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In Pictures: Making Panela in San Rafael

In Pictures: Making Panela in San Rafael

  Photos and words by Shantel Dickerson Colombia is the second largest producer of ‘panela’ in the world. But what even is panela? Panela is unrefined, non-centrigual sugar. If you live anywhere outside parts of Latin America, Asia, or Africa, chances are you...
Chocolate: The Joy of Life

Chocolate: The Joy of Life

Photos and Words by Shantel Dickerson. According to Colombia’s Official Investment Portal, Colombians consume an average of 2 kilos of cacao per year. Surprisingly, most of it is consumed in liquid form, as Colombians love melting chunks of chocolate in agua de...
Sweet, Sweet San Rafael

Sweet, Sweet San Rafael

Photos and Words by Shantel Dickerson.  Whether you are backpacking your way through South America, or are born and raised in Antioquia, trying locally produced goods is sure to be a refreshing adventure no matter where you are.   Eco Language Spanish students and...
10 things to do in San Rafael Colombia

10 things to do in San Rafael Colombia

Do you want to get off the beaten track and get a feel for authentic Colombian life? Within reach for a day or weekend trip from Medellin, you will find the small and friendly pueblo San Rafael. This village is surrounded by many rivers, waterfalls and natural pools,...
Colombian Spanish Phrases

Colombian Spanish Phrases

Get ready to learn a few useful Colombian Spanish Phrases that you can use to sound a COLOMBIANO. To warm up… Check these two videos and get familiar with the Colombian Spanish accent. 7 WAYS TO SAY “HOW ARE YOU?” 1. ¿Qué más? 2. ¿Qué ha habido? 3....
30 day record yourself challenge

30 day record yourself challenge

We discovered the 30 day record yourself challenge over on Instagram. The challenge is to record yourself practicing speaking the language that you want to learn one minute a day for 30 days by answering a different question every day. Practice makes perfect, and we...
Medellin Pronunciation

Medellin Pronunciation

What’s the correct pronunciation for Medellin? How to say Medellín? The truth is that there’s more than one answer because Spanish is a very diverse language.  People in Colombia and other countries pronounce it differently depending on their region: If...
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Almost every person, learning Spanish in Medellin, wonders what “parcero” means… When travelling around Colombia it is very common to hear expressions like: ¡Hey Parcero! ¿Qué haces parce? And then you go… Don’t worry because in this...