La, Me, De, En, A – My Trials of Learning Spanish

November 5, 2010
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Tengo empatía para las personas que estudian inglés.  ¡Es muy difícil aprender un idioma nuevo!  Mi problema mas grande es usar correctamente las preposiciones, los pronombres de objetos indirectos y objetos directos en las frases.  En español cada nombre es femenino o masculino – en ingles no existe.  No siempre me recuerdo a usar la correcta forma.  Tengo un otro problema: la estructura correcta de la frase.  ¿Donde debo poner el directo o el indirecto pronombre en la frase – antes o después del verbo?  Por ejemplo: Ingles:  I […]

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Buscando Tio Pepe / Looking for Uncle Joe

November 5, 2010
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Rumor had it that my long lost uncle Joe was someplace in Spain. Knowing that Joe liked to tip a glass or two Sue and I headed off to Jerez de la Frontera. “Jerez” is the hispanicized version of “Sherish” which was its Moorish name when the town was under Islamic rule. The English speaking […]

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Tears of Wonder; Tears of Happiness at the Basilica of The Macarena

November 1, 2010
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There are many old churches in Seville as well as the beautiful Catedral that Bill wrote about.  The one church that made an impression on me is the Basílica de La Macarena.  La Macarena is Seville’s most revered image and is the patron of gypsies and the protector of the matador.  I’m not sure you can tell from […]

Posted in: Everyday Life, Sevilla

La Batalla de la Lavadura 2 / The Battle of the Washing Machine 2

October 28, 2010
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I thought I had won the infamous washing machine battle, I hadn’t. I’ve been happily washing clothes with this maldita maquina for two weeks now. I had noticed that there never seemed to be any suds but chalked that up to hard water.  The water didn’t seem hard based on our showers, but what do […]

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The Neighborhood Plaza/La Plaza de Nuestro Barrio

October 23, 2010
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One of the places I like in our neighborhood is the Plaza de Alfalfa. This is a real neighborhood place with a small area where children can play.  Starting at around 7pm, especially on the weekends there is always a large gathering of mothers, fathers and their children.  Parents eat, drink and enjoy talking with one […]

La Catedral de Sevilla Is Breathtaking

October 21, 2010
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Last weekend we went to the Cathedral of Seville. It is an enormous structure built in place of a Moorish mosque after the reconquest of Spain in the late 15th century. But truth be told, despite its obvious enormity from the outside there is little to prepare you for what you see upon entering. It is literally […]

Muchos Perros y Cuatro Gatos/Many Dogs and Four Cats

October 19, 2010
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Hay muchos perros in la ciudad.  Los ve caminando con los amos en cada calle.  Grande, pequeño, gordo, flaco.  Mas importante – los perros están detrás de, al lado de, o cerca de sus amos.  ¡No están delante de o corriendo de sus amos!  ¡Que lastima!  ¿Porque no mi perro caminar que eso?   (Algún llorando) […]

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