember, learning a language is a lifelong journey.¡Aprovéchalo, Disfrútalo y Compártelo!SHOW NOTES:©2022 by Language Answers, LLCBlog for Episode 77Intro and Closing Music by Master_Service from FiverrCultural Tip Transition Music edited from song by JuliusH from PixabayResource LinksEpisode Content "Using 'Se' with Spanish Verbs To Express the English Passive Voice" by Gerald Erichsen for ThoughtCo on August 28, 2020 "Using the Passive Voice in Spanish" by Gerald Erichsen for ThoughtCo on August 26, 2020"How to use impersonal expressions with el verbo SER" by EasyEspañol.org"Impersonal Expressions with the Subjunctive" by SpanishDict.com "Gramática para la composición (Spanish Edition) Segunda Edición" by M. Stanley Whitley and Luis González, August 6, 2007 (Amazon Affiliate Link)"The Everything Spanish Grammar Book" by Julie Gutin, March 1, 2005 (Amazon Affiliate Link)"The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice, First Edition" by Ronni Gordon and David Stillman, September 1, 1999 (Note: There is now a Fourth Edition out, as of June 24, 2019)"Manual de referencia: reglas y estructuras esenciales de la lengua española" por Olga M. Muñiz, Ph.D. and Kevin E. Teegarden, Ph.D., 2009 (These were made by my professors at college, so I don't know if you can actually buy them anywhere)Cultural Tip"Bolivia - The World Factbook" by the CIA, last updated August 30, 2022"Country Summary: Bolivia" by the CIA, last updated May 11, 2022
Episode 76: SPECIAL! Elcano Day in Basque Country
Sep 7 2022
Episode 76: SPECIAL! Elcano Day in Basque Country
I know, I know, this episode didn't come out on Monday. But doesn't it seem more fitting that it come a day later, after the Labor Day Holiday, and on the particular day that we want to talk about? After all, today's episode focuses solely on Elcano Day, which is celebrated today, September 6, 2022, by Spanish-speaking Basque! So let's dig into what this holiday is and why it's so important! Remember, learning a language is a lifelong journey.¡Aprovéchalo, Disfrútalo y Compártelo!SHOW NOTES:©2022 by Language Answers, LLCBlog for Episode 76Intro and Closing Music by Master_Service from FiverrCultural Tip Transition Music edited from song by JuliusH from PixabayResource LinksEpisode Content "National Read A Book Day 2022: Things You Should Know" from NationalDaysToday.com"Basque Country Location and Provinces in Europe Map" by Gabriel Trisca, uploaded and modified on Wikimedia Commons May 23, 2014"Basque" by The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica, for Encyclopedia Britannica, on February 19,  2021. Accessed 5 September 2022."What is the Basque Country?" by Euskal Kazeta"What is the Basque Country?" by admin for The Land Of The Basques website on August 22, 2019 "Basque language" by Rijk, Rudolf P.G. de and Michelena, Luis for Encyclopedia Britannica, on September 2, 2022. Accessed 5 September 2022.Esther Ciganda's Website: Learn Basque & Listen To The Podcast The Immigrant All Around- Basque In Languages "Ferdinand Magellan" by Mitchell, Mairin and Domingues, Francisco Contente for Encyclopedia Britannica, on May 21, 2022. Accessed 6 September 2022."Ferdinand Magellan" by History.com Editors for History.com, last updated October 22, 2021. Accessed September 5, 2022"Elcano Day in the Basque Country / September 6, 2022" from AnyDayGuide.com "Magallanes- Elcano" by Fatima Azmani for SevillaInfo.es on September 5, 2022"Juan Sebastián de Elcano - Explorer and Ship" uploaded to YouTube on April 8, 2022, by The History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered"How Magellan circumnavigated the globe - Ewandro Magalhaes" uploaded to YouTube by TED-Ed on March 30, 2017"Magellan faces mutiny on the high seas" by Look and Learn on May 16, 2011 Cultural TipNone
Episode 74: Why Does Spanish Have B and V?
Jul 2 2022
Episode 74: Why Does Spanish Have B and V?
Have you ever wondered why Spanish has both the letters "B" and V", when they both make the same sound? Well, in today's episode, we'll answer that very question! And then, for our Cultural Tip, we'll talk about the national holidays of Ecuador!Remember, learning a language is a lifelong journey.¡Aprovéchalo, Disfrútalo y Compártelo!SHOW NOTES:©2022 by Language Answers, LLCBlog for Episode 74Intro and Closing Music by Master_Service from FiverrCultural Tip Transition Music edited from song by JuliusH from PixabayResource LinksEpisode Content "International Phonetic Alphabet" by InternationalPhoneticAlphabet.org "The International Phonetic Alphabet" by the International Phonetic Association, last revised 2015"International Phonetic Alphabet for American English" by EasyPronunciation.com"Pronouncing the Spanish B and V" by Gerald Erichsen for ThoughtCo.com on April 11, 2019"¿Por qué se pronuncian igual B y V en español? Historia de la confusión" by DelCastellano.com"¿Por qué pronuncio así la B y la V? | ¿Qué es correcto?" by Linguriosa, uploaded to YouTube on February 21, 2021"Romance languages" by Sala, Marius and Posner, Rebecca for Encyclopedia Britannica, July 26, 2021. Accessed 27 June 2022."Golden Age" by Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia, for Encyclopedia Britannica, February 2, 2022. Accessed 27 June 2022.Real Academia Española (rae.es)Episodio 73: Diferencias Ortográficas entre el Inglés Americano, Canadiense y Británico (en Inglés)Cultural Tip"National Holidays in Ecuador in 2022" by OfficeHolidays.com. See the individual holiday links for more information.
Episode 72: Neuter Demonstratives (Eso, Esto, and Aquello)
Jun 1 2022
Episode 72: Neuter Demonstratives (Eso, Esto, and Aquello)
What are Neuter Demonstratives? How do you use them? I promised you back in Episode 53 that we would eventually get to these, and now here we are! :) So let's dive in, and afterwards we'll talk about the three unique traditions of Guatemala. Remember, learning a language is a lifelong journey.¡Aprovéchalo, Disfrútalo y Compártelo!SHOW NOTES:© 2022 by Language Answers, LLCBlog for Episode 72Intro and Closing Music by Master_Service from FiverrCultural Tip Transition Music edited from song by JuliusH from PixabayResource LinksEpisode Content Episode 55: Acá vs. Aquí, Los Adverbios DemostrativosEpisode 53: This, That, These, and Those in SpanishEpisode 56: What's the deal with "Lo"? Part 1 Episode 57: What's up with "Lo"? Part 2From thread from the CVC Foros, the Centro Virtual Cervantes' Archivo del Foro del español, the Cervantes Institute (Instituto Cervantes), quote came on November 14, 2019"The Neuter Demonstrative Pronouns “Eso,” “Esto,” and “Aquello"" from SpanishDict"The Neuter Gender in Spanish" by Gerald Erichsen for ThoughtCo.com, updated on May 19, 2018"Demonstrative Pronouns of Spanish" by Gerald Erichsen for ThoughtCo.com, updated on March 09, 2019"How to Use Spanish Demonstrative Adjectives, Pronouns & Neutral Gender" by Real Fast SpanishCultural Tip"25 Guatemalan Festivals and Celebrations for Your Bucket List" by Michele Peterson for A Taste for Travel, posted February 20, 2020, updated April 25, 2022 "11 Guatemalan Traditions and Customs Only Locals Will Understand" by Jack Guy for TheCultureTrip.com, January 10, 2018"Why Do Guatemalans Build Giant Kites to Celebrate All Saints Day?" by Jack Guy for TheCultureTrip.com, January 31, 2018Fiambre Image by julio ariel from Pixabay "Receta Guatemalteca de Fiambre por Chef Mirciny Moliviatis" uploaded to YouTube by Mirciny Moliviatis on October 26, 2015"Giant Kites Festival, Day of the Dead | Sumpango, Guatemala 2018" uploaded to YouTube by Slowly Anywhere on November 7, 2018"Chichicastenango, Guatemala" uploaded to YouTube by CS pacifico on February 5, 2016"PALO VOLADOR, CHICHICASTENANGO" uploaded to YouTube by Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo/INGUAT/ on January 31, 2018
Episode 71: Contronyms in Spanish, What They Are and 7 Fun Examples!
May 17 2022
Episode 71: Contronyms in Spanish, What They Are and 7 Fun Examples!
Have you ever laughed at the fact that, in English, there are so many words that contradict themselves? For instance, if Paul rents a room, is he the one paying the landlord, or is he himself the landlord? Or how you can have clothes that will wear for a long time, but then eventually the wear on them begins to show? Or one of my current favorites, how you can be cheerfully sanguine (confidently optimistic) while your neighbor is a sanguine (bloodthirsty) lunatic? These types of words are called contronyms, and of course Spanish has them, too! So let's dive in, and afterwards we'll talk about the official holidays of Guatemala. Remember, learning a language is a lifelong journey.¡Aprovéchalo, Disfrútalo y Compártelo!SHOW NOTES:© 2022 by Language Answers, LLCBlog for Episode 71Intro and Closing Music by Master_Service from FiverrCultural Tip Transition Music edited from song by JuliusH from PixabayResource LinksEpisode Content "19 autoantónimos: palabras que significan una cosa y la contraria" by Jaime Rubio Hancock for El País on August 28, 2016"Autoantónimos: palabras que significan una cosa y la contraria" by Translation-Traducción.com on October 13, 2016"8 palabras en español que son sus propios opuestos" by Greelane.com on June 4, 2019"75 Contronyms (Words with Contradictory Meanings)" by Mark Nichol for Daily Writing Tips“Contronym.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster. Accessed 5 May. 2022.I also used the RAE's online dictionary, wordreference.com, and Ingles.com's online dictionary to double-check words and structures. Blog image by Yakup Ipek from Pixabay Cultural Tip"National Holidays in Guatemala in 2022" by OfficeHolidays.com. See the individual holiday links for more information.  "Federal Republic Of Central America" by John Misachi for World Atlas on June 30, 2020Episode 67: Spanish's Diacritical Marks
Episode 70: SPECIAL - La Fiesta de San Isidro en Madrid!
May 3 2022
Episode 70: SPECIAL - La Fiesta de San Isidro en Madrid!
Welcome to our first Special episode of 22: La Fiesta de San Isidro! This fun holiday takes place in Madrid every May 8th - 15th and honors Saint Isidore, the city's patron saint, and María Torribia, his wife. I wanted to do this episode before the actual holiday begins so that, should you so desire, you could join in the festivities wherever you are by making rosquillas or even cocido madrileño! (Remember, since today's episode is a Special, we won't have a Cultural Tip this week.) Remember, learning a language is a lifelong journey.¡Aprovéchalo, Disfrútalo y Compártelo!SHOW NOTES:© 2022 by Language Answers, LLCBlog for Episode 70Intro and Closing Music by Master_Service from FiverrCultural Tip Transition Music edited from song by JuliusH from PixabayResource LinksEpisode Content "San Isidro" by ESMadrid.com, Madrid's official tourist website, last updated April 29, 2022"Ermita de San Isidro" by ESMadrid.com, Madrid's official tourist website, last updated March 30, 2022"San Isidro Madrid - Comparsa de GIGANTES Y CABEZUDOS DE MADRID - 2016" uploaded to YouTube by Cicerone TV, Viajes, cultura y buenos restaurantes, on May 18, 2016"La Pradera de San Isidro in Madrid Spain" uploaded to YouTube by Samuel Garza on May 21, 2019"San Isidro Festival 2022" by Rove.Me, last updated April 5, 2021"Feast of Saint Isidore in Madrid" from AnyDayGuide.com "San Isidro Festival" by Spanish Fiestas"Feast of St. Isidro (in lieu) in Madrid in 2022" from OfficeHolidays.com "Intrepid's Ultimate Guide to Fiesta de San Isidro" from IntrepidTravel.com "Clase para aprender a bailar el chotis como un auténtico castizo" uploaded to YouTube by El HuffPost on May 14, 2015"Chotis Madrid, Madrid, Madrid" uploaded to YouTube by Doriroga on May 16, 2018La Comida"San Isidro 2020: Receta de entresijos y gallinejas" by Gemma Meca for OK Diario on May 15, 2020"Gallinejas and Entresijos: The Melancholic Mesentery of Madrid" from Vittles, piece written by Abbas Asaria and posted September 13, 2021"Cocido Madrileño: The Stew That Has Sustained Madrid for 600 Years" by Lidia Molina Whytefor CultureTrip.com on January 17, 2020"Cómo hacer un cocido madrileño de manera tradicional y fácil" by Alfonso López from Recetas de Recupetes"COCIDO MADRILEÑO" from Spain Recipes"Cocido Madrileno" by Luis Luna on AllRecipes.com "How To Make Barquillos" uploaded to YouTube by Savor Easy on March 26, 2019"Barquillos: Spain's unique street food roulette" by Jessica Vincent for the BBC on October 22, 2020"Limonada madrileña" by Angela CM for Conocer Madrid on March 2, 2013"Rosquillas" by Renards Gourmets for 196 Flavors"Rosquillas Santa Clara" by Mabel Mendez on Pasteles de Colores"Rosquillas de San Isidro" by Blue Jellybeans on May 18, 2011Cultural TipNone
Episode 69: Sino vs. Pero; When to Use Which?
Apr 18 2022
Episode 69: Sino vs. Pero; When to Use Which?
Today's episode will be a bit longer than normal, but it covers a topic I've really wanted to talk about for a long time. We all know how to use the conjunction but in English, but Spanish actually differentiates between the different nuances of but with the words sino and pero. This can be tricky for English-speakers, so today we'll do a deep dive into what these words mean and how to correctly use them! And for our Cultural Tip, we'll begin looking at Guatemala. :) Remember, learning a language is a lifelong journey.¡Aprovéchalo, Disfrútalo y Compártelo!SHOW NOTES:© 2022 by Language Answers, LLCBlog for Episode 69Intro and Closing Music by Master_Service from FiverrCultural Tip Transition Music edited from song by JuliusH from PixabayResource LinksEpisode Content  Wordreference.com "Pero" from REAL ACADEMIA ESPAÑOLA: Diccionario de la lengua española, 23.ª ed., [versión 23.5 en línea]. Accessed April 15, 2022"Sino" from REAL ACADEMIA ESPAÑOLA: Diccionario de la lengua española, 23.ª ed., [versión 23.5 en línea]. Accessed April 15, 2022"Cuál es la diferencia entre ‘pero’ y ‘sino’" by Cata for Practiquemos on July 14, 2020"Pero vs Sino – How to Avoid Mistakes with “But” in Spanish" by Andrew Barre for Real Fast Spanish"Pero vs. Sino" from SpanishDict.com by Curiosity Media Inc., accessed April 15, 2022"What’s the Difference Between Pero and Sino?" by Daniela Sanchez for ¡Tell me in Spanish!Cultural Tip"Guatemala" from the CIA's World Factbook, last updated March 30, 2022"One Page Summary: Guatemala" from the CIA's World Factbook, last updated October 2021"A History of Guatemala" by Tim Lambert for Local Histories, last revised 2020"History of Guatemala" by CentralAmerica.com
Episode 68: Some More False Friends!
Apr 8 2022
Episode 68: Some More False Friends!
Ready to go over some more false friends in Spanish? Here are 7 more words to help you avoid any embarrassing blunders or miscommunications. :) And in our cultural tip, we'll highlight three unique festivals in Chile!I'm sorry this episode is so late! I had planned to get everything done before we had guests visit, but then my poor daughter got sick and those plans went out the window! Thankfully, she is feeling much better now and we were able to have a blessed time with family. My next episode should be on-time, Lord willing! :D Thank you for your patience and understanding!Remember, learning a language is a lifelong journey.¡Aprovéchalo, Disfrútalo y Compártelo!SHOW NOTES:© 2022 by Language Answers, LLCBlog for Episode 68Intro and Closing Music by Master_Service from FiverrCultural Tip Transition Music edited from song by JuliusH from PixabayResource LinksEpisode Content Episode 45: False Friends Wordreference.com "20 Surprising Spanish-English False Friends Everyone Falls For" by Lisa for FluentU "15 Spanish False Friends about Emotion" by Real Fast Spanish"Falsos amigos" by Lawless Spanish"Lista de falsos amigos en inglés" by  Adriana Jiménez for Babel on January 29, 2020"Los 11 falsos amigos más comunes entre el inglés y el español" by Ana Sánchez for Verbling on November 25, 2015Cultural Tip "Chilean Traditional Festivals" by Marca Chile on March 7, 2019"The History and Dances of the Chilean Festival: Fiesta de la Tirana" by Michelle Margaret Fajkus for Spanish Academy on June 20, 2021"Virgin of La Tirana Festival" by Carnivaland"Fiesta de la Tirana" by Teleclases Chile, uploaded to YouTube on February 5, 2021"SERNATUR Tarapacá / La Tirana" by Sernatur Tarapacá, uploaded to YouTube on July 21, 2017"Wine grape harvest festival (Curicó valley, Chile)" by Alfredo de La Viñita, uploaded to YouTube on April 5, 2018"Fiesta de la Vendimia Curicó 2019" by TVCentro, uploaded to YouTube on March 25, 2019"What to do in Chile: Tapati Rapa Nui" by Chile Travel, uploaded to YouTube on May 14, 2018"Resumen Tapati Rapa Nui 2021" by Mana Tv Rapa Nui, uploaded to YouTube on February 23, 2021"3 Most Popular Festivals of Chile" by Donald Devil for Prix Constantin, October 17, 2020"Tapati Rapa Nui festival" by Easter Island Travel
Episode 67: Spanish's Diacritical Marks
Mar 22 2022
Episode 67: Spanish's Diacritical Marks
In today's episode, we're going to talk about the various diacritical marks in Spanish, as well as cover the national holidays of Chile in our second cultural tip for the country!Remember, learning a language is a lifelong journey.¡Aprovéchalo, Disfrútalo y Compártelo!SHOW NOTES:© 2022 by Language Answers, LLCBlog for Episode 67Intro and Closing Music by Master_Service from FiverrCultural Tip Transition Music edited from song by JuliusH from PixabayResource LinksEpisode Content Episode 53: This, That, These, and Those in Spanish"The Complete Guide to Spanish Accent Marks" by Rebecca Thering for FluentU"What You Need to Know About Diacritical Marks in Spanish: When to Use an Accent and How to Pronounce a Tilde" by Gerald Erichsen for ThoughtCo., updated on February 3, 2019"French Accent Marks: The Ultimate Guide" by George Julian for Fluent In 3 Months"Como vs Cómo" by SpanishDict, © Curiosity Media Inc."Difference between cómo and como in Spanish (with and without an accent)" by Inma Sánchez for Kwiziq on March 6, 2022"Mas o más" by Fabián Coelho for Diccionario de Dudas"Using ‘Más’ in Spanish: ‘More’ is its most frequent English equivalent" by Gerald Erichsen for ThoughtCo., updated on August 18, 2021Cultural Tip"National Holidays in Chile in 2022" by OfficeHolidays.com. See the individual holiday links for more information.  "Corpus Christi around the world in 2022" by OfficeHolidays.comEpisodes 46, 55, 56, 58, 59, and 60 My Disclosure Policy 2003 movie "Luther", directed by Eric Till [affiliate link]
Episode 66: Updates for the New Year, Eastern European Countries and Key World Organizations
Mar 9 2022
Episode 66: Updates for the New Year, Eastern European Countries and Key World Organizations
Welcome back to Spanish Answers! I am so excited to begin another year with all of you, my lovely listeners/readers! In today's episode, I'll give you a brief update about the Women in Language Conference, some news about the Resource Library, and then we'll start our episode on vocabulary for Eastern European countries and key world organizations!Remember, learning a language is a lifelong journey.¡Aprovéchalo, Disfrútalo y Compártelo!SHOW NOTES:© 2022 by Language Answers, LLC Blog for Episode 66Intro and Closing Music by Master_Service from FiverrCultural Tip Transition Music edited from song by JuliusH from PixabayResource LinksEpisode Content  Resource Library! Including Spanish, English, American Sign Language, French, and Ukrainian "Eastern European Countries" by WorldAtlas"Belarus" from the CIA World Factbook, updated March 2, 2022"Bulgaria" from the CIA World Factbook, updated March 2, 2022"Czechia" from the CIA World Factbook, updated March 2, 2022"Hungary" from the CIA World Factbook, updated March 2, 2022"Poland" from the CIA World Factbook, updated March 2, 2022"Moldova" from the CIA World Factbook, updated March 2, 2022"Romania" from the CIA World Factbook, updated March 2, 2022"Russia" from the CIA World Factbook, updated March 2, 2022"Slovakia" from the CIA World Factbook, updated March 2, 2022"Ukraine" from the CIA World Factbook, updated March 2, 2022"Member Countries" by NATO, last updated September 24, 2020"European Union" by Matthew J. Gabel for the Encyclopedia Britannica, March 4, 2022"United Nations" by Jacques Fomerand, Cecelia M. Lynch, and Karen Mingst for the Encyclopedia Britannica, January 21, 2020Cultural Tip"Chile" from the CIA World Factbook, updated March 2, 2022"Chile: One Page Summary" from the CIA World Factbook, as of October 2021 Episodes 58, 56, 55, 59, and 60
Episode 65: La Nochebuena y Navidad, Christmas in Peru!
Dec 21 2021
Episode 65: La Nochebuena y Navidad, Christmas in Peru!
Merry Christmas! \(^_^)/ December 25th is right around the corner, and as part of our yearly tradition of enjoying the holidays, todays' episode will focus on how Christmas is celebrated in the Spanish-speaking country of Peru! Plus, a quick update for the podcast/blog regarding 2022! Remember, learning a language is a lifelong journey.¡Aprovéchalo, Disfrútalo y Compártelo!SHOW NOTES© 2021 by Language Answers, LLCBlog for Episode 65Intro and Closing Music by Master_Service from FiverrCultural Tip Transition Music edited from song by JuliusH from PixabayResource LinksEpisode Content "How Peruvians Celebrate Christmas" by Brandon Dupre for CultureTrip.com on January 13, 2018"Christmas Traditions in Peru" by Amazing Peru and Beyond"Christmas Traditions in Peru" by Rainforest Cruises on December 23, 2015"Christmas in Peru: Traditions, Food and Where to Go" by Tony Dunnell for NewPeruvian.com, last updated June 4, 2018"La Navidad en Perú (Christmas in Peru)" by Sasha for Spanish Language Blog for Transparent Language, posted on Decemer 12, 2018"ZAPATEO PURO" by CORDOVA MI TIERRA, uploaded to YouTube on March 28, 2018"How To Play the Quijada de Burro with Freddy "Huevito" Lobatón" by DePauw School of Music, uploaded to YouTube January 11, 2021, but originally published June 7, 2018"Gabriel Alegría and Friends Demonstrate an Afro Peruvian Percussion Ensemble" by DePauw School of Music, uploaded to YouTube January 11, 2021, but originally published June 7, 2018"Festejo de Navidad" by Iglesia de Jesucristo, uploaded to YouTube December 5, 2016Past Episodes Mentioned:  Episode 64: Another Merry Christmas Song Sampler!  Episode 46: Reflexive Verbs, Part 1  Episode 43: ¡Feliz Navidad! Celebrating Christmas in Argentina and Columbia Episode 42: A Merry Christmas Song Sampler!Episode 25: Merry Christmas! Episode 24: Spanish Christmas Songs! Episode 1: New Year's TraditionsFood "What Is Pachamanca & How To Make It" by Rainforest Cruises on April 15, 2016"A Step by Step Guide to Cooking the Andean Pachamanca Like a Local" by Jessica Vincent for CultureTrip.com on May 30, 2018"Puré de Papa" from Jamea Perú"Peruvian Tamales" by Qué Rica Vida, with the Spanish Version "PERUVIAN CHRISTMAS FOOD – HOLIDAY SEASON CUISINE SOUTH AMERICA STYLE" from EatPeru.com "Panetón - Christmas Fruit Cake Dessert" by Eat Peru"Alfajores: Delicious Peruvian Cookie with Manjar Blanco" by Eat Peru"PERUVIAN HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE – SPICY, CREAMY GOODNESS" by Eat Peru