10 Educational Cinco de Mayo Resources

Inside: 10 educational Cinco de Mayo resources about the history of the day, perceptions and some fun activities too! It’s that time of year again when talk of Cinco de Mayo starts up. In some cases, the conversations and activities will be educational and will cover the true significance of the event. There’ll also be a proliferation of Cinco de Mayo themed advertisements for a…

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7 Things to consider if you’re struggling to learn Spanish

Struggling to learn Spanish? You’re not alone. Many beginner (and higher level) Spanish learners struggle at times to get a grip on their language learning journey. For some, time is a major constraint, others don’t know where to start, maybe you have no one to practice with, or perhaps you’re a bit shy and nervous to practice speaking. My biggest challenge was definitely confidence! However,…

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Semana Santa in Latin America – Awesome Easter Traditions

Semana Santa in Latin America is an incredible affair. The week immediately precedes Easter and is observed through an array of events. In this predominantly Catholic region, celebrating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is a rich annual tradition. Not all customs associated with the observance are religious, and for those not engaging in any of the many prayer vigils and masses, the…

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Valentine’s Day in Latin America – Celebrate Love, family and Friends!

Valentine’s Day in Latin America isn’t very different from celebrating in the United States. However, in some countries the sentiment may be slightly different and more all-encompassing. In other places, the idea of Valentine’s Day is not celebrated on February 14, but on another date more relevant to the host country. In several South American countries, Valentine’s Day is celebrated later in the year. Read…

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Is Spanish the Most Popular Language Spoken in South America? | Fun Facts About Latin America (11)

Fun Facts about Latin America continues today with what might sound like a trick question. Is Spanish really the most popularly spoken language in South America? I know, I know, you want to shout at me, “Of course it is!” Out of 422 million people in South America, 210 million speak Spanish and 206 million speak Portuguese! Portuguese speakers are almost as populous as Spanish…

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Latin American Celebrations: Workbooks for beginner Spanish Learners

Inside: Workbooks for beginner Spanish learners using Latin American celebrations. Looking for information on Cinco de Mayo, Día de Muertos or Nochebuena? I’ve got you covered! You can check out the aforementioned links to find out how each of those festivities are celebrated in Latin America. For many Spanish learners, understanding the culture within which the language is spoken allows them to make deeper connections…

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Nochebuena celebrations in latin America

Nochebuena celebrations are no joke in Latin America. Here, fun is serious business! Nochebuena literally translates to ‘good night’ and is the Spanish expression for Christmas Eve. It is a major festive celebration within Latin American culture. For many, December 24 is a much bigger event than December 25. In fact, Christmas Eve is the big day for most folks across the region and for…

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Children’s books set in Latin America

Children’s books set in Latin America are great to introduce younger ones to the cultural diversity of the region. They’re also fantastic to provide adults with a little peep into the history and legends of Latin America. I’ll readily admit to learning more from reading some of these stories with my children. Hispanic Heritage Month closed out on October 15. It was another delightful month…

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The Women of Mexico’s Independence Story

The women of Mexico’s independence story are many. History texts record a few names and leave out far too many details. However, scholars, researchers, journalists and information seekers of the 21st century are making strides to uncover the untold stories of many of the world’s heroines. On September 16, 2020 Mexico celebrates 210 years of independence. To mark the auspicious occasion, let’s look at a…

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