Posts Tagged ‘Spanish language’


Posted on July 14th, 2013 by by admin

Café con hielo: DIY-style

You’d think that ordering an iced coffee would be a simple affair. Café con hielo in Spain comes like this: a double espresso cup of coffee, a long tall glass or a short fat glass with lots of ice, a spoon, and 9,000 bags of sugar. You – not the bar person – stir in […]

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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 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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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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