Category Archives: Spanish language

Overcoming the American Accent in Spanish

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(Houston, Jan. 19, 2021) — The Barrier to Listening to Spanish: This revised report was first issued on December 26, 2012, during the first month of the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto when it was foreseen that with an energy reform there would be a new interest in gaining bilingual proficiency in Spanish. Our impression Continue Reading

Lessons from our workshop “How Gringo Is Your Spanish?”

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How we don’t hear another language as it is spoken I tell the workshop participants that I cannot hear Spanish for you. The best I can do is to give them tips as to what to listen for. Through exercises and examples, I try to bring about, in each participant, a personal realization of his Continue Reading

The Zen of Spanish Proficiency

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BUDDHISM IS A RELIGION built around the idea of religious freedom. The freedom that the Buddhist seeks is not of the kind that drove American pilgrims of the 17th century, which was freedom from persecution by the State. The Buddha taught that there is another, unsuspected freedom, which may be attained by a guided process Continue Reading

Spanish becomes easier when you learn what to listen for

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In our Market Note 153 we described the problem with Spanish is as much a matter of learning to listen as it a matter of learning to speak. And we showed how “learning to listen” is not only a matter of listening but a matter of knowing what to listen for. The word “tengo” illustrates Continue Reading


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