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Tips for Talking about the Olympics with Spaniards

The Olympics are in the air. You’re in Spain, and conversation about what’s happening in Rio seems to be everywhere you turn. But what are people talking about and how do you jump right in there and keep up with the conversation in Spanish? Who are the most famous Spanish athletes? What are some common ways to talk about sports (and in particular the Olympics) in Spanish? Check out some of these tips for talking about the Olympics with Spaniards (in Spanish) and to keep up with all the chatter.

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Who’s the Spanish Version of Your Favorite Singer? (II)

A few weeks ago we compared some of the most well-known English-language singers with some of the most well-known in the Spanish language. It was a pretty great list if we do say so ourselves, but we thought we’d give you a few more! So listen up, pump up the volume and get ready to listen to Spanish versions of…
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Who’s the Spanish Version of Your Favorite Singer?

If you have a Spanish friend it’s very likely you’ve noticed that we Spaniards tend to look for Spanish equivalents of international celebrities, artists and pop stars. We’ll say things like, “I think the Spanish Bruno Mars is Xuso Jones.” We can’t seem to help ourselves. So in case it comes up in conversation one day, take a look at some of these Spanish versions of some of the biggest international musicians out there. Ready?

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Flamenco Singers Every Collection Should Include

Flamenco is an immortal art linked to Spanish history practically since its beginnings, and the list of great new flamenco singers grows every year. However, there are some unforgettable flamenco singers who shine (or shone) brighter than the rest in this extremely competitive and talent-filled sector. Here are some of the best flamenco singers you should definitely include in your collection (if you don’t already have them there):

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Españoles por el espacio

Ya sabéis que  un sistema planetario situado en la constelación Arae llevará el nombre de Cervantes y de algunos personajes de su famosa obra “Don Quijote”. Así su “sol” llevará el nombre del escritor y sus planetas serán Dulcinea, Rocinante, Quijote y Sancho. ¿A que sería precioso que algún cometa que pase cada poco tiempo por ese sistema también fuese llamado Clavileño en honor del caballo de madera que llevó en viaje imaginario al caballero y su escudero?
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Puentes: Long Weekends in Spain

There’s an old joke in Spain that goes, the best “puentes” (bridges) in Spain are the Puente Nuevo in Ronda (Malaga), the one in Triana (Seville), the “puente” at Semana Santa (or Holy Week) and the “puente” for el día de la constitución (Constitution Day). These last two are not actually “bridges” but rather a figure of speak we use to talk about the days we take off between two holidays. They are similar to “bank holidays” or “public holidays,” but with subtle differences.
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The Faces of Cervantes

The Spanish cultural world is abuzz after news has broken of the recent discovery of Don Quijote author Miguel de Cervantes’ (1547 – 1616) remains. Now that we are almost completely sure that the bones found in San Ildefonso Convent belong to the writer, we may get a curious first peak at his physical appearance; a first because no reliable painting exists of his face.
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Fallece el empresario Emilio Botín

El mundo de los negocios ha quedado conmocionado el día 10 de septiembre de 2014 por el fallecimiento, a causa de un infarto, de una de sus grandes figuras: el banquero Emilio Botín, presidente del Banco Santander, la corporación española más importante a nivel mundial.

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Proclamación del rey Felipe VI de España

El 19 de junio de 2014 nuestro país asiste a un evento histórico, la coronación de un nuevo rey. Será una ceremonia sencilla en parte debido a los tiempos de crisis, en parte debido a su precedente pues la ceremonia de coronación del rey Juan Carlos también fue austera.  Se resumirá en la proclamación de un nuevo rey ante las Cortes con la corona y el cetro real como testigos; un desfile por la principal calle de Madrid y una recepción en el Palacio Real.

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Un Cervantes desconocido

Estos días el mundo literario español e hispanoamericano aguarda la noticia del descubrimiento de los restos de Miguel de Cervantes, autor del “Quijote”. A estas alturas sabréis que se han encontrado restos en el subsuelo del madrileño convento de las Trinitarias y estos podrían pertenecer al famoso escritor. Toda esta odisea parece ser el gran colofón a una vida llena de curiosidades, algunas de las cuales os vamos a contar.
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