Expat Hacks

When Do I Use the Spanish Tú or Usted?

Expat Hacks, Language Learning

When do I use the Spanish tú or usted? This a very common question that comes up among expats learning Spanish. Both tú and usted are Spanish for the word: you. Unlike in English, the word "you" in Spanish comes in two varieties: tú (informal) and usted (formal). And while the rules might seem straight forward, it won't be intuitive [...]

How to Say the Letters and Sounds in Spanish

Expat Hacks, Language Learning

Curious about how to say the letters and sounds in Spanish? Grab a coffee and lets learn this right now! This video will teach you the basic Spanish letters and sounds in less than 12 minutes. This is both a great introduction and review. Something I love about Spanish, is that the pronunciation is always [...]

16 Things to Do on Your Expat Scouting Trip

Expat Hacks, Where to Live

Are you planning on taking a scouting trip before you move? Have you traveled internationally? If not, there will be some new things to get used to. We went on a scouting trip to Margarita Island, Venezuela. It paid off. We decided not to move there. We learned a lot from that trip. The cost of living [...]

Long flights can take their toll. And it isn't just the high price of your tickets. Or the in-flight gas. (You know what I'm talking about.) Long flights are hard on your body. On our return trip to Canada last month, we left Quito at 11:50pm (Wednesday) and finally cleared Canadian Customs at 1:30am (Friday). This was just [...]

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