To truly understand the language you need to know the culture: gastronomy, architecture, visuals arts and, of course, the music! See this Bilingual Blogpost for a selection of learner-friendly songs grouped by different regions in the Hispanic World.
Within the world of Latin music, J.Lo was more widely known as the wife of Marco Antonio, than as an artist in her own right. Is this because of any language barrier? In the opinion of Spanish World, not necessarily. J.Lo’s Spanish is good, exhibiting a grasp of word order and grammar, but perhaps not with a huge vocabulary. A solid B2 level, if we had to assess based solely on this video.
Those of us who share a love for languages, either Spanish or any other, we know that there are always difficulties when we are learning a new one. One of those discuss is related to written expression, which is what we are going to treat this time in our blog.
Do you have any friend called James, Jacob or Jamie? Try asking him what’s his name in Spanish. If he doesn’t know the answer, he may want to read this blog and find out the history behind it.
James (in English), Jacques (in French), Giacomo (in italian), Yakub (in Malay) or Yakobu ヤコブ (in Japanese) are all variants of the same Hebrew name, Jacob (יַעֲקֹב).