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¡FELIZ ANIVERSARIO MAFALDA!

“Mafalda” is a famous and witty Argentinian comic that deals with issues about the society, education, politics, family life among other topics of general interest.

Over the years, the little black haired girl who doesn’t like soup and dreams with an ideal world has reached the hearts of many people around the world.

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(Translation: “Soup is to childhood, what consumerism is to democracy!”)

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(Translation: “It may be sad Raquel, but in moments like this one ‘MAMÁ’ is just a pseudonym “)

But who is the master mind behind Mafalda? That is  Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón, better known as QUINO. He was born and raised in Mendoza Argentina and currently lives in Guaymallén (a city in the province of Mendoza). At the age of 84, he’s celebrating Mafalda’s 52nd anniversary.

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September 29th, 1964. Mafalda’s first appearance.

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Here we see Quino and Mafalda in San Telmo, Buenos Aires.

However, Mafalda is not alone. Her father, Quino, gave her a family and a bunch of friends to play and share her innocent and witty perspectives of the world:

-Felipe: a 7 years old boy who loves crosswords and the Lone Ranger but hates school, getting up early and doing homework.

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-Manolito: a 6 years old boy who loves money and Rockerfeller and hates the Beatles, discounts, and hippies.

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-Susanita: a 6 years old girl who loves marriage, the idea of having children, and maybe Felipe. She hates divorce, poor people, and uncomfortable ideas.

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-LIBERTAD: (FREEDOM) is a little girl older than she looks. She loves revolution and culture, but she hates complicated people, why can’t everyone be simple and honest?

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-Guille: he is a baby and Mafalda’s little brother. He loves writing on the walls and having his pacifier on the rocks.

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-Miguelito: is a 5 years old  boy. He loves abstract, useless speeches, and jazz.Image result for mafalda y miguelito

-Mafalda’s parents: Her mother mamá or Raquel and her father papá love each other  deeply and love their children. They hate cooking anything but soup and the cost of life.

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I hope you enjoy Mafalda’s ideas as much as I do. She dreams with an ideal world and if we work together it is not just a utopia.  Let’s be more like this curious, innocent, lively, rebellious, and highly ironic girl.

Have a nice weekend!

Fernanda

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Greetings from the land of J. L. Borges, Eva Perón and Carlos Gardel: ARGENTINA!!

Hi everyone! I’m Gabriela from Argentina. I’m the teaching assistant for the Spanish Department. I arrived to the US a month ago because I received a grant from the Fulbright Exchange Program. In this first entry I’d like to introduce myself and my home country, I’ll tell you something about my family and friends, and finally I’ll explain my function at Willamette.

I’m from a little, but beautiful town in the northwest of the country called Salta. Salta’s nickname is “La Linda” which means “the beautiful”. I think it deserves its nickname not only because of the beauty of its landscapes, mountains and rivers, but also because of its people. Salteños are simple, nice and truly friendly. They are also hospitable and helpful. So if you have the chance to travel to South America you should definitely visit this province and, just in case you have never heard of it, this map can help you understand how far away I am from home… And just to give you an idea how the city looks like, this photo taken from the web shows one of Salta’s most amazing views.

All this reminds me of some reading I’m doing for my Native American Studies at Willamette. It talks about how places say something about people and are part of our identity. Well, my home town says a lot about me. Before coming I was so excited to live and work in a foreign country that I had never realized how important my country is for me and how proud I am of being Argentinian J

I grew up in a small family. I live with my brother, mom and dad. I also have a niece called Zoe, who is my favorite person in the world. She is like a magic fairy.  My second favorite person is my mom. She is the only person who can make me extremely happy and extremely mad at the same time haha  I also have some good friends who are always there on Facebook to tell me how much they miss me and to listen and support me when I feel home sick. I think I’m really lucky to have them, but so far I think I will also make awesome friends in the US too.

Last but not least, I would like to explain my role at Willamette. According to Fulbright I’m supposed to be Student, Teacher and Cultural Ambassador.  So, the reason why I am writing this blog is because I want to invite everyone to know more about me and my country’s culture and traditions and also learn about the American culture in turn.  Believe it or not I’ll try to do my best to help you and make the learning of Spanish more interesting and fun!

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.

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>.]

Spanish Table Talks

Hola a todos, muchos/as de ustedes ya me conocen, para aquellos que no me conocen soy Jose Luis Bianchi, uno de los asistentes de espaniol, queria informarles que los dias lunes de 12.00 a 1.00PM en Goudy’s estan mis mesas de espaniol para practicar, hablar un rato y sobretodo conocer gente y debatir diferentes temas.
los espero
Jose B