Los dichos y refranes, Spanish proverb and sayings, are an integral part of a regional culture and identity. Mastering them can be particularly helpful, as a single line can convey thousands of years of oral history, and with it, an incredible amount of information.
'Trabalenguas', as the name implies, will get your tongue stuck trying to figure out their pronunciation. Tangle and torment your tongue with Diana Mejía’s tongue twisters.
Diana Mejía tells us how to transform words into a smaller, cuter and perhaps even less offensive versions of themselves using diminutives, or make them big and violent through augmentatives.
Katie Jacoby presents some of her favourite words in Spanish. Some because they’re beautiful, others because they’re fun to say, others because she likes how they’re used or their meaning, others because she gets a kick out of their translation, and others still because they just have a je ne sais quoi about them.
We’re nearing the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and if you’re anything like us, your sporting Spanish could use a little brushing up. Katie Jacoby journeys the lexical road to Rio with a guide to give you everything you need to go for gold in Spanish.
While there are tons of animal-related Spanish words and phrases that are universal, Katie Jacoby focuses on ones that are either exclusively Colombian, ones that you’re especially likely to hear here, or ones that are just too ubiquitous to not include.
Sometimes you just can’t remember what something’s called. How do you keep your composure and fake it when you draw a blank? Katie Jacoby furnishes us with all the do-das, whatsits and thingamajigs we need to forget words like a native.
With the city’s annual book fair just around the corner, Katie Jacoby shows her bookworm side with some useful Spanish reading vocab.
Bogotá has a diverse and growing restaurant scene but navigating the vocabulary of the experience, however, can cause the occasional hiccup. So, here is some key vocab to help make your words flow just as smoothly as the accompanying wine!
Salsa Claus climbs down the chimenea of this edition’s language section with a lyrical guide to the season’s music.