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5 ways to avoid being the ugly american

5 ways to avoid being the ugly american

Do you want to get the best out of your next trip to an to exotic Hispanic country? I can imagine and knowing what mistakes to avoid can make your trip even better. Although there are 21 countries that have Spanish as their official language, they’re all quite different. For example, cuisines vary from tacos in Mexico, Paella in Spain, and Churrascaria in Argentina. However, some uninformed tourists assume all Hispanic countries eat the same meal… tacos and burritos. The best…

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Why the Millennial Generation is the luckiest

Why the Millennial Generation is the luckiest

Wait, am I reading that correctly… the luckiest generation? You’re probably thinking that the millennial generation is the screwed generation with high student loan debt, stagnating salaries, and other reasons. However, I believe that millennials have tools that weren’t available to previous generations to live better lives. As a millennial, my generation has an uphill battle in some ways, but smart planning can help them prevail in the end. For example, many millennials have substantial student loan debt, averaging around…

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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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3 interesting facts about Las Posadas

3 interesting facts about Las Posadas

Thanksgiving is almost here and Christmas will be here before you know it! That begs the question, “How does the rest of the world celebrate this holiday?” If you’re in the US, Christmas is very commercialized with advertisements starting earlier each year. However, many countries, especially Spain and Mexico have large catholic populations whom honor the religious aspect of the holiday. For example, many common areas in Mexico have dioramas of the birth of Jesus in common areas. Mexico is…

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5 health benefits of yerba mate

5 health benefits of yerba mate

Do you need your caffeine fix but don’t like coffee or tea? Well, Yerba Mate could give you what you need. Yerba Mate comes from the mate tree, native to South eastern South America. This beverage has been enjoyed for centuries by natives of Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina. Due to its popularity, Mate has become world famous for being a great source of caffeine without the bad side effects from coffee. In fact, Guayaki has introduced the world to…

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5 Difficulties for Spanish Speakers learning English

5 Difficulties for Spanish Speakers learning English

Ok, I know what you’re thinking, “but I thought this site was supposed to improve my Spanish?” Yes, that’s a main goal of this site, but its also important to learn about mistakes Spanish speakers make learning English. If you understand this perspective, it will give you empathy and help you learn Spanish. Some difficulties for Spanish speakers learning English include using the wrong words and grammar concepts like subject verb agreement. Can I present you? If you want to…

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