Friday Canción: Bolero

Hola mis amigos, Today we are taking another glimpse into Latin culture through music.  This time we’re talking about Bolero music.  Bolero refers to a type of music and to its associated dances.  Interestingly, the origins of this musical genre is two fold.  The older version of Bolero dates back to 18th century Spain and […]

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Friday Canción: Cinco de Mayo Songs

Hola, Otra vez es viernes.  And it’s also almost May 5th once again.  You remember the significance of Cinco de Mayo, right? It was the day in 1862 when a small, armed Mexican battalion faced off against the larger and stronger, invading French forces under the command of Napoleon III.  The steadfast determination of the […]

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FRIDAY CANCIÓN: El Cóndor Pasa by Los Fronterizos

Hola mis amigos.  ¡Es viernes! Welcome to today’s Friday Canción.  Today’s song is something a bit slower and more ‘traditional’ than our usual.  We’re taking a listen to Argentinian Folk music, through a song that is claimed by much of Latin America… El Cóndor Pasa by Los Fronterizos.   Los Fronterizos was an Argentine musical […]

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Friday Canción: La Bicicleta by Carlos Vives ft. Shakira

Hola mis amigos.  ¡Es viernes! Welcome to today’s Friday Canción.  Today’s song is La Bicicleta by Carlos Vives and Shakira You met Carlos in the last Friday Canción and we talked about the vallenato echoes to his music.  In today’s Friday Canción Carlos is joined by fellow Colombian singer, Shakira!  Internationally, she may be a little more […]

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UNESCO celebrates indigenous languages

    Did you think that the Mayan language is just one language?  Think again!  Mayan is the collective name given to a linguistic family.  Today, over 35 unique Mayan languages have been recorded.  It is estimated, however, that at the beginning of colonisation there were in fact hundreds of these languages in use.  Think […]

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A Book Review: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

  After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity–and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution… Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba’s high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country’s […]

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Spanish Lesson 16: Christmas Greetings in Spanish

    Hola mis amigos.   You already know how to wish someone Merry Christmas in Spanish…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………  !Feliz Navidad! But perhaps you’d like to say a little more to your Spanish speaking friend or family member.  I’ve put together a short list of possible greetings you could use:   10 Christmas Greetings in Spanish   […]

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