Sunday, December 13, 2020

        La Virgen de Guadalupe, patron saint of México 

                               and all the Americas

Her feast day is December 12 and is always a huge event.  This year, however, is different.  The Los Angeles Times notes that in Mexico City:

"For weeks, church and civic authorities have been urging people to stay away from the storied shrine — erected alongside the hillside where, according to Catholic teaching, Mary, the Mother of Jesus, appeared to a peasant, Juan Diego, in 1531, just a decade after the Spanish conquest. The apparition and the central artifact of veneration — an image of the Virgin that is said to have been imprinted on Juan Diego’s cloak, which is now preserved and on view at the shrine via a moveable walkway — helped solidify Catholicism among Mexico’s indigenous masses."

"Bowing to the COVID-19 pandemic, Catholic and civic leaders canceled this year’s celebrations, which usually draw up to 10 million fervent disciples, including many who travel long distances to give thanks and seek the protection of the patron saint of Mexico. Saturday was the actual feast day, but visitors began arriving weeks before, many camping along the route.

The shrine, the most visited Roman Catholic site in the Americas — and second in the world only to the Vatican — was closed from Thursday through Sunday. A massive security deployment sealed off nearby streets. The basilica’s environs took on a ghost-town appearance except for the overwhelming police presence.

The shutdown came as Mexico is experiencing an alarming spike in coronavirus cases. Mexico City, home to almost 9 million people, is at the epicenter. Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum warned Friday of a COVID-19 emergency and issued an urgent appeal for people to stay home."

Monday, September 21, 2020

New OLLI class Tuesday, Sept. 22

Bienvenidos a todos los estudiantes de Inching into Intermediate Spanish.

Busca la página OLLI CLASSES, 2018-2020.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Taco Chronicles - yummy series on Netflix

If you'd like to see how real tacos should be, take a look at the Taco Chronicles on Netflix.  Each one tells about a different type of taco and shows various examples in different places.  If you're not hungry now, you will be after watching this!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Medical terms to know

I'm posting a link to good, short article from Gritty Spanish about basic communication about medical problems.  Master these now for some future travels.  Incidentally, you might add Gritty Spanish to your language-learning resources.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

El Cinco de Mayo - ¿Qué es y por qué celebrar?

I first posted this several years ago, but it bears repeating (and a good workout for your Spanish language studies.)  I recommend having a Corona beer, even today, the 6th of May.

El Cinco de Mayo

NO ES LA INDEPENDENCIA DE MÉXICO.  Eso se celebra el 16 de septiembre, cuando en 1810 el Padre Miguel Hidalgo del pueblo Dolores dio su "grito de independencia" de España.

 El cinco de mayo conmemora la Batalla de Puebla de 1862, en la cual los mexicanos ganaron una victoria sobre el ejército grande y poderosa de Francia.

El presidente Benito Juárez había pedido prestado mucho dinero de Inglaterra, España y Francia. Pero no pudo devolver el dinero.  Inglaterra y España negociaron con Juárez, pero Francia quería conquistar a México e invadió su territorio.

Durante esta guerra los franceses avanzaron desde Veracruz hacia la ciudad de México con mucha confianza y seis mil soldados.  Pero en la ciudad de Puebla, el 5 de mayo de 1862 después de una larga batalla, el pequeño ejército mexicano ganó y los franceses tuvieron que retirarse.  Los franceses perdieron más de 500 soldados mientras los mexicanos, bajo el general Zaragoza, un tejano, perdieron solo 100 hombres.

Aunque los franceses lograron conquistar a México y lo controlaron durante seis años hasta la ejecución del Emperador Maxmiliano y su esposa Carlota en 1867, se considera la Batalla de Puebla como una victoria simbólica contra el imperialismo europeo en las Américas.

En México se celebra muy poco el cinco de mayo, excepto en Puebla.  En los Estados Unidos ha llegado a ser una ocasión para celebrar la herencia y la cultura mexicana.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Zooming in at OLLI

May 5, 2020 is the start date for my new OLLI class, Spanish for Advancing Beginners.  The class is currently full, and I have requests from several people already who would like to join if anyone drops.
Since it's my first time using Zoom for teaching a class, I am reluctant to invite more students to join us.
But I have high hopes after watching my TPRS guru, Blaine Ray, teaching online classes from complete beginners through amazingly advanced students. We'll be taking it slowly, remembering that each person learns at their own speed and readiness.  And, of course, we will have some fun!

Monday, March 30, 2020

¡Vamos al cine!

¡Vamos al cine! Let's go to the movies! ¡We're going to the movies!

En español, "the movies" in general is "el cine."
But "el cine" can also be the movie theater.  En Ashland hay dos cines, el Varsity y el Ashland Street Cinema.

¿Cuál es tu película favorita?
What's your favorite movie (or film)?
We used to use "película" in our cameras as well until digital photography took over.

Ahora podemos ver películas en la tele. 
Now we can see movies / films on TV.

"Dolor y Gloria" es un film por Pedro Almodóvar.
Here we're using the word film, possibly to indicate the high quality or artistic merit we expect, and are definitely given in "Pain and Glory."  This film is the very best Almodóvar has made, in my opinion.  I loved it.  Watch it!  Listen to the language.  Enjoy.

And if you enjoy streaming movies at home, read this from
streaming n (audio, video) (voz inglesa)streaming nm
  ver por internet nm
 Streaming allows you to watch TV shows online without downloading them first.
 El streaming te permite ver los programas de la tele en línea sin tener que descargarlos antes.

Keep learning Spanish!  The online possibilities are endless.  Take advantage of them.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Go see the Prado at the Varsity Theater in Ashland ! ?

At 2:00 pm on Monday, Jan 27, and again at 4:00 pm, the Varsity is screening a documentary about the incredible Prado Museum in Madrid.  Go take a look!

"The first cinematic journey through the rooms, stories and emotions of one of the most visited museums in the world. Its wealth of over 8000 art treasures is a spell-binding experience drawing almost 3 million visitors to Madrid every year."
Initial release: June 3, 2019 (Czechia)

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

¿Te gusta el invierno?

Hoy está nevando en Ashland.  Me encanta ver la nieve y me gustaría esquiar.  Pero tengo que ir a clase en OLLI.  ¿Cómo voy a llegar allí?  Podría caminar con mis botas puestas.  Podría montar en bicicleta pero no sé si sería buena idea.  O bien, podría manejar el carro, pero tampoco me encanta la idea.  Sería un experimento con mi cuatro por cuatro.  Ah, ya sé.  Lo más probable es que voy en autobús.  Pasa muy cerca de mi casa y me lleva directamente al Campbell Center.
¿Qué haces tú cuando nieva?