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12 de Octubre: Día de la Resistencia Indígena Posted by on Oct 12, 2020

It may not be so contentious an issue from a North American standpoint, but for Latin-Americans everywhere this question has always been significant: What is the most appropriate name for October 12th? Throughout the 20th century, how Columbus Day should be called became an important subject when one remembers what it was supposed to be…

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Literature in Spanish: Why It is a Must for All Readers Posted by on Nov 18, 2019

It would be easy to suggest to any person with a knack for literature to read any novel coming from the Spanish-speaking world, considering just how many authors in that language have been awarded internationally—11 out of the 116 current Nobel laureates in that category, for instance. However, there are many other reasons why literature…

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Argentina’s National Flag Day Posted by on Jun 24, 2019

On June 20th, Argentineans celebrated el Día de la Bandera Nacional (Flag Day) and commemorated the death of its creator, Manuel Belgrano, one of the most important independence leaders, who died on June 20th, 1820. Flag Day celebrations in Argentina have a special venue: el Monumento Nacional a la Bandera (National Flag Memorial), located in…

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Commercializing the Day of the Dead Posted by on Oct 25, 2018

Next week, Mexicans all over the world will celebrate el día de los muertos or day of the dead with ofrendas (offerings), pan de muerto (day of the dead bread), and photographs of their loved ones. While the celebration has always been strong in Mexico, it has recently become much more commercial. But how did this happen? Halloween Because of its…

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Wedding Traditions in Mexico Posted by on Apr 12, 2018

Spring is here and with it comes the inevitable wedding season! Weddings or bodas are a momentous occasion to celebrate the union of a pareja or couple by eating, drinking and dancing. In Mexico, weddings are very important. Families spend plenty of time and dinero planning a wedding. Here are some of the tradiciones in…

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How to rent an apartment in Latin America and Spain (2) Posted by on Nov 21, 2016

This Monday we discussed how to rent an apartment in Spanish. We learnt Spanish vocabulary related to the process of renting an apartment in America. Now we will see the differences with European Spanish. To begin with, we talk about ” un piso” and not “un apartamento”, very much like the UK-US difference between “flat”…

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Spanish elections: There will be no third round Posted by on Oct 26, 2016

If you have been following the news on politics, you’ll know that in addition to the US Elections scheduled for November 8th, and to the referendum in Colombia, in Spain we have had to repeat elections in July 2016 due to the impossibility to agree on a coalition government [gobierno de coalición] by all the minority forces…

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