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Hablando del rey de Roma – Misunderstood Expression of the Week

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The expression “Hablando del rey de Roma” is used when someone that you are talking about unexpectedly appears. “Hablando del rey de Roma” can be followed by “por la puerta asoma”, as a rhyme. Although the idiom literally means “speaking of the King of Rome, through the door he appears”, the English equivalent would be “speak of the devil and he shall appear”. Let’s learn about the origin of this expression… The original phrase, which was “Hablando del Ruin de…

No ha venido ni el Tato – Misunderstood Expression of the Week

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The expression “No ha venido ni el Tato” is frequently used by Spaniards when we arrive somewhere and realise that there are only a few people (or even no one!) there. Are you wondering who is ‘Tato’? ‘Tato’ was the nickname of Antonio Sanchez, a famous bullfighter born in Sevilla in 1831. Tato was known for his partying lifestyle – he never missed a social event! His love for partying was such that, even when he lost one of his…

Más se perdió en Cuba – misunderstood expression of the week

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This expression is used when something goes wrong, but there’s no need to worry about it. Its origin dates back to the Cuban War and 1868 when Cuba was one of Spain’s last colonies. Due to an economic crisis, Cuba requested independence from Spain and that started the war, which lasted for 30 years with two breaks in between. Spanish people were against the war. Not just because of all the suffering, but also because they didn’t understand the benefits…

THE PAST IN THE PRESENT

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When a dictator who died more than 40 years ago is buried with honors in a giant monument in a democratic country, the past of that country collides with the present. And now the Government of Spain and its citizens are asking: What should we do with the remains of that dictator? Francisco Franco, which is the name of that dictator, is buried in El Valle de los Caídos (the Valley of the Fallen) a monumental memorial with a basilica…

Misunderstood expression – No hay moros en la costa (a way out of danger).

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The Spanish Word ‘moro’ comes from the latin maurus which referred to the inhabitants of the old kingdom of Mauritania and the antique Roman provinces of Tingitana Mauritania and Cesarian Mauritania. During the 8th century invasion of the Iberian Peninsula, the Morish were part of the force that conquered Spain in just 9 years. Over the next several centuries the east of Spain was frequently invaded by Berber pirates from northeast Africa. Costal towns were frequently attacked and that was the reason…