I fly through Spanish-speaking skies. I feed on words. I am the Vocabat.
I’m better known as Katie, though. (Katia with Spanish speakers) I’ve lived in Bogotá, Colombia for around four and a half years total, with about half a year spent in the warmer climes of Medellín midway through. My Spanish is good, but I’m able to hide scores of cracks, fissures, and canyons in my knowledge behind a great accent and a calculated bravado that makes it seem like I’m not even trying (ha!). This blog is about filling in those many gaps, one by one, and the road toward fluency, i.e., the rest of my life.
I’ll try to share what I pick up from keeping my ears vigilantly perked and eyes wide open. As I adore colloquial language, I’ve scurried to and fro the past five years collecting tidbits and jotting them down, and I hope you’ll enjoy learning about the way people actually talk. Some things I share will be particular to Colombia, and others more universal. Please correct any and all imperfect Spanish. I’ll include idioms, slang, exceedingly useful words, good words that I chronically underuse, SPN 101 words that I realize that I’m staggeringly still unfamiliar with, common blunders, false friends, and so on and so forth. Please chime in and make it a conversation, adding info, nuances, more sample sentences, etc.
And if you’re a native Spanish speaker who’s trying to learn more colloquial and advanced English or who simply enjoys all things language, welcome! Do lend us a hand with your fascinating and beautiful language–this is a space where we can all learn from each other.
I usually post a few times a week. Leave a comment or email me at vocabat at gmail dot com to suggest topic ideas.