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Goody2shs

Nov 1, 2005, 12:38 AM

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Hi, sure hate to interrupt this intellectual discussion on learning the Spanish language, but we, (still NOB as of this writing) or lets say I, hubby speaks quite fluently, have gotten hooked on some Spanish soaps and just love watching one every evening. We're even worried about missing continuations once we leave Denver in a few days. Can you receive those programs down there? The one we are watching at the moment is called "La Esposa Virgen". I know it sounds corny, but actually is quite touching and also lets you understand the culture and way of thinking of the Mexican people.
Although I studied Spanish in a formal language school in Germany many years ago, I have lost most of my vocabulary. Watching the soaps and turning on the captions as well makes it quite easy to follow along and thus helps you become more familiar with every day terms. Now I just have to train my old tongue to rattle off those words once I get there.

Reading these posts has been most entertaining and some of you have become almost like friends to me. Hopefully we'll be able to meet some of you in the near future.
Gudrun and Howard


Bubba

Nov 1, 2005, 10:32 AM

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Yes you can get it this one and many others . I think we get it via cable.


song_of_joy

Nov 1, 2005, 12:46 PM

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Gudrun, that's so cool!

My college Spanish took off when I made Mexican friends here (my weaving teacher and his family) who patiently conversed with me and corrected me.

Then it took another leap forward when my son was born. I started watching a Mexican soap -- there was very little available to see -- and I learned so much! (By the way, the soap -- Bodas de Odio -- hooked me with the costumes and period settings. It turns out to have been based on a Russian novel set during their own agrarian revolution, but it adapted superbly to Mexico's history. It was recently re-made as Amor Real, I think.)

Finally, when journalist friends launched the newspaper "Publico," I became an avid reader in Spanish.

Then a few years ago I was out of work. A friend's brother asked me to translate training manuals to Spanish. I was too desperate to turn down any kind of job, and discovered I write it just fine.

I confess, I amazed myself at every step of the way.

And I still watch the occasional soap. Televisa's telenovelas are widely exported to countries all around the world. I tell my kids it's anthropology.

In the Guadalajara area your novel is shown on cable channel 58 -- one of several Televisa stations.


esperanza

Nov 1, 2005, 1:45 PM

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Público is a wonderful newspaper. I wouldn't miss it, especially for the Ocio on Fridays.

Oye vecina, ¿a que horas sale la telenovela que mencionó nuestra amiga, por favor?

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cristalhombre


Nov 2, 2005, 9:12 AM

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A follow-up on that line regarding "not learning and dying", mi amiga Susy, a career Spanish teacher and my Spanish mentor just sent me this link and information from an interview with the well known physician, Andrew Weil.

from an ABC interview:

The anti-aging industry, however, already a $30 billion a year business, is growing.
"Anything that's called aging reversal or eraser, hormonal treatments, fountains of youth — none of these are going to affect the aging process," he said.
But there is some good news. Weil believes that by learning a foreign language we can reduce the risks of getting some of the most common age-related symptoms and diseases such as memory loss and Alzheimer's.
"You don't have to master it," he said. "Just the attempt to learn a language is like running different software through the brain. You're exercising more communication channels in the brain."
Keeping the body active is another key to successful aging, said Weil. But you don't have to go crazy working out. Walking is a great exercise that's often overlooked.
The anti-aging industry, however, already a $30 billion a year business, is growing.
"Anything that's called aging reversal or eraser, hormonal treatments, fountains of youth — none of these are going to affect the aging process," he said.
But there is some good news. Weil believes that by learning a foreign language we can reduce the risks of getting some of the most common age-related symptoms and diseases such as memory loss and Alzheimer's.
"You don't have to master it," he said. "Just the attempt to learn a language is like running different software through the brain. You're exercising more communication channels in the brain."
Keeping the body active is another key to successful aging, said Weil. But you don't have to go crazy working out. Walking is a great exercise that's often overlooked.

Want more.......... try this:

http://abcnews.go.com/...ger/story?id=1241571





"NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST...."



song_of_joy

Nov 2, 2005, 7:51 PM

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Sorry, I haven't heard it announced since you asked. I think it ended last week or the week before. Happily-ever-after, I trust, and just in the nick of time, of course.

These "culebrones" are big fun, aren't they!

For the serious Mexicophile, I recommend the period/historical soap "Senda de Gloria." You used to could buy the video collection at Sanborns. ("Used to could" is my native rural Florida dialect.)


"El Gringo Jalapeño"


Nov 8, 2005, 10:44 PM

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No he tenido el gusto de conocerte personalmente, pero espero tener el gusto algun día. Felicidades por este foro tan ilustrativo y veo que ha sido muy util para los participantes. Yo no empecé a hablar español hasta cumplir 18 años, aunque tuve clases desde el tercer grado de primaria en Boulder, Colorado donde crecí y despues hice mi licenciatura en letras españolas en la Universidad de Colorado. Mi abuela era austriaca y siempre usaba algunos dichos en aleman. La mayoria de mis amigos en la prepa en Boulder eran extranjeros: mexicanos, etheopías, kuwaities, alemanes, japoneses, etc. por lo cual nunca se me hacia extraño escuchar acentos en íngles muy diferentes que "lo normal" del medio oeste americano.
He tenido la dicha de vivir en Xalapa desde hace 33 años, y hasta la fecha sigo haciendo mis "metidas de pata". ¡Pero hay que tomarlo con un buen sentido de humor!
Como casi siempre uso "shorts" porque tengo que usar medias de compresión y es muy molesto usar pantalon largo, la mayoria de los mexicanos que no me conocen piensan que soy el clasico Gringo turista. Sin embargo, cuando me escuchan hablar, me quedan viendo y inevitablamente me preguntan "Oiga, ¿pero Ud. no es de por aquí, verdad?" Y les contesto, "Sí, como no. Nada más que hoy me disfrace de Gringo. ¿Como lo ve? ¿Y que tal mi acento? ¿Se oye que soy Gringo?"
Siendo que a estas alturas de mis 55 años va a ser muy dificil quitar este acento resagado que tengo, prefiero disfrutarlo y sacarle provecho.
Bueno, favor de disculpar mi balbuceo.
Felicidades y mucho exito a los que a cualquier edad estan haciendo el esfuerzo de aprender español.
¡Portense mal y cuidense bien!
Su amigo en la bella Xalapa...
Roy B. Dudley "El Gringo Jalapeño" See more about Xalapa at www.xalaparoy.com


quevedo

Nov 9, 2005, 4:59 PM

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Estimado Roy:

Buena parte de mi infancia y juventud la viví cerca de Córdoba, Veracruz. Mi papá trabajaba en el ingenio El Potrero. Conozco bien el estado: Xalapa es quizá la ciudad que más me gusta de México. Por azares del destino mi familia se mudó hace años a vivir en Guadalajara, y estoy casado con una tapatía. He llevado a mi familia varias veces a Veracruz. Normalmente escogemos los principios de mayo para viajar por allá, para disfrutar de la feria del café en Coatepec. En nuestra próxima visita te llamaré, a ver si podemos conocernos personalmente, platicar y tomarnos unos buenos menyules juntos.

Muchas gracias por tu valiosa participación en este foro, al que lo único que le falta es un poquito más de gente. Poco a poco...

Un saludo cordial,

Quevedo


"El Gringo Jalapeño"


Nov 9, 2005, 5:27 PM

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He tenido el gusto de tomar el riquisimo y dificilisimo de conseguir ron "El Potrero". No soy muy afecto al ron(me gusta mas el "verde de Xico" o un buen tequila), pero creo que yo podria adaptar mi paladar a este esquisito bebraje. Bueno, queridos amigos, como dice el dicho..."Quien tiene tienda, que la atienda, y si no, que la venda" o sea, ¡Hay que chambear!
Como siempre..."Portense mal y cuidense bien"
Nos veremos aquí en la bella Xalapa.
Roy B. Dudley "El Gringo Jalapeño" See more about Xalapa at www.xalaparoy.com


esperanza

Nov 9, 2005, 6:59 PM

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Zapatero, a tus zapatos...

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quevedo

Nov 10, 2005, 8:34 AM

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Ron Potrero: de veras exquisito. Ya no me queda ninguna de las botellas que me dejó mi papá. Hace rato que no lo pruebo. Yo sí soy afecto al ron, dados mis orígenes caribeños. Siempre tengo en mi casa muy buenos rones, incluso el famoso Zacapa Centenario de Guatemala, que se parece mucho al Ron Potrero.

Salud, estimado Roy, y nos vamos por allá por Xalapa.

Quevedo
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