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Calle 13: Songs of Latin Pride

Quechua learners: pay close attention to the first part of this song. The brothers of band Calle 13 are being introduced by a Quechua-speaking radio DJ.

Everyone else: don’t miss out on this great song, “Latinoamerica” and the accompanying snapshots of life across Latin America.

What is notable is that the piece intends to awake feelings of social consciousness, pride and a sort of pan-Latin patriotism over nationalism. Calle 13 asserts that the Latin-American experience is tied together by similar values, ravaged by similar battles and sort of orphaned:

“Soy lo que me enseño mi padre/ El que no quiere a su patria no quiere a su madre/ Soy America Latina, un pueblo sin pierna pero camina.”

Breaking: Suri Cruise Will Likely Learn Spanish Or Mandarin

Yeesh. Little Suri is growing up in front of our very eyes. Her mom, Katie Holmes has decided to enroll her at a nice private school in NYC that has campuses around the world, so Suri won’t miss a beat when she jetsets with mom and dad. Although the schools offer Spanish and Mandarin, we wouldn’t be surprised if this traveling tot ends up learning quite a few more along the way!

The school encourages parents to think of Avenues as one international school with 20 or more campuses around the globe. According to the school’s website, “It will not be a collection of 20 different schools all pursuing different educational strategies, but rather one highly-integrated ‘learning community,’ connected and supported by a common vision, a shared curriculum, collective professional development of its faculty, the wonders of modern technology and a highly-talented headquarters team located here in New York City.”


Word-of-the-Week Wednesday–amanecer!

Good Morning All! Given D.C. weather of late, today’s word describes my favorite part of the day this summer:  amanecer [a-maneh-sir] means dawn in Spanish.  Be careful with the spelling and pronunciation though, because amancer [AH-mah-sir] signifies moonrise. So, rise and shine to enjoy the (hot) day! (Is there a...
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