Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: The third archetype

  Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was a 17th century nun, self-taught scholar and acclaimed writer of the Latin American colonial period. She was also a staunch advocate for women’s rights. (Biography.com)   In previous articles we explored the issue of gender in Latin America and how specifically women were/ are confined within two […]

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GUEST POST: Is there an ideal language teaching method for beginners and intermediate level learners of a language?

¡Buenos Días! It’s a new week and I am thrilled to be starting it with a very special post.  Today you’ll be reading the first Guest Post on Over The Andes, courtesy Alejandra Rodríguez.  Alejandra is a Spanish teacher and the founder of AR Spanish Online.  Please continue to read about Alejandra’s teaching methods and […]

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Spanish Lesson 6: 25 Commonly Used Expressions in Conversational Spanish

Welcome once again to Spanish Class!  We’ll continue our beginner level Spanish lessons today with a list of commonly used expressions.  You’ve probably heard some of these before and there’ll be others that are brand new to you.  With these 25 expressions you can have a very basic conversation in Spanish.  Be sure to listen […]

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Reblog: The Mayan Ruins of Tikal — Travel Around the Galaxy

Ancient history preserved… explore the wonders of Tikal with Norma and Rob.   Wow! Tikal has always been on our bucket list for a long time and we’re so excited to finally visit. Located in what is now the jungles of Northern Guatemala, it was an important city during the Mayan classical period. Some of […]

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Friday Canción: No Me Ames by Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

It’s Friday again.  The weekend is here! Are you ready for some sweet Spanish music to touch your heart?  I’ve got a Friday Song for you… La canción de viernes: No Me Ames by Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony   You can listen and view the lyrics in this video.  Try to sing along.     Letras/ […]

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The Gender Constructs of Marianismo and Machismo and the Roles of La Malinche and the Virgen de Guadalupe (Part III)

  In Part 1 of this topic, we defined and compared Machismo and Marianismo.  In Part 2 we discussed the history and symbolism of La Virgen de Guadalupe.  In this third and final segment we will explore the second archetype against which women are judged: La Malinche.   Who was La Malinche? La Malinche (or Malinalli or Malintzin as […]

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Spanish Lesson 5: El Alfabeto

One of the first things you learn in English, is the alphabet.  Similarly, one of the first lessons, in many Spanish courses, covers the Spanish alphabet.  Both English and Spanish use the same letter symbols so there are no new symbols to learn, for the most part.  The Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) determined in 2010 that only […]

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