Tag: Spanish

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Languages Develop Simultaneously  But Independently in Young Bilinguals A new study of Spanish-English bilingual children by researchers at Florida Atlantic University published in the journal Developmental Science finds that when children learn two languages from birth each language proceeds on its own independent course, at a rate that reflects the quality of the children’s exposure to each language.  Spanish is Vulnerable to Being...

A new study, titled “Late Bilinguals Are Sensitive to Unique Aspects of Second Language Processing: Evidence from Clitic Pronouns Word Order,” asks whether English speakers who become highly proficient at a late age in Spanish can understand grammatical constructions that are present in Spanish but not in English. The study hinges on the longstanding question of whether or...

Ann Abbott sees tensions in Spanish programs that cannot hold In one of my roles as a director of Undergraduate Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), I work closely with our advisor, I speak directly with potential students and their parents, and I am on our department’s curriculum committee. On the one hand, I am passionate about Spanish and...

A new study, titled “Late Bilinguals Are Sensitive to Unique Aspects of Second Language Processing: Evidence from Clitic Pronouns Word-Order” asked whether English speakers who become highly proficient at a late age in Spanish could understand grammatical constructions that are present in Spanish but not in English. The study is hinged on the longstanding question if adults who...

Netflix has just released its new Spanish-language series, Ingobernable. Netflix has had its fair share of success recently in the Spanish-language department, most notably the 2015 Spanish-language drama Narcos, a crime drama filmed in Colombia that follows the story of drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar. Narcos was wildly successful with American audiences, and presumably proved to Netflix that English-speaking audiences...

From documentaries and horror films to coming-of-age dramas, La Película has something for everyone. The festival, organized by Cervantes Institute, the Spanish embassy in Prague, and Světozor cinema, takes place in Kino Světozor in Prague Feb. 14-19, Brno cinema in Scala Feb. 16-19, Minikino in Ostrava Feb. 20-22, and Bio Central in Hradec Králové Feb. 20-24. According to organizers,...

The ISLS Family Spanish Camp is the only one of its kind in all of Latin America. It is designed for parents who want their children, ages 2 to 17, to get something special out of their family vacation to Costa Rica. This camp is an enjoyable and educational way to accomplish that. We combine a number of different age...

As demands grow for biliteracy in California, Cynthia García Dehbozorgi and Nehemias Giménez García compare the state’s initiatives to those of Spain Surprisingly, one of the oldest bilingual-education programs in what is today the U.S. was implemented in California by the Spanish–Franciscans in the 18th-century when Spanish was the dominant language. Today, the tables have turned. English is now the language of power. Although...

Celebrate World Tapas Day (October 22) with a taste of culinary Spanish: Famous Tapas Aceitunas: olives, sometimes with a filling of anchovies or red bell pepper Albóndigas: meatballs with sauce Bacalao: salted cod loin sliced very thinly, usually served with bread and tomatoes Boquerones: white anchovies served in vinegar (boquerones en vinagre) or deep fried Calamares or rabas: rings of battered squid Chorizo al vino: chorizo sausage slowly cooked in wine Croquetas: a common sight in bars and homes,...

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Library of Congress launched an online selection of recordings of renowned Hispanic authors reading their works in their native languages. "I am so excited that the entire world will be able to hear some of these wonderful writers, such as Gabriel García Márquez and Octavio Paz, that we recorded for the Archive of Hispanic Literature...