Monthly Archives: September 2010

Online Video Learning

Here’s a site with a nice selection of short video lessons for practicing Spanish.  It’s from a group named Web Spanish, based in Lima and is a teaser site for their one on one language services .  Written in a … Continue reading

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More Learning with Music

Lyrics Below the Fold

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Sing-along Learning

Lyrics Below the fold:

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Learning Spanish with Pimsleur

I have just finished Level I of Pimsleur’s Comprehensive Course and feel like I’ve done enough of the course to provide a meaningful review as well as a short explanation of how the program works and how it’s packaged. Take … Continue reading

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House Hunters International

Tomorrow is the night… 10:30pm EDT, Sept. 21… House Hunters International is finally airing the episode I’ve been looking forward to for a couple of months.  Hector and Kimberly Quintana, formerly of Chicago, have relocated to Salinas and are the … Continue reading

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A Bit of Longing

I only wish there were more photos

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10 Interesting ways to Learn Spanish

I saw it first through David at, but wanted to save and share the link to the article here:    10 Interesting Ways to Learn Spanish. A couple of my favorites: 2.  Add facebook friends who post in Spanish, and … Continue reading

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Take a look around the world and you can find American expats in an almost limitless variety of situations.  I’ve experienced expat living in Weymouth, England; in Gaeta, Italy; and in Manama, Bahrain.  I’ve spent time with expats I know … Continue reading

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Gringo Population Boom – Real or imagined?

During the past week or two… and certainly not coincidentally occurring at the same time as the recent IL Blitz about luxury living in an Ecuadorian Paradise… I’ve read quite a few message board threads and blog posts about concerns … Continue reading

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Cost of Living

One common theme I’ve run across in the various blogs and message boards I’ve been reading is the skepticism of the published and advertised costs of living in Ecuador.  IL may tout the ability to live on as little as … Continue reading

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