Compare and Contrast

By Christian Nielsen-Palacios | January 10, 2021 |

Remember when you were a kid and you received a magazine, or a section of the Sunday newspaper, that had one of those puzzles where you were to find several differences between two apparently identical pictures? I enjoyed doing those,...

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Spanish ‘dialects’

By Christian Nielsen-Palacios | December 15, 2020 |

I have always been interested in languages. My father spoke several, and my mother was fluent in English. When I was 9, we lived in Denmark for a year. Learning English was required in school in Venezuela, and I also...

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Coffee, tea and regional pride

By Christian Nielsen-Palacios | December 6, 2020 |

A recent post in FB about what people have for breakfast in different countries brought back some memories, which will probably require this to be my first “long” blog (90 seconds to read rather than the usual 60.) My dad...

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Architect memories

By Christian Nielsen-Palacios | November 16, 2020 |

Recently, in the EntreArchitect group in Facebook, we reminisced about what architectural practice was like in the “good ol’ days.” Below are some memories I shared. More to come. I studied architecture in my native Venezuela. There, your university education...

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Surnames in Spanish – Apellidos

By Christian Nielsen-Palacios | November 3, 2020 |

Despite their frequent presence in all kinds of media, many people still don’t seem to understand how surnames (last names) “work” in Spanish. The concept itself is easy: a child is born and given a first name, perhaps (but not...

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