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Month: December 2017

5 Simple Ways to learn Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

5 Simple Ways to learn Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

Wait, Brazilians speak Spanish, right? Not quite, as Brazil is the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world. Many people commonly assume they speak Spanish or that Portuguese is just a Spanish dialect, but Portuguese is the 7th most spoken language in the world. Besides Brazil and Portugal, several countries including Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and São Tomé and Príncipe have Portuguese as their official language. Also, Portuguese is a co-official language in East Timor (Timor Leste), Equatorial Guinea and Macau in China. Therefore, it makes sense…

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Common Visa Requirements for Latin America

Common Visa Requirements for Latin America

You’ve packed your bags, planned your excursions, bought your ticket, but have you considered how to enter the country? Depending on you stay, visa requirements can be simple, or very complex. Most countries have a 90 day tourist visa, which allow you to enter the country for that time period. However, you can’t work for a foreign employer, as these countries don’t want their natives excluded from the job market. Some countries, like Brazil, charge up to $160 per visa…

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Top 5 Latin American Comfort Foods

Top 5 Latin American Comfort Foods

Christmas has come and gone, with 2018 being around the corner! This special time of year is great for relaxing, reflecting, spending time with friends and family, and of course, eating comfort foods. Comfort foods, like Honey Baked Ham and sweet potatoes are common staples during this time. But what about Hispanic comfort foods? Since Hispanic countries are very diverse, they offer a wide range of comfort foods. These Latin American comfort foods include Pozole, Ponches, Paella, Sancocho Trifasico and Ropa Vieja. Pozole…

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Alcohol’s impact on Languages!

Alcohol’s impact on Languages!

Learning a language can be very intimidating, with some choosing to use some alcohol, or liquid courage, to learn a language. Alcohol may make you more relaxed, but does it really help you learn a language? Well, I believe that alcohol can help and hinder your progress at the same time. For example, you’d never want to rely on beer to help you speak your target language. Instead, you should embrace the learning curve and develop courage through fun practice…

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how to remember a language you forgot: 5 tips

how to remember a language you forgot: 5 tips

Have you studied a language for years only to forget it? Well, that’s a common situation seeing that 95% of high school students forget what they’ve learned in 3 days. I believe that the chief reason why this occurs is that language learning places too much focus on memorization and grammar rules, not communication. While having a grammar base will help you master a language, schools should put more emphasis on conversation. I took formal Spanish classes for 10 years…

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