As we wind down another year (and a decade, for that matter!), it’s time to reflect on the year that was 2019. Before you get ready to say “¡Feliz año nuevo!” and welcome in 2020, let’s take a look back at this past year. There were nearly 100 different posts on the Spanish blog this year, spanning a wide range of topics. We always enjoy looking at the stats to see which posts resonated the most with our readers. Before we cruise into 2020, here are the top 5 Spanish blog posts of 2019.
We kick things off with this great post by Anais about colloquialisms in Venezuelan Spanish. Learning how to properly use colloquialisms makes you sound more natural. In my experience, it also helps you get laughs from locals. In this post, you’ll learn plenty of useful colloquialisms that are common in Venezuela. From common words like chévere and vale to some more, shall we say, interesting words like coño and verga, you’ll be speaking like a Venezuelan in no time thanks to this post!
I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy Laura’s grammar lessons here on the Spanish blog. As a relative newbie to the Spanish language myself, her posts are always super helpful. One thing I’m still struggling with after 2.5 years in Latin America is the difference between por and para. In this post, you can follow along with a conversation that uses both por and para several times to get a better idea of how to correctly use them. If you need help with these words, then este articulo es para tí.
First of all, let me say “¡Muchas gracias a todos!” I’m super excited to see that one of my posts made it into the Top 5 of this year. In this post, I introduce two of my favorite shows on Netflix that can help you learn Spanish. We all love to Netflix y relajarse, so why not learn something at the same time? “Las Crónicas del Taco” (Taco Chronicles) and “Nuestra Lucha Libre” (Our Lucha Libre) are two shows about some of my favorite things in life – tacos and wrestling! Both shows are very entertaining and are in Spanish with English subtitles, so it’s a great way to practice your listening comprehension.
Take a look at the banderas (flags) of Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador, and you’ll see the same three colors – amarillo, azul y rojo. This post by Anais gives you a detailed look at the history behind the three countries. For example, did you know that once upon a time they made up one huge nation called the Viceroyalty of New Granada? You’ll also learn why they all use the same colors on their flags and what the significance is. Finally, pick up a little trick to remember which is which. I found this post to be very interesting and informative and I’m sure you will too!
There are 21 countries around the world where Spanish is an official language. Fun fact – this includes the African nation of Equatorial Guinea. Not surprisingly, the Spanish that is spoken varies greatly depending on the country. It seems like our readers are very interested in learning Argentinian Spanish, as this was the most popular post of 2019! People in Argentina use a variety of Spanish known as español rioplatense, and Anais teaches you all about it. ¡Esta es una publicación piola!
From this list, it’s clear that our readers are interested in a variety of topics when it comes to learning Spanish. If there’s a specific topic you’d like to see covered on the blog in 2020, please let us know. Leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to get to it!