Spanish - Culture and Travel

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Lugares que quiero visitar

Antes de empezar una conversación en español (por Skype), siempre trato de pasar algunos minutos a expresarme por escrito sobre cualquier tema. Dado que vamos a hablar con alguien en un ratito, pensaba compartir mi tema de hoy con ustedes al mismo tiempo.   Tuve mucha suerte en el pasado de...

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Jul 4, 2018

Un fin de semana en Bolivia

A little over a week ago, my wife and I went to La Paz, Bolivia for the weekend.  When I went in 2015 they had completed 3 tram lines in the city.  Now there are 2 and half more lines completed with several others in the works.  It's part of the public transportation system, but it is also a...

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May 21, 2018

Visual Aids

Are there any visual aids or is the whole course audio?

6 replies - Last post by Matthew-H68 -
Oct 30, 2017

Is that you?

Amy, I was recently on a Princess Cruise ship. They have videos of other cruise adventures. The narrator sound like you. Have you ever made this type of video?

4 replies - Last post by Rodney-J -
Aug 13, 2017

Mi viaje a Costa Rica

Nota a mis amigos: Esteben me preguntó para escribir de mi viaje a Costa Rica. He escribiendo sin ayuda, así que correciónes va a ser agredacido. Yo pasaba un mes en Costa Rica recentamente. El primero tres semanas quedaba en Orosi, un pueblo de trece mil personas más o menos un hora y...

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May 29, 2017

World's Best Country to Retire Is ... Ecuador???

Something to think about... http://www.nbcnews.com/business/retirement/worlds-best-country-retire-ecuador-n278431

4 replies - Last post by Phédre nó Delaunay de Montréve -
May 25, 2017

Dan-H24, ¿Cómo puedo ayudarte?

Dan, you mentioned that you were interested in my experiences in Peru.  I was looking for a way to just message with you but that doesn't seem to be an option here at RS.  Anyways, I'm here in Peru as a missionary.  I was here from June 2015 to January 2016 and returned to Peru again in...

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May 21, 2017

beginners manual

Can anyone tell me where to find the beginners manual on the computer version of rocket Spanish?  I can find it on my Kindle Fire and on my Iphone (even though they are not the same version), but I cannot find it on my computer. Any help would be appreciated.

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May 18, 2017

excessive English audio inspanish travelogues

Why is there so much English audio in Spanish travelogues?  

2 replies - Last post by Matthew-B -
Dec 28, 2016

Anyone been to Galicia, Spain?

I'm thinking of spending a week in Galicia and I was wondering if any of you have been there and have any recommendations.  

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Sep 28, 2016

Me quedo en Perú otra vez

Estoy en Arequipa, Perú y espero que sea algunos años antes de volver a E.E.U.U.  Voy a tomar dos semanas de clases (gramática y fonética) para reforzar mi español y para refrescar mi memoria.  La verdad es que he olvidé mucho de español desde que salí de Perú en enero.  Puedo...

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Sep 22, 2016

Alternate Spanish Immersion Idea

I just returned from a week in Barcelona (not the best place to learn Spanish btw). My primary objective was to push my Spanish up to a higher level. Here is what I did: 1.) I spent one hour a day every weekday with a professor one-on-one. I found her on a web site (link below) where prices...

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Jul 11, 2016

Exit: Sortie (French) + Salida (Spanish) = Sortida (Catalan)

¡Que mezcla!

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Jul 8, 2016

El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha

2016 es el año en que se cumplen 400 años desde la muerte de Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). This is the latest article in veintemundos that I came across this morning. My goal in Spanish as always been to read (and be able to appreciate) this book which many consider to be the first...

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Apr 21, 2016

Castilian v Latin American Spanish

I presume Rocket uses Latin American rather than Castilian?  I know a number of forums say that there is little difference, but a number of Spaniards I have known say otherwise.  I'd be interested in user's views.  Thanks.

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Mar 1, 2016

En la pared de una cantina que estaba escrito:

El que bebe se emborracha. El que se emborracha se duerme. El que se duerme no peca. El que peca no va al cielo. Si quieres ir al cielo... ¡BEBE!

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Dec 27, 2015

Language Studies Abroad

In this online magazine "veintemundos", there is an interesting article in Spanish on doing language studies abroad: - http://www.veintemundos.com/magazines/86-fr/ At the bottom of the page, there is a video in English about a company specializing in this (www.yalea.com - to note it's the...

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Nov 12, 2015

Lago Azul

Here is a link to a You Tube video of Linda Ronstadt singing Blue Bayou in Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TnR4IsoC_0 Sorry for the scratchy sounds-like-it-was-ripped-from-vinyl beginning, but they all seem to start that way. In my opinion Linda Ronstadt had the second-best voice in...

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Oct 18, 2015

¡Histórico: Chile se consagró campeón de la Copa América 2015!

Chile es el campeón de la Copa América por primera vez en su historia. ¡Felicitaciones à Mauricio!

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Jul 13, 2015

Algunos trucos para sobrevivir quand viajes en un país español.

Una lección bien hecha - la recomiendo: - http://www.veintemundos.com/magazines/108-fr/  

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Jun 14, 2015

Study Trip to Granada

So recently I spent a few weeks at Escuela Monalban in Granada, Spain. I booked through GoLearnTo so that I could do rock climbing as well as a week of language lessons (I think I might have heard about that on this forum). It was fantastic and I probably learned as much, if not more, in the 15...

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Jun 13, 2015

Feliz día de los Caídos

My instinct was to translate this as: Día de la Comemorativa But both Bing and Google like Día de los Caídos. Which, now that I think about it, is more to the point. We remember our fallen service people on this day.

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May 25, 2015

Películas en español

Hola a todos, Aquí están algunas películas cortas en español con subtítulos en inglés http://freespanishshortfilms.com/ Saludos, Ricardo  

6 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca -
May 13, 2015

What is the best or easiest way to get between an airport or train station and a hotel/apartment/B&B in Spain?

 We are flying in and out of Madrid on our vacation and taking high speed trains to Seville, Cordoba, Barcelona, then back to Madrid for our last day before flying back. Any advice on using buses, taxis, metro trains, or any other means of transportation would be most appreciated. Thanks, Jim

12 replies - Last post by Aurora Hemminger -
Apr 13, 2015

Diaro a Cuba

Amigos: Tengo comencé escribir sobre mi viaje a Cuba en mi sitio web a www.danhenderson.photo/blog También, hay fotografias de Cuba en www.danhenderson.photo/cuba Se invito a todos a mirar. Saludos, Dan

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Mar 28, 2015

Conan O'Brian in Cuba

Conan taped a show in Cuba soon after President Obama announced the changes. It aired this week. If you didn't see it I recommend looking it up on Conan's web site. You will especially appreciate the Spanish "lesson" he took while there, along with his attempt to sing in Spanish with a Cuban...

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Mar 9, 2015

Spain

I keep looking at the map of Spain and realized I have been to a few of them in recent years. Has anybody been to San Sebastian and Navarre in the Basque Country. I have been to Madrid. Aragon, Castille, Asturias, Burgos, Salamanca and Santiago de Campostela. I have not been to Barcelona,...

7 replies - Last post by Aurora Hemminger -
Feb 24, 2015

Justo Lamas

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152014305805950&set=vb.33282040949&type=2&theater Justo Lamas a musician who tours the US, helping high school Spanish students to learn Spanish through music.

15 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca -
Feb 12, 2015

Forum search function not working?

¡Hola! When trying to use the forum search funtion, I continue to get the following error: [quo]*Quote:* Could not delete old search id sessions DEBUG MODE SQL Error : 1054 Unknown column 'search_time' in 'where clause' DELETE FROM rs_search_results WHERE search_time <...

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Jan 6, 2015

Historic Thaw: Obama Scraps 'Outdated Approach' on Cuba

I have always wanted to see Cuba integrated back into the mainstream (out of isolation). Well, regardless of how this pans out, our friend and colleague Dan is certainly there at a pivotal time in Latin history!

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Dec 22, 2014

Spanish movies or shows

¡Hola! where I live is not easy to find spanish native speakers, I need to improve my spanish by increase my vocabulary and adjust my hearing to spanish so I thought of watching movies and shows. but sadly, in our local TV there are no much spanish shows or if there a little are with dubbing ,...

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Dec 1, 2014

Chef-

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/movies/2014/08/why_is_jon_favreau_s_chef_the_indie_hit_of_the_summer.html I watched this movie on the plane from Taipei, Taiwan to Los Angeles. I thought about DanH24 because it showed little Havana in Miami. Also the very first guy I dated when I came here in...

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Nov 23, 2014

Spanish Conversation Groups in your area

I discovered this link for meeting with people in your area to converse in Spanish: __http://spanish.meetup.com/__ I haven't tried it yet, but it looks like a good way to make local contacts with Spanish-speaking individuals. Tony

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Nov 5, 2014

Trip to Bolivia

I recently had a two week trip to Bolivia. I had some great experiences and language practice there. I even had an opportunity to present a 5 minute address to a small church without a translator. That one made my brain hurt. I highly recommend a trip to a Spanish speaking country for...

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Nov 2, 2014

commitment

It has taken me 40 years to commit to spanish lessions stumbling around trying to figure it out on my own and learning just enough to get me in trouble. In one week I am more at ease with the language than I have ever been Thank you so much Rocket Spanish This can only lead me to where I have...

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Nov 2, 2014

Premium to Premium Plus

How well should you know Premium before going on to Premium Plus? Do you need to have mastered Premium?

12 replies - Last post by Aurora Hemminger -
Nov 2, 2014

Title-Spanish speaking friends

I am now on lesson 12.3 Premium Plus and its getting more challenging but it is also getting more exciting. Just looking at the future being able to us, lo que, es que and la cual, that is where I want to be. I actually increase my learning by attending a beginning class at the Senior Center...

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Nov 2, 2014

spanish courses in Cuba

http://www.sampere.com/learn-spanish/spanish-courses-cuba.html

3 replies - Last post by maha266 -
Nov 1, 2014

Yoda and Darth Vader

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeSVMG4GkeQ A Ted talk about subjunctives and indicatives in a language

4 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca -
Oct 9, 2014

Perjorative terms?

Several times lately I have encountered the term mestizo, which I believe is a description for someone of mixed European and indigenous ancestry. Also I have seen mulato, criollo, and probably one or two others that I cannot think of right now. Since I am reading these terms in educational...

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Sep 26, 2014

Disney Video Clips (Spanish)

I'm an old softy when it comes to Disney movies. Here are a few clips of the theme songs from the original artists in Spanish: - Tangled (Enredados). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGnKHn4tc4Q - Frozen (Una Aventura Congelada). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4tGddRblok

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Sep 26, 2014

Video Spanish in Spain & Mexico

Hola a todos, Here is a video comparing Spanish in Spain vs Spanish in Mexico. This is part 1, there is a part 2 as well. Edit: I made a mistake with the link and it is corrected in my reply to Cristian. Lo siento amigos. Saludos, Ricardo

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Sep 18, 2014

"Vivo por ella" / Italiano

Once again thanks to Cristian for putting us on this gorgeous song from Andrea Bocelli y Marta Sanchez. I remember it somehow being in Italian when I had first heard it awhile ago – and, sure enough after an Internet search, the original is: “Vivo Per Lei”. That reminds me – a little...

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Aug 27, 2014

Favorite Songs in Spanish

One delightful discovery in learning Spanish is that I love latin music. "Sobre gustos no hay nada escrito" but I thought I'd pass along a few titles in the hopes that others might enjoy listening to them. For easier ones: "Eres Tu", "La Bamba" and "Guantanamera". And here is a list of a few of...

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Aug 25, 2014

Cielito linda

Cielito linda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjJDv1IeF8I I recognized this song the instant I heard it but for the life of me I can't remember why. From Speedy Gonzales cartoons when I was a kid? [From that I remember "La Cucaracha"!] From the old Zorro TV series? I just don't...

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Aug 20, 2014

So where you live is called what?

Where and why do these places get these names? “I live in the City of Angels.” [Los Ángeles, CA] Sounds nice but, hey, I’ve been there… “I live in Saint Pancho.” [San Francisco, CA] Sounds better than living in Saint Poncho, I suppose. “I live in the Mouth of a Mouse.” [Boca...

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Aug 15, 2014

A little bit of Slang (Mexican) Spanish! 2

¡Hola amigos!, ¿Cómo están? Espero que hayan disfrutado la "A little bit of Slang (Mexican) Spanish part 1!". Here is part 2! If you ever been to Mexico, have talked to a Mexican (specially men) , or even watched a mexican movie, you will notice we tend to say something that sounds like...

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Aug 5, 2014

Language and Culture

Just thought I’d throw in a few thoughts… In listening to Latin music, I’ve become keenly aware of how comparatively poor English is relative to expressing feelings and relationships. It reminds me of how I felt relative to our limited local history when I first moved back to the US after...

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Aug 4, 2014

Beginners book vs. Interactive audio course

I downloaded all there is to download - but if I refer to the description in the Instruction manual, I am a little confused. On page 3 You mention all in "the pack": Instruction manual, Interactive Audio course, and then Four E-books: Conversion course, Beginners book, Advanced book...

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Jul 23, 2014

México lindo y querido!

Here is a video I enjoy a lot, and that is part of "Playing for Change". “Mexico Lindo y Querido,” that unites musicians across Mexico and demonstrates the beauty of this great country. No matter how many things in this life may divide us, they are never as strong as the things that bring...

4 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca -
Jul 21, 2014

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