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Try our Quizlets to test your Spanish knowledge, and watch our video blogs.

If you are an advanced student of Spanish, we highly recommend that you consult the dictionary of the “Real Academia Española” ( It’s a free resource and is all in Spanish. You can look at the meaning of a word in Spanish and find its root and different ways of expressing it in Spanish. This resource is wonderfully enlightening, especially if you are immersing yourself in literature or poetry in Spanish. This “diccionario” is a true gem.

We love this free translation dictionary (, because it not only translates but also shows you alternate uses of a word. In some cases, you can even hear the pronunciation. It’s a great resource.

When it comes to translating idiomatically rather than literally, “el diccionario reverso” is our favorite online resource ( It translates idioms and gives a substantial list of idioms derived from your initial question. This resource can enrich and expand your idiomatic vocabulary. Give it a try!

Our Creative and Culinary Director, Marshall Ryan Maresca, is also a playwright and a novelist. He is the author of the Maradaine series of fantasy novels, which includes The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages and The Holver Alley Crew. Check out his writing website and blog at

In our classes in South Austin, we serve our favorite local blends of tea from the beautiful Tea Embassy. We highly recommend that you visit their store in downtown Austin. You can also go online and order your favorite blend at

El Mesón is a restaurant in South Austin that features authentic and traditional Mexican dishes, many of which have come from family recipes, and we proudly host our "hora feliz" there on a regular basis.

Fonda San Miguel is another favorite restaurant. We want our students who live in North Austin to attend our “hora feliz”, so we occasionally host our “hora feliz” at Fonda San Miguel.

If you want a rock star realtor, contact the talented, bilingual Patricia Vonne. She’ll help you find the house, condo or rental of your dreams in Austin. Visit Patrcia’s realty site at Patricia also sings beautifully in Spanish and English, check out her shows at

If you ever want a unique, astonishing, and artistic website that meets your needs, we recommend that you hire the guru of multimedia design, Russ Smith. You will be glad you did. Check out his amazing designs and photography at

Marshall Ryan Maresca


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