Using Grammarly as a Teaching and Writing Resource

Today I’d like to talk about a tool I have been using for the last few years, Grammarly.  There are both the Grammarly application and the Grammarly website.  Long before I used the application, I had been using the website for help with some of the nuances of the English language. Do you know what […]

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Día de los Muertos – Nov 2

While many around the world celebrated Halloween on Wednesday (Oct 31), in Mexico and (by people of Mexican heritage throughout the world) a different but somewhat related festival takes place today: Día de los Muertos. (Day of the Dead) In some parts of Mexico, children do incorporate the more American tradition of Halloween into Día […]

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Spanish Lesson 13: Nouns and Gender in Spanish

  What is this gender business? How is it related to language? In romance languages, of which Spanish is one, nouns are either masculine or feminine.  We can sometimes (but certainly not always) tell whether a word is masculine or feminine by looking at its ending.  There is a very wide generalisation that words ending in ‘a’ […]

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Reblog: Unexplored Guatemala- Accidentally East

Guatemala, just south of Mexico, is the home to many awe inspiring Mayan ruins and a people descended from a rich heritage and gripping history.  If you plan to visit Guatemala you’d probably have half a mind to visit the Mayan ruins at Tikal to experience first hand the remnants of a great civilization.  Maybe […]

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This Day in History: The Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis began on October 15, 1962 with the US discovery of the USSR’s building of medium-range missile sites in Cuba.  The resulting stand-off between the world’s two opposing super powers would not end until November of the same year.   On October 22, 1962, President John. F. Kennedy announced, in a televised speech […]

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Spanglish Sunday (5)

Happy Sunday once again. I hope your weekend has been treating you well.  If you need a little pick-me-up, however, you may be in the right place.  Here are some Spanglish jokes to make you smile or maybe just help you learn a new word.         The pain is real!  Some expressions […]

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Friday Canción: Gente de Zona – La Gozadera

  It’s viernes de nuevo. Welcome to another Friday Canción. Hispanic Heritage Month ended on October 15 but I still want to share this song with you today.  After all at Over The Andes we celebrate Hispanic and Latino culture all year through!   Today’s cancion de viernes is La Gozera by Gente de Zona […]

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Pablo Neruda’s Here I Love You

Here I Love you is a poem about love once again.  This time our poet speaks to his departed beloved.  She has gone ‘there’  while he remains ‘here’.  The sadness that echoes through the line Sometimes I get up early and even my soul is wet is richly melancholic.  He sends her his messages of […]

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