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Misunderstood expression ‘Hacerse el sueco’

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The meaning of ‘hacerse el sueco’ refers to someone who pretends not to hear what is being said. It comes from the latin word ‘soccus’, a kind of shoe that actors used in antique roman theatre. From soccus comes the words zueco (wooden shoe) and zoquete (a piece of thick, short wood). This last word was used to mean that a person is either clumsy or a fool. However another theory about the origin of this expression comes from past…

ESTA SEMANA ARDE VALENCIA

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ESTA SEMANA ARDE VALENCIA Ya se escuchan petardos por las calles de Valencia, pues hace unos días comenzaron las celebraciones de las Fallas. Desde principios de este mes se llevan sucediendo diferentes eventos en la ciudad, aunque el día grande es el 19 de marzo, en honor a San José, patrón de los carpinteros. Estas fiestas tienen su origen en la celebración que hacían los carpinteros de la ciudad en siglo XVIII. Al final del invierno, en vísperas de la…

Last Friday’s film Relatos Salvajes

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Hola cine adictos, Otra vez muchas gracias por una noche estupenda de cine. For the first time I haven´t watched the movie that we were going to show and I am really glad we did, a big thank you to our teacher Elena Rodriguez who recommended the film. She told me that it was such a different movie and you almost you cannot predict at the beginning what is going to happen and she was right, the movie doesn’t allow…

THE EY EXHIBITION PICASSO 1932 – LOVE, FAME, TRAGEDY

Hispanic London

1932 was the year for Picasso, his most creative and erotic period. Pablo Picasso The Dream (Le Rêve) 1932, Private Collection © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2018 Looking at the work he created during this year, we see that he clearly proved his ambition in this period of his career: he wanted to create as much work as possible to show he was the best artist alive. That year, along with the desire to shine amongst his coetaneous like Matisse, Picasso developed his…

Misunderstood expression of the week: Estar a dos velas

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This week we have one misunderstood expression with two different meanings: When we have no money, Spaniards sometimes say ‘estamos a dos velas’, which means our pockets are empty. This expression came up at secret card games in which in addition to the players was a banker in charge of the money who was ‘lit by two candles’. When one of the players was really lucky and won one round after round, this could leave the banker without a note…