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For those who want to learn Spanish, language and culture go hand in hand. Studying a country's history, literature, art and drama gives a guide to what people think about, what excites them and what they think is important. This is a key part of any country's culture. Many of the words people use reflect aspects that are peculiar to the culture or region. This is why there are so many Spanish words that have crossed over into English. Some of these are: * aficionado * bronco (originally 'wild' or 'rough') * cafeteria * chocolate * hammock (hamaca) * machete * macho (originally 'male) * siesta * savvy (from 'saber' - to know) * vigilante (originally 'vigilant')
|Sheri Ann Richerson|