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Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Spanish news reading for the day...virus attack article in Español

Otro peligroso virus se propaga por la Internet
Un ataque potencialmente peligroso contra millones de computadoras personales a través de un virus, diseñado para sustraer información financiera y contraseñas de los usuarios de Internet, fue lanzado el viernes, dijeron expertos en seguridad informática.

El ataque, que surgió a inicio de la semana y es conocido como "Scob", se aprovecha de la vulnerabilidad de servidores que utilizan una versión del software IIS de Microsoft Corp., y se estima que es más peligroso que las recientes infecciones protagonizadas por los virus "Sasser" y "Blaster".


Vocabulary Review:

aprovecharse = to take advantage of
contraseñas = passwords
peligroso = dangerous


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Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Chiles Rellenos: another one of Sandrita's fantastic recipes

Hola amigos! This is Sandra, your resident Hispanic food aficionado. Today I want to share with you the recipe of the special lunch I made for my papá Damian on Día del Padre. Here is the Chiles Rellenos recipe!

ingredientes:

6 chiles poblanos
8 eggs
1 pkg queso cotija cheese
1/2 a medium onion
4 roma tomatoes
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of salt

Take the chiles and place them on a hot skillet or grill. Cook chiles over the hot grill until they turn dark green or black, turn on all sides to cook evenly. Place cooked chiles in a small plastic bag and seal. Once all the chiles are cooked and in bag, seal bag and prepare the soup base. In the blender, mix seasonings and tomatoes and onion to a soupy consistency. Add 4 cups of water to concoction. Pour into a big pot and bring to boil. After boiling point reduce heat to a simmer, and mix eggs in a mixing bowl.

Next take your chiles and run them under the cold water from the faucet and peel off the black or dark green skin, and slice open on one side and take out seeds. Place in a large plate one by one. When done with the peeling phase, take a slice of queso cotija cheese and insert one slice in each chile (or as much queso as you like) you can use a toothpick to hold the chile sides together and prevent the cheese from slipping out. Next dip chile in egg batter and cook in hot pan with hot oil, cook evenly on both sides and then place cooked chile in soup base. After you have all the chiles in the soup base, crumble left over cotija queso into soup and cover, let simmer for about 15 minutes, serve and enjoy! ¡Tienes Chiles Rellenos!

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Friday, June 18, 2004

News reading for today...article about potential referendum on President Chávez of Venezuela

Chávez says opposition may have enough signatures

Referendo contra Chávez parece más cerca

El presidente de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, admitió que la oposición puede haber recogido las firmas necesarias a un referendo para desalojarlo del poder en los próximos meses. La crisis política parece encauzarse hacia una salida pacífica y electoral.

“Nunca dije que el referendo era imposible. A lo mejor recogieron (los opositores) 2,4 millones o ‘un pelito’ más, 2,5 millones de firmas. Sea cual sea el resultado, (el margen) será pequeño, y para la oposición es una victoria pírrica”, dijo un coloquial Chávez tras una práctica deportiva la noche del martes.

Chávez says opposition may have enough signatures

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez admitted that the opposition may have gathered enough signatures to trigger a recall referendum that could remove him from power within the next few months.

The political crisis thus seems to be moving smoothly in the direction of a peaceful, electoral solution, according to analysts.

“I never said the referendum was impossible,’’ the president said. “Perhaps they collected 2.4 million signatures or a tiny bit more, 2.5 million. Whatever the result, the margin will be small, and for the opposition it would be a Pyrrhic victory.’’

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Thursday, June 17, 2004

Lesson from Newsletter 49...Descriptions: Estar + Past Participle

Descriptions: Estar + Past Participle


Estar + past participle is used to describe the state of things, or how things seem right at the moment (but not necessarily permanently). The past participles follow the patterns below, and change with the gender/number of the noun they refer to. For example, la puerta está cerrada = the door is closed. Los perros están perdidos = the dogs are lost (do you spot the patterns?)

Spanish past particiiples


Past participles are also used in the same way “ED” and “EN” endings are used with English words. The helper verb “haber” is used.


the verb haber in Spanish


regular verbs
ha comido - has eaten
ha vivido - has lived
he hablado - (I) have spoken
he jugado - (I) have played



irregular verbs

ha hecho - has done
has vuelto - (you) have returned
han dicho - have said
hemos escrito - (we) have written


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Worksheet: Spanish Past Participles


Quiz: Past Participles


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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Tortilla Recipe

Thanks for the feedback! I will make sure to tell Sandra. The recipe calls for regular flour. The link to her tortilla recipe can be found here:
Sandrita's Homemade Tortillas Fantásticas

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Newsletter 49....coming tonight!

Hola...ya estoy escribiendo la lección para la semana. This week's lesson will deal with past participles, or the form of verbs that represents the "ed" type words in English. Cooked. Looked. Walked, etc. There will be a worksheet and quiz so make sure to check back tonight or tomorrow am.

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Monday, June 14, 2004

Tool for typing Spanish accents online

Type Spanish accents online

Handy site for composing text with Spanish accent marks, even if you are using a keyboard that doesn't offer these features.

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Sandrita's Homemade Tortillas Fantásticas

Hola my name is Sandra Corona. I'm from Yakima, Washington, and I am one of the Hispanic experts here at Spanish Online. Today I'd like to teach you how to prepare my mom's delicious recipe for flour tortillas. Mi querida madre, Imelda Lopez, was born in Camerón, Nuevo León, Mexico, and is now a proud Mexican American. Aside from her beautiful language & culture, she also gave me the gift of her many tasty Mexican recipes through the years. This one below is one of my favorites, uno de mis favoritos!

Ingredientes: (ingredients)

3 cups of flour
1/2 a cup of shortening (Crisco)
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1/2 tablespoon of salt (salt to taste)
1 to 1 1/2 cups of hot water

Instrumentos de la cocina: (cooking tools)

medium sized mixing bowl
rolling pin
measuring cups
measuring spoons
cutting board or flat surface to roll tortillas on
skillet or grill

In a mixing bowl (en una charola) combine all of the dry ingredients. Then add the shortening & knead it into these dry ingredients. Slowly add the hot water and continue to knead slowly until it forms a dough like consistency. Make sure not to add too much water - as this will result in your dough (masa) being too sticky. If your dough begins to get too sticky, just add a little more flour.

Let the dough stand for about 1/2 hour. Then you can make testales, or little balls of dough. These little balls of dough or testales should be about about 2 to 3 inches in diameter. Then you take the testales and roll them into tortilla like shapes with your rolling pin. Once you get the desired size, put them 1 at a time into your skillet and cook over a medium flame. You can use a spatula or your fingers to flip the tortilla over once it looks done. You'll know when they are overcooked, becase they will begin to burn! ¡Ay ya yay, tortillas quemadas son muy olorosas! (burnt tortillas are stinky!)

Un secreto de mi padre Damian...so that your tortillas cook evenly. Gently roll the rolling pin over the tortilla while it's on the grill. And that's it! Enjoy with butter, cheese, salsa, carnita, frijoles, or anything else that suits your fancy. ¡Que lo disfruten. A provecho! and please don't hesitate to give me feedback, as I hope to share more recipes with you in the future.

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Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Un viaje a California

Hola Bloggers,

Hoy no tengo una lección de gramática, pero les cuento un poco de mi viaje a California. Fui a Los Angeles y a San Diego, dos ciudades muy lindas. Era un viaje a visitar a mi hermana, que vive en la playa de Venice con su marido. Tuvimos mucha suerte en el camino a San Diego, y casí no hubo tráfico. Después gozamos de estar 2 días juntas con 2 amigas muy queridas que hemos conocido desde los primeros días cuando nacimos en Alaska.

El lunes tuve la gran oportunidad de ir hasta la valle de Simi, a darle un último adiós a nuestro Presidente Reagan. Afortunadamente solamente tuve que esperar unas 3 horas, mientras otra gente después tuvo que esperar hasta 10 horas para verlo. De verdad fue un momento muy triste cuando por fin entré a la biblioteca, pero a la vez sentí un gran honor de poder estar allí.

Vocab Review:

a la vez = at the same time
gozamos = we enjoyed
hemos conocido = we have known
les cuento = I tell you all, I'll tell you all about
dar un último adiós = say a last goodbye
no hubo = there wasn't
tuvo que esperar = had to wait
tuvimos suerte = we were lucky

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Sunday, June 06, 2004

Article in Spanish about Ronald Reagan's passing

As many of us have been watching and reading the tributes to Ronald Reagan, here is some reading in Spanish about him.

Estadounidenses de todas las convicciones coinciden en exaltar los dones comunicacionales del ex presidente de Estados Unidos, Ronald Reagan, un día después de su fallecimiento a los 93 años. Reagan ayudó a recuperar el optimismo a un país desmoralizado tras la guerra de Vietnam y reafirmó la fortaleza de Occidente ante una Unión Soviética sumida en una crisis terminal. Al mismo tiempo, el cuño neoconservador de su gobierno encontró críticas y resistencia tanto en su país como en el exterior.

Read the full story:
CNNenEspañol.com - Reagan, un líder que inauguró una era de optimismo y neoconservadorismo - Junio 6, 2004

Vocab Review:

ayudó = helped
coinciden = come together, coincide
desmoralizado = demoralized
dones = gifts or talents
encontró = found, encountered
tras = after

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Friday, June 04, 2004

Lesson from Newsletter 48 - Telling Time in Spanish

some time related words in Spanish


Since I learned my Spanish in Mexico, I became used to using the "¿qué horas son?" format. Then when I lived in Argentina, it seemed that they almost exclusively used "¿que hora es?" Well which is it? Is it "es", or "son"? Actually, it's both, as you see outlined below. However different countries do have their own way of doing it. In general, when asking what time it is, the usual way is to say


¿Que hora es?


If the answer is 1 o'clock or any number related to 1, like 1:15, 1:30, etc. the answer would be:



Es la una. Es la una y quince, etc.



If the answer is not a variation of 1 o'clock, you answer with "SON," since it is plural.


¿Que hora es?



Son las dos. Son las ocho y quince. Son las diez y media.



Do you see the pattern? You take the hour, plus the word "y" and add the minutes. Son las cuatro y cinco. It's 4:05. Notice that you answer using the articles, la & las as well. But keep in mind that in Mexico and some other parts of Latin America it is not uncommon to hear


¿Que hora son?


To which you would still answer according to whether it's 1 o'clock, or anything greater than that. One funny thing they often do in Spanish is to use the word "menos" or less, when answering. That threw me for a bit of a loop the first time I heard it! Whereas in English we might say "it's 10 till 8," to indicate 10 minutes until 8 o'clock, or 7:50, - they would say "it's 8 less 10" - or "son las ocho menos diez." This actually highlights one of the differences between Anglo and Latin culture....whereas we tend to focus on the future, they spend a lot more time looking backwards to the past.


They also frequently use the word "media" or half, in place of the word thirty. For example, "son las cinco y media" = it's 5:30.


Worksheet:
Telling Time in Spanish


Quiz: Spanish Time


Other useful websites:

Study Spanish's Time Lesson

Time Telling Lesson with Audio


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Thursday, June 03, 2004

Newsletter 48....coming tonight!

Hola guys - I've been a little slow this holiday week so I'm still working on the newsletter, which will take a look at telling time, and some of the local variations in different countries. It should be posted by tonight or tomorrow AM, so make sure to check back. For those of you who have trouble receiving the newsletters to your email account, remember that they are archived here on the left hand side. ¡Que tengan un buen día!

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Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Online lesson for telling time in Spanish with audio

The Language Learning Playground: Spanish Lessons: Telling Time

Great little website with tons of grammar lessons, including the one above about telling time.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Spanish Reading for today...Venus Passing in Front of the Sun

Here's a little reading in Spanish for the day, with some vocabulary words below.

Por primera vez en 122 años, Venus pasará frente al Sol

Por primera vez en 122 años, Venus pasará entre el Sol y la Tierra, y muchos habitantes de nuestro planeta se aprestan ávidamente a observar el espectáculo.

El 8 de junio, la silueta de Venus pasará delante del Sol en un fenómeno llamado "tránsito de Venus", que será visible en gran parte de nuestro planeta. Miles de escuelas y cientos de museos han organizado programas especiales. Los que no desean abandonar sus hogares podrán observar el tránsito de Venus a través de la internet, en una transmisión en directo desde Grecia.

Vocab Review:

a través de = through
aprestar(se) = to prepare oneself
habitantes = inhabitants
podrán = will be able to
será = will be

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Short read about the frustrations of learning Spanish...

Difficulty with Spanish? Read this guy's take

Here's a funny little article about struggling with Spanish, written by a guy who writes computer books. For anybody who is frustrated with learning this is a comforting read!

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