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The English course will appear on our website from the 1st of March 2012.
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Como pecas, pagas

Como pecas, pagas

Significado: significa que de la misma forma como haces las cosas, a ti también te lo harán.
Ejemplo: Recuerdas al asesino que lo condenaron a cadena perpetua, lo mataron en una riña en la cárcel. Bueno, como pecas, pagas.

Como en este sentido se expresa reemplazando a la frase “de la misma forma”

Como = as, like, in the same way
Pecar = to sin
Pagar = to pagar

Pecas is the conjugation of the verb Pecar (to sin) for tú (you informal)
Pecas can also be a noun meaning freckles

Be careful with the difference between:
Como (without the tilde) = as, like
Cómo (with the tilde) = How

Literally this saying would be “As you sin, you pay.”

It is similar way of saying in English “What goes around, comes around” but more focused on when you do bad things, bad things will happen back to you.

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Prohibido Consumir Bebidas Alcohólicas

Prohibido consumir bebidas alcoholicas sign in Spanish

Prohibido Consumir Bebidas Alcohólicas

This sign in Spanish is from a local park:

Prohibido comes from the verb Prohibir which means to Prohibit or not allow or not permit something.
After Prohibido we normally have the verb in the infinitive form (ending in AR, ER or IR)
In this case it is the verb Consumir which means to consume, to eat or to drink depending on the context.

Since Bebidas (drinks) is a noun in Plural Feminine form, the adjective that describes it should also be in the same form, in this case alcohólicas (alcoholic).

Notice the difference between:
Bebidas Alcohólicas (Plural Feminine)
Tragos Alcohólicos (Plural Masculine)

Trago is a more casual way of saying a drink in Spanish so is not appropriate for an official sign.

A quick vocabulary summary:

Prohibir = To prohibit, not allow, not permit
Consumir = To consume, to eat, to drink
Bebidas = Drinks
Beber = To Drink
Alcohólico = Alcoholic
Bebidas Alcohólicas = Alcoholic drinks


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How to say your e-mail address in Spanish

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How can you say an e-mail address in Spanish?

First of all we need to know what the word is for e-mail in Spanish and how to ask for someone’s e-mail.

How to ask for someone’s e-mail address

If you are interested in asking for someone else’s e-mail you can simply ask:

  • ¿Cuál es tu correo electrónico?
  • ¿Cuál es tu correo?
  • ¿Cuál es tu email?

Correo electronico is a bit long to say which is why sometimes it is shortened to just correo. It’s not like they’re asking for your home address since that would be dirección.

Also the use of the English word email (with a Spanish accent) is becoming more common, especially in written Spanish.

Remember that when you are writing a question in Spanish, make sure you put the inverted question mark at the beginning.

So how do you say your e-mail address in Spanish?

First we need to learn the names of the different symbols that are commonly used in e-mails:

@ arroba
. punto
guión (that’s the dash/hyphen in the middle)
_ guión bajo (that’s the underscore)

Since this blog is a .cl (Dot CL) website (.cl is for Chile), we would pronounce the CL letters individually (Ce Ele)

So you would say our generic e-mail address info @ spanish . cl as:

info arroba Spanish punto Ce Ele

Another example:

ejemplo guión bajo dos arroba woodward chile punto com

I hope this helps.