This post originally appeared on Persephone Magazine in 2012, but remains just as true today. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the battle of Puebla where the Mexican army defeated the French. It is barely celebrated in Mexico and I hate it; I hate it with a passion and I get irrationally angry when I see what a […]
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the battle of Puebla where the Mexican army defeated the French. It is barely celebrated in Mexico and I hate it; I hate it with a passion and I get irrationally angry when I see what a huge deal it is made out to be here in the U.S.
A state law calling for English-only in the public schools. A national movement of “Americanization.” Educators and administrators working to erase the home culture of their students. Sounds like today, right? Nope. Think 1900s Laredo, Texas and enter Jovita Idar and Leonor Villegas de MagnÃ³n who said, “Fuck that, our children deserve better.”
I have written before about my Rosetta Stone journey (which I have been neglecting. Lo siento, espaÃ±ol!), but my Spanish is passable enough to allow me to communicate marginally with the Spanish-speaking tourists who come to my job daily. I still retain a marginal level of French-speaking ability, even though I used to be fluent, […]
As you know, I am using Rosetta Stone to try to learn Spanish. As you may know, if you have ever tried to learn a language, pretty much every scenario involves people being completely dumb and/or socially awkward. Here are some of my favorites from so far in my Rosetta Stone journey.
In my field, fluency or even conversational Spanish is exceptionally valuable. I know a little, and I pick up languages pretty easily, but what I really want is to be able to actually speak Spanish. Like, have a conversation. Have a client come in and feel like they can trust me because I speak their […]