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SPANISH IDIOM OF THE DAY

Posted by Mary on December 29, 2014 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

To be a square peg in a round hole

Estar como un pulpo en un garaje  (to be like an octopus in a garage.

Watermelon

Posted by Mary on July 21, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Watermelon –A Descriptive Story OR

What did you do all day?

Summer has arrived, and along with it a great variety of fruits and vegetables on the grocer’s shelves. Today, I stopped by my Aldi store and saw giant watermelons on sale for $2.99. What a great deal I thought! Just think of all the succulent, juicy watermelon I will have for less than $3.00.

I normally do not buy watermelons, I should add, because the rind seems to fill up half of my garbage can. Since...

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Watermelon

Posted by Mary on July 21, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Watermelon –A Descriptive Story OR

What did you do all day?

Summer has arrived, and along with it a great variety of fruits and vegetables on the grocer’s shelves. Today, I stopped by my Aldi store and saw giant watermelons on sale for $2.99. What a great deal I thought! Just think of all the succulent, juicy watermelon I will have for less than $3.00.

I normally do not buy watermelons, I should add, because the rind seems to feel up half of my garbage can. Since...

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Julie - A chapter from my upcoming book "It's Tax Time"

Posted by Mary on June 19, 2014 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Julie

I work at one of those tax places where there is a costumed waver on the curb beckoning customers to come in. I am the manager and have two wavers who work for me. One of my waver’s name is Julie and she is one of the strongest people that I have ever met.

I don’t mean strong in the physical sense, although I am sure that Julie could carry twice as much as I could on any given day, and without complaining. I am talking about the mental stamina needed to put up wi...

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Spanish Expressions

Posted by Mary on October 7, 2013 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Just as English has its "idioms" or different ways of saying things, so does Spanish.Let's look at a few English idioms first:

It's raining cats and dogs.  - A non-native English speaker might be terrified of this expression, thinking animals are falling from the sky along with the rain, when in reality it means that it is raining heavily.

I'm so hungry I could eat a horse.  We don't really eat horses, do we?  This simply means we are very hungry.

Now, yo...

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At that Difficult Age

Posted by Mary on June 6, 2013 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Spanish: Estar en la edad de pavo

English: To be at that difficult age.

Example: Maria ya tiene 13 años y está en la edad de pavo.

Maria is 13 years old already and at that difficult age.

Phrase of the day

Posted by Mary on June 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Calling in Quits in Spanish.

English:  I'm calling it quits.

Spanish:  Me rindo

OR Me doy por vencido. 

 

Cats get a bad rap in Spanish

Posted by Mary on November 24, 2012 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

For some reason, cats seem to be included in many insults in the Spanish language, as well as placed quite frequently in sentences referring to certain things, most often not in a good way. For example, if you want to say "something is fishy" in Spanish, you would say literally that "there is a cat locked up in here." Aqui hay gato encerrado.

If you want to say "to defend yourself fiercly", the literal translation would be "to defend yourself like a cat wi...

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Do you need an Editor or a Writer?

Posted by Mary on August 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I have worked on several projects where I was asked to write a certain article or letter. The client had a specific idea on what I was to write and gave me those notes pertaining to those ideas. I wrote the article and submitted it to the client. Instead of being satisfied, the client rewrote half of my document, and to top it off, in what I considered bad grammar. The client was mad because I did not deliver what was their pre-conceived notion of what the document should be. I was mad b...

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the demise of the capital letter

Posted by Mary on November 19, 2011 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I typed this entire blog without capital letters. However, my Microsoft word document automatically puts the upper case letters in. I had to consciously stay away from pressing the shift key, resisting the urge to automatically put that capital letter at the begining of each sentence. This is because I was raised and attended school before the texting days and was thoroughly taught about capital letter usage. I knew that all sentences must begin with a capital letter-- as well as names and pl...

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