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Insider Spanish


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THE BENEFITS OF LEARNING COUNTRY SPECIFIC SPANISH

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Babe knew the secret

In the 1995 movie Babe the little piglet had a major challenge: he needed to communicate with the sheep in order to win the sheep herding competition. The secret? The following password: “Baa-ram-ewe! Baa-ram-ewe! To your breed, your fleece, your clan be true! Sheep be true! Baa-ram-ewe.” And voilà! Suddenly, the sheep obediently followed his instructions. Babe became a champion! In the same way, when we learn a foreign language, we must also familiarize ourselves with country-specific vocabulary to convey our thoughts effectively with others.

EXAMPLES FROM THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING WORLD

Need to go?

To ask this most basic question in the English-speaking world is not as easy as you think. You must take into account the variety of English spoken in the country you are visiting. Depending on where you are, you might ask for a ...

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BATHROOM UNITED STATES
WASHROOM CANADA
WATER CLOSET OR LOO UNITED KINGDOM
DUNNY AUSTRALIA

EXAMPLES FROM THE SPANISH-SPEAKING WORLD

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Do blondes have more fun?


You might imagine that the word for blonde in Spanish would be standard everywhere, but not so. To refer to a blonde, you would have to mention a ...

GÜERA MEXICO
CHELA NICARAGUA
MACHA COSTA RICA
FULA PANAMA

Insider Spanish: Your guide to country-specific Spanish

Our guides to Spanish are not meant to teach you basic vocabulary. Rather, we highlight the most common local words, idioms, and sayings that are spoken almost exclusively within the country you are visiting—all explained in plain English with examples and clear translations. Click on the links on the menu or read some of the latest posts below. If you do, we're confident that in short order you'll be feeling like an insider.

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LATEST POSTS

How is Costa Rican Spanish Different from other Spanish Variants?

How is Costa Rican Spanish Different from other Spanish Variants?

Spanish is spoken natively in at least 22 countries. How is Costa Rican Spanish distinct from all other Spanish dialects?

The Best Way to Learn Mexican Spanish: A Casual Guide

The Best Way to Learn Mexican Spanish: A Casual Guide

How can you best learn Mexican Spanish? Come along with us as we count the ways. ¡Órale!

¡Qué carga!

¡Qué carga!

What does ¡QUÉ CARGA! mean in Costa Rican Spanish? If you can figure it out, you are smarter than you think, as we will see in these examples.