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[Video] Entrevista con Marlon “Señor alemán” Görnert

[Video] Entrevista con Marlon “Señor alemán” Görnert

Hoy nuevamente tengo el gusto de presentar la entrevista a un amigo que realmente se transformó en una charla muy interesante sobre la vida en general y que espero que haya una segunda parte de esta. Quizás esta fue bastante informal, pero creo que le da un gran toque de naturalidad y una sensación de comodidad. Marlon es alemán y actualmente reside en Estocolmo, Suecia. Sabe alemán, inglés, español (con un perfecto acento porteño), portugués, catalán, francés, sueco e italiano,…

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Taking notes in Chile: a good way to speed up knowledge

Taking notes in Chile: a good way to speed up knowledge

It’s been about a month since I went back to University as a student. I haven’t been a regular student since I got my Bachelor’s degree in December 2011, so going back to a study rhythm in which I have to do projects, turn in papers or tasks and take notes (along with working fulltime)… hasn’t been easy (though I won’t deny that… I love being back at University! I like my classes and the environment over there). Considering that…

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[Repost] Video interview given to Artem from Yaziky.com [in Spanish]

[Repost] Video interview given to Artem from Yaziky.com [in Spanish]

A few weeks ago (curiously, just before taking a sick leave due to nasty flu), I gave an interview to Artem from Yaziky.com in Spanish about my language learning process and giving some general advice on languages, traveling and foreign cultures. Artem speaks fluent Spanish and he is an amazing and humble guy. You can watch this interview on YouTube and interact with him on his blog, YouTube channel and Facebook page.  

Lira Popular or learning languages and cultures through poetry and art

Lira Popular or learning languages and cultures through poetry and art

As someone who believes that history, culture, society go quite along with language and language learning, it is interesting to always be in the lookout for things people might not know and that might be interesting, not only to other learners, but natives as well. Up until the 19th century, Chile was probably one of the most underdeveloped regions of the Spanish Empire. This meant that certain things were more relaxed, there were other influences that in other regions weren’t…

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El voseo en Chile y porqué no es “mal castellano”

El voseo en Chile y porqué no es “mal castellano”

Post originalmente publicado acá. Traducido por el autor. Debido a varias peticiones, he decidido traducir mi artículo sobre el voseo en Chile, que llama mucho la atención a quiénes aprenden el castellano como también hablantes nativos interesados en Chile. Muchos de ustedes ya conocen que para la segunda persona singular, el castellano hace la distinción entre la variante formal e informal: usted y tú (nótese que sólo usted lleva mayúscula al inicio cuando es abreviado, es decir Ud. y el…

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Voseo in Chile and why it isn’t “Wrong Spanish”

Voseo in Chile and why it isn’t “Wrong Spanish”

As you may have seen, once a month there will be a post about Spanish language and certain pecularities that might call the attention of learners and potential ones. This time I’ll get quite personal and devote this post to my own local variety and one of its more evident features: voseo. Sure, you might have learned that for the second person singular, Spanish makes the distinction between formal and informal register: Usted and tú (note: only Usted has capital…

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The Spanish Fluency Pyramid

The Spanish Fluency Pyramid

No, this is not a pyramid scheme or anything like that. I would say it is a product of my own observation and casual conversations with fellow Spanish native speakers and Spanish learners. In a time in which we are bombarded with what we should focus first in order to be identified as fluent speakers and so. Is grammar that important? Is rolling your r a matter of life or death? What dialect or variety should I learn and which…

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Christmas post: Mikołaj v. Viejo Pascuero

Christmas post: Mikołaj v. Viejo Pascuero

In order to have fun during this holiday season, I made myself a challenge. What about comparing and making a short list of how Christmas is lived in Poland and in Chile, with vocabulary, food, traditions and such? Hopefully, at the end of the post, I’ll realize where it’s better to spend Christmas. I’ll make a list with some common questions about the celebrations, so you can understand the similarities and differences better. Who brings presents? If you think that…

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Being an online language tutor

Being an online language tutor

During the last month, I have decided to take a new step in my language career. I now have a small part time, independent job as an online Spanish language tutor. In what does it consist? What is the difference with being a proper language teacher? What are the methods you can use when you don’t live close to other language learners? I will try to answer these questions according to my experience and what has suited me and my…

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Krzysiek.cl in the media pt. 1

Krzysiek.cl in the media pt. 1

Despite I took this week as a cheat week and preparing myself for the next one, I have two big surprises for you, especially if you speak or are learning Spanish: MEDIA APPEARANCES 😀 First one was an appearance at My Polyglot Podcast from Jimmy Mello in which I talked about Polish and language learning methods in Spanish. It was plenty of fun for Jimmy and I 🙂 Then, I had the pleasure of being Siskia’s first guest at her…

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