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Spanish subtitles: Did a meteorite kill the dinosaurs?

Spanish Learning Hacks comes back to life with yet another Spanish subtitled video. This time I have chosen an interesting one: Scientists have found new evidence that the extinction of the dinosaurs was caused by a meteorite impact. But I won’t give more clues: listen and discover yourself! Continue reading

Funny Spanish Subtitled Video: Bush’s “Message” to Castro

Well, it seems that Spanish subtitled videos are very welcome (thanks for your comments!), so I think I should make them more frequently.

So, here you are a new one. Short but funny. It is a gag from the Andreu Buenafuente’s Spanish TV show. Here I propose you an exercise: First, turn off the sound and try to read aloud the subtitles. Then turn it on and check if your pronunciation is correct. You may want to bear in mind that Buenafuente has Spaniard accent (more precisely, Catalan accent). Continue reading

Spanish video with subtitles: Spanish TV journalist

Ok, now you know all the Spanish pronunciation rules, and you have learned quite a lot of Spanish grammar, and have also a rather rich vocabulary. But what happens when a native talks to you? Do you understand him/her perfectly?

Well, this is the first in a series of articles in which I will publish Spanish videos with subtitles in Spanish. This will help you to develop, or consolidate, your ability to understand the spoken language. You could first make an attempt to understand it without reading the subtitles (perhaps hiding them by resizing the browser window). Continue reading

All the Spanish Alphabet Pronunciation in a Single Sentence

You might be surprised, but I know it from experience: for a Spanish speaker, learning to correctly pronounce English can be a real pain. Just an example: How can the “ough” in “tough”, “though”, “thought”, “through” and “thorough” have so many different pronunciations? It just doesn’t make sense at all!

Fortunately for you, Spanish pronunciation is a lot easier: most of the letters of the Spanish alphabet have only one possible pronunciationeach. Exceptions are: c, g, r and y, which can have different pronunciations depending on their position in a word.

A Spanish phonemic pangram

But it can be even easier: What if I tell you that in a single sentence you can find every possible pronunciation of each letter of the alphabet? Well, I proudly present what could be called the first Spanish phonemic pangram ever (hmm, well, as far as I know):

La cigüeña gigante bebió ocho copas de whisky, más quince jarras llenas de fría cerveza rubia, y enseguida huyó en un taxi.

Which means:

The giant stork drank eight glasses of whiskey, plus fifteen full mugs of cold pale ale, and escaped in a taxi right away.

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