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Sep 16 2010

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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>.]

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Sep 07 2010

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COLOMBIAN EXPRESSIONS

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IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTICE HOW IN SPANISH AS IN ENGLISH THERE ARE SOME EXPRESSIONS THAT DESPITE THE FACT THAT ARE COMMON NOT MANY FOREIGN PEOPLE KNOW THEM, THIS USUALLY HAPPENS BECAUSE THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FORMAL AND INFORMAL LANGUAGE AND IN ORDER TO MANAGE A LANGUAGE PROPERLY YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF THIS CHANGES. FOR EXAMPLE NOT ALL THE TIME PEOPLE SPEAK IN A VERY FORMAL WAY SOMETIMES THEY JUST PLAY WITH SOME WORDS AND THEN IT IS MORE DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF A CONVERSATION IF YOU ARE NOT USE TO HEARING THIS KIND OF THINGS. NEXT YOU WILL FIND A LIST OF EXPRESSIONS THAT ARE REALLY COMMON IN COLOMBIA AND THAT MANY PEOPLE USE IN THE STREETS OR WHEN THEY ARE TALKING TO SOMEONE ELSE. THESE EXPRESSIONS ARE SOMETIMES KNOWN IN SOUTH AMERICA BUT SOME OTHER TIMES IT IS DIFFICULT EVEN FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS TO UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER WHEN SPEAKING BECAUSE THEIR BACKGROUND IS NOT THE SAME. SO HERE IS THE LIST IN CASE YOU FIND SOME PROBLEMS TO UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF THE EXPRESSIONS CONTACT ME OR POST A COMMENT AND I WILL EXPLAIN THE WHOLE MEANING…

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Aug 30 2010

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This is Colombia

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ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD IS LOCATED IN THE NORTH PART OF SOUTH AMERICA IT HAS TWO OCEANS GREAT MOUNTAINS AND WONDERFUL LANDSCAPES, VISITORS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME AND YOU CAN FIND BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE AROUND WILLING TO HELP YOU. SOME OF THE MOST FAMOUS THINGS WE HAVE IN COLOMBIA IS OUR DELICIOUS COFFEE OUR BEAUTIFUL WOMEN WHO ARE AS BEAUTIFUL AS THE FLOWERS WE CULTIVATE OUR WONDERFUL CIMATE AND THE SENSE THAT YOU ALWAYS FEEL AT HOME BECAUSE (TODOS SOMOS HERMANOS TODOS SOMOS PARCEROS) THIS IS MY COUNTRY THIS IS COLOMBIA AND THIS IS A BIT OF WHAT OUR CULTURE IS. VIDEO

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Feb 08 2010

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FELIZ DÍA DEL AMOR Y LA AMISTAD

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Esta semana en los Estados Unidos y en otros lugares del mundo se celebra el día de San Valentín. Un día en el que los novios y amigos intercambian tarjetas, chocolates, flores, etc., para demostrarse su cariño. Les quería contar que en Colombia no celebramos este día en febrero. Sin embargo, en el mes de septiembre tenemos un día especial que llamamos “el Día del Amor y la Amistad”.
Además, como en Latinoamérica nos encantan las fiestas, durante todo el mes de septiembre las personas comparten con sus seres queridos y realizan diferentes actividades. Me gustaría contarles sobre una de estas actividades tradicionales, un juego llamado “Amigo Secreto”. Este juego se puede jugar con los amigos, los compañeros de trabajo o con la familia y sirve para intercambiar regalos y así celebrar el “el Día del Amor y la Amistad”. Primero, Las personas que van a jugar se reúnen y ponen en una bolsa plástica sus nombres, cada persona escoge un nombre al azar. La persona escogida se convierte en el amigo secreto. Durante una semana, aproximadamente, los amigos secretos deben ser endulzados, es decir cada día el amigo secreto debe recibir un dulce sin saber quien lo envía. Al final de la semana los participantes se reúnen e intercambian regalos con sus amigos secretos, esta reunión se llama “El Descubrimiento”. Esta es una manera de conocerse mejor, compartir con los amigos y por supuesto celebrar el día del Amor y la Amistad.
Espero que ustedes también disfruten de este día y celebren con sus amigos.
¡Feliz día del amor y la amistad! ¡Feliz día de San Valentín!
VOCABULARIO
DÍA DEL AMOR Y LA AMISTAD: Colombian celebration, similar to Valentine’s Day, which takes place during September.
AMIGO SECRETO: a game, similar to Secret Santa, where people exchange gifts.
AL AZAR: at random.
ENDULZAR: to sweeten or, in this context, to give someone a candy.
DESCUBRIMIENTO: the act of discovering.
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Apr 08 2009

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Fiesta del Club de Español

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Hello everyone considering that the end of the semester is coming really soon, The Spanish Club is organizing a party which is going to take place either the last weekend of April or first week of May.
It is going to have traditional dishes and music. More news are coming soon

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