Comparison of Mexican and Canada/US Education

Whereas the Canadian and US educational systems have been influenced by their British ancestry, the Mexican educational system is based on its French and Spanish ancestry. The different beginnings have produced different approaches. For the Mexican, the educational base is deductive reasoning; moving from the global towards the particular. However the last critical step of […]

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Hey Compadre

Whether you live in Oaxaca or vacation here on a regular basis, if you’ve begun to integrate into the community, eventually you’ll be asked to be a padrino or madrina (godparent) to an ahijado or ahijada (godchild), so you’d better familiarize yourself with “compadrazgo,” or co-godparenthood. In a nutshell, it’s a web of mutual rights and obligations of monumental importance throughout Mexico and […]

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Mexico’s popular sayings: A taste for dichos

Walking the Walk, Talking the Talk O.K. I admit it! I love ‘dichos’ (sayings or proverbs). Not, ‘nachos’ or ‘ponchos’, but dichos! Yes, those little nuggets of folk wisdom distilled down through generations of wise Mexicans. O.K. I developed a taste for sayings in English even before I found their equivalent in Spanish. You know […]

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Spanish immersion programs Mexico, Canada, Spain

Short of finding a Spanish-speaking partner to live with, the next most effective method of learning Spanish is to enroll in a true immersion program. There are many excellent ones. Most programs not only provide an immersion in the language, but they also provide a cultural experience as well. The programs in Canada and the […]

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Inner versus outer qualities: My friendships with Mexican people

” Mexicans prize the individuality and the intellectual and emotional uniqueness of each person. They regard the innate alma or “spirit” of the individual as the most important of all human qualities and their culture is fashioned around this concept even in the face of the conformity of Mexican etiquette.” *(Footnote) If this statement is true […]

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Learning Spanish in Mexico (and other countries too!)

Mexico – Canada – USA – Spain IMAC Spanish Language Program in Guadalajara Choosing a Spanish school in Mexico Learning Spanish by immersion: Does it work? Telenovelas, my secret obsession: learning and practicing Spanish Speaking Spanish Like a Native – Golden Zone Publications and available on Amazon.com here Carl Franz’s review of books for learning Spanish Hints on […]

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Star reading: astronomy in Mexico

INSTITUTO DE ASTRONOMIA MEXICO CITY SKY MAYA ASTRONOMY PAGE CARL SAGAN OBSERVATORY AT CERRO AZUL OTHERS ASTRONOMY WEBSITES The history of astronomy in Mexico extends thousands of years. Pre-Hispanic civilizations, developed what today is called “archaeoastronomy,” planning their cities, as well as much of their social, economic and political activities based on the movements of […]

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