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Semana Santa. Holy Week.

Semana Santa  se le llama a la última semana de la cuaresma, desde el Domingo de Ramos hasta el Domingo de Resurrección, donde recordamos la pasión, muerte y resurrección de Jesús. Por eso, es un período de intensa actividad litúrgica dentro de las diversas confesiones cristianas. Da comienzo con el Domingo de Ramos y finaliza el Domingo de Resurrección,1​ aunque su celebración suele iniciarse en varios lugares el viernes anterior (Viernes de Dolores). La fecha de la celebración es variable (entre marzo y abril según el año) ya que depende del calendario lunar. La Semana Santa va precedida por la Cuaresma, que finaliza en la Semana de Pasióndonde se celebra la eucaristía en el Jueves Santo, se conmemora la Crucifixión de Jesús el Viernes Santo y la Resurrección en la Vigilia Pascual durante la noche del Sábado Santo al Domingo de Resurrección. Durante la Semana Santa tienen lugar numerosas muestras de religiosidad popular a lo largo de todo el mundo, destacando las procesiones y las representaciones de la Pasión.2

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Holy Week is called to the last week of Lent, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, where we remember the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Therefore, it is a period of intense liturgical activity within the various Christian confessions. It begins with Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday,  although its celebration usually begins in several places on the previous Friday (Friday of Dolores). The date of the celebration changes  (between March and April depending on the year) since it depends on the lunar calendar. Holy Week is preceded by Lent, which ends in the Week of Passion where the Eucharist is celebrated on Holy Thursday, the Crucifixion of Jesus is celebrated on Good Friday and the Resurrection at the Easter Vigil during the night of Holy Saturday to Sunday Resurrection. During the Holy Week there are numerous popular religiosity activities throughout the world, highlighting the processions and the representations of the Passion of Christ.

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So You Think English is Easy?

Many people think that English is easier than Spanish because of the verbs conjugation. Well… it’s not always the case. Please read to the end. It’s true and funny.

1) The bandage was wound around the wound. 

2) The farm was used to produce produce .

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present 

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object. 

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid. 

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row .

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let’s face it – English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries inFrance . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS. – Why doesn’t ‘Buick’ rhyme with ‘quick’ ?

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this .

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is ‘UP.’ 

It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP ? Why do we speakUP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report ?

We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car. At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, workUP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.   We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP ! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UPwith a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP . When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP

When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP.

When it doesn’t rain for awhile, things dry UP.

Now, do you think you can learn Spanish?

Note: A Spanish language student shared this article years ago in class. Not sure where he got it from but it made them think twice.

 

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To Study Is Not The Same As To Do Homework.

How to Study Verbs – Study Guide & Example 

Because these classes are meant for you to become conversational, you need to study as much vocabulary as possible and verbs to build up fluency. To study is not the same as to do homework. Study requires of concentration, using tools, going over the homework, figuring out how it works, adding more, going the extra mile analyzing and using some common sense.

I use colors whenever I want you to see something such as similarities and endings. It helps in the study time. Remember. At this point you should still be using the pronouns until you master conjugations. Don’t rush it.

  1. Study your vocabulary. Start with the words and their meaning. Repeat them, visualize them, repeat again this time aloud and listen to yourself.
  2. Connect the words. Start making short sentences with two or three random words. Repeat them, visualize them, repeat again, but this time aloud and listen to yourself
  3. Look at the verbs conjugations sheet. Try practicing some conjugations from the list of regular verbs. Take as much time as you need to practice it until you feel it’s time to move on. The success of the conjugations is repetition and finding common ground. Look at the colors. They mean something. Add any word you may already know in Spanish. Make it fun!

Here is an example of how to study vocabulary.

  • Yo cocino, yo cociné, yo cocinaré, yo estoy cocinando. (present, past, future and progressive – YO)
  • Tú limpias, tú limpiaste, tú limpiarás, tú estás limpiando. (present, past, future and progressive – TÚ)
  • Yo escucho pop, ella escucha rock, nosotros escuchamos música (present several subjects: YO, ELLA, NOSOTROS. Add something.. a word you may know)
  • Pedro y Pablo comparten la comida hoy. Hoy están compartiendo un sanduche. (just select words to make a sentence)

More examples:

  • yo ayudo en casa, tú trabajas en la oficina y ella nada en el lago.
  • Ayer ayudé en casa, tu trabajaste en la oficina y ella nadó en el lago.
  • La próxima semana yo ayudaré en casa, tu trabajarás en la oficina y ella nadará en el lago.
  • Hoy estoy ayudando en casa, tu estás trabajando en la oficina y ella está nadando en el lago.
  • Luis corre con el perro, María lava los platos y los niños saltan.
  • Ayer Luis corrió con el perro, María lavó los platos y los niños saltaron.
  • Mañana Luis correrá con el perro, María lavará los platos y los niños saltarán.
  • Luis está corriendo con el perro, María está lavando los platos y los niños están saltando.

Continue to write and repeat more verb conjugations.

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How to Lose The Fear of Speaking Spanish to Get Along with Others

Whether you are interested in learning Spanish or any other language, you want to be able to get along with others in that language.

What good does it do learning a second language we cannot speak because the anxiety takes over? Fear is a tremendous barrier when it comes to speaking a new language. At Becoming Bilingual, we make sure you feel comfortable enough to speak it. Making a mistake is part of the learning process and we have fun with it. Here you interact with others LIVE – ONLINE and with a native instructor. You get all the help and tools you need to become fluent.

Becoming Bilingual has day and evening sessions. Group and Private Classes. Each group session is 90 minutes. Students can talk, write, share and receive feedback all Live. Students have available activities to practice 24/7.

Have you ever wondered if an adult or senior can learn a second language? The answer is absolutely! They, as well as a child, learn faster for one simple reason: They don’t bother much about the grammar or the “why”, they just want to talk and that by itself makes their learning process much easier. We pride of our two 85+ year old students and both speak Spanish very well! Want to know more? One of them is an online student!

If you want to lose the fear and anxiety that comes with speaking a second language with others; then, Becoming Bilingual is the place for you. No judgement, no anxiety and no stress over it. Here it is all about having fun!

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Hispana? Hispanic? (Bilingual Post)

Hablamos Español

La primera vez que escuché a alguien preguntarme si soy Hispana fue en los Estados Unidos. En mi país, Colombia, jamás alguien me preguntó eso. En los paises latinoamericanos preguntamos de manera diferente: Eres Argentina? Colombiana? Mexicana, Guatemalteca? Hondureña, etc. Utilizamos el pais para definir la nacionalidad de la persona o preguntamos simplemente “De qué país eres?” “De dónde eres?”. Tampoco escuché a nadie preguntar si un Americano es Estadounidense. Todos nos consideramos americanos. En realidad lo somos. Definimos a los “Americanos” como “Norteamericano o Gringo” y así mismo “Centroamericanos” o “Suramericanos / Sudamericanos.”

A propósito, en mi pais “gringo” no es ofensivo como mucha gente lo piensa. Gringo quiere decir alguien blanco, rubio, delgado y atlético. Era la percepción que teníamos de los norteamericanos.  Es mucho más fácil que decir “ES – TA – DOU – NI – DEN – SE.”

The first time I heard someone ask me if I’m Hispanic was in the United States. In my country, Colombia, nobody ever asked me that. In Latin American countries we ask differently: Are you Argentinean? Colombian? Mexican, Guatemalan? Honduran, etc. We use the country to define the nationality of the person or we simply ask “What country are you from?” “Where are you from?”. I also did not hear anyone ask if an American is American. We all consider ourselves Americans. Actually, we are. We define “Americans” as “North Americans or Gringos” and also “Central American” or “South American / South American.”

By the way, in my country “gringo” is not offensive as many people think. Gringo only means, someone white, blond, slim, athletic. That was the perception we had of a North-american person. It’s easier than to say  “ES – TA – DOU – NI – DEN – SE.”

 

 

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Daily Prompt: Memorize

via Daily Prompt: Memorize  We all know many people and schools like to use flash cards. They are great, I have used them with my students; however, when it comes to learning a second language there is a better way and it has proven to be successful because students get to remember the word and learn to use it in the context of a statement.

STEPS TO MEMORIZE VOCABULARY.Vocabulary Chart

  1. Read all the words of the vocabulary.
  2. Go back a read it again but this time visualize, imagine the word.
  3. Go back and connect the words.
  4. Go back and create a story using words from previous vocabulary or add your own with the help of a dictionary.
  5. Go back a read your story aloud.

Example

  1. Read all the words once.

Libro, lápiz, me gusta, manzana, fresas, contigo, ayer, hoy, la tarde, perro

  1. Read them again visualizing them.

Libro:               Imagine the book, you reading it, big, old, great, blue, on the table..

Lápiz:              Imagine a pencil, writing with the pencil, cute pencil, broken pencil, yellow…

Me gusta:        Me gusta comer, bailar, correr… see yourself doing it

Manzana:        Picture yourself buying it, cutting it, eating it, holding it.

Fresas:            Make a juice, eat it with chocolate, enjoying it.

Contigo:           see your friend with you, a dog with you,

Hoy:                 Think of what you would do today.

La tarde:          Imagine what would you do in the afternoon.

Perro:              See a big dog, a puppy, a sleeping dog, a playing dog or a dog peeing your door.

  1. Connect the words

√   El libro y el lápiz.

√  Me gustan las manzanas, las fresas, el libro y el lápiz.

√  En el parque contigo y mi perro

  1. Create a story and see it, imagine it.

“Me gusta el parque. Hoy por la  tarde, voy contigo y el perro. Leo un libro y escribo. También como manzanas y fresas.”

  1. Read it aloud so you can hear yourself.

That is a vocabulary that you will learn by heart for life. Try it. You can do it. ☺

 

 

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Why Learning Spanish?

Diversity:

Hispanics are the largest minority in the United States. In the business world understanding others in their own language is a plus.

To Work:

One thing is to learn some words and expressions and another is to learn Spanish enough to use it for work and to advance professionally.  Speaking Spanish also enhances your resume and increases your employment possibilities.

For FUN and to Travel:

Want to learn just for FUN?  Great! it makes the learning process easier. When we set up our mind to learn a second language just because one wants to get along with others, you have 50% of the success already!

Keep Your Brain Working:

Researches show that learning a second language sharpness the memory and may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.

To Blog in Spanish:

As bloggers, you will also be able to expand your market to the Hispanic populations.

Whatever the reason is, here your dream will come to pass!