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“Eso” instead of “aquello?”

“Eso” instead of “aquello?”

I’m going through a grammar workbook and in the section for demonstrative adjectives I got the two questions pictured below.

According to the answer key, number two could be either ”eso” or “aquello” but number three can only be “eso.” Why? The item being spoken about isn’t shown so it’s assumed to be pretty far away. Wouldn’t it take “aquello?” Thanks.

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How to Have a Spanish Immersion Day

La inmersión es la mejor manera de aprender un idioma (Immersion is the best way to learn a language). But what if you can’t just up and move to a Spanish-speaking country like México or Colombia? In this post, I’ll show you how to have un día de inmersión en español (a Spanish immersion day), regardless of where you live.

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La Mañana

Comienza tu día aprendiendo una nueva palabra en español (Start your day by learning a new word in Spanish). You can subscribe to the Transparent Language word of the day and receive it in your inbox or your Facebook/Twitter feed. If you do this every day, that’s 365 new words a year!

A continuación, cocina comida tradicional con recetas en español (Next, cook traditional food with recipes in Spanish). Following a recipe in Spanish is a great way to build your vocabulary as well. It’s also fun to try cooking dishes from other countries. We’ve got lots of great recipes that you can use for your immersion day:

Photo taken and used with permission from Sasha Savinov.

Why not listen to some music while you cook? Escuchar música es una forma divertida de aprender español (Listening to music is a fun way to learn Spanish). If you’re not sure what to put on, we’ve got plenty of good suggestions for you.

You can try listening to some Mexican mariachi, bachata from the Dominican Republic, or maybe just some rock en españolIf you want to listen to what’s popular, check out our post about the top Spanish songs of 2021 while you’re at it.

Everyone likes talking about music, so go ahead and bookmark this guide on talking about music in Spanish. It will help you learn how to chat with Spanish-speaking friends about your favorite music and ask about theirs.

Photo taken and used with permission from Sasha Savinov.

La Tarde

Puedes usar tu celular para mejorar tu vocabulario (You can use your cell phone to improve your vocabulary). There are many different apps you can use to continue learning new words on your Spanish immersion day. We’re partial to the Byki app, which has over 1,000 words in 70 different categories. Duolingo is also a popular app and has some fun new features like stories.

Después de leer y escuchar, es la hora de practicar hablar español (After reading and listening, it’s time to practice speaking Spanish). Perhaps you have a friend, neighbor, or colleague you could practice speaking Spanish with. You can also try to find a language partner online or sign up for a tutoring session. Check out our online tutoring options to get started.

While it’s great to have an immersion day, you’ll want to be speaking Spanish on a regular basis. Of course, we’re not all able to up and go travel around Spanish-speaking countries all the time (wouldn’t that be great?), but you can try to start a local Spanish meetup where you live. Read our 5 steps to starting one and get a group going.

La Noche

¡Que día tan ocupado! Es la hora de relajarse… en español, por supuesto (What a busy day! It’s time to relax… in Spanish, of course). If you’re a “Netflix & chill” kind of person, we’ve got some ideas for you:

Mi programa favorito es “Las Crónicas del Taco” porque me encanta comer tacos (My favorite show is “Taco Chronicles” because I love eating tacos). Speaking of tacos, why don’t you make some for dinner tonight? Even better, go to your neighborhood taqueria if you have one and try ordering in Spanish. You can learn all the vocabulary you need in this post about tacos.

Antes de dormir, es una buena idea escribir un diario (Before you go to sleep, it’s a good idea to write a diary). You already practiced listening, reading, and speaking today, so why not finish with a little writing? It’s a good way to practice el preterito (the past tense) by describing what you did during the day.

If you’re a real go-getter, perhaps you end the day with one more Spanish lesson. The Transparent Language Online course is self-paced and customizable to your needs. Give it a try with a 14-day free trial to see how you like it.


That does it for a busy Spanish immersion day. If you have any other suggestions to add to the itinerary, please leave a comment and let us know!

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The Best Spanish-Speaking News Channels To Watch Online For Free

In a previous post, I introduced the Most Read Newspapers in Spanish. This time, I will be showing you the most widespread live news channel in Spanish that you can watch online for free.

There is no doubt that one of the many advantages of technology innovations in terms of communications is the possibility to watch news around the world in real time. The live streaming of news is the latest evolution of live TV as we know it. It makes news more accessible to the public than ever before, promoting greater transparency and changing the way we see the world.

Another positive aspect of news streaming is that it gives us the opportunity to be eyewitnesses of what happens around us either locally or beyond our borders, and at the drop of a hat. In a convenient way, you can now access live news not only on your TV but also from your phone, tablet or any other device and on the go.

What follows is a list of news channel you can stream to keep yourself informed and up to date about the latest news in the Spanish-speaking world. They will also come in handy when practicing your Spanish listening skills.


AméricaTV, from Argentina

It is an Argentine free-to-air television station located in the city of La Plata. América TV is also one of Argentina’s five national television networks, having an active YouTube presence since 2007.


LN+, from Argentina

La Nación is Argentina’s leading traditional newspaper, and its web version, LN+, broadcasts from inside its own newsroom, located in Vicente López, Buenos Aires province.


Meganoticias, from Chile

This is the chief news service of Mega TV channel. It belongs to the Alianza Informativa Latinoamericana (Latin American News Alliance). It broadcasts from the capital city of Santiago.


Milenio, from Mexico

This is the web live version of the Milenio newspaper. With its headquarters in Monterrey, Nuevo León state, it specializes in national and international information broadcasting.


Radio Caracas Radio, from Venezuela

Radio Caracas Radio is a Venezuelan radio station and the flagship radio newscast of RCR today. Since 2019, the RCR 750 transmitter has been off the air and it has been solely operating as a web news broadcaster from Caracas.


RTVE, from Spain

Belonging to a state-owned public corporation, it is one of the most well-known news services in Spanish language. It is a full member of the European Broadcasting Union.


TodoNoticias, from Argentina

Its name meaning literally “All News”, it is an Argentine pay and streaming news television channel owned by the Clarín Group and operating from the capital city of Buenos Aires. It is one of the most-viewed news channel in that country.


TVN, from Chile

Televisión Nacional de Chile (TVN) is a Chilean public service television broadcaster. Considered a pioneer in technological advances in Chile, it is the only public-owned television company in that country and competes for audiences with other private groups.


VPItv, from Venezuela

As an acronym for Venezolanos por la Información (Venezuelans for News), it has its headquarters located in Caracas, though it also broadcasts from Miami, Florida. It has been functioning since 2015.




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Rules with Jugar + al (or a la) + noun

So I understand to play football is "Jugar al fútbol", so my question is: is this the grammatically correct way to say it for ALL nouns? And is there a different way to say it in a slang, colloquial way?

eg. Jugar al vóleibol, Jugar al tenis, Jugar al Minecraft, Jugar al juego de mesa se llama Monopoly

Does it sound weird or off to say ¡Vamos a jugar Minecraft!, and if you were speaking formally would you choose to say ¡Vamos a jugar al Minecraft!

¡Gracias por adelantado!

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Question about usted/ustedes conjugation

I understand that usted is a more polite or formal form of tu. However, I don't understand why in the conjugation chart it is listed with el and ella and uses the verb for those. If usted means you, why is it not usted eres, or ustedes sois? A word that means you but uses the verb for he/she just doesn't make any sense to me. Hopefully someone can explain this to me or let me know if I'm not the only one who finds this confusing 🙂

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