Tag: Spanish

Language Crucial to Accurate Census 2020

In recognition of the fact that limited-English-proficient households are traditionally underrepresented in census reporting, the federal government is planning to officially collect Census 2020 responses in six new language options—Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, and Tagalog.These languages are in addition to English, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish,...

Costa Rican Spanish

Like most places, Costa Rica has its own unique words, phrases, and uses of language, so even fluent Spanish speakers can learn something new¡Pura vida!This is Costa Rica’s national motto and embodies the country’s attitude to life and the...

Amazon’s Alexa to Speak Spanish in the U.S.

AmazonAmazon has launched a new voice model for Alexa that lets developers build a Spanish-language interface for Spanish-speaking users. The company announced that the model will initially be available to an invite-only preview program for U.S. Spanish-speaking users, although it plans to roll out the complete program...

Netflix to Adapt Spanish Masterpiece

Nobel Prize–winning author Gabriel García Márquez’s literary masterwork One Hundred Years of Solitude is coming to the screen. Netflix has acquired the rights to develop the beloved and acclaimed novel, considered to be one of the most significant works of the 20th century, into a Netflix Spanish-language...

Booksellers Donate Spanish Books to Refugees

The American Booksellers Association arranged for booksellers, authors, and publishers attending its Winter Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to donate Spanish-language books for refugees waiting at the U.S.–Mexico border.ABA’s Libros Para el Viaje (“Books for the Journey”) book drive at the Winter Institute collected books of all genres...

Spanish from Cartagena to Patagonia

Language Magazine looks at study abroad options in Colombia and ArgentinaColombia Colombia’s position as the gateway to South America and the Amazon has shaped its history, making it one of the most diverse and culturally rich countries in which to study. The combination of its indigenous peoples and its colonial heritage give it a unique flavor.From its beaches to the Amazon...

Spanish Climbs Charts Online

OzunaThanks to streaming services like YouTube and Spotify, Latin music has been gaining popularity across the U.S. According to data from YouTube, the top three songs of 2018 with the most views were all Spanish-language artists, with Ozuna at 10 billion views and J Balvin at 11 billion views. Latin music also...

Dónde Votar

Google Trends, which tracks the use of search terms, tweeted this morning that “Dónde Votar” was the top trending search on Google, spiking by more than 3,000%. Within an hour of the tweet, Priorities USA Action, a Democrat super PAC, translated its voter mobilization ads online to Spanish, specifically for voters in Arizona and Florida.This election cycle, Priorities USA Action...

Codeswitching Easier to Turn On

Research into the neurological activity required to switch between languages is providing new insights into the nature of bilingualism.“A remarkable feature of multilingual individuals is their ability to quickly and accurately switch back and forth between their different languages,” explains Esti Blanco-Elorrieta, a New York University doctoral candidate and the lead author of the study, which appears in the...

A Second Language for Every Student

Lisa A. Frumkes explains why bilingualism is more relevant than ever.In today’s increasingly global and connected world, I interact every day with colleagues from different cultures who speak a wide array of languages. Achieving bilingualism and proficiency in a second language—be it English or another world language—is important for everyone, but especially for 21st-century students.For today’s K–12 students, knowledge...