Soo masculine, isn’t he (Arnold Schwarzenegger, see photo). Just like how Arny’s bulging muscles indicates his masculinity, Spanish nouns have a few “tells” as-well, which can help us remember what words are masculine (el/los) or feminine (la/los).
Here’s a “cheat-sheet” with five points to help us navigate gender. (more…)
Yeah yeah, I know, I know – too simple right? Welllll, I’m not so sure. “deez mil por favor” I said to a middle-aged Chilean lady sitting inside a caja responsible for putting credit on subway travel cards. She looked at me straight in the eyes and slowly, but firmly said “diez mill” (sounding like “de-iz” , think Cameron Diaz). (more…)
I could easily count the number of native English speakers I know, who have learnt to speak Spanish. On the occasions that I hear an English-speaking foreigner hablando en Spanish I get tingles and am hit by a rush of inspiration. After realising, this I did countless Google searches on “celebrities who speak Spanish”, and low and behold… not many native English speaking celebrities have accomplished the task. The most notable example I could find however (more…)