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Exploring Idioms in Foreign Languages

In my previous post “Understanding English-Language Idioms,” I discussed the peculiarity of idioms. Idioms are expressions used in informal language that don’t actually mean what their literal meaning would suggest, which is often rather strange. We use idioms every day without putting much thought into their literal meaning or their origin. However, idioms can also […]

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Hijitus, the Argentine Superhero

Las aventuras de Hijitus (The Adventures of Hijitus) was an animated series created by the great Spanish cartoonist Manuel García Ferré, first broadcasted in 1967. Ever since, it has formed part of the cultural heritage of Argentina, not only for its tender and humorous cartoon episodes, but also because it perfectly reflects Argentine idiosyncrasies, primarily […]

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What Are the Differences Between Spanish and Catalan?

Both of them are Romance languages, but Catalan—contrary to popular belief—is not a dialect of Spanish, but rather an entirely different language. In fact, looks nothing like the Spanish that today’s Spanish-speakers use. If we were to compare it with another language, it would appear more similar to Portuguese or French. The Catalan language comes […]

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About Idioms

The Spanish language is very rich in aphorisms, idioms, axioms and other sayings. To speak Spanish fluently, one must understand these phrases that are so ingrained in out literary history and the daily lives of those in Spanish speaking countries. This is why, for translators it is of extreme importance (especially for non-native speakers) to […]

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The Spanish Invasion

There is a lot of talk about how Spanish is increasingly overrun by Anglicisms. However, it is also interesting to note that English, at present, has also borrowed a significant number of words from Spanish. This phenomenon is not new. As early as the late eighteenth century, in the United States something could be described […]

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