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There are many words in the English language that cause CONFUSION to students as they are similar in meaning to other words in English or they are “false friends” (false cognates) which are pairs of words in two languages that look or sound similar, but have very different meanings. An example of a false friend is the English word ARGUMENT, which means “discusión” in Spanish, not “argumento”. Here is a sample of some of the words that Spanish speaking students most commonly confuse with examples to help clarify the different meanings. 

FUN & FUNNY
FUN: noun or adjective. Something FUN is something you really ENJOY. (Sustantivo: diversion; Adjetivo: divertido)
FUNNY: adjective. If something is FUNNY it makes you LAUGH. (gracioso, cómico)
EXAMPLES:
The birthday party was FUN.
That clown is very FUNNY. Continue Reading…

What do you do to take care of our planet? You can help reduce the Greenhouse gases and the negative impact they are having on our environment. Here are 10 easy ways to live a “greener” life and help with this cause!
recyclable materials1. Recycle– not only will that glass bottle become a new glass bottle, but you’ll also help to reduce pollution and create jobs!
2. Reuse– wrapping paper, unbroken bags and bows for future gifts or art projects with the kids; donate clothes and toys you aren´t using to those who need them. And we can convert something that we aren´t using into something useful; for example use a shoe box to store pencils, crayons and stickers. Continue Reading…

Reflexiones de Año Nuevo

January 8, 2014

New Year’s Reflections

The New Year has always been a time to look back throughout the last year and remember the good (and not so good) times we’ve had. Maybe you had an amazing experience in 2013, such as having a baby, getting married or travelling to an exciting destination. Then again, maybe there are few things you’d like to forget about 2013 like losing your job, being sick or having financial problems. What’s important is to learn from past experiences and look forward to the coming year in hopes that things will be just as good as or better than last year. The New Year is a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make to live a happier, healthier, more balanced life and resolve to follow through on them. These changes are called New Year’s Resolutions. Following is a list of 10 of the most common New Year’s Resolutions. Which one is yours?

I will try to:
1) Lose weight– Have you over-eaten during the holidays? Maybe 2014 is a good year to try to slim down to the size you were years ago.

2) Volunteer to help others– There are so many people in our society that get forgotten about from the homeless to the very lonely. Giving a bit of our time or money to help them has benefits for everyone!

3) Quit smoking– Have you been smoking for as long as you can remember? Perhaps it’s time you thought seriously about your long-term health.

4) Get a better education– From adult education courses to impoving your English level there is always something to learn!

5) Get a (better)job– Whether it be find work or improve on the one you have this year hopefully will be a good one for job hunters.

Piggy bank and euro banknotes6) Save money– Setting up a savings account or finding a way to put away some money every month will help bring financial stability.

7) Get fit– Would you like to feel energized by doing exercise? Maybe it’s time to make getting fit a priority.

8) Eat healthy food– Do you eat fast food on the go? Eating healthy, balanced meals with plenty of fruit and vegetables would make you feel a lot better.

9) Manage stress– Learning to remain calm in stressful moments is an important part of being happier.

10) Manage debt– Do you spend more than you earn? Maybe you need to find the way to cut down on your expenses and your debt to live a more financially stable life.

 

Spanish Translation

¡Qué molesto!

December 2, 2013

Daily nuisanceIs there anything that drives you crazy, gets on your nerves or you frankly can’t stand?
Here is a list of things that tend to annoy people:

1. People making noise when they eat
2. Stepping on dog poo
3. Stepping on chewing gum
4. Bad drivers
5. Forgetting what you were going to do
6. When it starts to rain and you don’t have an umbrella
7. Getting lost when you’re in a hurry
8. People who budge in front of you in line at a shop
9. People who talk with their mouth full of food
10. Rude shop assistants
11. People who beep the horn of their car too much
12. Loud neighbors
13. Losing something that you just had in your hand
Mosquito (Culex pipiens) sucking blood on human skin14. People reading over your shoulder
15. Getting cold calls
16. Slow internet connections
17. Running out of toilet paper
18. Mosquitoes
19. Diarrhea
20. A bird pooping on you

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¿Hay algo que te vuelve loco, te pone de los nervios o que francamente no puedes soportar?

Aquí hay una lista de cosas que suelen molestar a la gente:

1. La gente que hace ruido cuando come

2. Pisar caca de perro

3. Pisar chicle

4. Malos conductores

5. Cuando olvidas lo que ibas a hacer

6. Cuando empieza a llover y no llevas paraguas

7. Perderte cuando tienes prisa

8. Los que se cuelan en una tienda

9. La gente que habla mientras tiene comida en la boca

10. Asistentes de tiendas mal educados

11. Los que tocan el claxon demasiado

12. Vecinos ruidosos

13. Perder algo que acabas de tener en la mano

14. La gente que lee tu libro o periódico encima de tu hombro

15. Recibir llamadas frías

16. Conexiones lentas de internet

17. Que se acabe el papel higiénico

18. Mosquitos

19. Diarrea

20. Cuando un pájaro se hace caca encima tuyo[/spoiler]