Archive for the ‘Spanish language’ Category


Posted on July 6th, 2013 by by admin

Tinto de verano

Summer’s here and the time is right for sipping and slugging lots and lots of chilled drinks to beat the heat.  Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be tempting you with some of the best. Kicking off today with the ubiquitous tinto de verano. A lighter version of sangría, perfect for a summer’s day. […]

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Posted on November 15th, 2012 by by Valerie

Yo, rata

Our Russian asistenta’s Spanish is – how shall I put it? – a bit incomprehensible, but we manage just fine.  Every Friday she lets herself in at 7 am and starts in the sala de estar – the opposite end to where we’re all asleep. One Friday I forgot to tell her that the following […]

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Posted on November 4th, 2012 by by Valerie

Garlic Moments: At The Pharmacy

Take heart, everyone.  I’ve been here for 39 years and the other day I made the most dreadful clanger at a pharmacy in Granada, where I was having a few days holiday. I suppose my castellano is a bit rusty as I mostly speak Catalan and English, but in fact I could have made exactly […]

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Posted on December 21st, 2011 by by Theresa

Spanish Christmas Customs 4 – The Big Bun

Roscón de Reyes “Mm, look what I’ve bought,” says Francisco every January 5, thrusting under my nose a giant ring-shaped bun with a few bits of red and green candied peel stuck on top and a plastic toy hidden somewhere inside for me to break a tooth on.  I fail to show much enthusiasm  . […]

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Posted on December 20th, 2011 by by Theresa

Spanish Christmas Customs 3 – the villancico

Villancico The Spanish word for Christmas carol has its origin in the old Castilian word villano, meaning ‘villager’ – as opposed to noble or squire. During the 15th and 16th centuries the villancico was a jolly sort of song-and-dance knees up for country folk, and it was only in the following centuries that the songs […]

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