Tag: Spanish

Spanish Names Indicate the Language’s Depth in U.S. Society

On last month’s Spanish Language Day, Google Doodle celebrated the letter Ñ (pronounced “enye”), which is the only letter in the Spanish alphabet that originated in Spain. The letter Ñ was created in the 12th century by Spanish scribes who came up with a way to save time and parchment when hand-copying Latin manuscripts. They decided to shorten words...

FEDELE to Host Digital Event for Teachers and Language Agents May 12

The Federation of Spanish Schools as a Foreign Language (FEDELE) has announced that it will host a digital event on May 12 showcasing all Spain has to offer American teachers and language agents. The event will feature free and open didactic sessions with lectures by K2 Internacional Escuela de Español and Vamos Escuela de Español. All participants will receive...

Cervantes Counters Spanish Sexism

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On International Women’s Day last month, Spain’s Instituto Cervantes and publisher Penguin Random House launched the Guide to Non-Sexist Communication (Guía de comunicación no sexista) in Spanish, designed to help prevent discrimination against women and promote equal treatment. It is a set of guidelines and practical suggestions to help achieve balance in the language and avoid sexism. The publication, now...

Spanish Speaks in Florida’s Elections

A settlement has been reached in one of the largest lawsuits filed under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, over providing Spanish-language ballots and assistance to voters in nearly half of Florida’s counties. After a long legal battle, the settlement provides for Spanish-language ballots, election materials, hotlines, websites, voting assistance, and signs at election supervisors’ offices. The Rivera v. Barton lawsuit, filed...

Reimaging/Reimagining America’s Oldest Language Association

Last summer’s civil unrest, BLM protests, and the inequities laid bare by the pandemic forced much reevaluation. The teachers of Spanish and Portuguese were no exception. During the quiet periods offered by the pandemic, the 16-member AATSP Board of Directors reflected on the AATSP’s time-honored logo, complete with seal reminiscent of the coat of arms of Castile and León,...

Mexico and Spain to Promote Spanish in U.S.

The Instituto Cervantes and the Mexican government’s Cultural Diplomacy unit have begun collaborative activities for the international promotion of Spanish and its culture in 2021, following last month’s signing via videoconference of an action protocol between the two organizations. In the agreement, they committed to developing joint actions on the Spanish language (and the culture created through it) in countries...

Challenge to Spanish Causes Outcry

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Last month, Spain’s eighth education law in democratic history was passed by congress while creating a storm of anger and protest. One of the most controversial aspects of the bill is the elimination of a passage stating that Castilian Spanish (Castellano) is the “vehicular language” of Spain. Right wing commentators view this as a concession to Cataluña’s “linguistic immersion”...

Elite Language Students Focus on Community Service

Even during these challenging times, language students contribute to the greater good. I recently attended (via Zoom, of course) the award ceremony of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispáncia (SHH). The SHH is the nationally recognized honor society for Spanish and Portuguese high school students. It is part of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). The honor...

Smart Entertainment for Preschoolers in Spanish

Building on HITN’s experience of providing quality, educational, and entertaining content for Hispanic families across the U.S., HITN has launched Edye, a Spanish-language, premium SVOD (subscription video-on-demand service) that offers smart and safe entertainment for preschoolers. Edye has been created for children between the ages of two and six years old and features over 2,500 episodes from more than 70...

The Other Spanish Golden Age

Students encounter excellent cultural references in today’s Spanish language textbooks. Striking photographs, stunning videos, and authentic materials bring the art, music, cuisine, and literature of the Spanish-speaking world to learners. But where are the cultural vignettes and references linked to the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields? Specifically, a topic absent from these cultural discussions is la edad...
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