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  1. Para Navidad, comemos pavo, puré de papas, guacamole, ceviche, ensalada, puré de camotes... ¿Cómo se dice stuffing en español? Cocinamos para la comunidad un americano comida.

    Es difícil de traducir los platos tradicionales en otros langauges. Creo que es por eso que muchas veces los nombres son los mismos. Pero creo que la traducción para stuffing es "relleno". ¿Alguien aquí sabe?

  2. Unas cuantas correciones para ti, espero que te sean de ayuda :)

    Tu español es muy bueno :)  Vas por muy buen camino, felicidades!  Checa las palabras que tache en tu mensaje original, esas son mis correciones. Que conste que hago estas correciones porque es la regla de este foro ;)  No por metiche o criticona, ok?

    Gracias por las correcciones. Tienes razón, sólo podemos aprender de las correcciones. Espero que no confundo a nadie. Yo sólo quiero que la gente se sienta cómoda para escribir aquí. Una vez más, gracias. Tengo mucho que aprender sobre el español. :)

  3. Actually this little game could be used to learn food and restaurant vocabulary in just about any language! Just change the language and the menu and voila! It's an interesting idea.

    Thanks BWL!!! :) When I was taking French classes in school, my teacher used to have us student play-act restaurant scenes. It used to be fun. And at the end of the semester or food lesson, we would bring in french foods and play-act some more while eating. That was the best part. :D

  4. ¿Qué comida te comes en Navidad? En mi familia, las fiestas de Navidad duran todo el día. Y hay un montón de comida para comer durante todo el día. Yo como el pollo, pavo, jamón al horno, patatas, tostones, maduros, pan, ensalada, pasta con queso, y otros favoritos. ¿Y tu?

    Por favor, no te preocupes por los errores. Esto es solamente algo divertido y delicioso que todos podemos hablar en español. :)

  5. I think this is a very useful way to learn Spanish. As for errors, don't worry about it. You're still in the learning stage. If you want, you can take some Spanish classes so that you can learn basic grammar rules. But there's no need to perfect your Spanish right now. As for me, I love translating ads. They are short, they have pictures, and it's just plain fun. :)

  6. I don't know of any specific sites. But I'm sure if you google it, you'll come across something. I know I did a few months ago. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name. You can also try YouTube for some quick video courses. It's always good to hear words pronounced the way a teacher would do it for you in class. And don't forget to pick up some French music with lyrics written out in French. That is an easy and fun way to re-familiarize yourself with French.

  7. I've heard a few throughout the years. That was the great thing about living where I lived. There was a ton of French and Spanish spoken. So, some of my favorite ones...

    1. La raison du plus fort est toujours la meilleure. (Might is right.)

    2. Il faut manger pour vivre, et non pas vivre pour manger. (Eat to live, don't live to eat)

    3. Tous pour un, un pour tous. (All for one, one for all.)

  8. Since my first language is English, I think any language with a foreign script is hard. The first time I tried to learn modern Greek at a Greek church, I quit after 2 weeks. It was literally "all greek to me". I couldn't get it. Fast forward a few years... I signed up for an Ancient Greek class in college. To my surprise, I finished the class with good grades and a smile. I had a ton of fun working my brain in that manner.

  9. Here's an easy game for learning how to order food in French.


    1. Write a French restaurant's name (fake or real) and whether you are there for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or snack.

    2. Write everything you would order from drinks to desserts. Write in the way you would order it in real life.

    For more practice, look up a real French menu and pretend you are ordering from there. Don't forget to be creative and have fun. Here's an example...

    Le dîner à Le Petit Paris

    Pour le hors d'oeuvres, je voudrais le Saumon Fume.

    Je voudrais votre soupe de jour; et pour la salade: Coeur de Salade au Chevre et aux Noix.

    Pour le plat principal, je vais prendre: Assiette de Legumes Grilles.

    Non, je ne veux pas le dessert.

    Une boisson? Oui... Un vin de table, s'il vous-plait.

  10. Here's an easy French word game we can all play in order to practice our vocabulary...

    What to do: Give a word or word combo that starts with the last letter of the previous posters word. The first letter of the word you give must match the last letter of the word given by the previous poster. Here's an example...

    1st poster: aimer (to love)

    2nd poster: raison d'etre (reason for existing or living)

    3rd poster: épreuve (test, ordeal, hardship)

    4th poster: eau (water)

    Don't forget to add the definition of your word.

    If you want to practice your vocabulary more, you can respond to your own word several times.

    For example you can write: possible (possible), enfant (child), trou (hole, pit). The next poster will then start with the last letter of the last French word you posted, in this case it would be "u".

    So, I'll start the game with the word:

    Bouche (mouth)

  11. I might have a helpful tip for pronouncing the French "r". The sound is produced by vibrating your uvula, which is exactly what you do when you gargle water. Act like you're gargling water in your mouth without the water, and you've pronounced the French "r"! I agree that it is difficult to handle, but with some practice you can get more control over it.

    What I've done in the past that has helped is to practice syllables with "r" in isolation. For example I would practice saying ra, re, ri, ro, ru and ar, er, ir, or, ur with the French "r" of course and French vowels. Doing these little exercises once in a while made it easier when I needed to speak spontaneously.

    Anybody else?

    Omg, that's seriously the best tip. I just tried the gargle suggestion and then used it with your isolation suggestion... What a difference. If there was a "like" button on here, I'd press it a million times. I can't believe with all the French language classes I've been to, this is the first time I'm hearing this trick. Seriously, thank you!!!

  12. Here are a couple more negation possibilities...

    1. "Ne ... jamais" basically means never

    Ex. Je ne travaille jamais ce jour  =  I never work this day.

    2. "Ne ... plus" basically means no more and not anymore

    Ex. Je ne travaille plus ce jour  =  I do not work this day any more or I no longer work this day.

    Please correct me if I made any mistakes. I'm still learning myself.

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