StudySpanish.com Newsletter

Sep 04, 2008

Vol. 5, No. 6
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¡Hola!

Contents for this week:

— Common Mistake
— Cultural Note
— Speak Spanish Conversationally
— New Podcast
— Idioms

COMMON MISTAKE

Whenever “mí” follows the prepostion “con” the two words combine to form “conmigo.” When “ti” follows the preposition “con” they combine to form “contigo.” Here are a couple of examples:

¿Por qué no vienes conmigo?
Why don’t you come with me?

No voy contigo, voy con ellos.
I’m not going with you, I’m going with them.

You can read more about this topic at studyspanish.com on the following page:

http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/oppro.htm

CULTURAL NOTE

The Vizcaino Desert encompasses roughly the middle portion of Baja California. With an average annual rainfall of between 2-6 inches, the main attraction of this harsh land is to learn of and observe a few of the amazing adaptations that the plants and animals that live here have made … The rest of the story, complete with audio, can be found here:

http://www.studyspanish.com/comps/vizcaino.htm

SPEAK SPANISH CONVERSATIONALLY

Have you tried to learn Spanish but just couldn’t get it? Lots of people have. Did you study Spanish in high school or college, without any real success? You’re in good company. Unfortunately, most classes meet only a couple of times a week, and are simply too crowded to allow individual attention. To reach a conversational level of proficiency, you need a different approach. To learn more, go here:

http://www.studyspanish.com/audiocourse.htm

NEW PODCAST

Number 17 in our series is “Ser and Estar Part III” and is available to all premium members:

http://www.studyspanish.com/membersite/podcasts/serest3.htm

IDIOMS

What’s an idiom? An Idiom is an expression that cannot be understood by simply analyzing the meaning of it’s individual words. For example, the English phrase “to break one’s word” — how could you “break” a word?

Here’s one Spanish idiom, taken from our collection of over 1500:

dar fe de – to vouch for

Yo doy fe de su buena intención.

I (can) vouch for his good intentions.

For more Spanish idioms, just go here:

http://www.studyspanish.com/idiom.htm

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