Archive for September, 2012

Menacing Mexicans and Marriage
Filed under (Uncategorized) by marcus @ 12:57 am

My wife is from Mexico City. When we got married her family welcome me with open arms, except for…

a few of my wife’s male cousins who seemed a little menacing.

One pulled me aside and said you WILL look after Elena.

Another said, “you know Mexican families are very close.”

He joked about how if I did anything wrong, watch out. (Many a serious word has been said in jest, so I’m not taking any chances.)

If anything goes wrong in my marriage I’m getting the heck out of Dodge (Mexico)…

So, how do you convey a close-knit family in Spanish?

You don’t translate directly, close-knit family. If you did you’ll end up conveying something like we are a closely sewn family.

The phrase that Carlos used on me was familias unidas. Its literally means we are united families, but it conveys perfectly the concept of a close-knit family.

Here are a few examples.

Somos una familia muy unida.
We are a close-knit family.

Las familias aquĆ­ son muy unidas.
The families here are very close.

No hay nada mejor en la vida que una familia unida.
There is nothing better in (the) life than a close-knit family.

That last one rhymes in Spanish so it makes a good catchphrase.

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Why is Spanish is so fast?
Filed under (Uncategorized) by marcus @ 02:12 am

Your first challenge in moving in the Spanish speaking world is to make yourself understood. We can get you there in record time with Synergy Spanish.

But once you get in the game you’ll find there’s a new challenge. Spanish speakers speak really quickly.


It takes a while for your ears to catch up and get used to the speed at which they speak.

If you’ve been around Spanish at all, I know you’ve experienced this problem.

Don’t worry you’re not Robinson Crusoe.

I too battled for years trying to keep up with fast Spanish.

In fact, one of the most common requests I get is, “please help me develop my ear for Spanish”. I’ve even spend a couple of years researching and developing Ear Training lessons

but that’s not why I am writing to you today.

You see as I was developing my ideas for an ear training program, I experimented with several concepts and wrote a bunch of lessons. It turned out that some of the lessons didn’t fit in with the final Spanish Ear Training concept.

Yet, they are wonderful lessons that expand your understanding of Spanish.

I could sell them and people would happily pay for them, but I decided to give them away.

Find out why I’m give them away and how to get them here

Marcus Santamaria

P.S. One of the reasons Spanish seems so fast to out ears is that so many
Spanish words end in vowels. That allows them to roll together in one long
word/sentence, for example…



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