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Isabel Mendoza nació en Cali (Colombia) una ciudad famosa por la alegría y el ambiente festivo de sus ciudadanos. Los colombianos llaman a Cali “la sucursal del cielo” y una de las mayores atracciones turísticas de...
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This month in Plaza Santillana we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month from September 15 to October 15.  We will honor the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States.  Check us out for classroom activities, readings, books and much more.

Oct 20 Scary Cuentos to Leer in the Dark - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Anne Silva

It’s almost Halloween! This year, instead of the well-worn lecture about El día de los muertos, let’s scare up some spooky stories from other parts of the Spanish-speaking world! Share these legends with your students or have them look up others… if you dare!

On a trip to the Colombian Amazon, I went for a nighttime canoe ride. The canoe was terribly wobbly, and our guide sat up front telling us stories in a low voice, his Spanish low and monotone, with a strong accent of his native Ticuna language. So between trying not to fall out of the canoe and straining to understand, his voice seemed to hypnotize us as he told us stories about the mysterious creatures that live in and around the river.

The pink dolphins (bufeo colorado), he said, can turn into handsome young men who seduce the native girls. They visit the young women at night, always leaving before sunrise. They eventually lure them to the river, and neither is ever seen again. You can tell a bufeo when he is in human form, though, because he will be wearing a hat to cover his blow hole on the top of his head.

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Oct 16 Meet Rosana Acquaroni at The Americas Poetry Festival of New York - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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 Instituto Cervantes New York at Amster Yard
Closing Ceremony, Multilingual Poetry Reading
Friday October 17th, 7:00-8:30 pm

Rosana Acquaroni


Posted in: Books and Authors

Oct 14 Condicional: Verbos Regulares e Irregulares - Resouces for your Spanish Classroom

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Grammar Corner

Evelyn Silva

Condicional - Verbos Regulares e Irregulares

Muchas veces nos referimos al condicional como un modo. Sin embargo, la Real Academia de la Lengua Española lo define como: "el iempo que expresa acción futura en relación con el pasado del que se parte (...) puede expresar, igual que el futuro, la probabilidad, pero referida al pasado (...)". En resumen, se emplea el condicional para describir acciones hipotéticas o posibles. Su traducción en inglés equivale a … what would happen under certain conditions.

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Oct 10 ¡Felliz Viernes! Zumo de naranja - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Juegos de palabras. ¡Nos encantan!


Zumo de naranja

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