Tag: Spanish

Spanish Film Festival in Prague

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,...

ISLS

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...

Toward Biliteracy: Spanish and Californian Trajectories

Couple overlooking Golden Gate Bridge in California
As Californian demands grow for biliteracy, Cynthia García Dehbozorgi and Nehemias Giménez García compare the state’s initiatives to those of SpainSurprisingly, 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 thousands of...

World Tapas Day

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,...

Library of Congress Celebrates Hispanic Literature

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...

English Now Second Place in Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rican Senate recently approved a bill declaring Spanish as the first official language of the country, moving English to second place. The 1993 law proceeding this new regulation put both English and Spanish on equal footing making both compulsory in executive, legislative and judicial matters. "By establishing Spanish as the first official language, we will strengthen our...

King Felipe VI’s Universal Spanish Language Proficiency Test

Last month at the San Ildefonso College in Mexico City, Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia launched the Siele, or the International Service for Evaluation of the Spanish Language, which is set to be a globally recognized Spanish language certificate encompassing the diversity of the language from all Spanish-speaking countries. “If we want to reaffirm Spanish as the...

U.S. has more Spanish speakers than Spain

The U.S. is now the world’s second largest Spanish-speaking country after Mexico, according to a new study published by Spain’s Instituto Cervantes. The report, El español, una lengua viva (Spanish, a living language) found that there are about 560 million Spanish speakers in the world, of which 41 million native speakers and 11.6 million speakers of Spanish as a...

Sephardic Jews Learn Spanish Language for Citizenship

A government decision in 2012 started an official dialogue offering Spanish citizenship to Sephardic Jews in compensation for their ancestor’s expulsion from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. Citizenship will be granted to descendants of Sephardi Jews provided they hire a Spanish notary and pass exams on Spanish language and history. The tests will be administered by the Cervantes Institute,...

Spanish Prevails in Miami Schools

The Miami-Dade School district in Florida is postponing a scheduled change in the methodology of teaching foreign languages, namely Spanish. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho’s original plan was to eliminate all traditional 30-minute-a-day Spanish classes and replace them with language immersion programs. However, both parents and teachers voiced concern. Rosa Castra Feinberg, who became the first Hispanic woman elected to the...