Jul 25, 2007, 10:39 AM
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Words of the Week -----
Re: [jerezano] Pimsleur Approach to learning Spanish
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Words taken from the complete Visual Link Spanish™ course
to sound, ring
to drive (Spain)
to be right
to be worth
to be worth it
valer la pena
it's worth it
vale la pena
Spanish News -----
(The news in this section is for language learning purposes only. The view of this news paragraph(s) may not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Institute of Languages. This article is not necessarily deemed true and factual although it most likely is. It also may have been taken from articles written sometime in the past.)
"Amplían plazo para salvar a los coreanos"
Dan 24 horas más para el canje de milicianos capturados
Un presunto vocero talibán dijo el domingo que la milicia religiosa había decidido ampliar en 24 horas el plazo para que el gobierno de Afganistán canjee milicianos capturados por 23 rehenes surcoreanos.
- "They Expand the Deadline to Save the Koreans"
They give 24 hours more for the exchange of captured militia individuals
A supposed Taliban spokesperson on Sunday said that the religious militia had decided to expand by 24 hours the deadline for the Afghani government to exchange militia individuals captured by 23 South Korean hostages.
Excerpt from a Mexican newspaper called "Pulso".
Culture ----- Dinner in Latin America Part II
Vocabulario de la semana - Weekly Vocabulary
debes tener - you (informal) should have
acerca de la importancia - about the importance
me gustaría compartir - I would like to share
yo vivía en - I was living in
llegué a ser - I became
pata de chancho/cerdo - pig's feet
como siempre - as always
esta vez - this time
un poco como - a little like
pero no pude - but I couldn't
un plan ingenioso - an ingenious plan
en una servilleta - in a napkin
para comer más tarde - to eat later
regresó - returned
y lo va a botar afuera - and he's going to throw it away outside
y ofendido/a - and offended
con mi comida - with my food
traté de explicar - I tried to explain
lo peor que se hizo - the worse it became
en cualquier momento - at any moment
lo malo fue que - the bad part was that
de pedir disculpas - of apologizing
como puedes ver - as you (informal) can see
si alguien te invita - if someone invites you
si tienes - if you (informal) have
disfrutarás la experiencia - you (informal) will enjoy the experience
te encantaría ir pero - you (informal) would love to go but
si te gustaría comunicarte bien - if you (informal) would like to communicate well
en verdad funciona - it really works
After last week, debes tener a pretty good idea acerca de la importancia of food in Latin America. With that in mind, me gustaría compartir an experience that happened to me. Yo vivía en a city called Vista Alegre and every evening I would eat with the Silva family. Llegué a ser good friends with the Silvas and Mrs. Silva became like a second mother to me.
One night Mrs. Silva made us pata de chancho. Como siempre, she beamed as she presented the food to us. Esta vez, she left our food and went into a different room while we ate with her children. This was the first time I had ever eaten pig's feet and they looked un poco como mushy gelatin. I put a fork full in my mouth and tried to swallow pero no pude. The texture was a little bit too slimy and I gagged as I tried to swallow it. I felt horrible because I had been able to eat all of the culturally different foods up to that point. I then took a bite of bread, took another bite of the pigs feet and tried to chase it down with water. Again I gagged. I tried a couple of different techniques to swallow the pig's feet but without success; I then began to worry. I physically could not eat the pig's feet, but at the same time, I could not offend Mrs. Silva.
I sat in this dilemma for quite some time until I devised what seemed to be un plan ingenioso. I put the pigs feet inside of my rolls, rolled them up en una servilleta and then planned to take them back to my apartment to secretly dispose of them. I made the children think I was going to take them back to my apartment para comer más tarde as a snack. Everything seemed to be going well and I had the packages neatly tucked away into a bag. Then Mrs. Silva regresó and one of the children instantly, in a tattle-tale sort of voice said, "Mom, he put the pigs feet in a napkin y lo va a botar afuera!"
I was devastated. Mrs. Silva was instantly hurt y ofendida that I was going to do this con mi comida. Traté de explicar that I was going to take them back to my apartment, but the more I explained, lo peor que se hizo. Finally, I left after saying "sorry" ("lo siento") about twenty times and Mrs. Silva looking like she was going to burst into tears en cualquier momento.
Lo malo fue que I had to go to her home every morning and evening for the next two months to have breakfast and dinner there. It took me about two months de pedir disculpas to finally get on her good side again.
Como puedes ver, food and mealtime in Latin America is an important part of life. Si alguien te invita to dinner at their home in Latin America, here is what I suggest. Si tienes a strong stomach, go for it, disfrutarás la experiencia and be culturally enriched. If you don't have a strong stomach, tell them that te encantaría ir pero won't be able to make it.
Remember, si te gustaría comunicarte bien with the family you are going to eat with, be sure and order your complete Visual Link Spanish™ course that has been successfully taught at the university level and at major US corporations. En verdad funciona - Guaranteed!
Sneak Peak at Next Week: Food Part III - "Huevitos"
¡Hasta luego! ("Until later")
David S. Clark -- President / Director
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