How to say “support”? Apoyar vs. soportar vs. mantener

If you need some support in Spanish, this post is here for you. Apoyar is used in the sense of backing/supporting. You can use the verb apoyar for people and ideas. Remember to use the ‘personal a’ when talking about supporting a person. Examples: Tengo que viajar a Nueva York para apoyar a nuestro amigo que está pasandoContinue reading “How to say “support”? Apoyar vs. soportar vs. mantener”

Groundbreaking Spanish Literature: Nuestra América

“Nuestra América” is actually an impassioned essay from one of Cuba’s most fervent and dedicated scholars, José Martí. Nearing the turn of the century, Cuba and much of Latin America were at a crossroads: they could fight to gain independence from the suffocating grasp of the Spanish colonizers while also fighting off the looming powerContinue reading “Groundbreaking Spanish Literature: Nuestra América”

Spanish Vocabulary: Country names and Demonyms of Central Asia

Learn the names of countries and demonyms in Spanish! Demonyms are adjectives that describe someone’s nationality. For example, if someone is from China, in English, their demonym is “Chinese”. Demonyms are NOT capitalized in Spanish, and the word for demonym in Spanish is “gentilicio”. Enjoy this series of country names and demonyms for East Asia,Continue reading “Spanish Vocabulary: Country names and Demonyms of Central Asia”

La humilde calabaza / The humble pumpkin

La calabaza – símbolo del otoño ¿y del abolicionismo? Pues, ¡sí! La calabaza se originó en las tierras ahora conocidas como México hace más de 10,000 años.  Mucho más tarde, durante la Guerra Civil de los Estados Unidos, grupos de mujeres abolicionistas en el Norte escribían canciones, poemas, y recetas para celebrar la calabaza.  LasContinue reading “La humilde calabaza / The humble pumpkin”

3 reasons why parallel texts help you learn Spanish

On my walk today, I snapped a photo of these bumper stickers and thought that they are a fantastic example of parallel texts! Plus, the messages on them are important 🙂 See below for questions to answer in the comments! Parallel texts are direct translations from a student’s first language (L1) to a student’s secondContinue reading “3 reasons why parallel texts help you learn Spanish”

Bilingualism vs. Biliteracy in Spanish Education

Bilingualism: The ability to speak proficiently in two languages Biliteracy: The ability to read and write proficiently in two languages Someone who is bilingual is not necessarily biliterate.  Someone who is biliterate is typically also bilingual. Which one is better? It depends on your goals! If you want to use Spanish in academia, business, orContinue reading “Bilingualism vs. Biliteracy in Spanish Education”

Spanish Lesson: El arte de la mola

Today we have a mini-lesson about the breath-taking art form that is the “mola” from the Guna people of what are now Panamá and Colombia. Read & listen to the text in Spanish and comment below what you think about this type of lesson & your opinion on molas! La mola es una forma deContinue reading “Spanish Lesson: El arte de la mola”

Cita inspiradora: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695) was an AMAZING writer, poet, philosopher, composer, and nun who lived in Mexico, which was then known as Nueva España. Her writings are frequently classified today as intersectional feminist works, as she fiercely criticized a society that denied women and people of indigenous heritage the right to anContinue reading “Cita inspiradora: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz”

Groundbreaking Spanish Literature: Chac mool

If you enjoy watching Twilight Zone or Black Mirror, you’d enjoy reading this work of horror by Mexican author Carlos Fuentes! Without giving away any spoilers, this short story is about a man who brings home a chac mool statue. This type of statue has been found in many archeological sites in Mesoamerica. It depictsContinue reading “Groundbreaking Spanish Literature: Chac mool”