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Toluca, MEXICO:  A group of women from the Mazahua ethnics cook tortillas and Mexican sauce in front of a McDonald's US franchise fast food restaurant 01 May, 2006 in Toluca, Mexico, as a token of solidarity with the immigrants demonstrating in the United States in May Day. AFP PHOTO/Mario VAZQUEZ-Agencia MVT  (Photo credit should read MARIO VAZQUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)El libro titulado Abya Yala Wawgeykuna fue presentado el 25 de abril en el Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares de Puebla, México. Abya Yala es la palabra en el idioma del pueblo Kuna para el continente Americano. El libro es un homenaje a las tradiciones y costumbres de América Latina.  Recoge los modos de vida, … Continuar leyendo
Garifuna women protest demanding justice in the case of the murder of the Lenca indigenous leader Berta Caceres, in Tegucigalpa, on May 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ORLANDO SIERRA        (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)Garifuna communities mainly live in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Belize.  The Garifuna language is rich in stories (úraga). Their music and melodies have African and Amerindian influences and are usually accompanied by drums and dances. Although the language is still widely spoken, it is now taught in only one village. Read more and view the … Continuar leyendo
Colombian singers Shakira (L) and Carlos Vives (R) ride bikes during the recording of the video for the song "La Bicicleta" in Puerto Velero, Barranquilla, Atlantico department on May 19, 2016.  / AFP / JOSE TORRES        (Photo credit should read JOSE TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)Una de las últimas canciones más populares de Shakira y Carlos vives menciona el “vallenato”, una música típica de Colombia. El vallenato tradicional se interpreta con tres instrumentos: la caja, la guacharaca y el acordeón.  Así dice la letra: “A tu manera es descomplicado, en una bici que te lleva a todos lados, un vallenato … Continuar leyendo
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Hola, Lucas: Hace dos años fui de vacaciones a Argentina. ¡Fueron unas vacaciones inolvidables! Una de mis hermanas estaba trabajando en Rosario como profesora en el Colegio Español, así que en esa ciudad hicimos la primera etapa. Rosario es la tercera ciudad más grande del país. Está situada en el centro del país, y a […]

Hola, María: Ayer estaba viendo una película cuando me acordé de ti y de nuestro viaje por España.  La película es El Reino de los Cielos (en inglés: Kingdom of Heaven). Esta película fue dirigida en el año 2005 por Ridley Scott. Es una película épica, de acción, ambientada a principios del  siglo XII durante […]

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Querida Eva: Ayer estuve leyendo sobre el cine y los hispanos. Existen muchos actores y actrices latinos que han triunfado en el cine o en la televisión en Estados Unidos. Por ejemplo, Sofía Vergara. Ella es colombiana. Ha sido la actriz mejor pagada en la televisión estadounidense durante dos años consecutivos. Además de protagonizar la […]

Hola, Michelle: ¿Qué tal estás? Yo ya he terminado mis exámenes. El fin de semana pasado fui a visitar a mis primas a Buenos Aires. El sábado di un paseo muy largo por el precioso barrio de la Recoleta y me acordé de ti. Iba por la Avenida Callao, cuando vi un edificio antiguo con […]

Diana and Rita

Relationship:

Aunt and Niece

Ages:

15 and 29

Origin:

Lawrenceville, NJ

Team Motto:

There is no I in TEAM. "We have been to all kinds of Latin restaurants along the east coast. From Maine to Florida, we've eaten at restaurants that are famous—and not so famous! Imagine how many more flavors we will taste around the world."

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Tim and Mack

Relationship:

Grandfather and Grandson

Ages:

15 and 62

Origin:

San Fracisco, CA

Team Motto:

Be the change you want to see in the world. "Traveling and meeting nwe people is what interests us most about these challenges. Now we can do both! And Spanish will help us in our travels throughout the Americas."

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Tess and Patricia

Relationship:

Mother and Daughter

Ages:

16 and 47

Origin:

San Antonio, TX

Team Motto:

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade! "We are nature lovers, and we enjoy animals, the outdoors, ans discovering rare species. Thankfully, we can share in theses adventures together. We can't wait to discover all the new places and animals our desafíos have to offer."

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Andy and Janet

Relationship:

Brother and Sister

Ages:

17 and 25

Origin:

Atlanta, GA

Team Motto:

Work hard, play hard! "Many of our favorite Latino artists have CDs in Spanish as well as in English. We would love to learn Spanish better to be able to sing all of their songs. Our mom, the music teacher, would be so proud."

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Eva and Ethan

Ages:

17 and 18

Hometown:

Chula Vista, CA

Interests:

technology, science, writing, guitar

Description:

Eva started learning Spanish in middle school, but Ethan didn’t start until 10th grade, They both love the language, though, especially Hispanic literature. After they graduate, they can’t wait to travel to all the places they’ve read about.

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Daniel and Michelle

Ages:

17 and 17

Hometown:

Tallahassee, FL

Interests:

traveling, art, cooking

Description:

Daniel is Mexican-American, and he grew up hearing Spanish at home, but he didn’t start studying it until two years ago. Now he loves learning about other Hispanic cultures, especially by trying the food! Michelle started her study of Spanish just a few years ago, but she has learned very quickly. She wants to study art history, and she dreams of being a curator at the Prado or the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid.

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Asha and Lucas

Ages:

16 and 17

Hometown:

New York, NY

Interests:

music, soccer, nature, basketball

Description:

After living in many parts of the world, Ethan knew a little bit of Spanish when he started studying it in the 8th grade. He wants to use his Spanish skills while working as an engineer specializing in sustainable development in Latin America. Asha has been studying Spanish since kindergarten, and every year she travels to Guatemala to do a service project in rural areas.

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Andy, Tess, Diana and Tim

Ages:

15, 16 and 17

Description:

"They are the Fans del Español veterans, they have been all over and will be advising the current characters on their own adventures, see their Bios on the Countries and Regions characters page."

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