Noche Buena Traditions

By- Angela Padrón

’Twas the night before Christmas, and all through la casa . . . this may be the beginning of a poem heard on La Noche Buena (Nochebuena), or Christmas Eve. Every Christmas Eve, tradition rules in Latino homes around the world, with lots of food, music, and time with family.

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El participio: qué es y cómo se usa

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El participio es la forma no personal del verbo, que al igual que el gerundio y el infinitivo, suele emplearse para organizar tiempos compuestos como el presente perfecto o el pluscuamperfecto. El participio también puede ser usado como adjetivo calificativo. En este caso, el participio sigue las mismas reglas gramaticales de los adjetivos y por ello, ha de concordar en género (masculino/femenino) y número (singular/plural) con los sustantivos que modifica. 

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Grammar Corner

El uso del superlativo relativo

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Una diferencia notable entre los adjetivos superlativos que utilizan la terminación -ísimo y los superlativos relativos es, que estos últimos se encargan de elevar a un grado máximo o mínimo la representación cualitativa y calificativa del objeto/sujeto descrito.

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The Story Behind #GivingTuesday

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By- Angela Padrón

With recent advancements in technology, it is possible to reach anyone, anywhere around the world, in seconds. This makes it easier to reach out to people who may be suffering or less fortunate. After all the Thanksgiving turkey has been eaten and people have taken advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, it’s time to take a step back and ask what we can do for others. In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, the National Day of Giving was created in order to address the needs of people in all parts of our country and the globe. The National Day of Giving, or #GivingTuesday, takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday.

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Featured Readings

Thanksgiving Day

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By- Angela Padrón

In the early 1600s, the Pilgrims sailed to New England to begin colonies in the New World. However, the extremely cold winters, combined with malnutrition, illness, and the lack of knowledge of the land and how to cultivate it, caused almost half of the settlers to die. Those that remained befriended the Native Americans, including Squanto from the Pawtuxet tribe. Squanto taught the settlers how to plant corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish, and distinguish between poisonous plants and safe ones. The Pilgrims also befriended the Wampanoag Native Americans, with whom they shared a feast organized in 1621 by Governor William Bradford to celebrate the Pilgrims’ planting of a successful corn harvest. The celebration lasted for three days.

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