Sep 18 2013

¡Que viva Colombia!

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Hello everybody.

My name is Luisa Fernanda Grajales and I’m the new Spanish language teaching assistant here at Willamette. I’m Colombian, born and raised in Medellín. By the way, Medellín is the second largest city in Colombia with an estimated 3.5 million people. It is located in the central mountain range of the Andes and it is the capital of Antioquia’s department. Here are some pictures!

I’m a Fulbright scholar and I will be here for a whole year. I really hope to share some of my culture, my customs, and my knowledge of the Spanish language with you. I truly want, at the end of this year, to go back home with a greater understanding of American people and culture. In addition to this, I would love to learn about all the different cultural groups gathered here at Willamette. So, if you see me around the university, just come and say ¡HOLA!

Nos vemos.

In the following video you can get a glimpse of my beautiful city!

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Apr 21 2013

Last Movie Night of the semester!!

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Dear Spanish Students,

The end of the semester is approaching and you must be busy with exams and assignments, but we’d like to invite you to the last movie night of the academic year. This time you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy an Argentine film which will show you a different and interesting aspect of the Argentine culture. Come and enjoy, food and drinks will be offered too!

Gabriela and Iván

Teaching Assistants

Spanish Department

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Apr 15 2013

Fiesta Latina

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Dear Willamette students,

I’m writing to you on behalf of the Spanish club in order to invite you to one of the biggest events of the year “La Fiesta Latina”, a celebration of the Spanish-speaking cultures. There will be live music, dance and food. For more info check the poster below. I hope to see you there!

Gabriela Bustos

FLTA-Spanish Department

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Mar 10 2013

Merci/Gracias/Danke/谢谢/ありがとう

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In the name of all the Teaching Assistants at Willamette University, Gabriela and Ivan (Spanish Department), Isabelle (German Departement), Wenwen (Chinese Department), Rie (Japanese Department) and Maria (French Department):

We would like to thank all the members and students of Willamette University for making of our International Karaoke Night a huge success with more than 50 people attending! Thank you for coming and singing in French, German, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese and English and sharing our cultures together! We had a great time!

Watch out for our next International event… it’s gonna rock!

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Mar 07 2013

Time to rehearse for the International Karaoke

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Hi everyone,

Here are the links I promised so that you can start rehearsing for the International Karaoke. These are some of the songs available, but you can always choose the ones you like most. Don’t forget to send me the links in advance or bring them to the event! gbustos@willamette.edu

Gabriela Bustos

Fulbright Teaching Assistant -Spanish Department

1-Volver, volver (Vicente Fernández)

2-Volver (Estrella Morente)

3-Piel Morena (Thalia)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2uSrmHSvqs

4-Brindis (Thalia)

5-Pega la vuelta (Pimpinela)

6-El Rey (Vicente Fernández)

7-Atrevete (Calle 13)

8-Ella me levanto (Daddy Yankee)

9-Mujer Amante (Rata Blanca)

10-Seminare (Seru Giran)

11-No me olvides (Abel Pintos)

12-Solo le pido a Dios (Mercedes Sosa)

13-Si no te hubieras ido (Marco Antonio Solis)

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Mar 04 2013

International Karaoke Night

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Dear students of Spanish classes,

The language assisstants for the different language departments are hosting an International Karaoke on Friday evening. You will have the opportunity to sing or listen to songs in Spanish, French, German, Chinese and Japanese. Check out the info available in the poster and e-mail me in case you have any special request: gbustos@willamette.edu. It’ll be fun!

Gabriela Bustos

Fulbright Teaching Assistant- Spanish Department

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Feb 28 2013

Willamette World News: Musica

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¡Hola todos!

Gabriela and Ivan have just submitted posts on Argentinian and Bolivian music. Click on the links below to be raptured into the wonders of the music from both countries and don’t forget to check out the rest of the articles!

Argentina!

Bolivia!

Other articles!

!Viva la vida!

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Feb 20 2013

Bolivian Music

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The music of Bolivia has a long history. Out of all the Andean countries, Bolivia remains perhaps the most culturally linked to the indigenous peoples. Like most of its neighbors, Bolivia was long dominated by Spain and its attendant culture. Even after independence, Bolivian music was largely based on European forms. In 1952, a revolution established nationalistic reforms which included cultural and political awareness of the Aymara, Quechua, Guarani, and many other ethnic groups (more than 30). Bolivia is a very diverse country (geographically, culturally, and ethnically), this diversity is expressed also in the kind of music that is played in every region. In the Andean region of La Paz, Oruro, and Potosi, musicians have created beautiful tunes called Sicuriada, Tonada, Tinku, etc. Some of the musical groups that play these kinds of tunes are Wara, Aymara, Altiplano, Rhupay, Kanata, Paja Brava, Markasata, etc. The Andean instruments used are zampoña, sicus, pinquillo, quena, charango, tarka, toyos, pututu, huancara, reco reco, Andean saxophone, and drums. In the Valley region of Cochabamba, Chuquisaca, and Tarija; Cueca, Huayño, Bailecito, Kullawada, Chacarera, etc are the music; the instruments to create these melodies are charango, quena, guitar, charangón, hualaycho, zampoña, drums, sheep hooves formed into a kind of shaker, violin, and accordion; the musical groups of this style of music are Savia Andina, Los K’jarkas, Kalamarka, Taricanto, Canarios del Chaco, and many others. In the Tropical regions of Santa Cruz, Beni, and Pando are played Taquirari, Cumbia, Chacarera,Toritos, etc; the instruments utilized are violin, guitar, drum, cornet, horn, and accordion. Las Cambitas, Trio Oriental, Los Benianos, Los del Pirai, etc are the most representative musical groups. In the African Bolivian region (Yungas); Saya, Semba, Lament, Tuntuna, Taki Taki are the kinds of music; the instruments to create these tunes are drums, timbales, and ronroco. In the Amazon region (east part of the country) is cultivated the Baroque music. And in general, the urban areas of the country are the places of many kinds of musical expressions; classical, Andean jazz, Latin rock, pop, cumbia, samba, etc.

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Feb 18 2013

Movie Night!

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Get ready for an evening of fun!!  This Thursday, wonderful Language Assistant Ivan will be showing the film También La Lluvia (Even the Rain), open to all.  The film takes place in Bolivia during the water riots, and provides an in-depth view into the politics and culture of Bolivia.  It is highly rated on the site Rotten Tomatoes–a full description can be viewed here.

The viewing will be held in Ford 102 Kremer Board Room, at 7pm.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Dec 13 2012

Willamette World News- Bolivian and Argentinean Weddings!

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¡Hola a todos!

Curious about what Bolivian and Argentinian weddings are like? Then don’t miss this great opportunity to read about them!If you are really into weddings, then you can read more here, only at your own WWN.

Enjoy!

WWN Editors

Jaime, Matthew, Mary, and Lars

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