One of the aspects of my job that I love the most is the chance to mentor International Students. I currently mentor a student from Japan.
Over the past summer, I became the "American Mom" to two young women from Turkey (yes, I also taught them to speak some Spanish!).
I look forward to hearing from these Turkish students, who have returned home to further their university studies. Both are Mechanical Engineering majors. Although Turkey is not currently at war, Syria is its neighbor and the political situation there is volatile. Bloodshed has already spilled over the border.
You might enjoy learning the place names of other countries as they are expressed in Spanish. You will find a nice list below of country names along with the word used to express nationality.
Use the Spanish verb ser to express origen.
I am from Spain. Soy de España.
I am Spanish. Soy espñola.
Ceren (pronounced like the English "Jedda") is from Turkey.
Ceren es de Turquía.
She is Turkish. Es turca.
Country País Nacionalidad
Afghanistan Afganistán afganos
Africa Africa africanos
Albania Albania albaneses
Algeria Argelia argelinos
America América americanos
Andorra Andorra andorranos
Anguilla Anguila anguilenses
Antigua and Barbuda Antigua y Barbuda antiguanos
Argentina Argentina argentinos
Aruba Aruba arubeños
Asia Asia asiáticos
Australia Australia australianos
Austria Austria austriacos, austríacos
(The) Bahamas (las) Bahamas bahameños
Bangladesh Bangladés/Bangladesh bangladesíes
Barbados Barbados barbadenses
Barbuda Barbuda barbudeses
Belgium Bélgica belgas
Belize Belice beliceños
Benin Benín beninenses
Bolivia Bolivia bolivianos
Bolivia Bolivia bolivianos
Bonaire Bonaire bonairenses
Botswana Botswana botswaneses
Brazil Brasil brasileños
British Virgin Islands Islas Vírgenes Británicas virginenses británicos
Bulgaria Bulgaria búlgaros
Burma Birmania birmanos
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso burkinabés
Cameroun Camerún camaruneses
Cambodia Camboya camboyanos
Canada Canadá canadienses
Univisión (with videos)
New flashcard app from dictionary.com
radios de españa
Emergency Medical Spanish
Twitter (profejulia) (I retweet current events and interesting comments from Hispanic personalities like HIlda Solís, Soledad O'Brien, George Lopez, and more)
Do you know of some quality language learning apps on these or another platform?
Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns have always been something of a "sticky wicket" for non-native speakers of Spanish.
In plain English, they're difficult to master.
The DO (Direct Object) is found by asking taking the verb and asking the question: _____ who? OR _______what?
"I see the mountains." (I see what? Mountains)
The IO is found by asking "To whom or for whom?"
Randy told Jowell a joke. "Told a joke to whom?" Randy.
In this song by Jowell and Randy (old school!) He says, "No te veo"
"I don't see you."
Te vas no me dices nada que pasa que ya no te veo no te veo te vas no me dices nada que pasa que ya no te veo no te veo te vas no me dices nada que pasa que ya no te veo no te veo te vas no me dices nada que pasa que ya no te veo no te veo
My suggestion? Read, watch and listen to the ways that native speakers use DO's and IO's.
Feel free to comment if you know of another song that exemplifies the use of DO and IO pronouns.
I've just become familiar with Google Talk and video chats. I imagine this would be a nice way to listen to distance learning student oral presentations or to have on-line office hours.
Finally! Por fin! I can rid myself of my avatar (as in Second Life) and just be me.
Baja. Morena. Contenta.
The college was, and still is, supportive of the Second Life format. Instructors and students walk around (as avatars) in a virtual world. I took a class in order to familiarize myself with both the culture and the tools involved. My name was "Aracely Highfield." (Don't bother looking for me in Second Life, however.)
Flying off of buildings was fun. Seeing "myself" walking under the ocean and navigating through strange virtual cities was, well, strange.
I'm using a tablet with front and rear facing cameras for the video chat. It's easy to carry around and I'm freed from sitting in front of a desktop for extended periods of time.
Students- Contact me in the course space for my gmail address. I'd be more than happy to set up a time to give this idea a test run.
Tengo que relajarme. Sé esto porque hoy me encuentro anxiosa y enfadada incluso con el tiempo. Quién se enfada con la nieve? Pues yo. Hoy nieva mucho y es muy peligroso viajar. Acaba de nacerse mi nueva nieta "Collette" y quiero ir a la casa de mi hermana para conocerla. Y no me atrevo.
Every Tuesday morning I take my oldest son to school for early morning band practice. This morning the roads were snow covered. The van doors were frozen (Picture me trying to shove the younger children, half asleep and wrapped in blankets, into the back of the van by way of the driver's seat).
I had plans to travel today. I have a new niece, named "Collette" (her father is French-Canadian) and I had hoped to drive to the Niagara Falls area to meet her. But when I set out this morning I found that travel is dangerous. It's very cold outside and the blowing wind is causing drifts. I don't dare drive.
And I'm mad. I'm mad at the weather. Like many people who live in the Northeast, I'm simply tired of the snow and cold.