Posts Tagged ‘Spanish language’


Posted on December 8th, 2010 by by Theresa

Tipple number 2 – Ponche Caballero

Perhaps you’ve seen your face distorted in the shiny silver bottle and wondered what was inside? After reading that ‘Gentleman’s Punch’ was in fact Spain’s most widely-consumed spirit, I decided to investigate. On websites the fruity nectar is described as an orange brandy, steeped with the flavours of plums, raisins, nuts and cinnamon. Sounded interesting […]


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 22nd, 2010 by by admin

With A Rose Between Her Teeth

And now for something completely different. We are delighted to announce that one of Valerie’s funniest stories, With A Rose Between Her Teeth, was selected for inclusion in the Writers Abroad Short Story Anthology 2010. This is a fictional take on the British in Spain, most definitely in the Garlic spirit, written with Valerie’s hallmark humour […]

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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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