Alison Maciejewski Cortez

Alison Maciejewski Cortez is Chilean-American, born and raised in California. She studied abroad in Spain, has lived in multiple countries, and now calls Mexico home. She believes that learning how to order a beer in a new language reveals a lot about local culture. Alison speaks English, Spanish, and Thai fluently and studies Czech and Turkish. Her tech copywriting business takes her around the world and she is excited to share language tips as part of the Lingoda team. Follow her culinary and cultural experiences on X.

Latest posts by Alison Maciejewski Cortez

Group of three friends practicing the Spanish diminutive

Dec 01, 2023

Spanish diminutives: An essential guide

One of the beautiful things about language is that we can enrich it with nuance. Spanish diminutives are a great...

The best Spanish-language movies on Hulu

Nov 15, 2023

The best Spanish-language movies on Hulu

Are you looking for Spanish-language movies on Hulu to help you watch your way to Spanish fluency? You’re not the...

Three Kings’ Day: What is it and how is it celebrated?

Nov 13, 2023

Three Kings’ Day: What is it and how is it celebrated?

In many Spanish-speaking countries, the festive spirit of the holiday season stretches into the early days of the New Year...

Ecuadorian Spanish: How to sound like a local

Nov 13, 2023

Ecuadorian Spanish: How to sound like a local

If you plan to visit or move to Ecuador, get ready to practice your best Ecuadorian Spanish. As you may...

7 Spanish card games to play with your friends

Oct 31, 2023

7 Spanish card games to play with your friends

Spanish card games are a great way to hang out with friends and practice your Spanish at the same time....

99 Spanish house vocabulary words

Oct 31, 2023

99 Spanish house vocabulary words

For any Spanish-language learner, mastering basic Spanish house vocabulary is a must. Whether you’re renting a vacation home or looking...

Cultural differences between the US and Mexico

Oct 31, 2023

Cultural differences between the US and Mexico

Though they are neighbors, there are profound cultural differences between the US and Mexico.  These two North American countries share...

Is Spanish spoken in the Philippines?

Oct 31, 2023

Is Spanish spoken in the Philippines?

Do people in the Philippines speak Spanish? Yes and no. To understand the influence of the Spanish language in the...

Costa Rican Spanish: All you need to know

Oct 31, 2023

Costa Rican Spanish: All you need to know 

If you’re visiting or moving to Costa Rica, get ready to speak to ticos or ticas (Costa Rican people) with...

Using the near future in Spanish: ir + a + infinitive

Oct 31, 2023

Using the near future in Spanish: ir + a + infinitive

The near future tense in Spanish has this structure: ir + a + infinitive.  Ir is the Spanish verb meaning...

50 vocabulary words for clothes in Spanish

Oct 26, 2023

50 vocabulary words for clothes in Spanish

Is it raining outside? No worries, let me just get my… my… um… rain shirt? Presuming you live in a...

How to say ‘I don’t know’ in Spanish: 10 must-have phrases

Oct 26, 2023

How to say ‘I don’t know’ in Spanish: 10 must-have phrases

Wondering how to say “I don’t know” in Spanish? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. It’s a good sign that...