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Beautiful opens at Salem Cinema – Friday, March 3

The new movie Beautiful by Alejandro González Iñárritu is opening Friday, March 4 at Salem Cinema. Cost is $7 for students and $6 for all shows before 5:00.

Here’s the synopsis from the website:

Biutiful is a love story between a father and his children. This is the journey of Uxbal, a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona.  His livelihood is earned out of bounds, his sacrifices for his children know no bounds.   Like life itself, this is a circular tale that ends where it begins.  As fate encircles him and thresholds are crossed,  a dim, redemptive road  brightens,  illuminating the inheritances bestowed from father to child, and the paternal guiding hand that navigates life’s corridors, whether bright, bad – or biutiful

For showtimes, visit Salem Cinema’s Website at:

http://www.salemcinema.com/nowshowing_img.html

Spanish Conversation Cafe

The Spanish club and the Spanish language learning assistants brings you…

an hour of informal Spanish conversation!

Every Friday morning at 10am at Governor’s Cup coffee shop.

Hola amigos,
Decidimos organizar una salida para tomarnos un café y charlar un rato para practicar español y hacer amigos. La idea es hacer algo informal, diferente a las clases así que hemos propuesto ir a Governor’s Cup una cafetería en el centro de Salem para tomarnos un café y conversar de nuestras vidas o de cualquier tema interesante.
La idea es llevar un grupo de 6 personas tomarnos un café y hablar hasta el cansancio…

Nos vemos allí!

Trip to see Ana en el trópico in Portland

On Friday, Jairo and Melina, along with the help of the Spanish department and Spanish club, took a group of Willamette students to see the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ana en el trópico. The play was written by Cuban-American Nilo Cruz, and it details the history of a cigar-making industry that has moved to the United States and its struggle to conserve Cuban tradition in the midst of a modernizing world. It is written to be an analogy of Anna Kerinina, which is read continuously throughout the play by the lector, who was hired to entertain the workers until machines began replacing them around 1930. Professor Delgadillo joined us for the play and accompanied us to dinner at Portland’s finest, Taco del Mar. All in all, it was a great way to spend a Thursday.

Latin American Film Festival…

hola!

I’m glad to share with you a great experience that a group of students and me had last Sunday.

We went to a Latin American Film Festival in Portland as a Cultural Spanish event which was promoted by the Spanish Department. First, we went to the professor’s Julie Veltman house who was very generous and invited us to have lunch before the movie. We had such a great time because we shared just a little bit about us. Then, we moved to watch the movie “Solo quiero caminar” (Just walking) at Broadway Metro Plex. It was a Mexican and Spanish movie which the main character was Diego Luna (Mexico). It was a drama and action movie which was so intense. Besides, all of us liked a lot. When we came back, it was cool because we shared things about the movie and us. I think that that Sunday I will remember as one of the different days here in the States with great people.

TRABALENGUAS – TONGUETWISTERS

¿Se te traba la lengua? ¿Se te lengua la traba? ¿Se te lasengua la baba?… Los trabalenguas son juegos de palabras con sonidos difíciles de pronunciar juntos.

Lo interesante de los trabalenguas está en poder decirlos con claridad y rapidez, aumentando la velocidad sin dejar de pronunciar ninguna de las palabras. 

Primero empezaremos con los fáciles después subirá el nivel de dificultad. 

IMAGINANDO LO INMAGINABLE

GEMA IMAGINABA

UNA IMAGEN DE SU IMAGINACION

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SORULLO QUIERE LO SUYO

LO TUYO ES TUYO

DICE SORULLO

SUELTA LO QUE NO ES TUYO

SORULLO QUIERE LO SUYO

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CONFUSO CONFABULABA UNA CONFUSA

CONFABULACION,

CONFUNDIDO NO CONFIABA EN LA CONFUNDIDA CONFABULACION,

QUE ACABABA DE CONFABULAR.

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NADIE SILBA COMO SILVIA SILBA

PORQUE EL QUE SILBA COMO SILVIA SILBA

SILVIA LE ENSEÑO A SILBAR

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YO NO QUIERO QUE TU ME QUIERAS

PORQUE YO TE QUIERO A TÍ,

QUERIÉNDOME O SIN QUERERME

YO TE QUIERO POR QUE SÍ.

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EL REY DE CONSTANTINOPLA ESTA CONSTANTINOPLIZADO

CONSTA QUE CONSTANZA, NO LO PUDO DESCONSTANTINOPLIZAR

EL DESCONSTANTINOPLIZADOR QUE DESCONSTANTINOPLIZARE AL REY DE CONSTANTINOPLA,

BUEN DESCONSTANTINOPLIZADOR SERÁ

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CANSADAS CARGADAS RAPADAS MARCHABAN LAS CHAVAS,

CALLADAS, CALMADAS BANDADAS DE GATAS LAS RATAS CAZABAN,

LAS RANAS CANTABAN LLAMABAN SALTABAN Y AL SALTAR SANABAN DE SU MAL ASTRAL

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QUE EL BEBE CESE DE BEBER LECHE FRENTE A LA TELE,

QUE BESE EL PELELE, QUE ME DE ESE EJE QUE LE DEJE

Y QUE SE ENTERE DE LO QUE PENSE.

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CHANGO CHINO REFLICHADO

PORQUE CHIFLAS A LA CHINA

CHANGO CHINO RECHIFLADO RECHIFLADOR

QUE A LA CHANGA CHINA REFLICHADA CHIFLAS

CHANGO CHINO RECHIFLADO RECHIFLADOR

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EL AJO PICO A LA COL

LA COL PICO AL AJO

AJO COL Y CARACOL

CARACOL Y COL CON AJO

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SI CAMARON COMEMOS,

Y NOS ENCAMARONAMOS,

COMO NOS DESENCAMARONAREMOS?

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PARANGARICUTIRIMÍCUARO,

DESENPARANGARICUTIRIMICUARE

EL QUE LO DIGA SERÁ UN BUEN

DESANPARANGARICUTIRIMICUARIZADOR

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YO COMPRE POCAS COPAS

POCAS COPAS YO COMPRE

COMO YO COMPRE POCAS COPAS

POCAS COPAS YO PAGUE

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TRES TRISTES TIGRES

TRAGABAN TRIGO EN TRES TRISTES TRASTOS

SENTADOS TRAS UN TRIGAL.

SENTADOS TRAS UN TRIGAL,

EN TRES TRISTES TRASTOS

TRAGABAN TRIGO TRES TRISTES TIGRES.

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CUANDO CUENTES CUENTOS

CUENTA CUANTOS CUENTOS CUENTAS,

PORQUE SI NO CUENTAS CUANTOS CUENTOS CUENTAS

NUNCA SABRÁS CUANTOS CUENTOS CUENTAS TÚ.

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PABLITO CLAVÓ UN CLAVITO

EN LA CALVA DE UN CALVITO.

EN LA CALVA DE UN CALVITO,

UN CLAVITO CLAVÓ PABLITO.

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SI TU GUSTO GUSTARA DEL GUSTO

QUE GUSTA MI GUSTO,

MI GUSTO GUSTARÍA DEL GUSTO

QUE GUSTA TU GUSTO.

PERO COMO TU GUSTO

NO GUSTA DEL GUSTO

QUE GUSTA MI GUSTO,

MI GUSTO NO GUSTA DEL GUSTO

QUE GUSTA TU GUSTO.

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Si fuiste capaz de pronunciar al menos 10 trabalenguas correctamente y puedes probarlo envíame un mensaje y te daré un superhiperrecontragrandioso premio, bueno tal vez no sea superhiperrecontragrandioso, pero si será un premio.

COLUMBUS DAY OR DIA DE LA RAZA

COLUMBUS DAY OR DIA DE LA RAZA

(500 años de que?)

 

The date of Columbus’ arrival in the Americas is celebrated in many countries in Latin America, although not in Brazil, (and in some Latino communities in the United States) as the Día de la Raza (“day of the race”), commemorating the first encounters of Europeans and Native Americans. The day was first celebrated in Argentina in 1917, Venezuela and Colombia in 1921, Chile in 1922, and Mexico in 1928.

The day was also celebrated under this title in Spain until 1957, when it was changed to the Día de la Hispanidad (“Hispanity Day”), and in Venezuela until 2002, when it was changed to the Día de la Resistencia Indígena (Day of Indigenous Resistance). Día de la Raza in many countries is seen as a counter to Columbus Day. It is used to resist the arrival of Europeans to the Americas and is used to celebrate the native races.

In the U.S. Día de la Raza has served as a time of mobilization for pan-ethnic Latino activists, particularly in the 1960s. Since then, La Raza has served as a periodic rallying cry for Hispanic activists. The first Hispanic March on Washington occurred on Columbus Day in 1996. The name has remained in the largest Hispanic social justice organization, the National Council of La Raza.

It is commonly believed that opposition to Columbus celebrations dates to the later part of the 20th century. However, the current group of American Indian activists are not alone historically.

In the 19th century, for example, activists sought to eradicate Columbus Day celebrations because they thought the Catholics would use the holiday to take over the country. Similarly, the notion that Columbus was responsible for more calamity and destruction than progress and prosperity has been a recurrent theme ever since Columbus’s voyage. Even the notion of connecting Columbus and indigenous population collapse has been repeated periodically for centuries.

In the late 20th century, some groups voiced opposition to Columbus celebrations. Indigenous groups in particular have opposed the holidays as celebrating the man who initiated the European colonization of the new world. Opposition often focuses on the cruel treatment indigenous peoples faced at the hands of Columbus and later European settlers and the fact that the European conquest directly and indirectly caused a massive decline in population among the indigenous peoples.

Personally I, Jairo Galeano Casanova, have many questions about this date and I do not like celebrating it, in fact I am one of those who think that it was not a complete good thing the arrival of Colon to America, but as this blog is only informative not critic I cannot say more, but I would love to know what your opinion of this day is.

By the way… 500 años de que?

REFRANES POPULARES – POPULAR SAYINGS

 

It is common in many countries to have expressions or sayings that represent something especial and that are generally used to exemplify a situation or clarify a specific point of view. Sometimes they have been transmitted form generation to generation, some others they are just created based on the necessity to make fun of something or to exaggerate the meaning of a situation. Here there is a list of popular proverbs that are said in Colombia and in some other countries. They are translated into English in case you are interested in using them.

English   

Spanish   

early to bed and early to rise (makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise)   

a quien madruga Dios lo ayuda.  madrugar = to get up early  

brain is better than brawn   

más vale maña que fuerza.  maña = skill, knack  

out of sight, out of mind   

ojos que no ven, corazón que no siente   

we all make mistakes   

el que tiene boca se equivoca   

if you keep your mouth shut, you won’t put your foot in it   

en boca cerrada no entran moscas   

if you buy cheaply, you pay dearly   

lo barato sale caro   

you can’t teach an old dog new tricks   

loro viejo no aprende a hablar  loro = parrot  

better late than never   

más vale tarde que nunca   

no cows, no cares   

quien no tiene, no teme   

better safe than sorry   

más vale prevenir que curar;   

it’s no use crying over spilt milk   

a lo hecho pecho   

every cloud has a silver lining   

no hay mal que por bien no venga   

never put off till tomorrow what you can do today   

no dejes para mañana lo que puedas hacer hoy   

the end justifies the means   

el fin justifica los medios   

AMOR Y AMISTAD

 

¿Qué es la amistad? 

Es una puerta que se abre,
una mano extendida,
una sonrisa que te alienta,
una mirada que te comprende,
una lágrima que se une a tu dolor,
una palabra que te anima,
y una crítica que te mejora. 

Es un abrazo de perdón,
un aplauso que te estimula,
un encuentro que te regocija,
un favor sin recompensa,
un dar sin exigir,
una entrega sin calcular,
y un esperar… sin cansancio.

El Grito de la Independencia! Mexican Independence Day.

Grito de Dolores
Mural depicting the Grito de Dolores, by Juan O'Gorman.

Cry of Dolores — battle cry of the Mexican War of Independence from Spain, first uttered by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, parish priest of Dolores (now Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato state), on Sept. 16, 1810.

Hidalgo was involved in a plot against the Spanish colonial government, and, when the plot was betrayed, he decided to act immediately. After arming the people, he addressed them from the pulpit, encouraging them to revolt. The exact text of this most famous of all Mexican speeches is not known, and a wide variety of “reconstructed” versions have been published, but he may have said, in essence, “Long live Our Lady of Guadalupe [symbol of the Indians’ faith], death to bad government, death to the gachupines [the Spaniards]!” Hidalgo amassed a large popular mob-army, but after much reckless pillage and bloodshed the movement was suppressed and Hidalgo himself was captured and executed on July 31, 1811. Hidalgo’s “cry” became the cry of independence. In commemoration, each year on the night of September 15—the eve of Mexican Independence Day—the president of the republic shouts a version of “el Grito” from the balcony of the National Palace in Mexico City: “Viva México! Viva la Independencia! Vivan los héroes!” The ceremony is broadcast throughout the country and is repeated in smaller scale in many towns and villages.

[excerpted from “Grito de Dolores.” Encyclopædia Britannica <http://search.eb.com/eb/article-9038161>.]