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Word for the Travel Wise (03/03/06)
Today's word is a Spanish word used in Nicaragua:
cercano - (pronounced ser-ka-no) nearby
Certainly one must see the significance in knowing such a word. If you know a decent amount of Spanish already you'll be able to ask where un hotel, un albergue juvenil, or even where an ATM can be located cercano or nearby. I've always fancied broken Spanish or Spanglish, but that's just because I've been a little lazy at learning Spanish myself.
As you begin to plan your first or next trip to Mexico, Central America or South America think more about making the lingo part of one of your pastimes in addition to your research on the country so you won't regret missing something later. Amerispan, Cactus Language and IMAC are all good starting points to learning abroad. A free membership at Spanish Unlimited gives you the opportunity to learn a new word everyday by email, gain pen pals and hear audio of the words. Their website is actually a good resource tool for many different Spanish related topics. I won't even begin to list some of the texts out there that could further your studies because there are entirely too many. If you know of some language books that would be useful please feel free to list them.
Past Spanish words: escalar