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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: 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)
The birthday party was FUN.
That clown is very FUNNY. Continue Reading…

Un viaje de miedo

August 23, 2013

Beach Playa de la Tejita in TenerifeI went on a trip
To a faraway land
Surrounded by blue sea
And covered with sand

I walked and I walked
´Til my legs were all sore
I stopped and rested
Then I walked some more


Finally, it looked like civilization
Was in the far distance
A group of thatch huts
Could I find some assistance?

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