SPANISH LESSON 2: Tú vs Usted

Hola, ¡Bienvenidos a la clase!   One of the first differences between English and Spanish students have to wrap their minds around is that in Spanish there are different words for ‘you’.  Which form of the word is used depends on whom the speaker is addressing. In general, we speak to older people, our teachers, […]

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Today in History: Zoot Suit Riots Begin

  June 3, 1943:  A group of 50-60 from the Los Angeles Naval Reserve Armory attacked anyone perceived to be Hispanic, starting the week-long Zoot Suit Riots.   What is a Zoot Suit? A man’s suit of an exaggerated style, characterized by a long, loose jacket with padded shoulders and high-waisted tapering trousers, popular in […]

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New Book by Rebecca M. Stein

Fellow blogger and author, Rebecca M. Stein has published her new book on building peace.  Building Peace: Living and Learning for a Better World, is currently available as an eBook and will be available in paperback soon.   What kind of people do we want to be? What kind of world do we want to […]

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Friday Canción: Ojalá que Llueva Café by Juan Luis Guerra

It’s almost the weekend. How about some music to get your feet tapping?  I’ve got a Friday Song for you… La canción de viernes: Ojalá que Llueva Café by Juan Luis Guerra This well-known song by Juan Luis Guerra showcases the Dominican Republic’s upbeat merengue and lilting bachata, for which Guerra’s music is praised.  The […]

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Reblog: Sprucing up a Story with Sound Effects

  Whether you’re reading to your own children or reading to a classroom, there are so many fun ways to make the stories come alive.  Over at SpanishPlans, one suggestion is to use recorded sound effects.  These would be particularly useful when teaching a second language.  Students who may not be following the story word […]

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Welcome Guest Bloggers

    To my fellow Bloggers, This is an open invitation to guest post here at Over the Andes.   Topics should be related to at least one of the following: Hispanic culture Hispanic literature including book reviews Latin American history Latin American geography Latin American travel The Caribbean Education Language teaching Language learning Photography […]

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Tell me Something Tuesday [1]

  Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings where participants discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on […]

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Spell May in Books

The month of May is almost over and I just realised I didn’t do a month in books post.   M- Mala Onda (Bad Vibes) by Alberto Fuguet A- Aunt Julia and the Script Writer by Mario Vargas Llosa Y- Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina     M For this ‘trip’ […]

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Spanglish Sunday Laughs

Happy Sunday!  Hope your weekend has been treating you well. Scrolling through my Pinterest boards, these made me chuckle.  Hope you enjoy…       How’s your Spanish coming along?   If you’ve ever taught introductory Spanish, you’ll know the pain is real…   ¡Feliz Domingo mis amigos!

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