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Spanish Learning Student Spotlight

LALC Student Spotlight: Lynn Olsen Querida Comunidad LALC, we hope that you are all safe and doing well. Given the circumstances and the shelter in place orders, we wanted to reach out to our students here at LALC and discuss and celebrate their Spanish language...

Learning Spanish While Social Distancing

A lot has changed since we published our last post. Due to social distancing guidelines, many of us find ourselves sheltering in place in order to help flatten the curve. As a result, most businesses have closed bringing the world to a sudden halt. So what can you to...

5 Words Unique To Dominican Spanish

Photo by Asael Peña on Unsplash Dominican Spanish In this post we will go over Spanish words used in the Dominican Republic. Last post we focused on Mexican Spanish, now we are moving on to the Caribbean. Lets take a look at Dominican Spanish. We'll start with a...

5 Words Unique To Mexican Spanish

Photo by Yucel Moran on Unsplash The following article will go over 5 unique words and sayings that are commonly used in Mexico.  1. Órale This word is used in Mexico as an expression of agreement, motivation, astonishment, or in some cases to hurry someone. "Órale,...

9 Reasons To Start Learning Spanish Today

There are many reasons to learn Spanish.  Below, we will mention a few good reasons to start learning Spanish today! Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash Spanish Is A Popular Language According to the Spanish newspaper, El País, there are approximately...

Latin American vs. American Dating

Photo by Allef Vinicius on Unsplash This article highlights some of the key cultural differences of Latin American vs. American dating, as seen through the lived experiences of Mara Bogado Poisson, the founder & owner of the Latin American Language...

Common Spanish Mistakes for Beginners

The following are the most common Spanish mistakes made by Americans and other Spanish language learners. Woman frustrated by Photo by Gratisography from Pexels Common Spanish Mistakes Embarazada vs Embarrassed Embarazada or Embarazado means pregnant...

How To Do Business

People hugging by Photo by Erika Giraud on Unsplash To be able to thrive in Latin American business world, it is recommended that you understand local social norms in addition to learning Spanish (contact us for lessons in Chicago). Below, we will...

Immersion programs

Spanish intensive programs Spanish immersion programs are very good when want to learn at a very fast pace and you have a quick goal to fulfill. At LALC we offer an experience-based program which means that we will set you in situations to talk to native Spanish...

Use of “Saber” vs. “Conocer”

Photo by Kyle Gregory Devaras on Unsplash This article provides insight about the use of "saber" vs. "conocer." Both of these verbs translate into English as "to know". However they are not used interchangeably. This leads to some awkward exchanges between those...

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