Archive for the ‘Spanish language’ Category


Posted on October 22nd, 2011 by by Theresa

Muffled prawns, please: the best Spanish menu ever.

Oh, how we laughed. It’d been a long time since any of us had browsed such an inscrutable menu.  We worked out most of the items, though we did have a problem with ‘black poplars’ (the bilingual among you, start racking your brains …). I won’t spoil your fun. Here is a sample of the […]

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Posted on November 27th, 2010 by by Theresa

Spicing up the lingo

It’s estimated that around three quarters of Spanish vocabulary is derived from vulgar Latin. Add on another six-ten per cent from Arabic, and you’ve still got another 15-20 per cent to play with. So where do all the other words come from? In vague historical order, mainly: Basque, Celtic, Greek, Visigoth, Catalan, Portuguese, Gallego, German, […]

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Posted on November 21st, 2010 by by Theresa

Bye-bye ‘y’

¡Con lo bonito que es la i griega! Such a distinctive-sounding letter is the ‘y’ in Spanish. Alas, it is about to get the chop and will henceforth be known as ‘ye’, as indeed it already is in much of Latin America. The reason given is that in Spanish it is mostly used as a […]

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Posted on November 17th, 2010 by by Theresa

Make mine an eel and snail frying pan

Back in the 18th century near a lake in Albufera, a Valencian peasant with a strong Andaluz accent (come on, anything’s possible) was out shooting when he caught a nice juicy rabbit. His wife wasn’t feeling too well, so when he got home he skinned and de-gutted the animal and had a quick nose around […]

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Posted on November 15th, 2010 by by Theresa

The English Key

How is an English key different to a Spanish key, a Portuguese key, an American key or to any-other-nationality sort of key? Well, it ain’t a key at all, as anyone living in Spain with even the lightest smattering of DIY savvy will surely know. Your English key, your llave inglesa, is in fact an […]

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