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Category Archive: Language

Sh** Colombians Say, Part 9: Se pega el accento

*Warning: contains explicit language….in Spanish, so only The Bilingual need to cover their ears (eyes?) Whilst in Bogotá last month I heard a disgruntled cachaco say “malparido” in the street and my heart… Continue reading

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Colombia: The Risk is Choosing the Slowest Line at the Grocery Store and other stories

Fifteen hypothetical chapters (blog posts?) that would star in a work of non-fiction about my (ahem, first) year in Colombia. What Were My High School Teachers Doing On Weekends? I’m 94% Sure This… Continue reading

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a Journey in and of Itself

it’s scary, going places. not because we leave behind everything we know and have known, but because we run a huge risk: that of knowing, loving and absorbing a new place. it’s not… Continue reading

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Just don’t ask me if I’m fluent.

I’m finally noticing that my Spanish is improving, at least to where it was when I left Ecuador which was definitely my peak of bilingualism (I think I was in Guate for too… Continue reading

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Sh** Colombians Say, Part 3

A series of posts dedicated to the intricacies of cultural Spanish expressions that offer insight on the Colombian experience. Some may be specific to Latin American Spanish, the Andean region, Colombia, in and… Continue reading

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A Busqueda for Normalcy

For various reasons, my friends and I have pledged to have a normal weekend. Whatever that is. What’s normal for a handful of 20-something American volunteer English teachers on their two precious days… Continue reading

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Sh** Colombians Say, Part 2

A series of posts dedicated to the intricacies of cultural Spanish expressions that offer insight on the Colombian experience. Some may be specific to Latin American Spanish, the Andean region, Colombia, in and… Continue reading

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Why they call me “Teacher” and it’s not weird.

Calling a teacher, “Teacher” in the states sounds anywhere from childish or ignorant to a bit rude. I’ve quoted several times that students call me “Teacher Brighid” at school, and it’s not because… Continue reading

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Sh** Colombians Say, Part 1

A series of posts dedicated to the intricacies of cultural Spanish expressions that offer insight on the Colombian experience. Some may be specific to Latin American Spanish, the Andean region, Colombia, in and… Continue reading

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Colombia: Not so far away.

I’m technically, what, 2500 miles away? About? And a lot more kilometers than that, and can I take this moment to quickly ask why oh WHY did we have to change measuring systems?… Continue reading

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