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What do French and Spanish have in common?

by Vanessa Johnson on Thursday, March 21, 2019

France and Spain share more just than a border — they also share words! To celebrate French Language Day, let’s have a look at French words that have made their way into the Spanish vocabulary. Click here to read the Spanish version of this post.

Words have a way of spreading across languages when people, things, and ideas travel around the world.  Word borrowing is a common occurrence any time one language comes in contact with another. In some cases, the loan word is assimilated into the receiving language with changes in spelling and/or pronunciation, while in others the word is transplanted directly from the original language without modifications. 

English speakers will recognize most of the words below, as English is heavily influenced by French.

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¿Qué tienen en común el francés y el español?

by Patricia Mendez on Thursday, March 21, 2019

Francia y España tienen mucho más en común que una simple frontera. ¡Comparten palabras! Para celebrar el Día de la Lengua Francesa , vamos a descubrir palabras del idioma vecino que han conseguido colarse en el vocabulario de los españoles. Haz clic aquí para continuar leyendo este artículo en inglés… read more »

Cuando el tiempo se mide en soles

by Patricia Mendez on Monday, March 18, 2019

España y muchos países latinoamericanos son mundialmente reconocidos como lugares de sol y playa . No hay más que pensar en destinos como Valencia o Playa del Carmen para transportarse a las cristalinas aguas de sus costas y experimentar la caricia del sol en la cara… read more »

When Time is Measured in Suns

by Vanessa Johnson on Monday, March 18, 2019

Spain and many Latin American countries are famous around the world for their sun and beaches . The mere mention of places like Valencia or Playa del Carmen is enough to send you drifting into a daydream featuring crystalline coastal waters and the warm feeling of sun on your face… read more »

Women Who Changed the World

by Vanessa Johnson on Thursday, March 14, 2019

On March 8, International Women’s Day, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in a mixture of protest and celebration . In today’s world, there is no shortage of events that fuel the fire and desire to fight for a better future… read more »

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