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A Spanish Dialect Primer

culture dialects Dec 17, 2020

With 21+ different Spanish-speaking countries worldwide, there are most certainly un montón de different dialectos. Featuring different vocabulary and various accents or expressions, it can be hard to keep track of so many different ways of speaking. While people from different Spanish speaking countries would ultimately understand each other perfectly, its both important & interesting to know how & why they vary.

Here are a couple of key differences:


The Spanish Lisp or 'el ceceo'

Probably the most emblematic feature of any accent from Spain (there are numerous regional dialects within the country) is the ceceo or the way Spaniards pronounce their Zs and Cs (before an I or E) -which sounds like a 'th'.

In Latin America however, these two letters are pronounced as 'S'.

Ex. Nací en Zaragoza pero vivo en Barcelona.

Pronunciation from Spain: Nací en (th)arago(th)a pero vivo...

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Immerse yourself in 🇲🇽 Culture w/ Strawberry-Related Slang 

culture immersion Dec 14, 2020

As you probably know, fresa is the word for strawberry in Spanish (though if you're in Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile and Paraguay, you'll want to use the word frutilla ). In Mexico however, it can take on an alternate meaning:

Like is the case with all societies, Mexico has its fair share of subcultures or urban tribes. One of the most famous is 'los fresas' - the stereotype of superficial teenager or pre-teen who comes from an upper-class family, lives a lavish lifestyle, and is generally, pretty obnoxious and stuck up.

People who are fresa also stereotypically have a particular way of speaking, which consists of elongating phrases and sounding like they have a potato in their mouths. Paris Danielle, a famous TikTokker who self-describes herself as 'la niña fresa' -the fresa girl- serves as a great example.

Experts also note that fresas language is chock-full of anglicisms like OMG, nice, or cool, and that fresas tend to...

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A Maradona Mini-Lesson

culture expressions slang Nov 25, 2020

If you haven't seen the news, Argentina's iconic and beloved soccer legend, Diego Armando Maradona, has passed. 

Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Maradona's goal against England in the 86' quarter-finals is one of the most famous in soccer-history and was dubbed 'la mano de Dios' - or the hand of God- as he illicitly scored by hitting the ball with his hand. Such is his status in Argentina that the country's president, Alberto Fernandez, announced three days of national mourning right after his death.

But it wasn't just goals and world cups that were associated with Maradona - he was also a man of many nicknames.

Check out some of his most famous apodos

El Pelusa

Translation: Fluff; fuzz

This nickname dates back to Maradona's childhood days spent in Villa Fiorito, a slum in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. In an interview he stated that he was christened pelusa since, when he was born, he was full of pelos or hairs, that...

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