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Cacho’s Spanish Word Blog is part of the Study Spanish Language website. On this blog our editors, Cacho & Agata, post lessons and information related to Spanish vocabulary with a special focus on food, travel, study tips, romantic phrases, idioms, insults and slang.

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Spanish Idioms with Barron

Once you achieve a reasonably advanced level of proficiency in Spanish, you will need to bolster your understanding of idiomatic expressions. To help you do this, you’ll probably want to purchase a good reference book of idioms. Of course, there are several good options. Here’s a review of Barron’s Spanish Idioms. The review includes a few good samples from the...

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Easy Way to Learn How to Conjugate Spanish Verbs

I recently had the opportunity to test drive a new software program that’s designed to make it easier for people to learn Spanish verbs. It’s called the Verbarrator. What a fantastic program! This little piece of software (well, maybe not “little” since it contains more than 30,000 audio files) lets you drill yourself on all common Spanish verbs in all tenses. There’s English and Spanish audio plus an...

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Cacho Goes Shopping

Time to go shopping for some new playeras (t-shirts). In Argentina, they call them remeras. Don’t confuse that with rameras which are prostitutes. For example, if you walk into the local negocio (store) and tell the clerk, “busco una ramera negra” (I’m looking for a black prostitute), she will likely hace una mueca (make a face). But you aren’t here to learn about rameras, you’re here to learn...

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Spanish (or Castellano) in Buenos Aires

Hola amigos. I’m writing to you from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’ve spent quite a bit of time here over the past couple years and in this post I’d like to make a few observations about the language of Buenos Aires. The main things that set Argentine Spanish apart from, say, Mexican Spanish is that: 1) They use “vos” instead of “tú”. Here’s more about vos if you are curious. 2) They...

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Parts of a Car in Spanish

To most people cars (coches, carros, autos, vehículos) are simply a means of transportation. But to those who appreciate the ingenuity of the internal combustion engine, they are much more, perhaps even a modern marvel. Yes, I consider myself a car lover. So let’s take a look at the Spanish words for the parts of a car, inside and out. hood=el capó windshield=el parabrisas windshield wipers=los limpiaparabrisas side window=la...

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