How to Explore a New City in Spanish – Spanish Travel Tip

Learn three different ways to express an easy means of seeing a new city. What's your favorite way to explore a new city?

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How to Discuss the Weather in Spanish- Spanish Travel Tips

In this short video, you will learn 4 variations on how to ask what the weather is like! Como esta el clima en tu ciudad? Let me know in the comments.

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Que haces este fin de semana? – Spanish Teacher Vlogs

A quick video to ask what you are doing this weekend and share what I did! Let me know in the comments what you got up to (bonus points for answering in Spanish!).

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Last Chance to Visit Machu Picchu in October!

Join me and a small group of Spanish learning adventurers for a week of amazing experiences. Payment plans available. Learn more:

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Images of the Week

Un caimán del Río Frio, Nicaragua
An alligator in Río Frío, Nicaragua
📷: Brad McBlain (check him out on flickr)

This is the first Facebook Group Friday Photo! Every Friday, I'll be featuring a photo from a member of the Speak Better Spanish Hangout Facebook group's travels to Spanish speaking countries. Want in? Click here to join the group. Then share your photo with #FBGFriday and a caption and you'll see it featured here on an upcoming Friday. Thanks, Brad, for the great photo!.

The road to success is always under construction.
Thanks for being a part of my road!

The above grid shows my top 9 Instagram posts from 2017.

P.S.- Don't forget tomorrow is the last day to register for the Machu Picchu trip in October! It's going to be epic. Learn more here

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Must Know Peruvian Slang

Brush up on your Peruvian slang before you visit Machu Picchu! Learn the basics before you go!

  • chévere/bacán= cool.
  • chela/Helena=a beer.
  • Me da cólera/Me llega= It pisses me off.
  • Ya=ok, yup
  • Loco=crazy person.Usually said in a friendly manner, could also mean friend or buddy
  • Tombo=cop (and cops don't like hearing it)
  • Chibolo(a)=a kid.
  • Bamba/pirata=fake, counterfeit goods 
  • Lana/plata= money 
  • Mucha plata =too much money 
  • Que piña/Que salado=what bad luck' 
  • Tengo una yaya= 'I'm injured'. 

What's your favorite Peruvian slang? 

Don't miss your chance to join me and a small group of Spanish learning adventurers in Peru in October 2018! We'll visit Machu Picchu, zipline across the sacred valley, take a traditional cooking class, and more! Registration closes 1/15/18, so don't delay! Learn more now!

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Top 10 Things to Eat in Peru

Curious about what to eat when you visit Peru? Worry no more, as today we are sharing the top 10 things you have to eat when you go to Peru!

  1. Ceviche- raw fish marinated in citrus juice
  2. Cuy- guinea pig (baked or BBQed)
  3. Causa- A cold layered casserole type of dish, that might contain potato, cheese, tuna, meat, or hard-boiled egg.
  4. Lomo saltado- hearty hybrid stir-fry, in which beef, tomatoes, peppers, and onions are blended in a pan with soy sauce and fried potatoes. Usually served over white rice.
  5. Aji de gallina-  stew made with chicken and condensed milk and thickened with de-crusted white bread
  6. Anticuchos- skewers of grilled, marinated meat (much like shish kebabs) 
  7. Rocoto relleno- a fiery pepper stuffed with spiced, sautéed ground beef and hard-boiled egg. This is topped with melted white cheese, baked, and served whole.
  8. Alpaca- The taste is similar to buffalo or other grass-fed meats: somewhat gamier than beef and very lean. Alpaca’s lack of greasiness makes for excellent jerky.
  9. Lucuma- Lucuma is a tree fruit that looks like a mango, but it has a custardy taste akin to maple syrup. It’s usually used as a flavoring in desserts, and is justifiably popular as a variety of ice cream.
  10. Pollo a la brasa- The secret is marinating the bird in soy sauce flavored with red peppers, garlic, and cumin, which gives the meat and skin a smoky, salty taste. Typically served with fried yuca, a waxy tuber that has a pleasant chewiness.

​Information obtained thanks to National Geographic.

Have you tried any of these dishes in your travels? Which is your favorite?

Want to make lomo saltado in a traditional cooking class in Cusco, plus see Machu PIcchu and so much more? Join me and a small group of Spanish learning adventurers in Peru in October. Hurry, registration closes 1/15/18. Payment plans available.

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Fun Facts on Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu's History

Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca citadel situated on a mountain ridge 7,970 ft above sea level. It is located in the Cusco Region, Urubamba Province, Machupicchu District in Peru above the Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley is 50 miles northwest of Cusco and the Urubamaba River flows through the valley. 

The Incas built the estate around 1450 but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Although known locally, it was not known to the Spanish during the colonial period and remained unknown to the outside world until American historian Hiram Bingham brought it to international attention in 1911.

Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. Its three primary structures are the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. Most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed in order to give tourists a better idea of how they originally appeared. By 1976, thirty percent of Machu Picchu had been restored and restoration continues.

Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historic Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll.

In the Quechua languagemachu means "old" or "old person", while pikchu means "peak; mountain or prominence with a broad base that ends in sharp peaks", hence the name of the site means "old peak".

It was only used for approximately 80 years before being abandoned seemingly due to destruction of the Spanish Conquests in other parts of the Inca Empire. It is possible that most of its inhabitants died from smallpox introduced by travellers before the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the area.

Excerpted from Wikipedia.

Want to visit Machu Picchu in person? Learn more, but don't delay as registration for my small group trip of adventurers closes 1/15/18!

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Spanish Audiobook Recommendations (Question of the Week)

Spanish Question of the Week (something new I'm trying out). What are some audiobooks I can listen to in Spanish on my long commute to work?

There's a great site called Librivox that has Spanish audiobooks for all levels. Here are some recommendations based on your level-

I've also heard good things about the Pimsleur CD based Spanish courses.

Podcasts can also be a great free way to learn Spanish. I'm enjoying Radio Ambulante, but here is a list I wrote of a variety of others for different levels:

Want your question spotlighted next week? Send it to with the subject Spanish Question of the Week. 

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How to Say Camping in Spanish

Learn three different ways to talk about camping (the noun) in Spanish! One is super easy to remember and my favorite!

Want more Spanish for travel? Join me in ​Machu Picchu in October for a week of adventure immersion with a small group of Spanish learners! Plus, get a FREE Spanish lesson all about Peru now through 1/15/18!

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