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  1. Haha It sounds like it was meant to be left in it's original language. I do see the context in the first one. Adding legs to a snake probably means something like: "thinking out of the box" - you know, like not drawing what others will likely do. I might be partially right. EDIT: OOPS! Sorry, should have kept reading to see Leeroys post on this.
  2. This is really the only correct way in using this Google feature. When I find myself needing to create an email in Spanish, I often type in a particular word I am having trouble with in English and get it's Spanish translation.
  3. Yes, you can not carry out a meaningful conversation with an app. An engaging conversation with a native speaker definitely makes the brain work. Developing practice through the conversational method is the best way of learning! :grin:
  4. Watching TV in Spanish certainly helps. My brother and sister watch a lot of Korean game shows and dramas and they enjoy it. They actually are a lot more comfortable with the language and learn new words each time.
  5. I can vouch for the other posters. I have been reading Count of Monte Cristo in English and new words have already resurfaced from all the junk inside my brain. These words are not necessarily new to me, but It has been a while since I've read them in a sentence. There is also the option of using a thesaurus. It is a great way to look for alternative words that can really liven up an email.
  6. This really requires extra effort for me. Having a quiet environment helps a lot. When I study I usually go to the library because there are less distractions. When things get hot - like if I am nearing a deadline - it is when I become supernatural. I go into overdrive and the urgency of the task at hand is the only thing that keeps me focused. In learning/studying a new language, I can only say that a genuine interest it the only thing that can keep you focused.
  7. Novelas are silly to me. Now that I have read this thread I can see why it is actually helpful. The added drama and facial expressions really can help one learn Spanish. I just hope no one tears up when Maria chooses Esteban, the ridiculously handsome mariachi guy, over Juan, the average nice guy with a kind heart. Things are always so unfair.
  8. I know it sounds strange at first, but it really is efficient. I had to take Spanish classes during the majority of my time in junior high school - it was the only class offered. It worked really well on the students who thought that it was a silly idea. Although it may have been frustrating for them at first, they began to get into the flow and really benefit from this teaching method.
  9. "El cuchillo esta limpio" Here "esta" is used to denote the current state of the knife. Typically used in situations where things can change. Using "es", it can be interpreted in a way to say that the knife is clean and nothing will change. That's my take on this. I hope this helps a little.
  10. Horchata - A delicious beverage! I encourage anyone to try it, I am sure you will enjoy it. There are many variants across all Latin American countries, but I am referring to the Mexican kind.
  11. No tengo una preferencia en particular, pero lo mas reciente que e visto son: Comedias, documentales (Surprisingly, I had to google and verify the spelling of this), y comedias de acción. Pensadolo bien, creo que el genero de misterio y acción me complace mas.
  12. Hi, I've recently been trying to compile a list of books to read with a friend who is learning Spanish. Don Quixote is one of those on the list. I wonder that the language may be too far advanced, or perhaps, too cryptic for his level of understanding. What do you guys think? I'm also looking into recommendations, I can not seem to find anything worthwhile.
  13. That's interesting, so this is not more than a petty feud between neighbors? I mean, what could they possibly gain in seceding? I am not up to date with current events, but it really seems like something insignificant. A rivalry between football clubs is understandable, and it's origin is quite interesting. We live for tomorrow, why should something like this be of a big deal? Surely, there are other important issues that are worth expelling energy on.
  14. Hey! It's actually a catchy song - kind of like it. To answer your question, the words are referenced in Portuguese and not Spanish. Balad in this context means "party". "Che" is a slang saying for friend,well, at least by my definition. Maybe this wikipedia article can offer you more clarification: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che_(Spanish)
  15. I have to say it is the grammar aspect. Personally, I find it a bit tedious to include accent marks in informal emails. Hopefully, I will get over this slump and actually try - it's really actually necessary to be taken seriously.
  16. I do not generally listen to Spanish artists, but here are some included in my music library: Shakira - Most of her music is now in English, but she has a good mix of Spanish lyrics and hotness! :grin: Los Fabulosos Cadillacs - They can be a bit fun to listen to. My favorite song is "matador" - never gets boring. Ricardo Arjona - I think he is somewhat good. Vicente Fernandez - The idol, the legend and the guy with a serious mustache.
  17. Yes, I would only accept to pay for services that are truly worth it. I've paid for apps that are absolutely essential for my line of work. So I do not totally dismiss these limited service apps. Thanks for posting the app suggestion!
  18. This is odd, I was just practicing my cursive writing last night. I am twenty now, and I vividly remember the booklets and homework I used to work on. I can only imagine the future generations trying to decipher a historical document written in cursive writing. It would be like trying to read an unknown language. Seriously,if not practical, it is at least relaxing - focusing on achieving an elegant writing style makes me forget my troubles.
  19. Era uma vez uma jovem menina chamada Ana Maria que gostava muito de comer gelados com sabor a morango. Um dia, ela decidiu que já estava farta de comer gelados, por isso foi procurar outra coisa que lhe agradasse. Decidiu então partir à procura de dois frangos assados
  20. Hey guys! I have recently decided to pick up some slack. I joined in an effort to continue learning Portuguese. Perhaps a community of like-minded people accelerates my progress. I also like cats and once met a dog who spoke Spanish - I mean understood Spanish, dogs don't speak, ha...
  21. I live in New York City and it is common to hear a distinct New York accent. I can only distinguish an accent of someone from Long Island or upstate New York, but I can not go further than that. English in most boroughs sound exactly the same to me. Never in my life has someone come up to me and call out my accent.
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