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La Catrina and Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos – What does La Catrina represent? Oh my…. How scary, how beautiful, how very Día de los Muertos! If you’re familiar at all with Día de los Muertos, you’ve probably seen this image before (or something similar).  This skull-style face painting has been used for decades in conjunction with Día de los Muertos. But where did it come from? Let’s go…

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The Monarch Butterfly and Día de los Muertos

The Monarch Butterly and Día de los Muertos… what’s the connection? Read on… What do insects have to do with Día de los Muertos? Continuing our exploration of Día de los Muertos, we’re on to a discussion about a mighty group of insects. Before we can understand the link between butterflies and a festival that honours our departed loved ones, let’s recap what Día de…

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Spanish Songs For Language Learning

I’m still finding ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. At Over The Andes we’ve posted several articles about the benefits of using music in language learning. There are also a couple posts with suggested Spanish songs for various occasions!  Today’s post is yet another one celebrating Spanish songs for language learning. I’ve got three of them for you. Additionally, there are another three, rich in…

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National Punctuation Day – And the use of special characters in Spanish

On September 24th, where I’m from, we have a public holiday. Okay, it’s not actually a National Punctuation Day holiday! In Trinidad and Tobago, we celebrate our Republic Day on September 24th. However, when looking at what else is celebrated on that date, I came across this interesting tidbit: In the United States, September 24th is National Punctuation Day… “a celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation…

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Songs in Spanish for Summer

Inside: 9 Songs in Spanish for Summer. As we head into the last month of northern hemisphere summer, I figured it was beyond time time to finish up this post! I’m off to the beach, with the family, later this week, for a final vacation hurrah. Soon enough we’ll be back to the grind of work and school – both on some hybrid schedules. Logistics…

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Reframe Your Relationship With Spanish: Love the language journey

Are you ready to embrace and love your Spanish acquisition journey? As a member of some awesome language coaching and language teaching Facebook groups, I’ve been enjoying resources that have inspired me to be creative and expand how I treat with language learning and teaching. get your motivational workbook Being a Spanish student myself (because I don’t think the learning ever stops) I’ve been a very sympathetic…

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Irregular Spanish Verbs Conjugations and Cheat Sheet

I love Spanish. I’ve been studying the language and loving the language since I was eleven years old. Admittedly, I was a bit different in the sense that I loved verbs and conjugations, something that frustrates many new learners. For me, I liked the formulaic system behind conjugations. We have our ‘ar’, ‘er’ and ‘ir’ verbs and each type has its corresponding verb endings.  Just…

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