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¡Nanais!

¿Te gusta esto?  Can you do this? What do you do for a living? How many of those have you had? What do you know about them? ¿Cuánto me puedes prestar?  What did you say? These are all pretty simple questions, right?  For the most part they are.  Except for […]

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Why All Latinas In Hollywood Should Learn Conversational Spanish

It wasn’t too long ago that celebrities like Eva Longoria, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Alba, and yes even La Diva Del Bronx Jennifer Lopez could speak only a couple of words of Spanish before staring blankly into space in confusion and resorting back to their more comfortable tongue of English.  They […]

Is Samy on ‘Mira Quién Baila’ a Sign of the Times?

So Samy is on Mira Quien Baila this season.  “Samy from Miami” to be more precise – who knew?  That in it of itself is not really that much of a shock.  I mean what else is the Divo up to these days?  What was kind of a little eyebrow-lifting, […]

Ask Juan: Why is Spanish so Hard to Learn?

The other day a reader emailed me with the following question: Since you are Juan of Words, what do you do when life gives you a whack in the back of the head? I’ve been trying to learn Spanish through a local community college and I’ve tried for two quarters […]

Rata De Dos Patas, And Other Scorned Love Worthy Songs

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  Para una corazón roto there’s definitely nothing like a Spanish song about despecho. That feeling that you get after a love affair gone wrong, kind of a mix between hatred, anger and disappointment, where all you want is to spite the […]

Translating For My Parents

At times I didn’t want to translate.  It was embarrassing to be the interpreter.  To not understand what that person was saying or how exactly it was my parents wanted me to convey their message.  It was unnerving, uncomfortable, even shameful.  The way people would look at me sometimes.  The […]