Monday, January 27, 2020

I Speak Spanish ...and you?

Yo Hablo Espanol

Maybe on more than one occasion your friends at school have asked you, “What is that beautiful language that your parents speak with you?” To which you surely responded: “It is the Spanish language, the language of my grandparents, of my parents, now my language.” Well, here is some interesting information that you can share with your friends when they want to know more about this marvellous language that you speak at home: Spanish is spoken in 21 countries and in three continents: Latin America, Europe and Africa. Currently, there are close to 500 million Spanish speakers. Also, Spanish is the second most spoken and studied language in the world.

It is very interesting to know that in Spanish “hot dog” is a “perro caliente” and “hi” is “hola”. The fact that you read or understand this article is already an advantage, because being bilingual will open up a world of fantastic opportunities to you. Imagine that when you travel to Spanish speaking countries you will not need someone to help you translate. And you will not have to go far. In the United States, in cities such as Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and others, you will hear many people speaking Spanish. You will be able to communicate with a lot of people in your language, including in English speaking countries, like the United States.


Yo Hablo Espanol
Yo Hablo Espanol

Luego, poco a poco podrás ir aprendiendo vocablos únicos de ciertos países o regiones en las que se habla el español; por ejemplo en México a un niño como tú, le llaman “chavo”; en Argentina, “pibe”; en Ecuador, “guagua”; en Venezuela, “chamo”, y en Colombia, “chino”. También podrás descubrir tesoros de la literatura hispana como El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha, Cien años de soledad o La vorágine, entre muchas más. Y no sólo eso, además podrás conocer y entender la música latina y, por supuesto, podrás divertirte bailando al ritmo alegre de la música latina.

Gradually, you will learn specific words from certain countries or regions where Spanish is spoken. For example, in Mexico a child like you is called “chavo”; in Argentina, “pibe”; in Ecuador, “guagua”; in Venezuela, “chamo”, and in Colombia, “chino”. You can also discover treasures of Hispanic literature such as The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, One Hundred Years of Solitude, or The Vortex, among many others. And not only this, you can also get to know and understand Latin music and, of course, you can enjoy yourself while dancing to the lively rhythm of Latin music.
Learning Spanish will allow you to learn strange and fun words, so much if you are scared to pronounce them you will suffer from hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia and, that way you will have discovered one of the longest words in our language. Did you know the word “bat” in Spanish (murciélago) has 5 vowels? If little things interest you, the words: chico, chiquito, chiquitico y chirriquitico, will allow you to specify the size of something.
As you learn, you will gradually find out what a great benefit it is to know Spanish. So when you see your friends again, tell them with pride:
“I Speak Spanish”

Tongue twisters

"Los trabalenguas se han hecho para destrabar la lengua, sin trabas ni mengua alguna, y si alguna mengua traba tu lengua, con un trabalenguas podrás destrabar tu lengua." And if you managed that one, practice these three:

En la ciudad de Pamplona hay una plaza,
en la plaza hay una esquina,
en la esquina hay una casa,
en la casa hay una pieza,
en la pieza hay una cama,
en la cama hay una estera,
en la estera hay una vara,
en la vara hay una lora.
La lora en la vara,
la vara en la estera,
la estera en la cama,
la cama en la pieza,
la pieza en la casa,
la casa en la esquina,
la esquina en la plaza,
la plaza en la ciudad de pamplona.

What do you think of tongue twisters?

Spanish Language Day
April 23, Spanish Language Day is celebrated in tribute to the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, who passed away on this date in the year 1616. Cervantes, known as
“El Manco de Lepanto,” is considered the greatest man of letters of his time. As a legacy, he has left his immortal work The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha.
Spanish is one of the most beautiful languages; it has a rich vocabulary and has an interesting history. It is the language that unites us, identifies us and gives us the possibility to share our culture, our history and our traditions, which form part of our identity.

Did you know?
On April 23, the English author William Shakespeare and the Peruvian author, Garcilaso de la Vega, known as The Inca, also died. UNESCO has designated this day as the World Book and Copyright Day.